Malaysia Basketball Association (MABA) recently held its annual EXCO meeting on the 18th of August 2018 with its state affiliate leaders at MABA House, Kuala Lumpur.
Here are some key takeaways from the meeting.
Agong Cup 2018
The 60th edition of Malaysia’s oldest all locals basketball competition will see some changes in the competition format. For the first time ever, it’s Division 2 competition (both men and women’s category) will be held on a separate date, tentatively mid December 2018 and will provide opportunities for four teams from Division 2 (Men’s) and two teams from Division 2 (Women’s) to qualify for the Division 1 competition which be held during the later part of December 2018.
For the first time ever, the competition will allow club teams to apply for participation in Division 2 subject to clearance from their respective state associations. The competition is traditionally contested between state association teams only
MABA CUP 2018
MABA will be exploring possibilities to expand the traditional annual competition specifically for the Non Chinese Basketball Division to regional qualifiers across Malaysia to determine eight qualifiers for a final tournament to be held at MABA Stadium, Kuala Lumpur. The tentative date of the competition will be sometime in October 2018.
The Postponement of the 2018 Malaysia Pro League
MABA reasserts that the decision to postpone the league to 2019 was made as a result of difficulties in accommodating each participating teams schedule as well as a congestion in the Malaysian Basketball calendar and not due to a lack of teams participating. MABA regrets the postponement and took the opportunity to apologize to the team owners and fans. They agreed to take this incident as a learning experience and target to set the 2019 basketball calendar earlier with renewed vigor to ensure that all planned events take place as scheduled. The tentative date for the 2019 MPL would be within a month of the conclusion of the 2018/2019 ASEAN Basketball League Season.
The National Men’s Team Preparations for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Pre Qualifiers
With the next round of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Pre Qualifiers coming in November 2018, the national men’s team will look to prepare for the pre qualifiers by organizing a pocket tournament to be held in Malaysia with invited international teams. The pocket tournament will tentatively be held in the middle of September 2018. The team will also embark on an overseas playing tour at the end of October as part of the preparations as the team looks to be one of the top four teams that will move on to the main qualifier rounds in 2019.