Years from now, 2013 will be remembered as a year of ‘firsts’ for 3x3 basketball, particularly in Asia, and specifically for our interest, in India. This was that the year when, for the first time, Indian states held their own 3x3 championships across the country. This was also the first year when India held national-level 3x3 basketball tournaments for Seniors (in Delhi) and for U18s (in Ludhiana).
India is participating in all divisions in both competitions.
On April 24 in Kuala Lampur (Malaysia), FIBA Asia held the draw for the inaugural edition of the 2013 events. Here are the results of the draw, via FIBA Asia 3x3:
1st FIBA Asia Championship for Men - May 15-16 (16 teams)
- Group A: Mongolia, Qatar (Maroon), Philippines, Sri Lanka.
- Group B: India, Indonesia, Turkmenistan, Iran.
- Group C: Chinese Taipei, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Lebanon.
- Group D: Japan, Qatar (Grey), Jordan, Hong Kong.
- Group A: Qatar (Maroon), Indonesia, Turkmenistan, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong.
- Group B: Qatar Grey, India, Mongolia, Lebanon, Nepal.
- Group A: Jordan, Mongolia, India, China, Maldives
- Group B: Turkmenistan, Indonesia, Qatar, Syria, Philippines, Chinese Taipei.
- Group C: Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, Kazakhstan, Thailand 2.
- Group D: Thailand 1, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Nepal, Macau.
- Group A: Turkmenistan, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Mongolia.
- Group B: Philippines, Syria, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka.
- Group C: Thailand 1, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Vietnam.
- Group D: Macau, China, Indonesia, Maldives, Thailand 2.
Success (or at least respectful showings) in these tournaments will be a good stepping stone. But I hope our teams and federation doesn't forget the bigger, more important picture, which will be to improve the level of India's competitiveness across the board in the original 5x5 version of the game.