In the presence of president of the Egyptian Basketball Federation Magdy Abou Farikha and president of the Emirati Basketball Federation and the Arab Basketball Federation Ismail Al-Karkawy, a press conference was held on 15 November to launch the 22nd Emirates Airlines Men’s Basketball for Arab teams.
The championship will take place from 30 December 2016 to 8 January 2017.
This is the 22nd edition of this championship; Egypt has organised seven editions and won 10 editions so far.
During the conference Al-Karkawy said Egypt has sports and hotel establishments enabling it to organise sporting events. As proof of this, he cited Egypt’s appointment by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to host the 2017 Basketball World Cup for junior players under the age of 19.
Abou Farikha called upon the Egyptian media to pay attention to basketball so the sport will gain popularity among Egyptian spectators.