The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) will send both Men and Women Senior basketball teams to the 1st South Asian Beach Games that will be held in Hanbantota, Sri Lanka, from October 8-16, 2011. India will be amongst eight South Asian countries taking part in the Games, and the 3x3 Beach Basketball tournament from October 9-11 will feature four-player contingents sent from India in both the Men’s and the Women’s divisions. In addition, India will also be sending three FIBA officials to this event.
Hosts Sri Lanka will welcome Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Pakistan to the 2011 South Asian Beach Games, which will feature competitions in 12 sports: Beach Basketball, Beach Football, Beach Handball, Beach Kabbadi, Beach Netball, Beach Volleyball, Beach Body Building, Equestrian, Life Saving, Sailing, Swimming, and Triathlon.
The Beach Basketball tournament will be a modified 3-on-3 version of basketball, played with regulations similar to the FIBA 3x3 rules. Each team will have three starting players and one substitute.
The Indian Women’s contingent will be led by Pete Gaudet, the experienced American head coach of India’s National Senior Women’s team. Mr. Rajinder Singh will be leading the charge for India’s Men’s squad. Both the Men’s and Women’s teams will consist of some of the players who represented India in the 24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women in Japan and the 26th FIBA Asia Championship in China, respectively.
Indian Teams for the Beach Basketball competition at the 1st South Asian Beach Games in Hanbantota (Sri Lanka) – October 8-16, 2011: