Sonmani Bora, IAS and Chairman of the Chhattisgarh Basketball Association (CBA), Arvind Jain, Chief Secretary of the CBA, Rajiv Jain, President, and Rajesh Patel, Secretary General are pleased to announce the confirmed participation of its boys and girls teams in the 41st Sub Junior (u-13) National Basketball Championship to be held in Nasik, Maharashtra from 22nd to 28th November 2014.
Sonmani Bora announced that a 21 day training cum selection camp was conducted from 29th October to 19th November with the support of the Chhattisgarh Sports & Youth Department, Bhilai Steel Plant, Bhilai Engineering Corporation (Project), CBA and Bhilai Basketball Assocation. In the course of this training camp, a selection committe was formed, headed by Chairman Shaji T Thomas.
Vipin Gupta (Korba Dist.), Rajesh Pandey (Janjir Dist.), Vijay W Deshpande, RS Gaur (Bhilai Steel Plant), Ajay Pratap Singh (Raigarh Dist.) were members of the boys selection committee. The girls team selection committee comprised Iqbal Ahmed Khan (Bhilai Steel Plant), Rajesh Pratap Singh (Sarguja Dist.), Rajendra Tamboli (Kavardha Dist.), Manjusha Nair (Korba Dist.) and Sarjeet Chakravarthy (Bhilai Steel Plant).
The teams were announced as follows. Interestingly enough, 6ft 10 inch junior star Poonam Chaturvedi will be accompanying the girls team as Manager.
Girls: Elizabeth Ikka (Capt.), Poonam Ikka, M Nagmani, Shweta Sen, Shubhika Singh, Neha Kalva, Poonam Naik, Shalini Shukla, Sanskriti Singh (all from Bhilai Steel Plant), Sulochana Tigga, Sunita Nishad, (both from Rajnandgaon Dist.), Usha Thakur (Raipur Dist.) The Head Coach of the team will be international coach Rajesh Patel from Bhilai Steel Plant. Assistant Coach: Sangeeta Das. Manager: Poonam Chaturvedi.
Boys: Salim Ali Nizamuddin (Capt.), S Ali, Harendra, Nikhilesh Kolte, Sumit Kumar (all from Bhilai Steel Plant), Saif Ali, Sandeep, Manish, Manish Kumar (all from Rajnandagaon Dist), Rahul Hadleshkar (Bilaspur Dist.), Ritesh, M Sukumar (Durg Dist.). Head Coach: RS Gaur, Assistant Coaches: Iqbal Ahmad Khan (from Bhilai Steel Plant) and Sanjeev Tiwari (Chhattisgarh Police). Manager: Manendranath (from Durg Dist.).
Accompanying the teams as supervisors will be Surjeet Chakravarthy, R Rejin (from Durg Dist.), Parash Ram, Rajesh Rathore (Janjgir Dist.), Nikhilesh Sharma, Virendra Deshmukh, Shashikant Pandey.