Indian basketball teams announced for Children of Asia Games

Jul 03, 2012, 15:06 IST | PTI

Indian basketball teams have been announced by the Basketball Federation of India.

The fifth edition of the 'Children of Asia International Sports Games' will be held under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the cities of Yakutsk, Mirny and Neryungri of the Sakha Republic in Yakutia, Russia from July 4-12.

The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) will be funding the expenses for the under-16 boys and girls teams to compete in the Games. The event will unite young people from all around the world to participate and compete in 20 different sports.

This year, three new sporting disciplines will be introduced - swimming, sambo and freestyle wrestling for persons with disabilities.

BFI conducted the national camps in preparation of the Games from June 12 to July 1 at Guru Nanak Dev Indoor Stadium, Punjab for boys, and at KD Jadhav Indoor Hall, IG Stadium, New Delhi for girls.

Geetu Anna jose
Indian basketball player Geethu Anna Jose. Photo: Atul Kamble

The boys team will compete from July 5-11 and the competition for girls team will take place from July 8-14. Children of Asia International sports Games were launched in 1996 in the Russian Federation and since, have been held every four years.

The competition will be held between eight teams out of which four are from the Russian federation.

Groups: Girls: China, India, Nepal and Mongolia. Boys: China, Syria, India and Saudi Arabia.

Indian girls team: Sharanjeet Kaur, Sangeeta Kaur, Elizabath Hilarious, Poojamol Kochuparamvu Suvhashmom, Ishwari Kailas Pingle, Shruthi Praveen Menon, Devirajalakshmi Kirubanandhan, Sharmila Rajan, Preeti Kumari, Barkha Sonkar, Kavita Akula and Pooja Ambastha.

Coach - Jagat Narain Nerha

Boys team: Narender, Sanjeev Kumar, Abhishek Kumar, Himanshu Singh, Rudrask Kaustubh Pandey, Sagar Joshi, Dildar Singh Brar, Ashiv Jain, Akashdeep Hazra, Gurinder Singh Gill, Gaurav Ohlan and Mahipal Singh. Coach Paramdeep Singh.

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