Basketball: launch in Kinshasa of the Bismack Biyombo camp

The Bismack Biyombo basketball camp was launched on Tuesday August 2 at the Institut Supérieur de la Gombe in Kinshasa by Congolese NBA star Bismack Biyombo Sumba with the financial support of TMB. 100 best young boys from the preselection of 1000 including dozens of girls started this 3-day camp under the supervision of Congolese and expatriate coaches.

80 boys must fall on the second day of the camp to finish with 12 boys and 12 girls on the last day. The most talented young pupils or students will benefit from scholarships for the USA in order to study and practice this sport in the country of basketball.

By launching this camp, the native of Lubumbashi (Haut-Katanga), Bismack Biyombo Sumba, wants to unearth the talents of tomorrow and offer an opportunity to young basketball players.

“The goal is to help young people, it has been since 2012, to give young people the opportunity, to bring the most talented to the USA and to mentor others from here. I have this obligation to help these future Congolese stars. We start playing basketball not because we want to play in the NBA but because we love basketball, that’s what we try to make young people understand. This is where it all begins. I played the Congo Cup here, but you’ve been thinking for a while that my life can change through basketball. The problem is that we have to build the infrastructure, but then we can’t wait until we have good infrastructure to give young people opportunities. If that were the case, I would still be in the country,” he told the press.

Two other detections will take place in Lubumbashi and Goma (North Kivu). 60 young Congolese have already benefited from this camp initiated 10 years ago. Some are in college, some will play professionally in the NBA like Jonathan Kuminga (20) 2022 champion with the Golden State Warriors and Oscar Tshiebwe, best player in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) with Kentucky Wildcats.

Measuring 2.03 meters, the pivot Bismack Biyombo Sumba, drafted in 2011 is currently a member of Suns Phoenix. The latter has not been able to organize the camp since the 2019 edition following the Covid-19 pandemic and the death of his father.

Fonseca MANSIANGA

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