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BFI plans to bring in more foreign coaches

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American coach Pete Gaudet has a look at talent for the national camp duirng a tryout in Kochi on Saturday.— Photo: Vipin Chandran
American coach Pete Gaudet has a look at talent for the national camp duirng a tryout in Kochi on Saturday.— Photo: Vipin Chandran

With Saturday's player tryouts here turning out to be a huge hit, the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) plans to have more of them in other States over the next few months.

“We have selected some 16 to 20 players after the tryouts hers. We will have a camp for them in Delhi soon,” said Roopam Sharma, BFI's new CEO, at the Regional Sports Centre on Saturday.

The national team coaches, Americans Kenny Natt and Pete Gaudet, were pleasantly surprised with more than 150 players turning up. And Gaudet seems to have spotted three promising players for the post player's role which has been an area of concern in women's basketball teams for long.

“We have identified three girls who are about six-feet two inches,” said Gaudet, the women's national coach, at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium here. “We will have a special ‘tall girls' camp for them next month.”

Kerala's Anu Thomas (Thrissur SAI), Tamil Nadu's L. Suganya (Chennai's MOP Vaishnav College) and Karnataka's Roshini Rosa John are the three who have impressed the coach.

The tryouts in Kochi lasted a few hours, but they are likely to be spread over two or three days to give youngsters a better chance to showcase their talent.

The BFI also plans to bring in more assistant coaches from the USA to fuel the game's growth in a big way all over the country, said Roopam who took charge five days ago.

She said her late husband Harish Sharma's dream to start a professional league in the country would materialise soon.

The BFI is working out the structure and other details of the pro league with Reliance and IMG.

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