Huaqiao University, one of the leading men's teams in the China University Basketball Association (CUBA) in the last four seasons, will compete in the 6th Asian University Basketball Championship to be held in Cebu City from July 5-12. 2008.
Based in the province of Fujian, Huaqiao is among the best international universities in the People's Republic of China with more than 30,000 students.
The school captured the CUBA title in 2003.
It will be Huaqiao University's second straight appearance in the AUBC, which was established in 1998. A year ago, in Daet, Camarines Norte, the Chinese team placed third behind South Korea's Sangmu University and local bet Rizal Technological University.
Among the top dignitaries to grace the eight-day AUBC competitions is Dr. Carl Menky Ching. Considered the "Father of Asian basketball," Ching, a former FIBA president who is now the FIBA's honorary life president, will be the special guest of honor and speaker during the opening ceremonies on July 5.
Honorable Prospero "Butch" Pichay, the BAP and BAP-SBP president, and Congressman Luis Villafuerte, the chair of the BAP and BAP-SBP, and BAP-SBP Vice Chairman Wilson Young and BAP SBP Executive Director Christian Tan, will personally welcome Ching.
All-time South Korean great Shin Dong Pa, the president of Asian University Basketball Federation (AUBF) that has a membership of more than 30 countries, will formally open the games following an inspiration talk to the participating teams.
Shin, a deadly shooting forward during his heyday with the South Korean national team during the 1960s and early 1970s, is currently the vice president of the Korea Basketball Association (KBA), which sent Hanyang University to the Philippines for its first AUBC appearance here.
"We will show our brand of hospitality to the students from powerhouse China and South Korea and our cultural exchange program and friendship among our university students," said Pichay, who is the prime mover of this prestigious event in cooperation with BAP-SBP regional director Lorenzo Sy and with support from affiliate member Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) President Tisha Abundo and the Cebu based league - Cebu School Athletic Foundation Inc (CESAFI) under its commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy.
AUBF has been recognized by the Asian University Sports Federation since 1998. The inaugural tournament was held in the Philippines during the time of Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chair Philip Ella Juico and among in attendance was AUSF Secretary General Dr. Ekodjatmiko Sukarso of Indonesia.
The winner of the 1st AUBC tournament in 1998 was the University of Manila (UM) under veteran coach Ato Tolentino. The Hawks beat Chinese-Taipei in the finals that year.
The 6th AUBC Championship unwraps on July 5 with a 5:00 p.m. game at the Cebu Coliseum. There wil be out-of-town games in nearby Cebu cities like Bogo and Lapu-Lapu cities. Bogo City mayor Celestino Martinez, a member of the BAP-SBP Board of Trustees and chair of the Cebu Basketball League (CBL), will play host to one game date.