The youngest competitors at the Asian basketball stage are the under-16s; youth players who have shown potential for greatness, and get their first opportunity to represent their squads at the biggest stage in the continent. When the U16 FIBA Asia Basketball Championship (ABC) began in 2009, China - one of the continent's finest teams - jumped out in front and took charge of the future. The tournament has taken place every two years twice more, and China have won every single time, including the most recent championship held back in 2013 at at Tehran (Iran).
newest brigade of young players heading out for the 2015 FIBA Asia U16 Championship will hope to provide a boost and some encouraging results to showcase the bright future of Indian hoops. This tournament is a qualifying tournament for the 2016 FIBA Asia U17 World Championship.
India have been placed in Group D of the tournament with none other than reigning champions China, along with South Korea and Iraq. The 12-member boys squad, under the helm of coach Mahendra Singh Rathore, headed out to China a few days ago. Baladhaneshwar Poiyamozhi of Tamil Nadu was named team captain.
The tournament was initially supposed to be held in India itself - at Bengaluru - in July, but due to the troubles with India's own basketball federation, FIBA shifted the tournament to Indonesia and to a later date. Jakarta's BritAma Arena and GOR Pulogadung will be the two venues for the games.
Preliminary Round Groups
- Group A: Japan, Kuwait, Hong Kong, Malaysia.
- Group B: Chinese Taipei, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Lebanon.
- Group C: Philippines, Bahrain, North Korea, Thailand
- Group D: China, India, Korea, Iraq.
- Swapnil Sharma
- Manoj Singh Sisodia
- Sorav Singha
- Ankit Joshi
- Muhammad Shiras Noushad
- Harshwardhan Tomar
- Baladhaneshwar Poiyamozhi
- Joshua Jaison George
- Adarsh Premsan Jayakumar
- Kanwar Gurbaz Singh Sandhu
- Head Coach: Mahendar Singh Rathore
- Coach: Aju Jacob
- Manager: Venkata Siva Naga Prasad Takasi
- India vs. China - October 29 - 12:30 PM.
- India vs. Korea - October 30 - 4:30 PM.
- India vs. Iraq - October 31 - 4:30 PM.