Kur­dis­tan Bas­ket­ball league kicks off

Only four teams in this sea­son’s Kur­dis­tan Bas­ket­ball league

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

This sea­son’s Kur­dis­tan Women’s Bas­ket­ball League has seen a big re­duc­tion in the num­ber of par­tic­i­pat­ing teams. This is de­spite the level of women’s bas­ket­ball hav­ing risen to an un­prece­dented level in re­cent years.

The in­creased num­ber of women play­ers in for­mer years played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the es­tab­lish­ment of sev­eral strong teams. Many clubs formed fe­male bas­ket­ball teams. Un­for­tu­nately, it looks as though the sit­u­a­tion has gone into re­verse this year, as the num­ber of fe­male bas­ket­ball play­ers de­creases along with the num­ber of fe­male teams.

From six teams last year, only four teams will be con­test­ing the lo­cal league this year.

The re­duc­tion can be at­trib­uted to many rea­sons. Ac­cord­ing to Dler Ah­mad, a mem­ber of the Kur­dis­tan Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (KBA), most clubs now com­pletely ig­nore bas­ket­ball, as they pay more at­ten­tions to foot­ball.

“The clubs’ man­age­ment boards have no love for bas­ket­ball any­more; the only game they think about is foot­ball,” said Ah­mad

When asked why the clubs ig­nore the game, Ah­mad an­swered “Par­tic­i­pat­ing in leagues and com­pe­ti­tions needs money and the clubs claim they haven’t got enough money to cover the teams’ costs.”

Clubs in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion are partly funded by the KRG through the Min­istry of Youth and Cul­ture. The bud­get al­lo­cated to the clubs is sup­posed to be spent equally on all teams. How­ever, many clubs use their bud­get for pro­mot­ing foot­ball teams at the ex­pense of vol­ley­ball and bas­ket­ball.

This year’s Kur­dis­tan bas­ket­ball league kicked off on Septem­ber 25 and the par­tic­i­pat­ing teams in­clude last year’s cham­pi­ons, San­harib, Akad, Su­laimaniya and New Sir­wan.

Two matches ran in the first week of the league, with the Akad girls emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous against Su­laimaniya, 61-41.

In the sec­ond match, which was held in Su­laimaniya city, New Sir­wan de­feated San­harib 62-52.

Af­ter the match, New Sir­wan team coach, Riz­gar Rauf, said “In 2009, we lost to San­harib by 60 points. At that time we had sev­eral young play­ers and peo­ple were mak­ing fun of their level, but now the young play­ers have grown and are play­ing won­der­fully. De­feat­ing San­harib means a lot, since San­harib were last year’s cham­pi­ons.”

Rauf hoped his team will con­tinue to per­form well and achieve their dream: win­ning the Kur­dis­tan league ti­tle.

Based in the Gry Basy quar­ter of Duhok, San­harib sports club was founded in 1992. The club has sev­eral teams, but bas­ket­ball is their strong­est.

The man­age­rial board of the club is made up of 8 mem­bers with 6 teams for men and 8 for women.

This Pic­ture de­picts New Sir­wan women Bas­ket­ball team.

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