THE South Sudanese Australian National Basketball Association is meeting with several venues about the continuation of its tournaments, having been showered in support since raising difficulties securing venues.
But the association has yet to reach out to the Bendigo Stadium, which was volunteered by several of the city’s residents as a prospective venue.
“We are humbled and excited by the amount of support we have gotten from the wider Australian community, the basketball community, members of the South Sudanese community, the African community and everyone else who has shown their support for these tournaments,” the association wrote on Facebook.
“We are happy to announce that a few offers for stadiums have so far been made. We thank them for their support. We will have meetings with them to discuss the hosting of the tournament.”
The post was optimistic for the future of the tournaments, which the association on Tuesday said had been hampered by media coverage of ‘African youth issues’.
“Once again we thank everyone who has contributed or supported us in one way or the other,” the association yesterday wrote.
“It means a lot to the kids who work so hard throughout the year to participate in the tournaments.
“We thank all the organisations that have supported us over the years. We are hoping that we can continue to work together to put on great basketball tournaments.”
Thanks for thinking of us. The events team at Bendigo Stadium have already spoken with the South Sudanese Australian National Basketball Association, but unfortunately due to booking conflicts were unable to put together a deal at this time. We welcome future event discussions.— Bendigo Stadium (@Bendigostadium) November 28, 2018
Bendigo Stadium yesterday said it would be ‘absolutely’ be open to discussions with the association about hosting the tournaments.
The venue was contacted about three months ago in relation to hosting next month’s Summer Slam, but the Bendigo Stadium was already booked out.
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