Karnataka Coach Sachin Belvadi has been conferred with the ‘Bangalore Youth Icon 2014 Award’ for empowering youth through basketball coaching.
The awards were presented on August 13, 2014 at Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium to celebrate the International Youth Day, organised by the Bengaluru Youth Festival forum supported by the Dept. of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Govt. of Karnataka.
Sri Abhayachandra Jain, Hon. Minister for youth Empowerment & Sports, Sri. H.M. Revanna, Congress MLC & Former Minister and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji, along with Sri N.L. Narendra Babu, Chairman, Organizing Committee, BYF, graced the occasion and gave away the awards during the three day event from August 12-14,2014.
About Sachin Belvadi
Born and brought up at the prestigious IISc Campus, Malleshwaram, Bangalore, Sachin.S.Belvadi, a former Karnataka State Senior National’s Player and presently one of the coaches of the Karnataka State Basketball Team, has trained more than 2500 players and relentlessly worked in his spare time over the years to actively promote the game of basketball in all circles. Many players trained under him from the state team are in the Indian Camp today and his students have already represented the Karnataka State, University teams etc.
Sachin along with his father Dr. B.S. Subba Rao, started to coach basketball in 2002, in Basaveshwarnagar Area and was instrumental in getting Karnataka’s first ever six layer synthetic basketball court at the BBMP owned Dr. Ambedkar Sports Stadium, Agrahara Dasarahalli in 2009 and now continues to coach and give back to the game of basketball at Bharath Sports Union, Malleswaram, Bangalore.
More recently, he reinstated Karnataka on the National Basketball map by fetching three consecutive national medals in 2010, 2011 and 2012 at the Sub Juniors National Championship conducted by the BFI, as a coach of the Karnataka State Team. As a result, Sachin was nominated to assist as a coach in the U-16 Girls Indian National Basketball Team coaching camp for the year 2012 by the Basketball Federation of India.
Sachin Belvadi, an MSc Graduate, with his mentoring activities to his players, has always given equal importance to academics and sports.
Inspired by the 2010 National Silver Medalist Sub Juniors Girls Team, Belvadi wrote a book, ‘More than a Championship’, one of the few on aspects of basketball, elaborating on his experience in coaching the Karnataka team. He was also conferred with the prestigious Kempegowda award by the then CM B.S. Yediyurappa, for his exemplary contribution to society in the field of sports (basketball).
Although, he is married with a new born baby and works professionally as a Sr. Public Relations Asst. at the Prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bangalore where eminent scientists like Bharat Rata Prof. CNR Rao, Prof. Roddam Narasimha and many distinguished scientists conduct research work, Sachin is trying to balance his social responsibility and professional responsibilities and continues to empower the youth and many other individuals through his coaching initiatives.
Mr Belvadi had this to say about the situation of basketball in India:
Certainly basketball in India, has undergone tremendous change for the better. Basketball today is getting very popular in schools and colleges and many educational institutions are promoting the game by building good infrastructure and in conducting tournaments. In the international scenario, India’s performance in the recently held 5th FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China, is a significant milestone for the national team. India ranked 61st in the FIBA World Rankings for men had a historic victory over China, FIBA world No.12, in the first round of the tournament, and this was the nation’s first ever triumph over China in the normal 5 on 5 format. The news of Sim Bhullar, a massive 7-Foot-5 center, becoming the first NBA Player of Indian descent staying abroad, signing for the Sacramento Kings, has set a big example for the budding talent in India. Also, the news of Arjuna Award being bestowed upon the National women’s team captain Geethu Anna Jose after 13 years, is certainly a big recognition for the Indian basketball fraternity. Recently, even the Karnataka State Basketball Association has given great exposure to the senior state players by sending the Karnataka State Men’s Team to represent India in the Chief Minister’s Cup International Basketball Invitational Championship, held at Penang, Malaysia during July 2014 and the state lads gave a good performance and attained fourth place in the championship. In the years to come, I would not be surprised if basketball becomes as popular as any other national sport in the country.