The 49th Senior National Basket Ball Men and Women Championships organized by Sri Lanka Basketball Federation will be held from February 15 to 23 on several venues in Colombo.
The championship which is the longest running basketball tournament conducted by SLBF will consist of 36 teams where they battle in two categories, division I and II in four venues.
There will be 432 cagers passing the ball in the highly competitive courts while last year champions both men and women in the senior category, Mercantile Services will strive to defend their titles.
Mercantile, SL Schools, Puttalam, Gampaha and SL Navy are in group A while SL Air Force, Hambantota, SL Army, Colombo and SL Police are lined up in group B in men’s division 1.
In men’s division 2, University, Jaffna, Kurunegala and Matara are listed in group A. The group B consist of Kandy, Batticaloa, Galle and Badulla.
Men’s division 3 matches are between Ratnapura, Vavuniya and Polonnaruwa who are in group A and group B teams, Kegalla, Killinochchi and Matale.
In women’s division 1, Mercantile, SL Navy, SL Schools, SL Air Force and Colombo will compete while in division 2 group A teams, Kurunegala, Kandy and University will meet Matale, Puttalam, Jaffna and Galle that are group B.
Attractive cash prizes are on offer apart from the challenge trophies for the winners. Speaking at a press briefing held on Thursday at Olympic House Auditorium SLBF president Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake thanked the main sponsor, People’s Bank and the co sponsor Lanka Tiles Pvt Ltd for their support for the tournament.
Molten has come forward to sponsor the official ball for this year and for the next three years.