After a three-year lull, the Asean Basketball League (ABL) is finally set for its much-awaited return, tipping of its 11th season through the 2023 ABL invitational Tournament Series.
As the sporting world slowly gets back to its feet, the ABL is forging ahead with the invitational tournament series, that will feature games played across four (4) regional countries starting off on Jan. 2, 2023 in Singapore.
The league will then take a break in the middle of February to give way for the sixth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The ABL will resume for the 2023 playoffs with the finals taking place in early March.
Minus the participation of a Philippine team, some of the best squads around the region are expected to take center stage and go for a mad dash for glory in this three-month Southeast Asian basketball spectacle.
The 2023 ABL Invitational is consistent with ABL’s vision when it was founded in 2009, aiming to address the lack of consistent and high-level competition in the Southeast Asian region by providing a platform that would allow players and teams to come together to compete and grow across the region.
ABL Chief Executive Officer Kuhan Foo is pleased with the return of the first-ever regional basketball league in Asia, noting that the move is a huge step forward in sustaining the growth of the sport in the region which was established over the past 10 years.
“We’re glad to announce that the Asean Basketball League is finally coming back for its 11th season with the 2023 ABL Invitational Tournament Series. After the Covid-19 pandemic caused a halt to sport, the return of the ABL is a huge step in the right direction as we hope to give our fans the sense of normalcy while we continue to recover from the after-effects of the pandemic,” said Foo.
“We are excited to welcome our teams, our players and our fans back in our bid to further foster the growth of basketball across the region,” he added, stressing the role of the league to the vast improvements of countries like Singapore and Vietnam which finally won historic medals in the Southeast Asian Games with the former winning in 2013 and 2015 while the latter bagging one in 2019.
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