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Indian team for Asian Games

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NBA coaches were impressed by the skills of the players

They made it clear that it would be unwise to expect instant results


Chennai: Prashanti Singh and Visnesh Bhriguvanshi will lead the women's and men's basketball teams respectively in the Asian Games at Guangzhou (China) from November 12 to 27.

India returns to the Asian Games basketball competition after a gap of 28 years the last being the 1982 Asiad in New Delhi.

Announcing the team on behalf of the Basketball Federation of India after the month-long coaching camp here on Monday, K.N. Ramajayam, President, Tamil Nadu Basketball Association, exuded optimism ob both the teams improving their ratings in China.

He pinpointed the fact that for the first time both the men's and women's teams would be under the guidance and supervision of the NBA coaches, Bill Harris and Tamika Raymond. Both will be in Guangzhou with the teams.

Mr. Ramajayam took pride in Tamil Nadu hosting the camp stretching for more than a month, and hoped the players had benefited from it. Mr. Ilango, Secretary, TNBA, was present during the announcement of the teams.

The NBA coaches made it clear that it would be unwise to expect instant results although both were impressed by the enthusiasm and basic skills of the players.

Tamika Raymond, the women's coach, said that both the Chinese and Koreans, against whom she had played in internationals, were a cut above the rest in the continent. However, she conceded that everything possible was being done to tone up the quality and content of the Indians' approach. Bill Harris said India would play its first match against Afghanistan to determine the pool placing.

In the women's section, which features seven teams, India is placed in Pool A along with China, Korea, and Thailand. Pool B consists of Chinese Taipei, Japan and Malaysia.

The teams will continue to train at the JJ Indoor Stadium till their departure to China.

The teams: Men: Visnesh Bhriguvanshi (captain), Jairam Jat, Prakash Mishra, Jagdeep Singh, Sunil Kumar Rathree, Yadvinder Singh, Kiran Pal Singh, Trideep Rai, Hareesh, Dinesh, Edurick Pereira, and Dishant Shah. Coaches: Bill Harris (US), Baskar and Rajinder Singh.

Women: Prashanti Singh (captain), Geethu Anna Jose, P. Anita, Bharti Netam, Pratima Singh, Akanksha Singh, Pushpa, Harjeet Kaur, Raja Priyadarshni, Sneha Rajguru, Smritha Radhakrishnan, and Raspreet Sidhu. Coaches: Tamika Raymond (US), Sat Prakash Yadav and Prasanna Jayashankar .

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