Turkmenistan ranked one and two in 3x3 Basketball at Ashgabat 2017
There are high expectations ahead for the host nation's women and men's 3x3 Basketball teams at the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games after they were ranked one and two respectively in their events.
The Turkmenistan women's team, who are in Pool A, will play Mongolia and Syria in their pool-stage matches. Second seeds Indonesia, take on Thailand and Guam in Pool B.
The 12 women's teams competing at Ashgabat 2017 will be divided into four groups of three teams each. Jordan, Uzbekistan and the Cook Islands make up Pool C, while Iran, Chinese Taipei and Afghanistan are in Pool D.
Ayna Gokowa, who has been the captain of Turkmenistan's national women's team for two years, is optimistic of her team's chance of victory. “With each passing day,” she said, “we are more and more ready to win.”
Turkmenistan's men, the second ranked of 18 teams competing, will face off against Lebanon, Iran, Tajikistan and Iraq in Pool B, while top-ranked Kyrgyzstan will play Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Nepal and Palestine.
The remaining eight teams are divided into two groups of four. Jordan, Qatar, Samoa and Afghanistan are in Pool C with Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Thailand and Guam competing in Pool D.
At the pool stages, teams will play in a round robin format, while the quarter-final will be on a knockout basis according to the pool standings at the end of the Round Robin phase.
The winning team of each quarter-final will advance to the semi-final and the two winners of that round will play for the gold and silver medals. The teams losing in the semi-final will compete for the bronze medal.
Robert Rieblinger, International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 3x3 Development Manager, said the sport's inclusion at Ashgabat 2017 will open it up to a much wider audience.
“The sport is one of the fastest growing team sports in the world will feature at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo so Ashgabat 2017 will further showcase it to a huge international audiences,” he said.
The rankings for Ashgabat 2017 were determined by FIBA as of 1 August.
The event will take place at the 3x3 Basketball Arena starting on 19 September with the two top teams in men and women vying for the gold medal on 24 September.
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