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May 4, 2022

A Community-based National Basketball Tournament 2022

As sporting events are resuming, the National Sports Council, in collaboration with the Belize Basketball Federation, held a press conference today to share information on the National Basketball Competition slated for later this month. The competition will feature six categories across the district: under-fifteen male and female, under-eighteen male and female and the open category, male and female.  It is the winner from each district that will compete in the nationals for one-year scholarships in the case of the U-15 and U-18 categories and a chance to win ten thousand dollars in the open category.  The tournament will see coordinators across the country engaging with youth from the community who are interested in the discipline.


Ian Cal, Director, National Sports Council

Ian Cal

“As the National Sports Council we regulate and work with the different associations and federations of this country and this will be used as a pilot project, I would say together with the basketball association to see how best we can work together and ensure that the discipline goes in the right direction. The new president is recently elected so it brings new vibes and new blood to the basketball federation and with this tournament I believe it would engage young people on a community-based level. Before we were just more on national teams and so forth. But now the national sports council wants to do something different. We want to engage in community sports. We want to ensure that everyone gets an opportunity to play; not just working along with the schools.”


Jacob Leslie

Jacob Leslie, President, Belize Basketball Federation

“For me, I think that basketball for many years has been neglected and just the efforts to raise resources to facilitate a tournament like this is very important. And so my input is just to ensure that the government and the ministry and the sports councils get the best benefit and outcome from the resources allocated to basketball. I want to thank them for listening. I know it was a late submission and so it took a lot of communication and I am very happy that this body was able to listen and help us work together and build relationships going forward. So the categories that we are now engaging in will bring the most benefit to the communities and to the country. We are allowing the kids to participate in the age groups that they are in and the seniors to participate amongst themselves.”

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