Three weeks ago, India defeated South Asian rivals to win the SABA Basketball Championship in Kathmandu, and thus, qualifed for the 5th FIBA Asia Cup. And on Sunday, June 8th, the draw for the championship - previously known as the Stankovic Cup - was made in this year's host city of Wuhan (China). India have found themselves in Group A, along with the hosts China, FIBA Asia Championship and FIBA Asia Cup defending champs Iran, Japan, and Indonesia.
Here is the complete draw:
- Group A: China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan.
- Group B: Chinese Taipei, Jordan, Philippines, Singapore, Uzbekistan.
India's best finish at this tournament was at fifth place back in 2008. Two years ago, in the last iteration of the FIBA Asia Cup in Tokyo, India lost all their games and finished at last place. Even though India has been drawn in a top-heavy group this time, we will be hoping for better results and an appearance in the knockout stage.