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News from Nauru - Feb 13, 2006

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FIBA Oceania Zone Development Officer just came back from a trip to Nauru, he made an update on the basketball situation in this country on FIBA Oceania's website. He also went to the Solomon Islands and the situation is pretty much the same on both countries.


"While both countries have severe financial difficulties affecting the quality of life for their citizens at the moment, it is heartening to report that basketball is thriving in both places. Everyday life is filled with eight-hour cuts to power and water as the population struggles to make ends meet. Yet rather than moping about feeling sorry or depressed, a gung-ho spirits exists within the basketball communities where people play for fun. If power cuts occur before or during games, the teams and crowds wait patiently in the dark for up to two hours for the lights to come back on [...] In Solomon Islands and Nauru they play because of the right reason - a love of the game" said Jon Hoyle.
"On the tiny island of Nauru there have been 26 men's teams and 10 women's teams compete all year. More teams are wanting to join the competition, but because of dilapidated facilities they cannot be accommodated. It is true to say that the sport is thriving. It has been over two years since a ZDO visit and with Nauru teams not participating in international competitions during that period, the major focus of my trip was to update the participants to the many rules changes that have occured since 2003. Both are desperate for assistance to upgrade their playing facilities, and seeing the healthy participation base being developed, our help in that area should be a priority"
source: FIBA Oceania


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