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June 26, 2013 | Europe Eurasia: Turkey

Professional divisioning raises the bar at European Basketball Tournament

By Maureen Rabbitt

Congratulations to Belgium, Poland, Russia and Serbia who topped their divisions at the 2013 Special Olympics European Basketball tournament which has just concluded in Istanbul, Turkey. From June 20th to 22nd 15 teams battled it out at Yakacik Sports Complex. Each team played five short observation matches which were for the first time ever at European level, observed by GOC and external experts against the Swiss Ladder System. As a result four division groups were created and teams continued the tournament in their ability level groups. "This Istanbul tournament has brought Special Olympics basketball competitions to a new level of professionalism in Europe. It's great to see, that all teams have coaches with basketball experience and also understand the spirit of Special Olympics. The atmosphere was fantastic and there were lots of inspiring moments on the court" said Micheal Newton, SOEE Basketball Advisor & Technical Delegate. All athletes received Healthy Athletes screenings.

About Maureen Rabbitt: I am Communications Director at Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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