Philippines raises trophy for 5th ‘The Challenge Cup 2018’ basketball tournament

The British Academy of Sport (BAS) and the Romanian Embassy in Kuwait organized the fifth International Basketball Tournament between Embassies in Kuwait on 30 November at the BSK Campus. A total of 8 teams represented their countries: Egypt, Greece, Lebanon, Palestine, Philippines, Romania, Serbia and USA. The opening ceremony saw the team’s parade with their flags and mascots dressed in national costume past the reviewing stand of VIPs, five Ambassadors including the patron of the tournament and the Romanian Ambassador H.E. Daniel Tanase. The captains drew the numbers, the games began and the spectators from the various communities spurred on their teams with great national pride.

It was an amazing day with very strong teams and challenging matches. The semifinals were played between Philippines and Romania and USA against Lebanon. The winners of the ‘Challenge Cup’ for the second consecutive year are Philippines Team who cleared 4 rounds including the final game against the USA Team.

The Director of British Academy of Sport, Mr. Lucian Anisia, the BSK Founder Madam Vera Al Mutawa, joined the Romanian Ambassador on stage and the special Guest was Khaled Al Qallaf representing Kuwait Basketball National Team for a lively Presentation Ceremony when medals and gift bags were handed over to the winners.

This year the event was sponsored by KIB, Royale Hayat, 4FEST, ABC, ITL World and Crowne Plaza Hotel. The media partner was Times Kuwait.

Since 2014, BAS has organized high caliber community sports events with the participation of Embassies to participate every February and March in a Volleyball Tournament and every November in a Basketball Tournament.

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