The competition gets more exciting as teams head into the Quarterfinals of the FIBA U16 Women’s Asian Championship
Bengaluru, 24th October 2017: The FIBA U16 Women’s Asian Championship underway at the iconic Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru has already seen history being created.
For starters, this is the first occasion that the young women basketballers from two FIBA zones — Oceania and Asia — are matching wits together in the same competition, following in the footsteps of their senior counterparts at the FIBA Women’s Asian Cup last July.
South Asian teams Maldives and Nepal fielded their teams for the first time in an international competition; Iran returned to the fold after more than four decades… are some of the more historic moments in the competition that has been the nursery of talent in Asian women’s basketball in recent times.
India, who topped Group A of the Division B competition and thus earned a bye to the semi-finals. India had beaten their West Asian rivals 97-53.
Sri Lanka, after losing to Iran 84-76 and wound up at No 3 in Group A, take on Kazakhstan in the quarter-finals on Thursday.
The other half of the draw would feature Group B toppers Malaysia taking on Nepal and the winners playing against the team that wins the all-SABA clash between Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Thursday will also see the quarterfinals played in Division A.
Three-time champions China will take on arch rivals and fellow East Asian team Korea in the most conspicuous encounters. The winners of this clash will meet the winners of the Australia-Hong Kong game.
Japan, the only other team to win this competition apart from China, line up against fellow East Asian team Chinese Taipei. Should Japan get past this hurdle, the girls from the Land of the Rising Sun will play against the winners of the quarterfinals clash between New Zealand and Thailand.
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The Basketball Federation of India or BFI is the governing and controlling body of basketball in India, and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels. BFI has been involved in conducting camps, clinics, events, and training sessions at its academies for the development of basketball. BFI came into being in 1935 and took complete control over Indian basketball in 1950. Prior to that time, the Indian Olympic Association handled the conduct of Indian basketball championships. Since 1950, the BFI has been conducting various such championships, from the grassroots to senior team participation in international tournaments. In addition, the BFI has been responsible for the establishment of strong sub-junior and junior level programs. The BFI has to its credit produced several international players of repute, among them 17 have been bestowed with the honour of Arjuna Awards. Earlier in June 2015, Satnam Singh Bhamara made history by becoming the first Indian national to be drafted by an NBA team, when he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks. More information at www.basketballfederationindia.org