India to host FIBA Women’s Asia Cup in Bengaluru

India will host two international events in 2017: the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup and FIBA Under-16 Women’s Asian Championship, the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) announced on 5 februray. The continental flagship tournament for women will be held here from July 23 to 29. India has also been given another continental level tournament — the FIBA U-16 Women’s Asian Championship — which will be held from October 22 to 28 in Hyderabad. This will be the first time since 2009 that India will host a major FIBA (International Basketball Federation) event.Fourteen teams will take part in both events, with eight teams in Division A (which include new Oceania teams Australia and New Zealand) and six in lower Division B. This will be the first time since 2009 that India will host a major International Basketball Federation (FIBA) event. FIBA has allotted this event to India with utmost confidence and support, based on the steady increase in on-court quality of the Indian national teams over the past two years since the new leadership of the BFI, led by President K. Govindaraj and Secretary General Chander Mukhi Sharma, took over. The Men’s National Teams made it to the quarter-finals in the 28th FIBA Asia Championship in 2015 and again to the quarter-finals, bagging an all time best seventh place in the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016. In 2009, the BFI was allotted the same two Championships — the 1st FIBA Asia U-16 Championship for Girls in Pune and the 23rd FIBA Asia Championship for Women in Chennai. Addressing a press conference here, BFI President K Govindaraj said, “It has been far too long for Indian fans to get to see their homegrown talent compete against the best in Asia. Fourteen teams will compete in both the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup and the U-16 Women’s Asian Championship, with eight teams in Division A (which include new Oceania teams Australia and New Zealand) and six in lower Division B. India is in Division B in both the Senior and U-16 events. Govindaraj also announced that a national league for men will be held later this year.

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