Basketball Federation of India Enhances Grassroots Structure to Elevate Sport- 2024 Updated

The Basketball Federation of India (BFI), under the leadership of President Aadhav Arjuna, is strategically enhancing its grassroots system to professionalize the sport across the nation.

This initiative aims to see the Indian men’s team compete in the Olympics within the next eight years.

Basketball Federation of India Enhances Grassroots Structure to Elevate Sport- 2024 Updated
Members of the BFI Executive Committee Aezaz Ahmed (left), T. Chengalraiya (right), and Aadhav Arjuna (center). Photo Credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

In order to find talent and build academies, the Basketball Federation of India established the Talent Research Wing, which will be staffed by well-known coaches and former players.

The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) president, Aadhav Arjuna, is gradually establishing the grassroots framework needed to elevate the game to a genuinely professional one. In eight years, the Indian men’s team will be competing in the Olympics, according to him.

“Our ambition is to ensure India takes part in 3×3 format at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics and be a top three team in Asia in four years. We are keen to make India part of the top three in Asia in 5×5 format and compete in the Olympics in eight years,” the 42-year-old said in a statement to the media following BFI’s AGM here on Saturday.

The men’s and women’s professional league, which has been the talk of the basketball world for the past ten or so years, is probably going to start in six to eight months. “We are really pleased with the support of business houses that have participated in the 3×3 and 5×5 bidding process, which is halfway through. The National Star Basketball League, a professional league, will start in six to eight months after the organizing partner is decided upon, most likely on June 25.

We are fortifying our foundational framework. We’ve enrolled at Manipal University, and we’re about to ink an MOU with the Corvuss American Academy in Mumbai. We will choose 30 boys and 30 girls in the U-13, U-16, and U-18 divisions from the Nationals, per the MOU, and train them at the academies we are building all over India,” he stated.

BFI, Aadhav pointed out, has developed a Talent Research Wing (TRW) on the lines of one created by cricket. It will have famous former players and coaches who will play a significant role in creating academies and scouting for prospects. “TRW has India coach S. Baskar, who is with SAI and has been deputed to BFI, and SAI coach Aman Sharma, who will serve as TRW Chairman. Along with former Indian player Ramkumar, we have FIBA instructor Arnika Gujar Patil at TRW,” he added.

Although Aadhav has a mountain to climb, he is not in a panic to reach his objectives.

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June 6 Indian sports wrap: Collegiate Slam Showdown to be launched by Elite Pro Basketball League

Here are all of the significant news, standings, and outcomes pertaining to Indians in sports on June 6.

The largest basketball leagues in India, the Elite Pro Basketball League and the Elite Women’s Pro Basketball League, have announced the Collegiate Slam Showdown, an open basketball competition for college students nationwide that will take place beginning on June 14, 2024.

The Collegiate Slam Showdown, which will include thousands of amateur and professional basketball players over the course of 20 days, will be split into four zones: North, South, East, and West.

The national tournament, which is slated to take place in Noida from July 11 to 14, 2024, would come after the zonal championships.

Top players from the winning teams could have the opportunity to train with and possibly be drafted into teams in the Elite Pro Basketball and Elite Women’s Pro Basketball Leagues in addition to competing for the championship title.

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