Bengaluru, 10th September, 2016: The MSRIT Men’s team won the VTU Championship for 2016-17. The championship was held at NITTE Meenakshi, Bangalore on Saturday, the 10th of September.
Teams affiliated with VTU from Bangalore, Mysore and other zones in Karnataka participated in the event that took place over 3 days, and the finals were played between MSRIT, Bengaluru and NITTE, Mangalore on Saturday, September 10. MSRIT beat RVCE 67-60 in the Semi-Finals to make it to the finals.
MSRIT, Bengaluru 58 (Soukin Shetty 10, Anmol 12, Melver 10) bt NITTE, Mangalore 50 (Jijin 8, Shetty 8) [HT- 40-36]
About Karnataka Basketball
The official recognition to the game of basketball was given in the year 1934 by the Indian Olympic Association. This gave a fillip to the game, and the first National basketball Championship was organized in 1934 by the Indian Olympic Association.
Basketball was introduced to the Mysore State by Y.M.C.A. in 1920s. The Y.M.C.A. has played a vital role not only in spreading the message of sports in Bengaluru, but also developing organized system to promote sports. Mr. A.C. Das, Director of Physical Education and General Secretary Y.M.C.A. took up the primary responsibility. The Mysore State team did not participate in the first National Basketball Championship conducted by the Indian Olympic Association that was held at Delhi. It was in 1936 for the first time Mysore state basketball team was selected and fielded by A.C. Das at Lahore National Championship.
Captain M.G. Vijayasarathy, a product of Y.M.C.A. Chennai was another officer who rendered a great service in popularizing the game in the state. He was like a fatherly figure in the field of Mysore State sports and was responsible for promoting basketball along with his friends and colleagues in Colleges and other Institutions.
Basketball in Karnataka achieved new heights in the year 2014, because for the first time in its history, the state men’s team participated in a six nation International Basketball Tournament along with teams from Australia, Philippines, Singapore, Taipei and hosts Malaysia, for The Chief Ministers trophy at Penang, Malaysia.