With less than eight months to go until the next Commonwealth Games, basketballscotland, in partnership with Team Scotland, today confirmed that Men’s Basketball is one of the first tranche of team sports set to compete in the Gold Coast next April following invitations from the Games Organising Committee.
Men’s Basketball, Men’s Rugby Sevens and Netball will all be represented, as Team Scotland aims for its most successful ever overseas Games in Australia next April.
Basketball makes its first return to the Commonwealth Games sport programme since 2006 where it made its Games debut. Scotland’s men will get their second taste of Team Scotland representation having finished sixth in Melbourne.
Pleased to see basketball in the 2018 Games, Kieron Achara, Men’s Basketball team captain said: “It is a great honour for basketball to be representing Team Scotland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. We have been working really hard as a squad in preparation and we are motivated to make our country proud on the Gold Coast next April.”
While this is an exciting time for the Men’s team, basketballscotland is obviously disappointed that the Women’s side did not receive an invite to next year’s Games and will not be competing on the Gold Coast in April.
CEO of basketballscotland, Kevin Pringle added: “We are pleased to see our Men’s side selected for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and are looking forward to supporting their journey to the Games. This achievement is a testament to the players, coaches, staff and partners who have worked hard throughout the last year to make it happen.”
“Obviously, we are disappointed that the women’s side will not be competing on the Gold Coast in April. We have a long-term vision for women’s basketball in Scotland, and we have made some great progress over the past 18 months. We are committed to ensuring that this amount of work is not lost as we continue to build a sustainable performance pathway for women in basketball.”
Head of Basketball at basketballscotland, Barry Lang was also at the team sports announcement and said: “We are looking forward that the challenge the Games will provide for our players and staff. Our key priorities for the next 8 months will be to recruit a new Head Coach, supporting our players on and off court so they can compete at the Games, organising pre-competition training camps and matches and working with our partners at Team Scotland and sportscotland to maximise our chances of success on the Gold Coast in 2018.”
Individual athlete selection for all three sports will not be made until early in 2018 to ensure athlete form and fitness.