RESIGRATION OPEN

…55K for Women’s Basketball

BY ELTON LONARATHA JNR

THE Solomon Islands Basketball Federation (SIBF) has received a significant boost with a $55,000 sponsorship from Solomon Power, a leading energy provider in the Solomon Islands.

The sponsorship deal was signed on Tuesday at Solomon Power headquarters, marking a major milestone for the federation.

The Women’s Basketball League, set to kick off on July 28, 2024, at the Honiara City Council Multipurpose Hall, aims to promote women’s basketball and provide a platform for young girls to excel in the sport.

Solomon Power CEO Martin Sam expressed excitement about the partnership, emphasizing the importance of supporting community endeavors and sports development.

“We are happy to build and unite the nation through sports, especially where our communities are involved,” Sam said. “We hope that our partnership will go a long way to enhance and unite the people to realize their potential and excel in this particular sport.”

SIBF Women’s Basketball League Chairlady Gloria Hong thanked Solomon Power for their support, highlighting the need to revive the league after it went inactive for some time. “The Women’s Basketball League was introduced back in the 1980s and became active in the 90s when the Solomon Islands started to send our national team to compete in regional tournaments,” Hong said.

Registration for the league is currently open, with fees set at $3,000 per team. The tentative start date is July 28, 2024, and registration will close on July 9, 2024. The sponsorship will go towards prizes for the league, which will add up to $55,000.

The partnership between Solomon Power and SIBF is expected to play a significant role in the development of women’s basketball in the Solomon Islands, providing a platform for young girls to grow and excel in the sport.

Prizes are as follows:

First prize – $20,000

Second prize – $15,000

Third prize – $10,000

Fourth prize – $8,000

Tournament’s MVP award – $2,000

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