The game of basketball originated in the United States of America and was introduced to India around 1908. YMCAs of Kolkata and Chennai have played an important role in popularizing the game. Subsequently, this game was officially recognized by the Indian Olympic Association and National basketball championship was conducted for the first time in the history of Indian basketball in the year 1934 at Delhi.
Late Mr. C.C. Abraham, Principal Y.M.C.A. College of physical education Chennai strove to popularize it right from the time of its inception in India and succeeded in forming a separate federation with an idea of giving a boost to Basketball among the general public and develop the technical ability of the basketball players. The required facilities were beyond reach and not satisfactory in the earlier stages, but were improved slowly due to the effort of the institutions and clubs which patronized the game. Later on, the Basketball Federation of India showed interest in popularizing the game by inviting foreign coaches in order to create interest among youth and public.
The official recognition to the game of basketball was given in the year 1934 by the Indian Olympic Association. This gave a fillip to the game, and the first National basketball Championship was organized in 1934 by the Indian Olympic Association, as there was no exclusive federation to control the game at the national level. The Indian Olympic Association took the responsibility of organizing All India Basketball Championship once in two years.
The Basketball Federation of India was formed in the year 1950 at Mumbai and the First National Basketball Championship under the banner of Basketball Federation of India (BFI) was held at Ludhiana (Punjab) in 1951. So with the formation of the BFI, basketball set its roots deep in the soil of Indian sports and was affiliated to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and Indian Olympic association (IOA) to get the official recognition.
Late Mr. C.C. Abraham, professional physical education leader, from Y.M.C.A. College of Physical Education of Chennai and Meher Singh of Rajasthan were the founding leaders of Basketball Federation of India as first President and Secretary, respectively.