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B?ball coaching turns modern

THE BASKETBALL camp being organised at Tatya Tope Stadium is witnessing a huge presence of children. Reasons? The brilliant performance of Bhopal?s Riyazuddin in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and coaching with the modern training equipment for the first time. The camp began on April 1.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 13:59 IST

THE BASKETBALL camp being organised at Tatya Tope Stadium is witnessing a huge presence of children. Reasons? The brilliant performance of Bhopal’s Riyazuddin in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and coaching with the modern training equipment for the first time. The camp began on April 1.

More than 100 basketball players ready with different kinds of training accessories could be seen practicing hard at the stadium in the evenings. Riyazuddin’s performance has also motivated the budding players to join the game. Riyazuddin is the only international basketball player from the City in the national team.

The Sports Department is also interested in giving thrust to the game. “We have plans to improve basketball playing facilities in the City”, said Director Sports Sanjay Chaudhary. 

In fact, the basketball court of the stadium has never seen such a large number of players in the camp. “My intention is not to give superfluous training but the necessary coaching that would help them in improving the game”, said their coach Vikas Kharadakar. On being asked about providing the training kit, he said that the youth joined the camp to learn the basics and such kit will definitely help them in improving their game.

The coach has provided training kit like goggles for improving dribbling, shooting aide for improving aim and different types of wristbands etc.

“I have seen that players are keen to learn the game but the lack of proper training restrained their potential. I hope such training kits will make a difference in their game”, said the NIS coach Kharadkar. He himself completed an international course from Hungary last year. When asked about the potential of basketball players in the City, he said that there is an immense talent available.