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‘The Challenge Cup 2017’ showcases athletic prowess
November 28, 2017, 12:20 pm

The British Academy of Sport (BAS) and the Romanian Embassy in Kuwait organized the fourth International Basketball Tournament between Embassies in Kuwait on Friday, 24 November at the BSK Campus.

A total of 10 teams represented their countries:  Czech Republic, Egypt, Great Britain, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Philippines, Romania, Serbia and USA. The opening ceremony saw the team's parade with their flags and mascots dressed in national costume walk past the reviewing stand of VIPs, five Ambassadors including the patron of the Tournament and the Romanian Ambassador to Kuwait 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 engaged in challenging matches. The semifinals were played between Philippines and Jordan and USA against Serbia. The winners of the ‘Challenge Cup’ were again after two years the Philippines Team, who cleared 4 rounds including the final game against the USA Team.

The Director of BAS, Lucian Anisia and the BSK Chairman Sadiq 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 where medals and gift bags were distributed to everyone.

This year the event was sponsored by Decathlon, Masafi, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Al Rifai, Royale Hayat Hospital, Al Tijari and Pharmazone. The media partner was Times Kuwait.

Since 2014, it has become a tradition at BAS to organize high-caliber community sports events and invite all the Embassies to participate every February in a Volleyball Tournament and every November in a Basketball Tournament.  Full details of all BAS courses and events are available at  or you can contact the Academy at 99458013.

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