” 10 teams from 4 countries ”
The Park Shin-Ja Cup, which has been transformed into an international competition in which 10 teams from 4 countries participate, kicks off. Park Shin-ja (82), a ‘living legend’ of Korean women’s basketball, also visits the venue.
The Korea Women’s Basketball League (WKBL) will host the ‘2023 Park Shin-Ja Cup International Women’s Basketball Tournament’ at Cheongju Gymnasium in Chungcheongbuk-do from the 26th to the 3rd of next month. Six WKBL teams, Eneos, who has won the Japanese W-League for 11 consecutive years, Toyota Antelopes, the runner-up last season, Bendigo Spirit of Australia’s WNBL, and the Philippine national team will compete. It is the largest scale since its establishment in 2015.
Starting with the opening game between Woori Bank and Toyota, the group stage will continue until the 31st. Divide into 2 groups of 5 teams, each team will play once.
In Group A, in addition to Woori Bank and Toyota, Samsung Life Insurance in Yongin, Shinhan Bank in Incheon, and Bendigo were included. Group B consisted of Cheongju KB, Bucheon HanawonQ, Busan BNK, Eneos, and the Philippine national team. The top two teams in each group will play the semi-finals on the 2nd and finals on the 3rd of the following month to determine the championship.
The Korean national team players who were named in the final roster for the Hangzhou Asian Games, including Ji-soo Park, the pillar of KB, Iseul Kang, the best shooter, and Dan-bi Kim (Woori Bank), the MVP of WKBL last season, will return to their teams and shine the tournament.
Starting this year, WKBL plans to elevate the status of the Park Shin-Ja Cup to an international competition in which top teams in the Asian league participate. The name of the tournament was changed from ‘Park Shin-Ja Cup Summer League’ to ‘Park Shin-Ja Cup’, and the prize money was also increased from 10 million won to 30 million won.
In this event, Mrs. Park Shin-ja will visit the site for the first time in 8 years since 2015. Ms. Park, who lives in the United States, visits the venues for her opening and final matches to encourage her younger players, and after all the matches, she will be the presenter and deliver the trophy to the winning team.
Park won the tournament MVP at the 1967 World Championship (predecessor of the Women’s Basketball World Cup) and led Korea to runner-up.