Turkmen basketball players will go to India for Olympic tickets

Turkmen basketball players will go to India for Olympic tickets

The women’s 3×3 basketball team of Turkmenistan is actively preparing to participate in the qualification tournament for the 2020 Olympic Games to be held in Bangalore, India, on March 18-22.

The girls will have a serious fight, because there are only three tickets on the line for the main sports starts of the quadrennium in Tokyo. Turkmen basketball players will play in B group, where they will compete with teams from Iran, Japan, Ukraine and Australia.

And the US women’s team, which appeared in A group at these competitions, threw their best forces “into the battle” and connected professional basketball players who play in the Women’s National Basketball Association to participate in the qualifying tournament.

It is already known that Nafisa Collier from the “Minnesota Links” club will come to the Silicon Valley of India (the so-called city of Bangalore). The girl, who plays as a heavy forward, at the age of 23 already has the gold medal of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in 3×3 basketball, and the title of “Best Rookie of the Women’s NBA” of the last year.

Meanwhile, in connection with the emergency, declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) due to the new type of COVID-19 coronavirus spread in China, the list of canceled and rescheduled sports events is being updated.

The postponed Asian Futsal Championship, which had to be held in Ashgabat in February-March, and the Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix in Shanghai, the date of which was also postponed from April 19 for an indefinite period, are supplemented by the March World Athletics Championships in the Crimea, the Hong Kong Marathon, the Olympic test competitions in biathlon, the Asian Mountaineering Championship and the Beach Volleyball World Championship.

Without the Chinese national teams’ participation, there will be held the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne, Australia, the Olympic Women’s Handball qualifying tournament in Montenegro, the Judo Tournaments in Paris and Dusseldorf, and the Asian Wrestling Championship in New Delhi.

It remains to hope that the unprecedented measures taken by China in the fight against the deathful virus, and the huge support, provided to the country by the entire world community, will soon bear fruit and COVID-19 will be defeated.

Victor KARDASHOV