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Doha: The Doha Avenue International Basketball Tournament will kick off at Al Gharafa SC today, with top teams from Qatar, Lebanon and Oman competing for the title.
The tournament is overseen by the Qatar Basketball Association and organised by the Qatar Basketball Association“Doha Avenue Sport”, and will see the participation of Qatar champions Al Sadd, Al Riyadi Beirut and Al Hikma Club Beirut from Lebanon and Oman's Al Bashaer. The event will conclude on Friday.
In the opening match today, Beirut Sports Club will play with Al Bashaer (4pm), followed by the match between Al Sadd and Al Hikma Beirut (6pm). Tomorrow, Al Hikma Beirut will play Al Bashaer (4pm) while Al Sadd will take on Beirut Sports Club (6pm).
Al Hikma and Al Riyadi clubs, who feature high-level foreign players in their ranks, such as Americans Otter Majuk and Michael Calles and athletes Kerwin Roche and Alexander Clifton respectively, will play in a“Derby” match on Friday, which is expected to draw a sizable crowd. The tournament will be played in a single group format, with all group teams competing against one another to determine the winner based on total points earned, or on the difference in points earned if two teams finish tied on points.
Al Sadd Club was founded in 1969, is the champion of the Qatar Basketball League this season (League and Prince Cup), and the tournament is very important for its preparations for the 34th Arab Clubs Basketball Championship that will be held in Kuwait from October 5 to October 15.
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