Basketball trials from June 18

The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) is all set to go ahead with its plans to host the fourth South Asian basketball championship despite the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports advising the body not to hold any official event in the country.

The championship, which acts as the qualifying event for the FIBA Asia Cup, will be held at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium here from July 3.

The Indian squad for the championship is expected to be finalised after a two-day selection camp starting on June 18, where the list of 25 probables shortlisted after the seniors nationals held in Rajasthan in December 2014, will be reduced to a squad of 16.
“We have notified all the 25 players who were shortlisted during the Bhilwara (Rajasthan) Nationals,” said a BFI source.

“The probables have been called for a selection trial here on June 18 and 19. The list will be then cut short to 16, and the team will have a camp to prepare for the SABA championship. Except for three — Amjyot Singh Gill, Amritpal Singh and Satnam Singh Bhamara — who are a part of the professional leagues abroad, we are expecting to see everyone else. Now it’s up to them to decide,” he added.

The sports ministry had advised BFI to not hold any official basketball event in the country after two factions held separate elections to pick office-bearers. The faction led by Karnataka Olympic Association President K Govindraj has been accorded recognition by FIBA, the world governing body for the sport, but the ministry is shying away from granting recognition to it, despite the Delhi High Court allowing it to function as the legitimate federation.

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