The annual Senior National Basketball Championship is set to be held later this month, and as is standard practice various states across India are hosting State Basketball Championships in the lead up to the same.
But it appears that all is not well in some states and questions are being raised against last minute announcement of the dates of some of these State Championships.
In an email letter addressed by Nanded District Basketball Association Secretary Vinod Goswami to Basketball Federation of India Secretary General Chander Mukhi Sharma, Goswami has questioned the functioning of the ad hoc committee of Maharashtra State Basketball Association after its last minute announcement of the dates of the upcoming Maharashtra State Basketball Championship.
Goswami claims that the Championship dates were announced only a week in advance, which has left district teams with no time to prepare properly for the prestigious event, not to mention the travel difficulties that outstation teams face in reaching the venue.
The full letter (dated 5/12/2019) is copy pasted verbatim below:
Ekalavyas hasn’t independently verified the above claims, nor have we sought a response from Basketball Federation of India (Since we are fairly certain no response will be forthcoming). But on the assumption that Mr Goswami’s allegations are correct, this raises serious questions as to the functioning of BFI. The State Championships are the basis on which State teams are selected for the Nationals, and it is from the National Championships that the final Indian teams are picked. So last minute and rushed conduct of State Championships adversely affects the quality of the talent pool right from the district level (in terms of not giving districts enough time to conduct their own tryouts) to the national level.