Anmolpreet Kaur Pannu, the 16-year-old hoopster, has won laurels and made the region proud as she has been selected for a three-year training by the Japan Basketball Association in Tokyo. She is all set to fly to Tokyo on March 13.
A Class 9 student of Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Anmolpreet Kaur Pannu is the only girl at the school-level to be selected for the training from the country.
Talking to HT, the six feet tall Anmol said, “I started playing basketball when I was in Class 9 class just to be a part of the school basketball team, but it slowly became my passion. My father Parminder Singh inspired me to choose basketball as a career.”
She added that the game requires dedication and discipline and she puts in five hours of daily practice- two hours in morning and three hours in evening. “This dream has only been made possible due to the able guidance of my coaches Jaipal Singh and Devinder Singh Dhindsa,” she said.
“The efforts of Teja Singh Dhaliwal sir, who is the general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, are worth mentioning here for showing faith in me. He gave me important tips to improve my game,” she added. Her father Parminder Singh, who is an assistant sub-inspector at Phillaur, said: “My daughter is a God’s gift to me. She reached at this level on her own.” Her stay in Tokyo for three years will be sponsored by Japan Basketball Association. Her education and training will also be looked after by the association and she will be paid 20,000 Yen per month.