Basketball Federation of India on Thursday announced that the Indian School Basketball League (ISBL) will be relaunched in August.
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.
“We are going to relaunch this school league. As per the new structure we have selected 16 states for the competition,” said Basketball Federation Of India President K Govindraj at a press conference here.
The league envisages competition between schools at city/state level with the winners moving up to play in the National finals, the venue of which, is still to be decided.
The idea is to create a structured, self-sustaining, pan-India school league, which will serve as the platform to increase organised basketball participation at grassroot level and subsequently as the talent development/feeder system for the Indian national teams.
Prize giving the money of Rs 1 lakh will be awarded to the winners of the State final. The 16 States participating in the leagure are Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, West Bengal, Gujarat, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Mizoram.
Meanwhile, the 67th Senior National Basketball Championship will be conducted in Puducherry from January 7 to 14, 2017, a BFI release stated.