Along with Bikramjit Gill, Aizawl star and recent Indian National Coaching Camp participant Lalrina Renthlei will be joining Kolkata for the fourth round. Vivek Krishna, Entertainment Director, 3BL said, “We had foreseen this success that we are currently witnessing because of the perfect blend of sporting action and entertainment that 3BL possesses. 3×3 basketball is a very entertaining sport and we are proud to be the first ones to bring it to India. Our fans have enjoyed it tremendously till now and we’re sure people in Chennai will feel the same.” Mr. Umesh Iyer, General Manager, The Forum Vijaya Mall said, ““We are glad to host this event, which will no doubt get in a large target audience as in the past, when we have hosted sporting events at Forum Chennai. Wishing the event organizers the very best”..” In Round 3, there was a dazzling display of scoring as Kiran Shastri was the top scorer with 53 points and 21 two-pointers, followed by Patrick James McGlynn with 52 points (14 two pointers) and Leandro De Souza Lima with 45, which is itself impressive as he scored all his points inside the 2 point line. Mahesh Padmanabhan, Tamil-Origin Australian International, has been the star player for ‘Chennai Icons’ this season. His coordination with his teammates and deep range two pointers have led him to become one of the top 10 scorers till date. The fourth round will give him an opportunity to outperform his rivals. AdvertisementAfter an extraordinary third round in Kolkata on 7th and 8th July 2018, India’s first FIBA recognized league, 3×3 Pro Basketball League (3BL) will carry the exciting competition forward in Chennai on 21st and 22nd July 2018 at Forum Vijaya Mall, Chennai. The fourth leg will see the addition of the Canada’s #6 3×3 Ranked Player Bikramjit Gill to join with all the Indian and international basketball sensations in 3BL including Leandro Souza de Lima, Inderbir Singh Gill, Kiran Shastri and more putting on their best show. 3BL is the first ever FIBA recognized basketball league in India, which has also given international opportunities to Indian players. The third round entailed a historic victory for the team ‘Delhi Hoopers’, who gave an exceptional performance with an incredible gameplay from the current top scorer Kiran Shastri. The team successfully qualified for FIBA 3×3 World Tour leg in Utsunomiya, Japan on 28th and 29th July 2018, where they will play against eleven international teams. This is the first time a team will represent India at an international level for the 3×3 basketball platform.Advertisement The Chennai round will witness a very tough and intriguing competition between ‘Delhi Hoopers’ and ‘Ahmedabad Wingers’ as they stand as the top 2 teams post the third round. ‘Mumbai Hustlers’ and ‘Chennai Icons’ will also come strong in the second half of the league to possibly secure a top rank position. The latter 2 teams have played thoroughly well during this season, and have reached the top 4. The fourth round could be a game changer for ‘Chennai Icons’ as well as for ‘Mumbai Hustlers’. Rohit Bakshi, League Commissioner, 3BL, said, “The third round in Kolkata was immensely praised by all of our audiences. We are very proud of the team ‘Delhi Hoopers’ who will now represent India in Japan this month after their eye-catching victory in Kolkata. I am excited for the 4th round and awaiting the unexpected twists and defeats this time in Chennai. 3BL has managed to draw sports enthusiasts who were not passionate about basketball before, and at the same time has urged basketball lovers adapt to the 3×3 culture.”
But organizers put the official recall launch on hold until August 1, due to “overwhelming public interest,” according to the press release. And, according to co-organizer Nathaniel Markowitz, they need more time to legally vet the statement in the application describing why they want a recall, which is limited to 200 words. At the event, organizers said the governor’s budget vetoes are not the sole reason they want to pursue a recall. But the vetoes were cited repeatedly. A group of about 100 Alaskans unhappy with Gov. Mike Dunleavy met at an Anchorage bookstore Monday to discuss launching a recall campaign. The event was originally intended to kick off the signature-gathering effort, which is being organized by a group now calling themselves “Recall Michael J. Dunleavy.” Meda DeWitt, who is volunteering as a spokesperson for the recall effort, speaks to the crowd at the Writer’s Block bookstore in Anchorage on July 15, 2019. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska Public Media) Drummond did not say that she and and other Alaska lawmakers opposed to Dunleavy were discussing assisting the recall effort. “There’s a lot of remorse — buyer’s remorse,” Meda DeWitt, a spokesperson for the effort, said before the event. A political action committee called Future North registered with the state in February and is backing the recall effort. Its fundraising website reports raising about $6,900. Under Alaska statute, the grounds for a recall are lack of fitness, incompetence, neglect of duties or corruption. “This is a ruinous, economically devastating set of vetoes that this governor has handed down,” Mike Mason, another one of the co-organizers, told the crowd. “Now that we’ve come out in the public, there’s other recall efforts around the state who are coming forward as well, who, as we’re coming together as a group, would like to review it,” DeWitt said. DeWitt said there is also the matter of coming to a consensus. To apply, they must collect 28,501 signatures, or 10 percent of the number of voters in the last general election. To actually hold a recall, they would then need signatures from 25 percent of the number of voters in the last general election — that’s 71,252 signatures. “It’s so frustrating because we’re back to square one, we’re back to where we were on February 13 when he presented his budget for the first time,” Drummond said. Democratic Rep. Harriet Drummond, from Anchorage, attended the event and said she was planning on signing on. Aside from needing a solid legal case, organizers must jump through several more hoops before a recall can move forward. “We have no doubt that this is going to result in a legal fight, so it’s a matter of winnowing that statement of grounds down to our strongest 200 words,” Markowitz said. “I haven’t really talked with colleagues about it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if most of them signed up” she said.