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Haris Tournament 2020 cancelled but will return in 2021

  Friday, November 27, 2020

The Haris Charalambous Memorial Basketball Tournament will not take place next month because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the annual show-piece, which sees some of the top UK Under-18 men’s teams take on visitors from Europe and the United States, will return in 2021 after securing the continued backing of Manchester City Council.

Organisers took the decision to postpone this year’s tournament because of the ongoing uncertainty caused by the global health crisis.

“The Haris is one of the highlights on the British basketball calendar and generates a huge amount of interest, but we felt it was the right move to call it off for 2020,” said co-tournament organiser Phil Gordos.

"The current situation has made it extremely hard to plan with any confidence, and we always want to run a tournament that does justice to Haris.

“We hope to come back even stronger in 2021 with a line-up that makes the wait worthwhile.”

Haris Charalambous is one of the top players to come out of the Manchester Magic basketball programme.

Destined for an exciting future, the former England junior captain died suddenly aged 21 in October 2006 while training with his NCAA Division 1 Toledo University team.

Some of the leading U18 teams in the UK compete in the Haris tournament, a three-day event held at the Manchester Basketball Centre in Whalley Range.

It has attracted national teams from Germany, Turkey and Switzerland in the past, as well as club sides from Spain, Belgium and France.

It has even been graced by an NBA player in LA Clippers guard Terance Mann, who guided Tilton School to the title in 2014.

Last year’s Haris winners were Myerscough, who saw off the US-based Global Squad in the final.

Spanish side Canarias claimed third spot by beating hosts Manchester Magic.

Organisers are seeking interest for the 2021 event. All enquiries should go to info@manchestermagicandmystics.co.uk or via the tournament's social media channels. http://www.manchestermagicandmystics.co.uk/pages/events.aspx

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