The World Chinese Basketball Invitational Tournament (WCBIT) is an annual event founded by the Chinese-American Athletic Association (CAAA) in 1985. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, its World Chinese Basketball Commission aims to promote the game whilst fostering harmonious relations among Chinese worldwide. Many countries have come forward in enthusiasm to participate in the annual meet which displays sheer grit of the Olympian spirit where they believe that it is not about winning but more so about taking part. and it is not about conquering but that they have fought well throughout in harmony.
The 33rd World Chinese Basketball International Tournament was hosted on Malaysian grounds from 16 to 19 November 2017 at the MINES International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC) in Selangor. The event saw about 25O teams comprising of more than 3,000 players from across the world gathering in Malaysia for the annual meet. The event had also garnered a strong support of Malaysia Major Events, a division under the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) also an agency under the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTAC).
The opening ceremony of the 33rd World Chinese Basketball Invitational Tournament was a boisterous one with an exhilarating lion dance performance to kickstart the annual meet. The VIPs who were present to grace the event include the Malaysian Minister of Tourism and Culture, YB Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz; President of the Chinese-American Athletic Association (CAAA). Mr Zhang Zhengou; President of the World Chinese Basketball Invitational Tournament, Mr Gao Qizheng, General Manager of Malaysia Major Events under the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Mr Tony Nagamaiah; Managing Director of Seri Mutiara Development Group, Datuk Benny Hoe, Group Chief Executive Officer of Seri Mutiara Development Group Datuk Yee Tuck Sing: and Director of NBL Asia Sdn Bhd. Datuk Kevin Yit.
Not only did the annual meet pave ways for sports development locally and globally, it has also spurred tourism activities in Malaysia during the period of the tournament. As participants come from various regions of the world namely Asia, Europe and the United States of America, the event had seen direct positive impacts to Malaysia, both in bilateral relations as well as a boost in the economies.