Jamshedpur, Sept. 22: Tata Steel basketball coach and senior official of the sports department J.P. Singh would travel all the way to Delaware, US, for an advance training under the “international basketball initiative programme”.
Fifty-year-old Singh has been instrumental in shaping several national and international careers since 1985 and has been a part of the Tata Steel team since 1994.
The coach is looking forward to learn more about the “bio-mechanics of the game” at the University of Delaware. “The training will hone my organising skills,” Singh said. He left for New Delhi for his session in Delaware on September 19. The session started from September 21 and would conclude on October 12. The US programme is being funded by the University of Delaware and the United States department of education and cultural affairs, and would be conducted by J. Robinson, the associate professor of sports management and the director of International Basketball Initiative.
A seasoned coach, Singh has worked as the chief trainer of Indian basketball teams in over a dozen international matches. He was the chief coach of the national team during the 2005 Asian Championship in Doha and during the Asia Cup held in Taipei the same year. It was under his tenure that India clinched the Asia Cup.
A disciplinarian to the core, Singh earlier worked for services before joining Tata Steel. “I shall submit my feedback to the Basketball Federation of India and the university,” he said.