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NEW DELHI: India’s 3×3 men’s basketball rankings have jumped dramatically from 70th to 16th, thanks to the recently concluded third season of the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) supported by the 3×3 Pro Basketball League (3BL). 3BL Season 3 took place in Mohali from March 8-21 and saw the participation of top national and international 3×3 men’s and women’s basketball players.
India’s top stars in men’s and women’s team across the country including Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (Arjuna recipient and captain of the men’s national team), 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 here on Sunday led by 3BL Commissioner Rohit Bakshi and Prerna Sharma, Director of YKBK Enterprise Pvt Ltd, owner of the ‘3BL’ property. Also present were the two 3BL Season 3 champion teams, Gurugram Masters (men) and Delhi Divas (women), as well as other foreign players.
Indian men’s 3×3 team ranked 2nd in Asia
“Before the start of the 3BL 3 season, we promised that the Indian men’s team FIBA ​​3×3 World Ranking would be around 30th. We are happy to confirm that Indian men now rank 16th in the world, ahead of Asian powers like China, Iran and the Philippines and even Australia, which competes in the Asian circuit,” Prerna said.
“I want to congratulate Indian men’s basketball players because besides being among the top 20 in the world, our men’s 3×3 ranking is also the second best in all of Asia, behind Mongolia,” Rohit said. “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 Olympics. of Paris 2024.”
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 the FIBA ​​3×3 Federation Ranking) gain direct entry, while the next 16 ranked teams play in an Olympic qualifying tournament.
In other words, according to today’s FIBA ​​3×3 Men’s Rankings, the Indian team would be eligible to participate in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, by virtue of being the No. 16 in the world.
Top 3BL men’s teams rewarded with prize money and additional international participation
In the men’s section, Gurugram Masters were crowned champions, Ahmedabad Wingers came second and Mumbai Heroes came 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 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 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.
3BL Women’s League Champion Team to Participate in 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 title of champion in ABL as we did in 3BL season 3. said Vivek Kumar Singh, owner of Delhi Divas and Delhi Hoopers.
Six new 3BL women’s teams launched
“Come 3BL Season 4, we are going to double the number of female teams from six to twelve. men,” Prerna said.

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