CELEBRATING 129TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF BASKETBALL- BY AMARJOT SINGH INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL REFEREE
I take privilege to remember James Naismith and Basketball game which saw it’s beginning on Dec,21 1891.
Today, I owe my position to Basketball game and the pioneers in the field who promoted this game, the world over.
Today 21 December we celebrate the 129th anniversary of Basketball, which began as a game drawn up by the venerable James Naismith, a Canadian physical education instructor.James Naismith ,then thought to keep the boys of the Massachusetts chapter of the YMCA engaged in the approaching winter in sporting activities so that boys don’t become inert due to low physical activity.He invented this innovative sport.
With such humble origins, basketball has now grown over a century-and-a –quarter of existence into the second most popular game in the world, a sport which is followed globally by over a billion and a half people.
From its safe start the game attracted the enthusiastic attention of young men everywhere. The sport was recognised by the International Olympic Committee, in 1930.
In 1932 the International Basketball Federation was founded in Geneva. And to this day, the admirations of fans and the devotion of players, both current and past, fuel the growth of the game.Basketball is now played in newer and newer corners of the globe, inspiring youngsters everywhere.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is an American men’s professional basketball league which was founded on June 6,1946 74 years before in New York City, US. It is composed of 30 teams (29 in the United States and 1 in Canada) and is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. It is the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world. Players from all over world envy to be drafted in NBA league teams.
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA /ˈfiːbə/ FEE-bə; French: Fédération Internationale de Basketball) is an association of national organizations which governs the sport of basketball worldwide. Originally known as the Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur (hence FIBA), in 1989 it dropped the word amateur from its name but retained the acronym; the “BA” now represents the first two letters of basketball.
FIBA defines the rules of basketball, specifies the equipment and facilities required, organizes international competitions, regulates the transfer of athletes across countries, and controls the appointment of international referees. A total of 213 national federations are now members, organized since 1989 into five zones: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup is a world tournament for men’s national teams held every four years. Teams compete for the Naismith Trophy, named in honour of basketball’s American-Canadian creator James Naismith.
Even as we celebrate the most auspicious and historic moment that is marked by this day—Let us say with pride-Happy Birthday Basketball.
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