PolyU snatches basketball championship in celebration of PolyU 80th Anniversary

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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) men’s team snatched the championship of the “PolyU・King’s Flair Group Asian Universities Invitational Basketball Tournament” following a heated finale fight.

PolyU President Prof. Timothy W. Tong presents trophy to the champion: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) men’s team snatched the championship of the “PolyU・King’s Flair Group Asian Universities Invitational Basketball Tournament” following a heated finale fight. The Tournament, with eight strong basketball teams from Asian universities competing in Hong Kong, is an event for celebrating the PolyU 80th anniversary. It also aims at fostering connection among Asian universities, as well as promoting basketball and sportsmanship.

After a series of exciting matches in the preliminary round, from 13 to 15 June, the final matches were staged on 17 June. In the third place match, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University defeated Nanyang Technological University by 97:53. The finale fought between PolyU and Taiwan University of Science and Technology turned out to be a breathtaking match, with PolyU eventually snatched the championship by 92:74.

The other teams in the Tournament are from: Kyoto University, South China University of Technology, Universiti Brunei Darussalam and University of Macau.

PolyU men’s basketball team has been in top-notch standing in recent years, having snatched the championship at the Hong Kong Inter-Collegiate Basketball Competition for four years in a row. Seven of its members will be representing Hong Kong in the World University Games held in Taipei in August this year while another 18 PolyU sportsmen will compete in other events in the same occasion.

At the Tournament’s prize presentation ceremony, PolyU President Professor Timothy W. Tong and Deputy President and Provost Professor Philip C. H. Chan presented the trophies to the top four teams.

The winning teams were also presented cheques of scholarships by Mr Kendrick Wong, representative of King’s Flair Development Limited, the title sponsor of the Tournament. The champion team PolyU received HK$50,000, and Taiwan University of Science and Technology, the 1st runner up, HK$30,000. Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and Nanyang Technological University, which got the 3rd and 4th places, received HK$20,000 HK$10,000 respectively.

Dr the Hon. Lam Tai Fai, PolyU Council Deputy Chairman, presented the individual awards of Points Leader, 3-Points Leader, Assists Leader, Steals Leader, Rebounds Leader, and Most Valuable Player to seven players.

PolyU active in promoting sports in campus

Besides providing a competition and exchange opportunity for the sportsmen of the eight Asian universities, the Tournament also provided opportunities for students from different places to learn more about different cultures. Moreover, it also helped PolyU further promote the benefits of doing exercises to all in campus.

PolyU has been active in promoting sports development in campus. Through the Outstanding Sportsmen Recommendation Scheme, 600 students have been admitted into PolyU over the past 19 years. PolyU also provides various sports and recreational activities to students for enhancing their physical and psychological wellness, so as to empower their academic and whole-person developments.

Asian teams value exchange opportunities

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Team Manager and Coach, Ms Balaussa Alpysbayeva: “It is my team’s first international tournament. We are happy to present our team, our university, and our country to Hong Kong.”

Mr Atay Zhansyn Altun, Captain of the team: “We are glad to meet the enthusiastic Kazakhstan exchange students who are studying at PolyU. Hong Kong is such a beauty place, though a bit too hot and humid for us, that makes me aspire to pursue studies here too in future.”

Universiti Brunei Darussalam Coach, Mr Lim Kok Shien: “We really take all the matches as learning lessons and do not mind being defeated. My team did not have much time for training before coming for this tournament, due to clashing with exam period. Moreover, in comparison with other teams, mine has much less competition experience. We also feel that we can learn from PolyU in terms of its supports offered to sportsmen, and its valuing of both physical and academic developments of students.”

Nanyang Technological University Head of Delegation and Team Manager, Mr Chiang Chai Liang: “In Singapore, we do not have many opportunities to play in competitions. This tournament is a very good experience for my players. They also enjoy an interesting and exciting journey here — even just travelling around town with players of other teams, chit-chatting and making new friends of other countries can already be eye-opener for these young people.”

Taiwan University of Science and Technology Head of Delegation and Coach, Mr Lee Yong Hsiang: “The tournament offers my boys the valuable chance of exchange in sports with other Asian universities. Moreover, it also offers them other learning opportunities beyond the matching field through contacting in-person different people, different cultures, different places. We did have some tough matches, especially in the preliminary round, facing opponents of huge figure and strong physique. I am glad that my boys could overcome such challenges by applying their trained skills, speed and unity.”

Details and snapshots of the Tournament can be viewed from:
https://www.polyu.edu.hk/web/en/media/media_releases/index_id_6423.html

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