First time 3×3 Basketball game is introducing in the Tokyo Olympics and 16 countries (8 Men and 8 Women) will get a ticket to Tokyo Olympics.
“It is a great honor to host such an important event in India and to see our players give it all on home soil for a berth to the first-ever 3×3 Olympic tournament” said BFI President Govindaraj Kempareddy, who received the President’s Award at the FIBA Congress on August 29, 2019.
“Following the successful organisation of two consecutive FIBA Women’s Asia Cup in Bangalore by the BFI, we are looking forward to organizing now a key 3×3 event in a country where our new Olympic discipline already has a strong fanbase.
On Nov. 1, FIBA announced 8 countries (4 Men and 4 Women) automatically qualified for the Olympics based on the FIBA 3×3 Federation Rankings (as of Nov. 1).
FIBA announced Pools with top 20 seeded per gender will compete at the FIBA 3×3 Olympics qualifying tournament in India and for the first time, India set to host historic event FIBA 3×3 Olympics qualifiers in March next year along with YKBK managed by Yoshiya Kato and Rohit Bakshi.
The pools are announced based on world top 20 Federation rankings and top 4 teams (each per gender) already got direct ticket for the Olympics and remaining teams will fight for 3 tickets (each per gender) for the Olympics.
According to the world rankings India no where near to the top 20 teams but being a host to the tournament, with the help of YKBK managed by Yoshiya Kato and Rohit Bakshi., India got a chance host and participate the tournament.
Chances for India in Olympics qualifying tournament in Home at
FIBA announced pools with 5 teams each with 4 groups and Indian men’s team is placed in Pool D along with Netherlands (World No. 7), Latvia (World No 8), Canada (World No18) and Croatia (World No 19). And women’s team is placed in Pool D along with Italy (World No. 8), Chinese Taipei (World No. 9), Czech Rep. (World No. 15), Switzerland (World No 17).
According to Individual Player rankings, Amjyot Singh is India’s top 3×3 player who is currently standing at 350th position in world rankings, followed by Arshpreet Bhullar at 2nd position, Rajveer Singh in 3rd position, Amritpal Singh in 4th position and this team fourth position in recently finished FIBA Asia Quest Final.
Based on recent federation rankings (as of Nov. 1), India is currently at 66th position in Men’s rankings and 57th in Women’s rankings. But in qualifying tournament, Rankings doesn’t matter, and India has a favor as host nation for this tournament.Also it’s not going to be an easy task for India in this tournament.
Here is why?
Men’s team placed with one of the toughest teams in the world, As compared with recently concluded FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2019, Latvia finished with silver medal losing against United States in the finals and Netherlands finished 11th position Canada finished with 22nd position in the world cup.
But When compared India’s recent performance in FIBA 3×3 Asia Quest Final, Punjab Steelers finished fourth position in the tournament and till now that’s our best performance in FIBA organized event.
Groups are even worse for Women’s team, Indian team is placed in one of the toughest pools among all, India will face off against 2 former World Champions Italy and Czech Republic, Switzerland who finished 11th position in recently concluded FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2019.
When it comes to the India’s performance in Asian level, Kochi Stars finished in Quarter Finals and that’s our best performance till now in the Asian level, whereas our U18 women’s team performance is far better than the senior women’s team in Asia.
So, it’s not a easy for India in the tournament but being a host nation, we can expect a good performance from our players and make a history by qualifying tot the Olympics as again we will not a get a chance to qualify for Olympics in 3×3 Basketball.
Written by – Vinay Sadarjoshi
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