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Asian National Teams

United Arab Emirates - Great opportunity for UAE stars

UAE?s basketball stars Rashid Nasser and Talal Salim have been selected for a four-day international basketball camp to be held in Shanghai Sports Institute from July 5.

The camp, organised by FIBA, the world basketball governing body, in association with NBA, has been dubbed ?Basketball without borders Camp?Asia.? The camp will be attended by over 50 players from 17 countries in Asia with hosts China to be represented by 12 players. Six players will represent South Korea, Japan and Kazakhstan, five players each, Iran (4), India and Kyrgyzstan (3) each.

Ismail Gargawi, president of the UAE Basketball Association, while addressing the media to introduce the two UAE representatives, said: "This is a great honour and recognition by Fiba of the progress of the sport in the country." Gargawi thanked the clubs, trainers and officials who have been involved in the development of the sport in the UAE.

Abdullah Ansari, secretary general of the association, said this was the first time UAE players had been selected since Fiba introduced the programme in 2001. "This is a great opportunity for our players and we hope they will learn a few things during the camp. We are delighted and proud of that."

Ansari expressed the hope that the players would seize the chance to get acquainted with some of the top players to gain more knowledge of the game. "My advice to Nasser and Salim is that this is a great opportunity they have got and have to make good use of it. We want them to represent UAE in a good way," he added.

UAE national basketball coach, Zoran Zupcevic, was also happy with the selection of the two players from UAE. "This is a great opportunity and it does not happen all the time. Nasser and Salim are young and they can show their talent during the camp."

Zupcevic, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, explained that the two selected players would have the chance to interact with some of the top players in the world and learn a couple of skills also. "For me, it is very important for them to attend such a prestigious camp. There are many steps but this is the first one for them.

"They have to practise very hard to improve more on their game. I hope they will return with new skills," he said.

Among some of the top names that will attend the camp are China?s Yao Ming of Houston Rockets, former NBA star Scottie Pippen, Matt Carroll (Charlotte Bobcats), Chris Duhon (Chicago Bulls), Adonal Foyle (Golden State Warriors) and Luther Head (Houston Rockets).

The coaches, who will be supervising at the camp, are Wayne Chapman (Denver Nuggets), Gary Colson (Memphis Grizzlies), Dick Harter (former NBA coach), Jum Lynam (Philadelphia 76ers), Jay Jensen (Portland Trail Blazers. Dean Cooper of Houston Rockets is the camp director.

The media conference was also attended by Dr. Munir Ben Habib, technical secretary of the association, Hussain Hamadi and Abdullah Bilal
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