Indian men’s basketball team have been rewarded with their performances as Basketball Federation of India has decided to give RS 5 Lakhs for their brilliant show in the FIBA Asia Challenge which finished yesterday at Tehran, Iran . They finished 7th in the tournament beating three top teams of Asia. It was a brilliant performance by basketball team who defeated China and the Philippines in the group stage. They lost to Iran in the quarter-finals before beating Chinese Taipei in the 7th-8th classification match.
“Reaching the top seven in Asia is an excellent achievement, especially considering the circumstances and opponents,” said BFI president K Govindaraj.
“We beat three teams who have better world rankings. This cash prize is a small token of appreciation for our players’ indomitable spirit. They have kept India’s flag flying high. This is a culmination of all that sacrifice by everybody involved,” he added.
It is one of their best finishes in this tournament after 27 years. To finish 7th out of the 12 teams and beating top 3 higher ranked teams was remarkable.
In 2015, the Indian team finished 8th at the FIBA Asia Championship their best finish after 2003. To finish 7th is this tournament shows the improvement the team has done.
Elaborating on the challenging circumstances, Govindaraj said, “It is important to remember that even though our national federation has approval from the international body i.e. FIBA, we have not received any government funding for almost two years now. In spite of this, we have been able to send our national teams for participation in 10 international events and conducted all the National Championships