Services confirms withdrawal from National Championships

Basketball Federation of India had allowed the Services men’s team to participate in the Senior Nationals on the condition that no player from the third edition of the UBA pro league plays.

Services will not take part in the on-going National Basketball Championship.   -  S. S. Kumar

While the BFI Secretary Chander Muki Sharma did say on record that the >Services men’s team has agreed to take part in the Nationals , and it has also agreed to pay the affiliation fees, one of the Services Sports Control Board officials told Sportstar on Saturday night that the team is not travelling to the Union territory and has not agreed anything to BFI.

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“Why should we pay the affiliation fees to BFI, which is not yet recognised by the Government of India. We will do it once it is recognised. First they have no right to ban our players who played in UBA Pro League. All our top players including the coach Jora Singh have played in UBA. We can’t play without them,” said the official.

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One of the local organisers said he has received information from BFI that Services is not participating. However, BFI Secretary reiterated that Services Sports Control Board basketball in-charge, told him orally that Services will send its team.