The great moment of Indian basketball has arrived. The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) has announced INBL 5×5 which will see city-based teams in action representing Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata over three rounds before heading to the playoffs in January 2023 On offer for teams and individuals is a prize pool of over 50 lakhs. A delighted K Govindaraj, Chairman of the BFI and Vice Chairman of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), said: “This day should be marked in golden letters in the history of Indian basketball. We are launching what has been the dream of millions of basketball fans in India. The format which is focused on local teams playing against each other in cities which are relatively more active hubs of basketball in India will ensure that hundreds of talents are assessed on the court to be screened to the next level.
“Earlier this year, we successfully launched and executed Season 1 INBL 3×3, which saw over 9,000 players in action in 20 cities across the country. The overwhelming response from players proved the potential of basketball in India. BFI’s current goal is to Indian national teams must be ready to play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2027 and possibly the Olympics after that. And I believe that with all this which is being done now and planned, we are on the right track,” he added. In his comments, Chander Mukhi Sharma, Secretary General of BFI, said, “Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the Federation to ensure that there is enough competition for players and coaches as well as enough entertainment for supporters and fans. I am confident that INBL 5×5, which is being attempted for the first time in India, will fulfill both purposes. Players from the National Team and National Camps in past years will be pooled and distributed to teams to ensure quality action. in the field.”
“Lately we have seen very encouraging progress from our national teams. The U16 team finished an unprecedented fifth in the FIBA U16 Asian Championship and the senior team showed some steady progress in the FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifiers. All these are very encouraging signs for Indian basketball,” added Chander Mukhi Sharma. The six teams will play three rounds – in Delhi, Pune and Cuttack. The first round will be played in Delhi from October 12 to 16, followed by the second round two weeks later from October 26 to 30 in Cuttack.The third round will be played in Pune from December 14 to 18. The playoffs are scheduled to take place in Bengaluru from January 11 – 15. Each round will be spread over 5 days with the 6 teams playing all remaining teams once in a round robin. playoffs.
The Basketball Federation of India has recently made a name for itself as one of the leading organizers of FIBA international events. Starting with hosting the FIBA Women’s Asian Cup 2017, the BFI hosted the FIBA Women’s U16 Asian Championship 2017 the same year, followed by the FIBA Women’s Asian U18 Championship 2018 the following year. . In 2019, the BFI hosted the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup 2019 and recently hosted the FIBA U18 Women’s Asia Championship 2022.
“The successful hosting of these premier events to the satisfaction of FIBA Asia and FIBA standards has proven that the BFI is a very capable and efficient host of international basketball events,” said K Govindaraj, who in 2019 received the FIBA Presidential Medal for National Federations. . Chander Mukhi Sharma added: “The BFI has also taken an active interest in improving the knowledge and abilities of coaches through various coaching clinics and development programs of FIBA and SAI. We have also put in constant effort to ensure that our referees and technical officials are up to date with the latest rules and guidelines in the world.I believe the INBL 5×5 will show the overall improvement that Indian basketball has achieved. over the past eight years or so (ANI)
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