Delhi Hoopers to represent India at FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters

New Delhi : The 3x3 Basketball League (3BL) franchise Delhi Hoopers will participate in the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters in Utsunomiya, Japan, it was announced on Wednesday.

Delhi became the champions in the third round of the only FIBA-recognized league in India.

The World Tour leg in Japan is the Utsunomiya World Tour Masters which could also give the participants a chance to qualify for the World Tour Finals 2018 in Beijing, China based on their performance in Japan.

The league commissioner of 3BL Rohit Bakshi said: "We are amazed by all the teams' performances so far this season. Being a basketball enthusiast myself, I am proud to send Delhi Hoopers to World Tour Masters in Utsunomiya. The team will aim for the Champion trophy, which is one of the biggest milestones for Indian Basketball and the ticket to World Tour Final in China. We can't wait to witness India's gameplay in Japan."

3X3 basketball is a shortened variant of the widely followed 5X5 format, with just half the basketball court and a hasty 10 minutes of gameplay.

A team of four will have three players constantly on the court with one rolling substitute.