With all the negativity in local basketball in recent months, it is welcome news that this country’s basketballers will be among the teams that will line up, when the Junior Pan American Games Basketball competition jumps off.
It appears too that the ‘trial’ games that have been a contentious topic among the local basketball community in recent weeks, did indeed pay off as the points gathered during these games would have contributed the successful ranking and subsequent qualification for the November 28-30 games.
President of the National Basketball Federation, Claire Mitchell, who has been under fire for the ‘trial’ games was proud of the achievement.
The former General Secretary told the NBFTT Media: “this qualification is an important milestone for the TTO 3×3 Teams, as 2021 marks the Federation’s first real attempt at going after World Cup Qualifications in different categories. The journey has only just begun as the teams now have to train heavily in preparation over the next few months for two major upcoming International Tournaments.”
Trinidad and Tobago have are ranked 10th in the Americas, and are secured 11th spot in the men’s tournament as hosts Colombia have qualified automatically. The Women’s Under 23 players however missed out as they are in 17th position on the list.