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Second CBL season set for June tip-off

After a successful first season which ended late last year, the Cambodian Basketball League will launch its second edition sometime in June at a new venue.

The CBL will move its base from Beeline Arena, situated on Chhroy Changvar peninsular, to a more central location in the Olympic Stadium’s indoor hall.

The Cambodian Basketball Federation, the custodian of the CBL, is in the process of importing equipment for the newly relaid court at the complex, which is in the final stages of renovation.

An Alaxan FR Patriots player goes up for a shot during his team's 2013 Cambodian Basketball League championship game against IRB The Lord
An Alaxan FR Patriots player goes up for a shot during his team's 2013 Cambodian Basketball League championship game against IRB The Lord at Beeline Arena on November 30. Sreng Meng Srun

According to CBF vice president Ouk Sethycheat, an organising committee to run the league this season is taking shape.

“We heard concerns about the distance and traffic delays from players, officials and fans in commuting to and from Beeline Arena. We felt that the Olympic Stadium is an ideal location with easier access,” Ouk Sethycheat told the Post yesterday.

“In all likelihood we will stick to the 12-team roster. We will soon have a meeting with the top five or six teams from the inaugural season to work out the modalities for team registrations.”

Indications are that all the teams which took part in the inaugural season will be back, with Ganzberg being an exception.

The organising panel slapped a one-year ban on Ganzberg after the side pulled out without completing all of its playing commitments.

While a couple of new formations may jump in as candidates for the second season, the roster may well have a team from a province for the first time as an enthusiastic bunch of youngsters from Sihanoukville is all set to rub shoulders with Phnom Penh-based teams.

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