NBA is heading to India

The biggest basketball tournament on the planet is about to “land” to India, a country with strong potential but yet to have the opportunity to grow.

According to a recent announcement from the NBA, Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers will become the first two names to compete in India. The preseason match between the two teams will take place on October 4 and 5, 2019, on the NSCI Dome in the entertainment city of Mumbai.

“The NBA is trying to further develop its huge basketball potential in India, a country with a thriving sports culture and a growing young population,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver. “We are also very grateful to organizations like Kings and Pacers who participated in this historic step.”

Since taking over as a commissioner in 2014, Mr. Adam Silver has made a very positive contribution to the NBA.

The owner of Kings – Vivek Ranadive is an Indian businessman and has long wanted to bring the planet’s biggest basketball tournament back to his homeland.

“As an Indian-American, it is an honor to contribute to bringing this historic moment to the country where I grew up. Basketball is booming in India and we are very happy about continue to expand the scope of the NBA to fans around the globe, “said Vivek.

Kevin Durant is one of the stars who participated in the NBA-organized basketball training program in India. In addition to the main season in the US, the NBA also has a lot of programs dedicated to other countries, with the aim of universalizing and developing basketball across the planet.

The first Indian basketball player in NBA

Bhullar is one of the first Indian basketball players in NBA. Currently, the athlete is playing for the Guangxi Rhino basketball team in China, dividing the time between Toronto and the southern city of Guangzhou.

“Many places in China, they don’t see outsiders. Especially I am tall, I just stick out like a sore thumb.” But the team is like a “big family”, he said.

He maintains his Indian contacts, talks to his parents in his native language and visits Gurdwaras wherever he can find them.

Bhullar believes his achievement will pave the way for more Indian players.

India has invested more in sports (Part 1)

From cricket to football, tennis, the Indians are imitating the North American model to develop a sports market that is considered very lucrative in the world’s second most populous country.

Among emerging countries, India is one of the most admired faces in many fields, such as informatics. However, they have only one Olympic gold medalist (shooting) in history so it is difficult to get in the picture of the world sports powerhouse. But that is changing from a few years ago.

I believe India needs a similar league to the NBA professional basketball league in the US and I want to find a way to integrate sport and business for the greatest profit of sports.

After winning the World Cup in 1983, cricket – a sport brought in by the British in the 18th century – became a lucrative faction in India. Some businesses have smelled money in 1 billion potential consumers. So in 2008, the league was unified to meet many economic and commercial goals.

Under the campaign of Lalit Modi, former vice president of the Indian Cricket Executive Board (BCCI), a new tournament called the Indian Premier League (IPL) quickly became entertaining as the game was limited to matches. three hours of television service (previously a cricket match could last … four days!).

Back then, Modi once said: “I believe India needs a similar league to the NBA professional basketball league in the US and I want to find a way to integrate sport and business for the greatest profit of sports. I believe we have created a global entertainment product for the development of cricket for the pleasure of fans and sponsors. ”

The next stage was to select eight cities with teams and then auction them off in a franchise fashion, attracting local businesses and even movie stars to invest. BCCI has raised $ 723.59 million by selling eight cricket teams, of which Reliance Industries has spent $ 111.9 million to buy the Mumbay Indians.

The rest is just a true show when famous movie stars appear in the stands, the fresh pom-pom girls on the field and the entire arrangement is American style.

Indian female wrestler and the war overcome the prejudice (Part 2)

Kakran is the team leader and training instructor. Sister Megha, 17, and Geetanjali Luckad, 18, used to hoe the land, water and smooth the field to prepare for the practice. Geetanjali Luckad’s neck is a round, heavy stone, a way for her to endure.

A group of young men passed by and giggled when they saw the girls. “I don’t care about being looked down upon by men. I will make them shut up on the ring, ”Kakran said with a smile.

As a veteran wrestler, Kakran began practicing at age 6. Since there were no other female wrestlers at the time, she was forced to wrestle with her son.

“They don’t want to play with me because they know they will lose and so shame,” Kakran recalls. Some men bet her, so she can make money back to her family.

Even so, Kakran still couldn’t easily convince his parents to pursue a passion for wrestling. Today, many kushti coaches still refuse to train women.

“We are not just fighting against the opponent. We also fight with billions of Indians who don’t want to see us wrestling”, she said.

Kakran admits the most painful protest comes from her own family. “My parents didn’t support me in the first place,” she said, emphasizing that her father was also a wrestler.

“Many people don’t understand why we don’t marry and give birth, what they call a normal life,” she said.

Worried about not getting married

Luckily for the female wrestlers, Bollywood film Dangal (2016) starring actor Aamir Khan, recounted the true story of the Phogat sisters, who were their father, an amateur wrestler, Train to become world-class wrestlers. The film’s great success has contributed to changing prejudices about Indian female wrestlers.

“We started practicing four years ago, despite parents’ protests,” Geetanjali Luckad tells of his step into the kushti world. “We want to be like Divya, the female wrestler has won a lot of medals,” she said.

“Boys often laugh at us because we wear sportswear and have short hair. My mother is worried that we will never get married but I think women should be free to do what they believe”, she said.

Even getting people’s approval is not enough for Luckad sisters to turn their dreams into reality. “You have to work hard while going to school and doing housework is not easy,” said wrestler Neha Kumari, 20.

However, Kumari affirmed that the biggest challenge for female wrestlers is social prejudice. “India is still one

India created a seismic in front of the Asian champion

India successfully won an important point against the reigning Asian champion Qatar in the second round of the 2022 World Cup qualifying round in Asia. Slaying Turkmenistan, South Korea won the first 3 points

The home advantage plus is more appreciated, not surprising when Qatar completely dominated during 90 minutes. However, this is a disciplined match for Indian players, although the visitors are not served by two important names, captain Chhetri and midfielder Ashique.

