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Is 3×3 basketball the push India need?

first_imgThe first of its kind 3×3 basketball event was held in India recently which gave the masses a chance to get familiar with the number one urban team sport in the world, according to an IOC sanctioned study.In June 2017, the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board announced that 3×3 basketball would be included as part of the Olympic Basketball programme, starting with the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the event in the capital was designed to introduce the Indian masses to 3×3 Basketball ahead of the FIBA authorized International 3×3 Pro Basketball League in India tentatively announced for 2018.India Today caught up with Satnam Singh, the Indian star of the NBA, along with the winners of the India leg of the tournament, and spoke to them about how this league will benefit the sport in the country.Question: How is 3×3 basketball different from 5×5 basketball?Satnam Singh: First of all the 5×5 is not easy to play because there are a lot of guys in the team over there and you may not get a chance to play. You need time to play that 5×5 and you may not get that much time (on court). But over here in 3×3 there are only 4 players (in the team) and you can go change anytime. You gain experience and you can improve your game and it is pretty fast.Question: How will playing 3×3 help Indian basketball players?Satnam Singh: 3×3 will do well because if you hold 3×3 in India then it will add experience to young kids because a lot of kids do not know about 3×3. If they start playing 3×3 then they can improve their game. Sometimes kids cannot play 5×5 but this (3×3) they can play anywhere at home or on court and they can improve their gameadvertisementJapanese team Hamamatsu won the Indian leg of the event and won an all expenses paid trip to participate in the main event in Mexico. India Today also spoke to two players from the winners of the India leg of the tournament.Question: Talk about your experience of playing in India?Bikramjit Singh, basketball player, Hamamatsu: Playing 3×3 basketball in India was a great experience. For a first event that India has hosted, it was put together really well. It was fun playing against people we knew and the environment was amazing at the Ambience Mall & I think for the first time (of the event), they (organisers) did an amazing job.Question: According to you what is the future of basketball in India?Inderbir Singh Gill, basketball player, Hamamatsu: The potential for Basketball is huge in India. I believe basketball is the fastest growing sport in India and I think 3×3 is really going to help this game gain momentum because it is going to give more exposure to the players and it is going to give the players another platform to get better and to work on their game. You know anytime you can make money while playing basketball is always a great thing and a great blessing. I think India is really going to like 3×3 style and this sport has a lot of potential to grow.Question: How will the 3×3 style help develop Indian basketball?Inderbir Singh Gill, basketball player, Hamamatsu: 3×3 is really going to help Indian basketball because it is going to give another platform to Indian basketball players to get better and it is going to improve their skills. It is a different kind of game than 5×5 and this adds a different dimension to all the players and their skill set and I believe 3×3 should be huge for Indian basketballIndia is currently ranked 64th in World basketball rankings and 11th in Asia. India finished 14th in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup after failing to reach the knockouts from the group stage.last_img read more

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