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- Jharkhand men, women to leave for Delhi on Monday

Jamshedpur, Feb. 22: Jharkhand State Basketball Association on Saturday announced a 24-member men and women squad for the 64th senior national championship to be held in New Delhi from February 26 to March 5.

The men cagers were picked on the basis of their performance at a training camp conducted at JRD Tata Sports Complex from February 11 to 21. The state body could not conduct the training exercise for the eves due to paucity of funds.

Shamshad Alam of Jharkhand Police and Jamshedpur’s Diksha Alok will lead the men and women outfits, respectively.

Besides Shamshad, the men’s squad comprises Amit Das, Dinesh Kumar Rajak and Devender Milgandi from Jharkhand Police; Saurabh Kumar Singh, Vishal Bagh and Rakesh Mahto from Tata Steel Basketball Training Centre; Alen Peter from Jamshedpur; Vikash Kumar from Seraikela-Kharsawan; Manish Singh from Dhanbad and Sukhdeep Singh and Abhishek Jojo from Chotanagpur.

Cagers in the women’s outfit include Jackline Barla and Barkha Kacchap from Chotanagpur; Osma Singh, Usha Gope, Suprita Karan and Priya Joshi from Jamshedpur; Lovely Kumari, Suman Kumari and Richa Thakur from Bokaro; Madhu Kumari and Mridula Barla from Dhanbad.

The state players will leave for Delhi by Tata-Jammu Tawi Express on February 24.

State basketball outfit’s secretary Harbhajan Singh said they had tried to choose balanced sides and it was up to the players to perform to their full potential.

“To be honest, our men have not performed well in the nationals earlier. We are sending the women’s outfit after a gap of two years, as we were not able to form a seasoned squad. We had only young cagers at our disposal and one cannot expect them to withstand the pressure of a senior meet,” Singh added.

The outfit’s vice-president, who took care of the expenses for the men’s training camp, is also funding the to and fro travel expenses of both teams.

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