Balushi se­lected as ref­eree for FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut

Muscat Daily - - WORLD - Ashok Puro­hit

Oman bas­ket­ball still has a long way to go for its na­tional team to com­pete at the con­ti­nen­tal level. But Ahmed al Balushi en­sures that Oman's rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the in­ter­na­tional stage is no­ticed, be it the Rio Olympic Games or the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, which be­gan in Beirut, Le­banon, on Tues­day.

Balushi of­fi­ci­ated the in­au­gu­ral game be­tween New Zealand and Kaza­khstan at the FIBA Asia Cup, which is be­ing held in west Asia for the first time. He is one of the 23 ref­er­ees se­lected by the FIBA (world bas­ket­ball body) for the event that con­cludes on Au­gust 20.

The FIBA Asia Cup brings to­gether the best 16 Asian teams through a qual­i­fy­ing for­mat.

The 42 year old Balushi is one of the most recog­nis­able faces at re­gional com­pe­ti­tions and has been a FIBA ref­eree for the past 14 years. He was Oman's first bas­ket­ball ref­eree to of­fi­ci­ate at the Olympic Games in 2016.

Ahmed al Balushi

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