Geethu Anna Rahul: "I want to be a role model for other youngsters."
John Wooden: “It isn't what you do, but how you do it.”
Vishesh Bhriguvanshi: “I never imagined I’ll be leading the national team.”
Pratham Singh: “My teammates are like my family.”

The training camp for the selection of the team was held at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Indoor Stadium, Bengaluru from 5-14 June.

·         China is all set to host the BRICS Games 2017 from 17-21 June 2017 in Guangzhou city.

·         This year’s BRICS games will feature basketball for men, volleyball for women (under- 20 age group), and wushu for men and women.

·         The tournament will be played in a round robin league format.

·         India has made two changes to the squad that completed the 5-peat at the South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Championships.

·         The training camp for the selection of the team was held at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Indoor Stadium, Bengaluru from 5-14 June.

·         India’s match schedule is still to be announced. 

File photo: Team India successfully completed a five-peat of SABA Championships by defending its title in Maldives earlier this year

Bengaluru, 14th June 2017: After successfully completing a historic five-peat of SABA Championships, the Indian senior men’s basketball team is all set to participate in the upcoming BRICS Games 2017 from 17-21 June in Guangzhou city. The young cagers, along with the under-20 women’s volleyball team, and the men’s and women’s wushu teams will form the Indian contingent participating in the championship.

India’s training camp for the tournament was held from 5th-14th June, at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Indoor Stadium, Netaji Subhas Southern Centre (NSSC), Bengaluru with 14 players, and the final selections were made on 10th June.

India has retained 10 of the 12 players featured in the 5th SABA Championship. Punjab’s sharp shooter Arshpreet Singh Bhullar and star player Amjyot Singh Gill are the new additions to the squad that successfully defended its title in Maldives. Centre Amritpal Singh, who was a big part of the victory at the SABA championships, was unavailable for the duration of the training camp as he was invited to Australia by NBL team Sydney Kings for their rookie camp.

The BRICS Games 2017 will help the Indian men prepare better for the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 in August, as it exposes them to higher calibre opponents like Russia (WR 9) and hosts China (WR 14).

India’s matches schedule is still to be announced.

The list of the complete squad is given below.

 

INDIAN SQUAD FOR THE BRICS GAMES 2017

Sr.
Number

Family Name/
Last Name

Given Name/
First Name

Place of Birth

Date of Birth (dd/mm/yy)

Height

Position

1

Pari

Akilan

Chennai

Tamil Nadu

20/07/1989

180 (5’10.8”)

PG

2

Hafeez

Muin Bek

Dharmapuri

Tamil Nadu

16/03/1996

190
(6’2”)

F

3

Sivakumar

Prasanna Venkatesh

Gobichettipalayam

Tamil Nadu

25/09/1992

186
(6’1”)

F

4

Bukankere Krishne Gowda

Anil Kumar

Mandya

Karnataka

31/07/1989

185
(6’)

F

5

Singh

Arjun

Varanasi

Uttar Pradesh

8/6/1992

189
(6’2”)

SG

6

Bhriguvanshi

Vishesh

Varanasi

Uttar Pradesh

13/09/1991

195
(6’4.5”)

SG

7

Gill 

Amjyot Singh

Chandigarh

Punjab

27/1/1992

203
(6’8”)

PF/C

8

Bhullar

Arshpreet Singh

Jalandhar

Punjab

10/2/1996

190
(6’2.8”)

SG

9

Bhardwaj

Ravi

Chandigarh

Chandigarh

 

31/10/1992

207
(6’9.5”)

C

10

Pandi

Jeevanatham

Virudhunagar

Tamil Nadu

13/10/1994

200
(6’7”)

C

11

 

Yadwinder Singh

Rasulpur Khurd

Punjab

30/12/1986

198
(6’6”)

PF

12

Pethani

Rikin

Sajiavadar Amreli

Gujarat

 

02/12/1990

203
(6’8”)

PF/C

*PG - Point Guard / Feeder, G - Guard, F - Forward, G/F - Wing, PF - Power Forward, C - Centre, PF/C - Post

Coaches: Sappaniambalam Baskar (Head Coach) and Sebastian Padipurakkal Joseph (Assistant Coach)

 

About the BRICS Games 2017

The BRICS Games 2017 is a tournament played among the BRICS countries with a view to developing sports exchange and cooperation, and promoting mutual friendship among BRICS countries. The host country of BRICS summit organizes the annual BRICS games and as China is all set to host the summit in September this year, they are given the responsibility of organizing the games. The choices of the games differ each year and are selected in consultation with the member countries.

 

Tournament Format

The entire championship is played in a round robin format and the team with the best record at the end of this championship is declared the winner. The round robin format is applicable for all the sports included in the BRICS Games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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