[Macao SAR, September 18, 2018] – Today, Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government and Asia League held a press conference to formally mark the commencement of The Terrific 12 tournament. As a premier FIBA-recognized platform for offseason competition, The Terrific 12, to be held from September 18-23 at Studio City Event Center in Macao, will bring together elite club teams from China, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Chinese Taipei to show off the best of Asian basketball in a single tournament. It will also feature Asia League Fest, a music concert which brings together major performers from across Asia.
At today’s press conference, Mr. Pun Weng Kun, President of Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government, spoke, stating that, “This promotes the development of Macao’s sporting and tourism industries. At the same time, we hope that, through cooperation with Asia League, we are able to bring a higher quality of basketball competition to the residents and tourists of Macao, and to promote the development of local and even Asian basketball to a higher level.”
Mr. Matt Beyer, CEO of Asia League, followed, adding that the event, “The Terrific 12 will bring fans the very best in offseason Asian club basketball competition. The teams at the tournament represent top clubs from the region, including star foreign import players from each side. For the people of Macao and millions of basketball fans, it will be an entertainment experience like no other.”
The conference was also attended by Mr. Wu Chong Fai, President of Macau China Basketball Association; Ms. Christine Lam, Vice President of Sports Bureau, Ms. Cora Vong, Head of Marketing Division of Macao Government Tourism Office; Mr. Geoff Andres, Property President of Studio City Macau – Melco Resorts & Entertainment, and Ms. Cheong Man Fai, Head of Division of School Sports and Youth Activities of Education and Youth Affairs Bureau along with around 150 journalists representing China, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, and Macao.
Asia League’s network of broadcast partners across Asia will show the excitement of The Terrific 12 to fans from over a dozen countries and regions. A full list of broadcast partners is given below, including recently announced new broadcast partners for The Terrific 12.
Tickets for The Terrific 12 and Asia League Fest are already on sale at this link. Tickets to The Terrific 12 range from MOP 100 for group stage tickets to MOP 120 for semifinals and finals tickets; tickets to Asia League Fest start from MOP 280, or MOP 500 for a ticket combining the triple excitement of Asia League Fest, The Terrific 12 semifinals, and The Terrific 12 finals.
All Macao residents with a valid Macao SAR Permanent Resident Card, Macao SAR Non-Permanent Resident Card, or Macao SAR student ID enjoy a 20% discount (Macao residents) or 50% discount (for students) when purchasing tickets in person at the Studio City Event Center Box Office. For information on The Terrific 12, Asia League Fest, or tickets, please visit the official Asia League website (www.theasialeague.com).
About the organizers
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About Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government
Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government, under the capacity of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, is a public organization of administration autonomy. The organization is responsible for the implementation of sport strategy and policy formulated by the Macao SAR Government. Its objective is to stimulate, encourage, and promote all kind of sports in Macao, also to create an essential condition for sport development.
For the development of competitive sports and “Sport for all”, Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government organizes various high level international sport competitions as well as recreational classes and thematic “Sport for all” activities each year, in an endeavor to promote the international status of Macao, reinforce communication and co-operation with other countries and regions, enhance citizens’ quality of life, and arouse their interest in sport, so as to accelerate and facilitate the enhancement of the level of sport in Macao.
About Asia League
Asia League is Asia’s elite cross-regional competition platform for club-to-club basketball. It aims to raise the standard of basketball in Asia through the creation of high-level basketball tournaments involving teams from Asia’s top leagues. Asia League sees vast potential to enhance international club-to-club basketball competition in Asia and firmly believes that basketball is one of the healthiest and most dynamic forms of entertainment available to live and broadcast audiences. Every Asia League event or initiative has a component which aims to support the development of basketball, including helping the game of basketball flourish in Asia by training coaches and giving referees a quality environment in which to hone their core skills.
To make Asia’s most exciting basketball games available to both live and broadcast audiences, Asia League has formed strategic partnerships with online video and entertainment provider Tencent and local media partners in countries around Asia. Asia League also retains relationships with the world’s largest sports agencies and with the ABL, B.LEAGUE, CBA, KBL, PBA and SBL.
About The Terrific 12
Organized by Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government and Asia League, The Terrific 12 will continue the drumbeat of basketball excitement in Macao created by the July 2018 Summer Super 8 (SS8), which concluded with the Guangzhou Long-Lions being crowned champions after clinching a nail-biting win over the Seoul Samsung Thunders at the Macao East Asian Games Dome.
The Terrific 12 is Asia League’s premier preseason tournament. The tournament is an expanded version of Asia League’s inaugural The Super 8, which took place in September 2017. The Terrific 12 tournament will host twelve of Asia’s top teams—four from China, three from Japan, two from South Korea, one from the Philippines, and two from Chinese Taipei—to face off in Macao at Studio City Event Center from September 18-23. Teams will be boasting their most talented line-ups with foreign star power (two per team) to claim the championship.
To create a comprehensive entertainment event, The Terrific 12 also includes Asia League Fest, a concert featuring artists from across Asia, to take place on September 21 at the Studio City Event Center.
About Asia League Fest
Asia League Fest is a major concert which will take place on September 21 during The Terrific 12. The concert will bring together the distinctive musical styles of China, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and Chinese Taipei. Performers included US-Hong Kong rapper MC Jin, who came to prominence in 2017’s The Rap of China; Filipino-Australian singer and song writer James Reid; Manila R&B star Jess Connelly; South Korean sensation Minzy; Australian singer Julia Wu; Blacklist Music; Macao performers Soler; Motherbasss; and Philippine DJ Nix Damn P!.
Combining the elite basketball of The Terrific 12 with the star-studded lineup of Asia League Fest represents an innovative approach to basketball entertainment in Asia.
About Summer Super 8
Summer Super 8 is a new platform for coaches and teams to develop youth talent and strengthen their rosters. The tournament’s primary aim is to establish a regional forum for professionals and players in Asia Pacific basketball to come together and showcase their skills. The 2018 competition played host to eight of Asia’s top club teams — two from China, two from South Korea, two from the Philippines, one from Japan, and one from Chinese Taipei—at the Macao East Asian Games Dome over July 17-22. Summer Super 8 concluded with the Guangzhou Long-Lions being crowned champions after clinching a nail-biting win over the Seoul Samsung Thunders at the Macao East Asian Games Dome.
To boost the development of basketball in Asia, Summer Super 8 staged two activities for coaches and referees respectively—the FIBA-Recognized Summer Super 8 Coaches’ Clinic and the FIBA Elite Referees Development Camp. During the FIBA Elite Referees Development Camp, officials worked closely with FIBA elite-level referees focusing on individual and three-person officiating, strengthening the criteria for call selection and practical on-court training with live-game situations. Referees from the camp will have the opportunity to officiate in the FIBA 2019 World Cup and the Japan 2020 Olympics.