With little over a month left to go for the 3×3 Asian Championships for senior men and women and the U-18 championship,the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) is in a rush to hold national meets in order to select its teams.
Since BFI had never organised a national event in any of the categories,the quick-fix was needed otherwise the federation couldn’t have sent team entries for the Asian Championships to be held in Doha (men’s on May 15-16) and U-18 tournament in Bangkok (from 22-24 May) as mandated by the Asian body.
So in a space of a week the federation is holding two back-to-back 3×3 national championships — the first-ever senior Nationals to be held in New Delhi from 11-12 April and the U-18 championships in Ludhiana on 18-19 April.
“We had little time to organise these events but it was needed otherwise we would have missed out on Asian Championships,” BFI’s CEO Roopam Sharma told The Indian Express.
“Based on these two meets we’ll select our teams. This 3×3 concept is fast catching up so we were very keen,” she added. 3×3 is a stripped down version of the full game. Played only in the half-court,the three-a-side game’s duration is capped at 10 minutes with only a solitary break of 30 seconds with a race for 21 points.
The situation meant state associations too had to think on their feet as none of them had organised a single event in this format. While some like Delhi are organising a state championship others like Uttarakhand called on open trials to select its state team for the Nationals
“We are all but finished with the senior meet and our junior championships will finish this Sunday,” said Ashok Rangeen,the Delhi team coach.