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India to host women’s Asia Cup basketball

Bengaluru, Feb 5: India will host two intertiol events in 2017: the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup and FIBA Under-16 Women’s Asian Championship, the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) announced on Sunday. The FIBA Women’s Asia Cup will be held from July 23 to 29 in Bengaluru while the FIBA U-16 Women’s Asian Championship will be held from October 22 to 28 in Hyderabad, a BFI statement said.

Fourteen teams will take part in both events, with eight teams in Division A (which include new Oceania teams Australia and New Zealand) and six in lower Division B. This will be the first time since 2009 that India will host a major Intertiol Basketball Federation (FIBA) event. The Men’s tiol Teams made it to the quarter-fils in the 28th FIBA Asia Championship in 2015 and again to the quarter-fils, bagging an all time best seventh place in the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016. IANS

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