August 26, 2016

Hoopdarshan Episode 35: India's Coach CV Sunny previews the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge

Team India at the 2016 SABA Qualifiers in Bengaluru. Coach
Sunny is Middle Row third from left
With one of the biggest Asian basketball tournaments - the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge - just around the corner, we at Hoopdarshan recruited a top source to help us preview the championship from India's perspective, our national team's head coach and former player CV Sunny. Coach Sunny joins hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok to talk about our star players and starting lineups, the team's preparatory performances at the William Jones Cup, and if India can make some noise at the knockout stage.

Hailing from Kerala and now based in Tamil Nadu, Sunny was a celebrated point guard for our national team for about a decade in the 80s and 90s and was even briefly the captain of India. He moved into coaching after retirement and started the CV Sunny Basketball Academy in Chennai a few years ago. Currently, he's the Coach of the Indian national team that won South Asia qualifiers in Bengaluru a few months ago and he led the team to the William Jones Cup, where we played well but finished 1-7. Now, the team is going to the FIBA Asia Challenge that begins in Tehran (Iran) on September 9. India is placed in the Preliminary Round with Philippines and Chinese Taipei.

Hoopdarshan aims to be the true voice of Indian basketball, and since we're such hopeless fans of the game, it will become the voice of everything basketball related we love, from the NBA to international hoops, too. On every episode of Hoopdarshan, we will be inviting a special guest to interview or chat to about a variety of topics. With expert insight from some of the brightest and most-involved people in the world of Indian basketball, we hope to bring this conversation to a many more interested fans, players, and followers of the game.

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