3BL helps elevate Indian 3×3 men’s basketball to highest FIBA ​​World Rankings ever

  • 3BL 2022 Men’s Champions Gurugram Masters earn a spot to compete in the FIBA ​​3X3 World Tour in Manila in May 2022 while Runner’s Up Ahmedabad Wingers earn a spot in the Asian Basketball League 3X3 in Bali in April 2022
  • 2022 3BL Women’s Champion Delhi Divas earns a spot in the 3X3 Asian Basketball League in Bali in April 2022
  • India’s 3×3 men’s rankings are now in the top 20 in the world, posting an extraordinary jump of 70and at 16and in the space of just three weeks, thanks to the participation in the 3BL season 3 which took place between the 8and at 21st March 2022 in Chandigarh
  • This is the highest ranking of any Indian basketball team in history whether in 3×3 or 5×5, men or women, junior age group or senior level
  • INR 75 lakh total prize money awarded in 3BL Season 3, with an additional opportunity to participate in the prestigious FIBA ​​3×3 “World Tour” and “Challenger” events and an Asian continental level tournament
  • Before the start of Season 3, 3BL got exclusive recognition from Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and International Basketball Federation (FIBA) making it the only professional basketball league allowed in India.

New Delhi: India’s 3×3 men’s basketball rankings showed a dramatic jump of 70and at 16and, thanks to the recently concluded third season of Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and International Basketball Federation (FIBA) supported by the 3×3 Pro Basketball League (3BL). 3BL Season 3 was held at Wyndham Chandigarh Mohali Hotel on 8and at 21st March 2022 and saw the participation of the best national and international men’s and women’s 3×3 basketball players.

India’s Top Male and Female Team Stars from all over the country including Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (Arjuna Recipient and National Men’s Team Captain), Anitha Pauldurai (Padma Shri), Geethu Anna Rahul (Arjuna Recipient) , Raspreet Sidhu, Amritpal Singh, Palpreet Singh (former NBA player), Princepal Singh (former NBA player) and Stephy Nixon, to name a few, have been seen in action across 18 franchises in total (12 men and 6 women).

A post-season press conference was held earlier in the day at the Taj Mahal Hotel, hosted by 3BL Commissioner Mr. Rohit Bakshi and Ms. Prerna Sharma, Director of YKBK Enterprise Pvt Ltd., who owns the “3BL” intellectual property. Also present were the two 3BL Season 3 champion teams, Gurugram Masters (men) and Delhi Divas (women), as well as other foreign players. Mr. Vikas Bansal and Mr. Rajeev Tiwari, the owners of the Gurugram Masters franchise, which is the reigning champion of the men’s league, were also present.

Indian men’s 3×3 team ranked No. 2 in Asia

“Before the start of the 3BL 3 season, we promised that the Indian men’s team FIBA ​​World Ranking 3×3 would be around 30and. We are happy to confirm that Indian men are now ranked 16and in the world, ahead of Asian powers like China, Iran and the Philippines and even Australia, which competes in the Asian circuit,” Ms. Prerna Sharma said.

“I want to congratulate Indian men’s basketball players because apart from being among the top 20 in the world, our men’s 3×3 ranking is also the second best in all of Asia, behind only Mongolia,” said Mr. Rohit Bakshi. “We need to maintain the FIBA ​​​3×3 Men’s and Women’s World Rankings and improve to be below 4th place in the World Rankings by October 31, 2023 to ensure our men’s and women’s teams qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Indian Basketball’s Paris Olympic dreams are getting closer to reality

According to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualification criteria, only 8 teams per gender compete in the 3×3 event at the Olympics. The top four ranked teams (according to FIBA ​​Federations Ranking 3×3) gain direct entry, while the next 16 ranked teams play in an Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

In other words, according to today’s FIBA ​​Men’s 3×3 Rankings, the Indian team would be eligible to participate in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, due to the fact that they are the ranked team. No. 16 in the world.

Top 3BL men’s teams rewarded with cash prizes and additional international participation

In the men’s section, Gurugram Masters were crowned champions, Ahmedabad Wingers were the runners-up and Mumbai Heroes were seeded third.

The winning male team received INR 35 lakh, the runners-up won INR 25 lakh, and the third-placed team received INR 15 lakh.

“We are happy that our Gurugram Masters team can repeat themselves as champions,” said Mr. Rajeev Tiwari, co-owner of the Gurugram Masters franchise.

“Competition is getting tougher. We will continue to dominate the league and win the 2022 World Tour Finals to be the best team in the world,” said Mr. Vikas Bansal, Co-Owner of Gurugram Masters.

Additionally, the 3BL Season 3 champion team, Gurugram Masters, will participate in the prestigious FIBA ​​3×3 “World Tour” event in the Philippines and a FIBA ​​3×3 “Challenger” event in Mongolia. Meanwhile, runners-up Ahmedabad Wingers will compete in the first-ever ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) 3×3 Cup in Bali, Indonesia.

The ABL 3×3 Cup will take place on April 16-17 and the FIBA ​​3×3 World Tour event in the Philippines will take place in Manila on May 28-29. Dates for the “Challenger” event in Mongolia have yet to be decided, but the venue has been confirmed as its capital, Ulaanbaatar.

The 3BL Women’s League champion team will participate in the 3×3 Asian Cup

Former India captain Raspreet Sidhu led the Delhi Divas were crowned champions in the second season of the Women’s League which ran alongside the third season of the Men’s League.

“Delhi Divas will join the male runners-up, Ahmedabad Wingers, at the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) 3×3 Cup in Indonesia. I am proud to be the owner of Delhi Divas and we will support our team to win the championship title in ABL like we did in 3BL Season 3,” said Mr. Vivek Kumar Singh, Owner of Delhi Divas and Delhi Hoopers.

Six new women’s 3BL teams will be introduced

“Come 3BL Season 4, we will double the number of female teams from six to twelve. put him on par with men,” said Ms. Prerna Sharma, Director of 3BL.

“I thank all the sponsors and partners who have partnered with the 3BL season, starting with Wyndham Chandigarh Mohali – for their incredible hospitality, Nivia – for the eye-catching jerseys, Boxo Singh Sports Worldwide Pvt Ltd. – our partner of name, Fortis Hospital Mohali – for their medical assistance which included surgery for an injured overseas player, Red Bull – our Energy Drink partner to keep our players well hydrated, Sony LIV – our live streaming partner and 94.3 MY FM – our radio partner. Without their support, organizing a league on this scale simply would not have been possible,” said Ms Prerna Sharma.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all media present, for your extensive coverage of 3BL – the first and only 3×3 professional basketball league in India. We hope you will continue to support us in our wider mission to help BFI achieve its goal of seeing Indian basketball teams qualify for the Paris Olympics in 2024,” said Mr. Rohit Bakshi.

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