Rakuten and the All-Japan University Basketball Federation will host the "World University Basketball Series" in Tokyo this August

4 July 2022

The Rakuten Group, Inc. and the All Japan University Basketball Federation (JUBF) announced today that they will host the Sun Chlorella World University Basketball Series (WUBS), This is an annual championship-league-style tournament for college basketball teams. Top university teams from Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan will participate in the inaugural tournament, which will be held at the second venue of the Yoyogi National Arena in Tokyo from August 9 to 11, 2022.

The WUBS event, hosted by JUBF and supported by Rakuten Sports, aims to empower local talent and the basketball world. Rakuten Sports is a business of the Rakuten Group that focuses on building partnerships with professional sports teams, athletes, brands and broadcast rights holders who share common values. The tournament provides a platform for college players and teams to showcase their skills on the international stage. By bringing together college teams each year to compete for league titles, the two organizations aim to push college basketball to new heights and enhance the cohesion of the global basketball community.

Tickets for the event are now on sale and can be purchased on the dedicated page .

The first tournament is limited to invited teams, and a total of 4 top university teams participated in the competition, namely Indonesia’s UPH, Japan’s Tokai University, the Philippines’ Ateneo de Manila University and National Chengchi University, Taiwan. These teams will participate in a six-round round-robin competition over three days to compete for the championship. The organizer plans to expand the number of participating teams and the scope of countries/regions year by year.

Naoki Hayashi , Chairman of JUBF and Chairman of the World College Basketball Series Organizing Committee, said : "We are delighted to announce the new World College Basketball Series. We have invited four top teams from all over Asia, including Japan, to Tokyo for this event. International League. I sincerely hope that the college basketball careers in the participating countries can continue to grow and reach new heights through WUBS. In addition, the participating teams will also establish deep and long-lasting friendships. We hope that the vast number of fans who love basketball can join together. Gather on the field and cheer for the team.”

Futoshi Nakayama , President and CEO of Sun Chlorella, said , "It is an honor to partner with the World College Basketball Series in its inaugural event. I am delighted to host the event this fall. I am extremely pleased to prepare The work is going very well. As a partner company, Sun Chlorella will do everything in its power to ensure the great success of WUBS. I look forward to meeting all the team and university personnel from Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan!”

Stephen L. Metcalfe , head coach of the Rays of Hope University team said , "I'm very happy that our students have the opportunity to compete and come out of the shadows of the pandemic. It's a great honor to travel, play basketball, and represent UPH and Indonesia as LIMA champions. .It is a rare opportunity to play against college teams from Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines. We hope to live up to the expectations and enjoy this unique event hosted by WUBS. It is a great idea to create this international event for college students and hope that all The participating teams can return with a full load.”

Akira Rikukawa , head coach of Japan's Tokai University team, said : "I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the organizers for inviting us to participate in the inaugural World University Basketball Series. I have made up my mind to do my best to live up to the All Japan University Basketball Federation. Expectations of our team. I sincerely hope this event will contribute to the development and friendship of college basketball in Asia and around the world.”

Ateneo de Manila head coach Tab Baldwin said , "Ateneo de Manila is very pleased and proud to have been invited by WUBS to represent the Philippines in this prestigious event. We believe that the quality of the competition and the excellent organization that Japan has consistently presented will make the Making this event an important warm-up event will help us prepare for the upcoming UAAP league. The opportunity to experience an international event as well as a cultural experience in Japan will be invaluable for our student players.”

Chen Tzu-wei , head coach of the National Chengchi University team, said , "We are very grateful to have the opportunity to participate in this unforgettable inaugural World University Basketball Series. We believe that participating in WUBS will be very helpful in promoting basketball, sports and sports in Taiwan. Culture. We believe that WUBS will allow the game of basketball to be passed down from generation to generation in Taiwan and Japanese universities.”

Disclaimer: The original version of this announcement is the official authorized version. The translation is for convenience only. Please refer to the original text. The original version is the only legally binding version.

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