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Preparations are in fullswing for FIBA Women's Asia Cup

Preparations are in fullswing for FIBA Women's Asia Cup

Bengaluru, July 17 (UNI) Preparations are in fullswing for the FIBA Women's Asia Cup to be held in the City from July 23 to 29, Basketball Federation of India (BFI) President K Govindaraj said today. Addressing a joint press conference along with BFI Secretary General Chander Mukhi Sharma and Mr Anupam Agrawal, Director, Youth Empowerment and Sports here, he said "No stone is being left unturned to make the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup a grand success." The seven day event will be held in two venues- Sree Kanteerava Stadium and Koramangala Stadium and both the venues are being refurbished as per FIBA guidelines. He said that the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has recently accorded recognition to the BFI in a boost to its efforts to promote and develop basketball. India has been placed in Group A of Division B along with Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan. The Indian women’s team has been training in Bengaluru for the last two months under Seribian coach Zoran Visic. The team was also on exposure trip recently and competed in the 39th William Jones Cup Tournament in Taipei. India first participated in this event in 1970, and has competed 17 times in total. The Indian women’s team best finish in this tournament came in the year 2013, when it finished 5th, including a historic Level 1 victory. Prior to that, India’s best finish had been 6th place at the 1992, 2009 and 2011 iterations. India needs to top Division B to get elevated into Division A for the next edition. The city of Bengaluru last hosted a FIBA Championship back in 2004 (the U18 Championship for Men). The Championship is returning now at the senior level. Govindaraju said that with the participation of Australia, the 2006 World champions, and Asian giants like holders Japan, China, South Korea and Chinese Taipei, this event is expected to provide immense inspiration to the young aspirants and the senior players as well. He said that Tickets are on sale in full swing online since 11th July (www.ticketgenie.in/fiba-tickets) and fromm July 22 tickets will also be sold at the box office at the Kanteerava Stadium. He said that India is ranked No 40 in the FIBA world rankings and is at No 5 in Asia. He said that the Karnataka State Basketball Association has been in the forefront of organizing major national and international events. Stating that the State government is extending all help, he said that Chief Minister Sidddaramaiah is the Chief Patron of the Organising Committee. UNI MSP RS ADB2005

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