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Maltese basketball legend Tony Camilleri dies

The Maltese basketball community woke up on Saturday to the news of the death of former player and coach Tony Camilleri.

Camilleri was a popular figure in the local basketball arena and enjoyed spells with several clubs, including Ħamrun Liberty and Mellieħa, throughout his career both as a player and coach.

Camilleri formed part of the Malta national team side that won an historic bronze medal at the 1985 Games of the Small States of Europe in San Marino.

The Malta Basketball Association issued a statement to pay tribute to Camilleri.

“The Malta Basketball Association is deeply saddened by the news that Tony Camilleri has passed away,” the local governing body said in a statement.

“Mr Camilleri was involved in the basketball field for a long time and won various honours and awards with different teams, both as a player and coach.

“He was also a national team player for a number of years and who also formed part of the 1985 squad which won the first-ever medal for Malta, in all sports, during the 1985 inaugural Games of the Small States held in San Marino.

“The Malta Basketball Association extends its profound condolences to his wife Carmen and son Andrew and all his family. Rest in peace Tony.”

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