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B'ball hosts 3x3 clash

Pravin Narain
Saturday, November 25, 2017

BASKETBALL Fiji is hosting a 3x3 competition to raise awareness on the violence against women on the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women today.

The competition will be held at the Lambert Hall in Suva today.

"Basketball is gender inclusive, we have many men and women who live for basketball and who love a good reason to turn up to the court and play ball," Basketball Fiji chief operating officer Laisiasa Puamau said.

"So why not capitalise on that captive audience and spread the message that Basketball Fiji does not support violence against women.

"We'll be supporting our messages on the day with representation from a number of key women's community service organisations and services, who will be in attendance to answer questions from competitors and spectators alike."

The 3x3 team manager to the Pacific Mini Games Kenneth Taliu said the competition would give more experience to the players.

"Earlier this year, the 3x3 format of basketball was named an Olympic sport and it's set to debut at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Fiji is in the perfect position to practise and prepare for this new and fast version of the game we love," he said in a press release.

"Our teams are looking strong in their game but are also showing excitement to be participating in a tournament that speaks out against such a significant social issue."

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