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TN hoopsters sound confident

Gearing up: Tamil Nadu players at a practice session ahead of the Nationals.

Gearing up: Tamil Nadu players at a practice session ahead of the Nationals.  

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National basketball championship begins today

The Tamil Nadu men’s team will open its campaign against Haryana, while the women’s team takes on Madhya Pradesh, in the senior National basketball championship that gets underway on Wednesday at the Nehru indoor stadium here.

Men’s team captain Akilan Pari said his team is the “strongest” and picked Punjab as “the most formidable opponent,” speaking over phone on Tuesday.

Women’s team captain Alagu Tamil Mozhi believed her team is “well-prepared,” and hoped the preparation will translate into good showing on-court.

The youngsters in both the teams will be well-guided by the experienced captains. This will be Akilan’s eighth National championship and Alagu Tamil Mozhi’s ninth.

Uttarakhand men and Kerala women are the defending champioins.

The groupings:

Men: Level I: Group A: Uttarakhand; Rajasthan; Kerala; Karnataka; Odisha; Group B: Tamil Nadu; Punjab; Haryana; Railways; Gujarat.

Level II: Group C: Chhattisgarh; Goa; Himachal Pradesh; Services; Sikkim; Group D: Andhra Pradesh; Delhi; Jammu & Kashmir; Puducherry; Telangana; Group E: Arunachal Pradesh; Chandigarh; Jharkhand; Mizoram; Tripura; Group F: Assam; Bihar; Madhya Pradesh; Maharashtra; Uttar Pradesh; West Bengal.

Women: Level I: Group A: Kerala; Chhattisgarh; Tamil Nadu; Madhya Pradesh; Karnataka; Group B: Telangana; Railways; Delhi; Maharashtra; Rajasthan; Group C: Punjab; Gujarat; Haryana; Uttar Pradesh; Group D: West Bengal; Goa; Himachal Pradesh; Uttarakhand; Group E: Andhra Pradesh; Chandigarh; Jammu & Kashmir; Puducherry; Group F: Assam; Bihar; Jharkhand; Odisha.

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