• The Indian contingent for the FIBA 3×3 U18 Asia Cup 2017 is all set to leave for Cyberjaya, Malaysia.
  • The selection trial for this event was held on 21st April 2017 at the National Basketball Academy – Indore, MP.
  • The 3rd edition of the tournament will see 32 teams competing for the title.
  • The Indian Junior Boys and Girls will have to earn their spot in the main tournament/competition by topping their respective Qualifying Draws.
  • Qatar and Japan are the defending champions in the men’s and women’s category respectively. India is seeded 14th in the tournament.
  • India’s first match in the men’s category is against 15th seed Lebanon while the women face 3rd seed Turkmenistan.

The contingent representing India at the FIBA 3×3 U18 Asia Cup 2017 in Cyberjaya, Malaysia. Image credits: Basketball Federation of India

Bengaluru, 24th May 2017: The Junior Boys and Girls representing India at the FIBA 3×3 U18 Asia Cup 2017 are all set to leave for Cyberjaya, Malaysia. The 3rd edition of the tournament will be held between 26-28 May and will see 32 teams (16 each for men and women) competing to be crowned Asia’s best.

The junior Indian men and women have been placed in the qualifying draws and will have to top their respective pools to be eligible to play for the championship. The men will be going up against Turkmenistan and Lebanon while the women will face Chinese Taipei and Turkmenistan. If the teams were to top their pool and qualify, the men will be placed in pool with defending champions Qatar while the women would be placed in a pool against Japan – an Asian powerhouse, who also are the defending champs.

The selection trial for this event was held on 21st April 2017 at the National Basketball Academy – Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Former Olympian Mr Dilip Gurumurthy of Karnataka will be leading the boys while girls are being led by Indian Railways’ Jeena Zachariah. “The tournament is going to be a great learning experience for our players. We hope that the exposure they get due to such opportunities help them develop their game and become better as players,” said Gurumurthy. “We have been seeded against two of the better teams (Turkmenistan and Chinese Taipei) of the tournament. We aim to give it our best and hope to qualify for Pool C,” said Zachariah.

The matches can be streamed live on FIBA 3×3’s YouTube channel. The link: https://www.youtube.com/FIBA3x3

The entire squad list and the pools for the tournament can be found below.

THE SQUADS

Men

Sr No Name Position State/Unit
1 Princepal Singh Player Punjab
2 Sejin Mathew Player Kerala
3 Bhagyansh Gulati Player Uttar Pradesh
4 Prashant Tomar Player Karnataka
5 Dilip Gurumurthy Team Leader Karnataka

Women

Sr No Name Position State/Unit
1 Ishwarya Janardhanan Player Tamil Nadu
2 Sreekala Rani Player Kerala
3 Vaishnavi Yadav Player Uttar Pradesh
4 Harshitha Kelttira Bopaiah Player Karnataka
5 Jeena Zachariah Team Leader Indian Railways


Pools for the tournament

Image credits: FIBA.com

Jason D’souza
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