FIBA Asia Cup basketball final qualifier in August 

Indian basketball players will play the final qualifiers of 2021 FIBA Asia Cup in Jakarta. Meanwhile, India will host the women’s event in September.

By Naveen Peter

The final qualifying round for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup featuring the Indian basketball team will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from August 12-14.

The Indian team, led by Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, had a difficult outing in the first round of the qualifiers which concluded in February.

Clubbed alongside Bahrain, Lebanon and Iraq, India began with a one-point loss to Bahrain in their opening fixture and then bounced back to beat Iraq 94-75.

Losses to Lebanon and Bahrain derailed India’s hopes of gaining a direct entry into the continental competition.

But another victory over Iraq, a match that saw Bhriguvanshi sink in a buzzer-beater from close to the halfway line, helped India secure a third place in the group and move into the final qualifying stage.

In Jakarta, India will be joined by teams from the other five groups once their group stage commitments are over in June. The six teams will be divided into two groups with the top two in each group making the main event.

The 2021 FIBA Asia Cup will be held in Jakarta from August 16-28.

Meanwhile, the 2021 FIBA Women’s Asia Cup will be held in India from September 26 to October 3. The host city is yet to be announced. Bengaluru hosted the previous two editions in 2017 and 2019.

In 2017, the Indian women’s basketball team qualified for the top tier with a title-winning run in Division B. In the following event in 2019, however, India finished bottom in Division A and returned to the lower tier for 2021.

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