India’s early appearance at the international stage at the 1965 Asian Championship, captained by the late Khushi Ram. Khushi Ram led the team at the 1967 and 1969 Asian Championships as well, and ended up as one of the tournament’s top scorers in all three editions. Not surprisingly, he is considered the ‘Scoring Machine of Asia’.


The first Arjuna Award in basketball is conferred on men’s international Sarbjit Singh. The Arjuna Awards are handed out by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to recognise outstanding contribution to national sports. As many as 17 Indian basketball players have been conferred this prestigious honour. The latest awardee is current International woman player Geethu Anna Jose from Kerala who was recognised in August 2014. Out of the 17 Arjuna Awardees in basketball only two are women: prior to Geethu, Suman Sharma from Punjab had been awarded way back in 1983.


Basketball Federation of India, the governing sporting authority for basketball in India, is formed.


Interestingly, India adopted basketball very soon after it emerged on the international stage – the International Basketball Federation or FIBA was formed in 1932. India became affiliated to FIBA in 1936.


Basketball in India has existed since pre-independence. This was the year of the first national championship for men. Since then, approximately 64 Senior National Championships have been held in various different locations across the country in different categories [senior men, women, junior (u-19), youth (u-16) and sub junior (u-14)].