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Overseas teams pull out of Easter championships

Emoni Narawa
Friday, April 13, 2012

TWO international teams that were scheduled to participate at last week's Fiji Bitter Easter Basketball Clubs Championship only pulled out after the tournament was postponed.

The adverse weather condition in Nadi which resulted in the postponement of the Easter Games prevented the two teams from New Zealand and American Samoa coming to participate at the tournament.

The Fiji Basketball officials are keeping their fingers crossed that the two teams will be able to make it to the tournament next month.

The Easter Basketball will now be held in May.

Basketball Fiji development officer Laisiasa Puamau said it was unfortunate the two teams could not make it last week.

Puamau said Mother Nature was unpredictable.

"We were supposed to have two international teams playing in the Easter tournament last week if we did not have the flood in Nadi."

"Both teams were on their way to the airport and were stopped from boarding the plane after being informed about the situation in Fiji," Puamau said.

"We are hoping that they will come next month and negotiations are currently underway as we want them to be here and boost the level of competition," he said.

Defending men's champion Warriors will be in top favourites in the tournament. Women's champ Sparks of Raiwaqa are favourites to defend their title.

Seven western teams have confirmed their participation despite the recent flood.

"We will be having five men's and two women's teams from the west. And we are hoping to have the tournament on the third week of May."

Fiji Bitter are the official sponsors of the tournament.