November 3, 2010
Indian Sr. National Teams named for 2010 Asian Games
The Sr. National Basketball teams to represent India in the Men’s and Women’s basketball competition at the Guangzhou (China) Asian games, set to be held from Nov 12-27, have been announced.
This is the first time that India will be taking part in this tournament in 28 years. Indian basketball teams had last played in the competition at the Asian Games in New Delhi in 1982.
Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (Men) and Prashanti Singh (Women) have been named the captains of their squads. For the first time, the Indian National teams are being led by American coaches: Bill Harris for the Men’s team and Tamika Raymond for the Women.
Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (Captain)
Kiran Pal Singh
Head Coach: Bill Harris
Assistant Coach: Rajinder Singh
Prashanti Singh (Captain)
Geethu Anna Jose
Head Coach:Tamika Raymond
Assistant Coach: Sat Prakash Yadav
The Men’s team will face Afghanistan in Group D of the Preliminary Round 1 on November 13. If India wins, they will join the winners of Group B (either Philippines or Saudi Arabia) into Group F of the Preliminary Round 2. Chinese Taipei, Japan, Qatar, and Iran are the other teams in Group F. 17 men’s teams in total are participating in Asian Games Men’s Basketball.
The Indian Men's team will travel to Hong Kong on October 5th to play some friendly matches in preparation for the competition in China.
Only seven women’s teams are participating, and the Indian Sr. Women’s National Team has been drawn in Women’s Group X along with China, Korea, and Thailand.