Basketball Federation of India assures extensive support for under-18 women

The BFI president also assures that the National championships would be held a lot more professionally from next season

Updated - June 29, 2024 06:04 pm IST

Published - June 29, 2024 05:51 pm IST - NEW DELHI

The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) has taken several steps to wipe away the disappointment of missing the Asian championship for the Indian under-18 women.

The FIBA Asia had chosen the much lower-ranked Maldives ahead of India for the championship.

“Why are we not having a SABA zonal championship for women in that age group? It is discriminatory when we have competition for the boys. India is ready to host any tournament’, said the BFI president, Aadhav Arjuna, during a media interaction in the Capital.

Assuring all support for the under-18 women players, Arjuna said that an exposure tournament has been planned for the under-18 teams in Russia. The training camp for the same will be held from July 9.

“We will call everyone. The under-18 players are the future of India. We stand strongly with the players. We are ready to support their education and give them scholarships. There will be a number of opportunities. Be ready,” said Arjuna, suggesting that he would write a strong message to the world and Asian bodies, demanding a professional system that would respect merit and talent.

“We request the zonal and regional bodies to conduct tournaments for both men and women. Choose the best teams,” he said.

On a different note, the BFI president also assured that the National championships would be held a lot more professionally from next season, with similar treatment for every team, in terms of quality accommodation, food and other facilities.

There are also other initiatives in the pipeline to strengthen Indian basketball.

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