The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in Belize is having their first Ahmadiyya Basketball Cup. Over twenty-five teams will be competing in the three-day tournament. Basketball teams from all over the country will be coming to Belize City to compete for the trophies. There will be four categories the U-19, U-17, U-15, U-13. According to Imam Naveed Mangla, the President of the Ahmadiyya community, they work diligently at providing recreation for youths as an alternative to violence.
Naveed Mangla, National President, ,Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at: “This weekend we’re having for the very first time the Ahmadiyya basketball cup. This means that we have around five or six categories of youth. We have the girls categories and boys and we have one open for men of different ages to come and compete. This Ahmadiyya Cup will start on Thursday at Swift Hall, the opening will be done at nine o’clock while the games will start at six o’clock and all of our venues are free. Through your channel we want to request all those parents and youth that are out there to come and participate by backing up the boys and girls that are participating in this. So the venues that will be used will be Swift Hall, the Hub, then we will also be using Birds Isle and the finals will be done at Civic on Sunday and that is also free. So once again the venues are free, opening nine o’clock at the Swift and Saturday is a full day of games at the three venues that I mentioned and Sunday started at nine o’clock we have all the finals lined up aslo. So if you’re out there and you’re interested in basketball please come and bring anybody that you want it will be an event that is free of charge and you’ll get to see high competition that Belize and Mexico has to offer within the categories that we have.”
The Basketball Cup competition is not the only event that is happening this month. At the end of January, they will be hosting the 6th season of the Ahmadiyya basketball league Belize.
Naveed Mangla, National President, ,Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at: “January the last Sunday we’re starting the sixth and the longest youth that you ever had in Belize so we have different categories now which have been announced on Facebook already. If you’re living in any part of Belize and you want to bring a team and want to participate in this league which will be running every Sunday at SJC we welcome you to come and sign up with us and we also are in the making of starting an Ahmadiyya basketball academy so we’re just in the planning stages of that so when that comes to being we’ll announce that also. We agree that we have a lot of violence and youth that are doing things that they should not be doing. So as the eldery of the community one way that we think about it is that whenever our children are watching too much tv you don’t just turn off the tv and stay still on the sofa and don’t do anything you must provide an alternative so sports is one of the best alternatives.”
The season begins on January 26 at the Saint John’s College gymnasium.