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Indian girls face stiff challenge as cream of world basketball vie for FIBA Asian U-18 Championship title

There is no hiding the fact that India is the lowest-ranked team at 52 among the eight countries taking part in Division-A of the FIBA Asian women’s u-18 basketball championship to be held at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium here from September 5 to 11.

While the top four teams from here will qualify for the FIBA u-19 World Cup to be held in Madrid (Spain) in July 2023, India, at best, will hope against hope to finish in the top-8 and remain in Division-A.

“The cream of World basketball and not just Asian basketball is here. It will be a big challenge for India. Six teams are too good as they are all world class teams. Between Taipei and Indonesia, Taipei is stronger. The only way to remain in Div.-A is to beat Indonesia,” said Veselin Matic, head coach of the Indian men’s team, after watching the Chinese and Korean teams practice here on Sunday. According to Matic, the…

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