High off their 8th place finish from the recent FIBA Asia Championship - the best in 12 years - four key members from the Indian men’s basketball team are all set to return to China to participate in the 3x3 PREMIER.EXE World Games 2015.
The squad, comprising of Akilan Pari, Vinay Kaushik, Arvind Arumugam, and Gurvinder Singh Gill, flew out to Chengdu, China to take part in the tournament, which is set to be held on October 24-25 at Chengdu's Ito Yokado.
12 teams from across the globe are participating in this shortest format of competitive basketball, divided into four Pools of three teams each. India is the only team coming under a national team banner, while teams from hosts China, Japan, Korea, Canada, Greece and Slovenia are also taking part.
India is placed in Pool C alongside Korea Jeonju and Japan Dreams.
The tournament is structured in a preliminary league cum knockout format. The top two teams from each Pool qualify to the knockout stages. The winners and runners up will be awarded prize money of USD 5000 and 3000 respectively, while a supplementary prize will also be given to the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament.
Team India: Akilan Pari, Vinay Kaushik, Arvind Arumugam, Gurvinder Singh Gill.
Pool A: Greece Tigers, China Turn Up, Japan Stars
Pool B: Japan National Team, China 30+, Slovenia SportClub
Pool C: Korea Jeonju, Japan Dreams, India.
Pool D: China Dalishuishou, Korea Busan, Canada Prime
India’s preliminary round schedule for 24th Oct*
Game 1: vs Korea Jeonju, 2:28 pm IST [4:58 pm local time]
Game 2: vs Japan Dreams, 4:25 pm IST [6:45 pm local time]
*Knockout rounds will be played on 25th Oct.