Somalia is taking part in the 16th Arab Basketball Championships that have started in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The 12 national Arab teams taking part in this year's championship have been divided into 3 groups of 4 teams eaxh and Somalia has fallen in the very tough group 1 that alos includes hosts Saudi Arabia and the powerful Jordanian team:
Group 1: Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Yemen and Jordan
Group 2: Egypt, Sudan, Mauritania and Morocco
Group 3: Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq and Palestine
Top 2 teams from each group go to the second round with the first of groups 1 and 3 and the runner up of group 2 in one group and the first of group 2 and the runners up of groups 1 and 3 in the other group.
Notable absences include Lebanon, Syria, UAE, Qatar and Bahrain.