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Basketball Federation of India announces National Star Basketball Leagues

Published at :May 9, 2024 at 12:34 PM
Modified at :May 9, 2024 at 12:34 PM
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Shashank Tripathi

BFI president Aadhav Arjuna has lauded the National Star Basketball Leagues as a groundbreaking endeavour.

The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) has announced the inception of two national-level leagues, namely, the National Star Basketball 3 x 3 League (men & women) and the National Star Basketball 5 x 5 League (men & women).

The President of BFI, Aadhav Arjuna, made the announcement via the official Instagram account of the Basketball Federation of India. He exhibited his pride and excitement at the launch of the National Star Basketball Leagues and also hailed the initiative as a massive leap forward in the nation’s basketball history.

He wrote, “With immense pride and excitement, I am delighted to announce the launch of the National Star Basketball League, an initiative that marks a significant milestone and a massive leap forward in the history of Indian basketball. As the President of the Basketball Federation of India (BFI), I am thrilled to introduce this groundbreaking endeavour, which represents a big step towards revolutionizing the basketball landscape in our nation.”

The NSBL has been introduced as the new top-tier basketball league in India, which promises exposure and enhanced career prospects for players. Additionally, it also aims to elevate the playing standards of Indian athletes.

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For the full-fledged format of the sport, the nation already has the Indian National Basketball League (INBL). However, India lacked exposure to basketball 3 x 3, also an Olympic sport. In addition to that, the introduction of 5 x 5 events for men and women will also play a crucial role in the development of the sport in India.

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Player auctions will also be conducted for the leagues under the guidance of the BFI. However, the number of participating teams is yet to be confirmed, but both leagues will have more than eight teams. Further details about the dates, schedule, auction lists, teams and venue will be provided in the next few weeks by the Basketball Federation of India.

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