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Dublin: 6 °C Saturday 15 December, 2018

Basketball community in mourning following the sudden passing of Irish underage star

Liam Chandler has been described as a player of ‘great character, talent and commitment.’

The 18-year-old (right) played for Neptune BC in Cork.
The 18-year-old (right) played for Neptune BC in Cork.
Image: Inpho

BASKETBALL IRELAND HAS today paid tribute to Ireland underage international Liam Chandler, who has suddenly passed away at the age of 18.

The teenager had recently represented his country at the U18 European Championships in Estonia and played a key role in Neptune’s all-conquering season earlier this year.

As a mark of respect, Neptune’s Division One clash against Killorglin tomorrow has been postponed while all U18 Cup fixtures scheduled to take place at Neptune Stadium have been called off.

In a statement, Basketball Ireland expressed its shock and sadness at the ‘untimely passing of a player of great character, talent and commitment.’

“It is with great sadness that we have learned of the untimely passing of Neptune and Irish international basketball player, Liam Chandler,” it read.

“The 18-year-old was a player of great character, talent and commitment, known in particular for his ability and skill under the boards. He played a huge part in Neptune’s Cup winning treble earlier this year and, on many occasions, wore the Irish jersey with pride at international tournaments and European Championships – most recently representing his country at Under 18 level in Tallinn, Estonia.

Liam Chandler celebrates Liam Chandler (middle) celebrates winning the U18 National Cup final with his Neptune team-mates in January 2016. Source: Inpho

“Everyone at Basketball Ireland would like to extend sincere condolences to Liam’s family, friends, club and teammates.

“May he Rest in Peace.”

All basketball events this weekend will be preceded by a minute’s silence and applause in memory of Liam Chandler.

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