The Gangnam Samsung Youth Basketball Class departed for an elite basketball tournament in Fukuoka, Japan.
The Gangnam Samsung Youth Basketball Class, led by Director In Nam In, departed for Fukuoka, Japan, for a three-day, three-night trip from the 14th to the 18th.
In August, the 토토사이트 Gangnam Samsung Youth Basketball Class, led by Innam and Coach Choi Wan-seung, received some good news from across the ocean in Japan.
They were invited by the Kyushu Basketball Association to participate in the 25th Tokimeki Cup elite basketball tournament. The Tokimeki Cup is the largest club basketball tournament in Kyushu, with 128 teams from across the region competing for the title. The winner and runner-up of the tournament will qualify for the Asian Youth Basketball Club Championship next January.
Gangnam Samsung will compete against the top 23 teams from the Kyushu region. A total of 12 players from the Gangnam Samsung U-12 team, including Kang Hyun-mook, Kim Gun-ho, Kim Gun-hee, Kim Do-yul, Kim Sung-yoon, Kim Yoo-chan, Kim Yun-sung, Yang Won-joon, Jang Dong-kyu, Jung Woo-seok, Jung Chan-hee, and Cha Eun-hoo, will be participating in the tournament, accompanied by head coach Inna Nam and coach Choi Wan-seung.
This is quite unusual for a Korean youth basketball club, and the aspiring basketball players of the Gangnam Samsung Youth Basketball Class will gain valuable experience through the tournament, as they will not only promote basketball exchanges and friendship with Japanese teams, but also receive lessons directly from Japanese youth coaches.
“We were invited to participate in the Tokimeki Cup by the Kyushu Basketball Association. The Tokimeki Cup is the largest elite basketball tournament in the Kyushu region, and not only elite teams participate, but also club teams. It’s quite unusual for a youth basketball club operating in Korea to be invited to compete overseas. We are looking forward to representing Korea in such a big tournament and hope to come back with a good experience.”
“I heard that Japan has recently produced a number of NBA players and became the first Asian team to defeat a European team (Finland) at the Basketball World Cup, so the passion for basketball in the archipelago is high. I also heard that the level of basketball in the Kyushu region is generally high. In fact, Nihon Chuo High School and Ohori High School, which compete for the title year after year, are also local schools,” he explained.
Gangnam Samsung will compete against the top 23 teams from the Kyushu region. A total of 12 players from the Gangnam Samsung U-12 team, including Kang Hyun-mook, Kim Gun-ho, Kim Gun-hee, Kim Do-yul, Kim Sung-yoon, Kim Yoo-chan, Kim Yun-sung, Yang Won-joon, Jang Dong-kyu, Jung Woo-seok, Jung Chan-hee, and Cha Eun-hoo, are participating in the tournament, accompanied by In-nam and coach Choi Wan-seung.
“Actually, the sixth graders who are competing in this tournament have performed well this year, and they are capable of winning the tournament even if they are only playing as a second unit in addition to the five starters. However, we were worried that this would cause them to get stuck in their mannerisms and lose interest, or that it would have an adverse effect on their improvement.” “We are very happy to have the opportunity to take on a new challenge thanks to the Kyushu Basketball Association of Japan. We are looking forward to fulfilling our passion for basketball in Japan.”
He credits the Fukuoka agency with helping him secure an invitation to the competition in Fukuoka.
“We have a long-standing relationship with Fukuoka Agency, and they have been very helpful in getting us to this competition. I’m very grateful for their attention to detail. The Fukuoka Agency is also looking forward to making this tournament a success so that we can get to know the Japanese teams better and build a foundation of friendship and cooperation.” He expressed his gratitude to the Fukuoka Agency for their support in Japan.
Prioritizing the safety of the children and returning with a lot of experiences, Inanam said that he would take good care of the children so that the three days and four nights would not be wasted, and that he would try to experience a lot of Japanese youth basketball to help them grow.
“Since we are representing the Korean team, we want to do well, and we will definitely win the championship and qualify for the Asian Games early next year,” Innam said.