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Young hoop star hopefuls to hit court at Northbridge

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RSISA (in black) and Lycee Decartes contest a basketball game at PSE as part of the Phnom Penh Yoputh League. Photograph: Ken Gadaffi/Phnom Penh Post

RSISA (in black) and Lycee Decartes contest a basketball game at PSE as part of the Phnom Penh Yoputh League. Photograph: Ken Gadaffi/Phnom Penh Post

The second round of games for the 2013 Phnom Penh Youth League basketball competition will be held tomorrow from 2:30pm at Northbridge International School grounds with eight teams set for action in the U18 Boys and Girls/U14 Boys divisions.

Hosts Rising Stars International Sports Academy contribute two teams to the event, while local NGO Pour un Sourire d’Enfant are submitting three squads, two are from Lycee Francais Rene Descartes school and one is from East West International School.

“We saw that there are many schools and organisations with youth teams, and these players only get to play friendly games occasionally. Hence, the idea of starting up a youth league to provide these athletes with competitions to help boost their confidence and development in their respective sports,” RSISA director Ken Gadaffi, who is also an adviser to the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, told the Post.

“Presently, the league has seven schools participating in three sports – namely, football, basketball and volleyball – with events in each sport held once a month since January.

“Each school or team gets to host respective events, so teams get to play home and away games before the top four teams are paired up for semi-finals and then final games. The finals for all sports events will be held on May 18 to 19 at PSE,” added Gadaffi.

A round of the PPYL football competition was held last weekend at Lycee Decartes, while volleyball games will be contested at PSE on Sunday.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Riley at dan.riley@phnompenhpost.com

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