August 10, 2010

Four young hoopsters to represent India at Youth Olympic Games

Held for the world's best athletes between the ages of 14-18, the first ever Youth Olympic Games (YOG) set to be held in Singapore are just around the corner now. The competition will take place from the 14th-26th of August, and the basketball tournament of this competition will be featuring a team of India.

The basketball tournament in the YOG will feature a 3-on-3, half-court format, and will include the participation of 20 countries from around the world. The Indian men's team has been drawn in a group with Serbia, Greece, Puerto Rico, and New Zealand.

After a tryout held at Ludhiana amongst nine probables from July 22-August 11, the BFI has announced that they will be sending four players (three starters and one substitute) to Singapore to represent India:

Shyam Sunder (Chhattisgarh)
Sukhjeet (Delhi)
Amit Kanarjee (Madhya Pradesh)
Kirti Goswami (Madhya Pradesh)

As noted above, this is a 3-on-3 half-court competition - each game will be 15 minutes long with three quick five minute periods. The first team to 33 or the team that is leading at the end of regulation time wins.

The schedule for India's games is:

15th August: India vs. Puerto Rico
16th August: Serbia vs. India
18th August: India vs. Greece
19th August: New Zealand vs. India

Other countries taking part in the men's competition are Argentina, Iran, Lithuania, Panama, Egypt, Israel, Singapore, Turkey, USA, Central African Republic, Philippines, Spain, South Africa, US Virgin Islands, and Croatia.

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