Ludhiana, April 16, 2013: Punjab Basketball Association shall be organising and hosting the 1st 3x3 Junior Men and Women National Basketball Championship on April 18-19, at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana
The meeting of organising committee was held today under the chairmanship of M.F. Farooqui I.P.S to review the arrangements.
Giving the details about the championship, M.F. Farooqui I.P.S. said that it is a proud moment for the city as it is hosting the first ever 3x3 Jinor National Basketball Championship of the country.
Given the popularity of the format, which already has over 250 million players worldwide and among the most played recreational sports in the world, it is fast catching up and would soon be introduced in the summer Olympics as well.
Farooqui also added that India is the current Women Asian Champion in the 3x3 format and the Men were 5th in the last 3x3 Asian Championship. Both Men and Women won gold at the SAF games in this format of the game.
PBA sees 3x3 as a major vehicle for promotion of the game throughout the state. Farooqui also stated that "The 3-on-3 concept has all the elements and skills required for basketball, and at the same time, it is the easiest and one of the most effective ways to bring youngsters to basketball, keep them and promote our game. “
19 teams in the men section and 18 teams in the women section have already confirmed their entry.
About 3x3 Format
3x3 (pronounced 3 on 3), previously known as FIBA 33, is a formalised version of three-on-three basketball. It is a form of the game initially developed on inner-city asphalt outdoor courts in the United States. This variant of the sport is currently being promoted by the sport's worldwide governing body, FIBA, which began developing it in 2007. The format was first tested at the 2007 Asian Indoor Games in Macau, introduced at international level at the 2009 Asian Youth Games in Singapore, and made its worldwide competitive debut at the 2010 Youth Olympics, also in Singapore.
The first FIBA 3x3 Youth World Championship was held in Rimini, Italy in 2011, which was won by New Zealand. The sport is being developed by FIBA sports director Kosta Iliev and is highly tipped to become an Olympic sport as early as 2016. The first senior men's FIBA 3x3 World Championship and senior women's FIBA 3x3 World Championship for Women tournaments were held in Greece, in August of 2012. The second FIBA 3x3 Youth World Championship was held in Spain in 2012, Serbia won the title.
Enthusiasm for the FIBA 3x3 format in the world is "beyond any imagination", and FIBA 33 tournaments are held "almost every week" in Southeast Asia.
FIBA is also developing a world ranking system for FIBA 3x3 in consultation with technology companies, as well as statistics professors from a university in FIBA's headquarters country of Switzerland.