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Women's basketball team to travel to Taiwan for BLIA Cup

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams are excited to announce that the women’s basketball team will be traveling to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to compete in the Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Cup University Basketball Tournament from July 3rd to July 8th.  

The team will begin the day-long journey to Kaohsiung on June 30, 2018, staying at the world famous Fo Guang Shan Monastery during their 10-day trip.

The BLIA Cup, hosted by Fo Guang University, features nine men’s and nine women’s teams from all around the globe - this year’s tournament includes teams from Malaysia, Japan, China, France, Australia, Taiwan, Canada, and the United States.  

“We're very thankful for the Buddha's Light International Association organizers for inviting us to the tournament,” says Rams lead assistant coach, Jessica Roque. “It's an incredible opportunity not only to bring us together for training and preparation for the season ahead but also to experience the culture of Taiwan and travel to parts of the world our student-athletes have never been to.”

The Taiwan trip marks the program’s first overseas competition, according to Roque.

“Ryerson Athletics has always been student-focused,” continues Roque. “With this trip, we hope to provide our student-athletes with an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. We're excited for the competition and the chance to represent our university and program on an international level.”

The following teams will be competing in the tournament:

  • University of Alaska Anchorage, United States of America
  • Fo Guang University, Taiwan
  • Malaysian National Team, Malaysia
  • Nagoya Gakuin University, Japan
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, People’s Republic of China
  • Shih Hsin University, Taiwan
  • Université de Lyon, France
  • University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Ryerson University, Canada


Stay up-to-date with the trip by following along on our website or on Twitter/Instagram, @RyersonRams & @RyersonRamsWBB.


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