Ukraine national basketball team hopes to train in Taiwan: Steelers

Taipei, April 26 (CNA) The Ukrainian men’s national basketball team manager has set his sights on bringing the squad to Taiwan, where they plan to train for upcoming games at the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 European qualifiers in July, according to the Kaohsiung Steelers. , a P. League + club.

The Steelers, which are currently hosting Ukrainian men’s basketball team manager Andrii Lebediev in Taiwan, told CNA on Tuesday that discussions on the visit are taking place between Taiwan government officials and the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA), the governing body of basketball in Taiwan. .

In addition to training for its next two qualifying games – against Georgia July 1 and North Macedonia July 4 – there are also plans for Ukraine to play two exhibition games against Taiwan’s national team, which will also compete in the World Cup Asian qualifiers in July, according to a Steelers social media post Monday.

Taiwan, which competes under the name of Chinese Taipei, will play China on July 1, Japan on July 3, and China again on July 4, at John Cain Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

Responding to CNA about the possibility of the Ukraine national team’s visit and its proposed activities in Taiwan, the CTBA said they will make an official announcement if it becomes confirmed.

According to a Liberty Times Net (LTN) report, the Ukrainian team plans to come to Taiwan at the end of May, where they will train for about two weeks before departing in the middle of June, though this might be a challenge as Taiwan mandates a 10-day quarantine, followed by seven days of self-health management, for most arrivals.

Moreover, due to the impact of Russia’s military invasion, the team is currently underfunded and is asking Taiwan to pay for transportation, accommodation, equipment, and other expenses, according to LTN.

If the Ukrainian team does make it to Taiwan, they will be arriving during the playoff periods of both Taiwan’s professional leagues – the P. LEAGUE + and the T1 LEAGUE, LTN said.

As a possible result, the Taiwanese club and national collegiate-level teams available to play against world no. 32 Ukraine would not be very competitive, LTN said.

The Ukrainian men’s national basketball team was competing in the FIBA ​​World Cup European qualifiers in Spain and played against the Spanish team in Córdoba on Feb. 24, the day when the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.

The team then traveled to Latvia, where the team’s coach Ainars Bagatskis is from and had arranged for them to stay. Some members of the team have also returned to their respective clubs around Europe.

Three staff members of the Ukrainian team, including Lebediev, arrived in Taiwan on April 5 on business visas, after an invitation by the Steelers to come to Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan to facilitate professional exchanges between both parties on sports club management and training.

(By William Yen)

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