The first-ever FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters event in the country which is to be held in Hyderabad Masters is scheduled to begin here on September 22, it was announced on Tuesday.
The Hyderabad Masters is the seventh stage of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour and it is the first time an international 3x3 basketball tournament is being played in the country.
The participating teams will compete for a chance to qualify for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final which will be held on the 27th and 28th of October.
International teams such as Novi Sad, Piran, Belgrade and more, along with top international players like Simon Finzgar, Anze Srebovt and Gasper Ovnik will be playing at the two-day event.
The qualification for the Indian 3x3 teams -- Delhi and Bangalore -- was decided on the basis of the results from the inaugural season of 3x3 Basketball League (3BL) which was held from June 9 to August 26 across six cities in India.
Members of the Delhi team comprise of Bikramjit Gill, Leandro Souza de Lima, Inderbir Gill, and Kiran Shastri. While the team from Bangalore includes Sowkin Shetty, Rajan Sharma, Amit Sehrawat, and Lalrina Renthlei.
Commenting on the development, Chairman, 3BL, Yoshiya Katoh said: India is getting a chance like never before -- to host the FIBA 3x3 World Tour. Only nine other cities in the world have been the hosts in this edition. This is an opportunity for Indian basketball players to compete against the strongest opponents and improve their game.
'With IANS inputs'