Monday,11 December, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1249, (4 - 10 June 2015)
Monday,11 December, 2017
Issue 1249, (4 - 10 June 2015)

Ahram Weekly

The showman basketball

Academy is the start of something new, reports Abeer Anwar

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Al-Ahram Weekly

There is a long history between Egyptians and basketball. The sport was founded in Egypt in 1934. The Egyptian federation at the time was part of the European Basketball Zone as the African zone was not formed until 1961.

A great number of players play basketball throughout the governorates but the question coach Hussein Hamada, owner of the Showman Academy, always asked himself as well as other coaches was why Egyptian players are not famous nor has the national team not been in the Olympic Games except in 1984 and 1988 when Egypt finished in12th place on both occasions.

Such dismal performances led Hamada to establish his Showman Academy, at the Eastern Company Club, which he says is different from any other in Egypt.

“It is the first academy to follow a workout system in training which allows every player to know his weak points and to work on them specifically to enhance his performance,” Hamada said.

Hamada designed three pieces of equipment for shooting baskets, speed parachutes and a moving defender, all of which were hand made by workers under his supervision.

The speed parachutes help basketball players to increase their speed by applying the push and pull of opposing forces. The ‘moving’ defenders do actually move to increase a player’s defence or enhance his ability to steal a ball or start a fastbreak. Hamada also invented the first moving passing machine.

“I designed the equipment with my own hands to improve the performance of Egyptian basketball players especially those who are on first division teams.”

Hamada’s work was recognised by the Scientific Research Academy. He also wrote a study called ‘Basketball Training with Modern Equipment’.

Hamada added that several countries use his equipment, including the US, Lebanon, China, the UAE and Qatar “so it is high time for Egypt to also introduce such machines as the Egyptians were one of the first to play basketball”.

Hamada started his basketball career at 20 when he played for Misr Petroleum Club. Two years later he was injured and had to quit as a player but started his career as a coach. He coached in Bahrain but decided to return to Egypt and open his own academy for basketball.

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