Jalandhar: Sports and Youth Affairs Minister (Punjab) Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi declared the second season of 3BL (3X3 Pro Basketball League Indian Sub-Continent) Matches open, today, at Lovely Professional University Campus. Matches will feature 18 teams including both men and women at sports arena in Baldev Raj Mittal Unipolis at LPU. This Basketball League is now an Olympic & Commonwealth Games sport and is slated to make its debut at 2020 Tokyo Olympics & 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Commencing from today the league matches will continue up to 4th August, 2019 at LPU in the first instance. 3BL Commissioner Rohit Bakshi announced that carrying along the slogan “Let’s Get Gold”, the ultimate goal is for India to bring back a [3×3] medal in the Olympics 2020.
Ex Minister Punjab S Joginder Sigh Maan, SDM Jai Inder Singh, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal, Pro Chancellor Mrs Rashmi Mittal, Deepika Deswal, SP Mandeep Singh, Mr Yoshiya also graced the inaugural ceremony. During all the 3 days, various renowned international players and celebrities will visit the sports arena and all matches will be telecast live.
Six teams competed today were Delhi Hoopers (Last Season’s Champions); Goa Snipers; Chandigarh Challengers; Aizawal Legends; Chennai Icon; and, Bangalore Machas. Illustrative, the second season of India’s only FIBA-recognised league (3BL) starting from today at LPU is to be held up to September 29th, 2019 across five cities in India. In a pioneering move, 3BL is also introducing a women’s 3×3 basketball league, which will be conducted simultaneously alongside the men’s league.
Mumbai Heroes; Ahemdabad Wingers; Gurugram Masters; Hyderabad Ballers; Lucknow Tigers; and, Kolkata Warriors will display their basketball skills tomorrow.