JUST DAYS to go for the final round of the inaugural season of 3×3 Pro Basketball League (3BL) in Mumbai, Delhi Hoopers 3BL have qualified to participate in two tournaments in FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters– the Mexico City Masters and Hyderabad Masters on Sept 8-9 and 22-23 respectively.
Delhi Hoopers 3BL have already represented India at an international platform in 3×3 basketball for the first time at the Utsunomiya Masters in July 2018 and emerged ninth in the ranking charts. The current leader in 3BL score charts, they stand a chance to qualify for FIBA 3×3 World Tour Finals in Beijing, China in October 2018 if they manage to be in the top eight in both the World Tour Masters in September. This will be the landmark moment in history of basketball in India. It will mark the first time, an Indian 3×3 team has reached the finals of the prestigious FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final to compete against the best teams in the world.
3BL is just a days away from the ending of the inaugural season; post the sixth and final round in Mumbai on 25th and 26th August 2018. Team Delhi Hoopers have consistently led the rankings chart by winning all the rounds apart from the fourth round, which Bangalore Machas took away. Ahmedabad Wingers, Bangalore Machas, Hyderabad Ballers and Mumbai Hustlers have also shown strong performances in each of the rounds in Delhi, Aizawl, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore so far.
Extensive efforts have been made by 3BL towards grassroots development of the sport, with Indian basketball players being selected in the league and playing alongside international 3×3 superstars, matches being organised in high engagement places like malls and coaching clinics for young students in each of the cities. The response from athletes and audiences has been excellent as 3×3 basketball is the ideal blend of sports and entertainment.
Speaking about the qualification, Rohit Bakshi, League Commissioner, 3BL, said, “Delhi Hoopers have made history and set a benchmark for Indian 3×3 basketball players. Their participation in FIBA WORLD TOUR Mexico City Masters and Hyderabad Masters will give them a chance to compete against the best players in the world and possibly qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Finals this year. I strongly believe they have the potential to end up as one of the best 3×3 teams in the world.”
Actor-Filmmaker-Owner Pooja Bhatt said, “Delhi Hoopers has consistently delivered exceptional performances in the entire season of 3BL. They have been raising the bar with every single match with their talent and skills. I’m certain our players are going to make India proud at Mexico City Masters, Hyderabad Masters and eventually the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Finals in Beijing as well.
”Pooja Bhatt of Team Delhi Hoopers along with Co-owner Boxo Singh Sports Worldwide Pvt. Ltd said, “Delhi Hoopers has consistently delivered exceptional performances in the entire season of 3BL. They have been raising the bar with every single match with their talent and skills. I’m sure our players are going to make India proud at Mexico City Masters and Hyderabad Masters, and eventually the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Finals as well.”
About YKBK Enterprise: YKBK Enterprise Pvt Ltd, has the exclusive rights from International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to create and implement an International 3×3 Professional Basketball League in the Indian Sub-Continent. As a socially conscious 3×3 Professional Basketball League, YKBK Enterprise Private Limited strives to create a platform for aspiring players from all walks of life.
About 3BL: 3×3 Basketball is a 10-minute high speed basketball game and it officially became an Olympic sport in June 2017. It will be introduced in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Birmingham Common Wealth Games. The inaugural season of 3BL in India is featuring 12 teams with international and Indian sensations. The league winners will get to represent India at the FIBA World Tour Masters in Japan, Mexico and India.