As many as 650 players will be seen in action when the 43rd Arise Steel sub-junior national basketball championship kicks off at the Saroornagar Indoor Stadium in city from October 1. The Hyderabad District Basketball Association secretary Norman Isaac and president R Shridhar Reddy said at the Press Club in Somajiguda that the association has made all the arrangements for the successful conduct of the event. “As many 24 states in the boys section and 23 in girls section have sent their sub-junior teams for the event and we have made all the arrangements to make it a grand success as it the first national basketball event after the formation of the new State,” Norman Isaac said.
The event, which will culminate on October 7, will witness a total of 125 matches across seven days with matches starting from 7 in the morning to 8 in the evening. Madhya Pradesh boys are the defending champions in the boys’ category while Chhattisgarh are the girls’ champions in the last edition where Telangana boys finished a credible 5th while girls ended up in the 10th place.
The top 10 finishers from the last edition will directly play the pre-quarterfinals while other teams have to play qualifiers. The top two qualified teams from each category will play in the pre-quarters. The organisers said that the players born on and after January 1, 2003 are eligible to participate in the event and players without date of birth certificates will not be allowed to compete.