Qatar has launched 27 shots from just two times on the Indian side but the excellent performance of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu with amazing saves has discouraged the names of the home team. Almoez or Yusuf.

India only created a few notable ball situations but that did not matter. The resilience of the defense has brought unexpected results for teachers and coach Igor Stimac before the most highly rated team in Group E. This is definitely one of the best results of the representative from the South. Asia in the competition away from home.

With a draw against the defending Asian champion, India won a first point in the 2022 World Cup qualifier. In the next match, Qatar will be visiting guests of Bangladesh while India will be off. rest.

Previously, India summoned Thailand’s fierce football World Cup qualifier

India officially announced the list of summons for the 2022 World Cup qualifier, the striker once scored twice in Thailand’s net.

Coach Igor Stimac of India Tel officially announced a list of 34 players convened to prepare for the 2022 World Cup qualifier. In particular, the most notable name is The striker scored twice in Thailand.

Sunil Chhetri is the most noticeable name in the current Indian telecom component. The 35-year-old striker continues to be trusted by coach Stimac. Remember in the 2019 Asian Cup taking place at the beginning of the year, Chhetri was the one who scored twice in India’s 4-1 victory over Thailand.

The cricket match between India and Pakistan

India and Pakistan hoped that the first cricket match between the two countries since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks will help improve diplomatic relations between the two neighboring countries, which have a complicated history.

The hopes were lit after Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari received an invitation from Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to watch the semi-final match between the two countries during the world cricket championship in Mohali city, Punjab state. Cricket is a favorite sport in both India and Pakistan.

The aides said they hope that the match and the opportunity for the two leaders to talk intimately will help improve the tense atmosphere and motivate new negotiations to be conducted.

Although their meeting is described as “unofficial”, it will take place under the most stringent security guarantee ever in a cricket match amid fears of a terrorist attack.

India has declared the skies above the stadium a “no fly zone”. There will be a paramilitary security circle around the stadium and a drone that will operate in the area to monitor.

Earlier this month, Pakistani officials arrested a suspected man planning an attack on the world cricket championship when he arrived in Karachi to catch a flight to Sri Lanka. The memories of the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore still haunt Indian security officials.

High-ranking Pakistani officials said President Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani had accepted an invitation from the Indian Prime Minister last Saturday evening after a meeting with the Pakistani Army Commander-in-Chief, General Kiyani.

They hope the leaders will pave the way for negotiations over territorial disputes between the two countries, easing visa regulations for merchants and those over 65.

India-Pakistan relations have been strained since the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which India accuses extremist Pakistanis of being the mastermind. The two neighboring nations have been fighting for three wars since gaining independence from the British colonialists in 1947.

Indian female wrestler and the war overcome the prejudice (Part 1)

Wearing sportswear and short hair like a son, Indian female wrestlers are often laughed at by men and parents object. Even so, they persist in pursuing passion.

The narrow street of Delhi is still dark on a cold winter morning. Some of the city’s poorest residents curled up in thin blankets and slept on the sidewalk with goats eating trash and wild dogs. Even hot masala tea shops are not open. The crowded capital of India is still silent before dawn.

A group of young girls in sports suits appeared from the fog. They try to speak small but sometimes can’t stop the laughter. This is their favorite time of day.

They went towards a creature, called akhara, a word derived from Sanskrit. Some believe that the ancient form of kushti wrestling is practiced here as the ancestors of all forms of wrestling in the world.

Traditionally, the akhara square is the only playground for men. “Women are not only unable to practice but are not allowed to watch the tournaments in the countryside,” journalist Deepak Ansuia Prasad, a former wrestler, told the South China Morning Post.

Convex-concave, deformed ears

However, time is gradually changing that. Girls in Delhi today are like many other places in the country that are bound by this tradition struggling for equality. The youngest member of the group is only 12 years old. I proudly show off my convex and deformed ears.

“Many people say it is ugly but it proves that I can fight hard because only wrestlers have ears like that,” she said.

Before entering the training room to start training, the girls bowed to the colorful statue of Hanuman, the monkey-faced Hindu god worshiped by Indian wrestlers.

The oldest member, Divya Kakran, has just turned 19. She is the third Indian to win a silver medal at the Asian Wrestling Tournament. More than 40 other medals are decorated in her simple home not far from the gym.

The first Indian basketball player in NBA (Part 2)

‘Sim’ Bhullar placed high on the first NBA Indian player

A professional coach also loved his performance and offered him a position with the Ontario Basketball Association. After a successful college career, he scored a point with the NBA draft in April 2014, before signing a contract with Kings, owned by Indian businessman Vivek Ranadive.

It is known that the sixth tallest player in NBA history, a statistic that he did not follow, he was once a tall kid at school. Even when he was 15, he was about six feet, six inches tall.

Although his parents did not see basketball becoming a pastime, they always supported his career.

‘I want to be like Vince Carter’

For Bhullar, it doesn’t matter that no famous Indian nationalist plays a role model. “Vince Carter changed the landscape of basketball in Canada … I want to be like him and be on stage one day.”

Sim Bhullar played for the New Mexico State Championship against the Aztecs of San Diego State in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on March 20, 2014, in Spokane, Washington.

Bhullar was not surprised by the expectations of Indian hopefuls. He tried to go to India whenever possible, the last visit about four years ago during an NBA-sponsored trip. He went to Amritsar city in Punjab and stopped at the Golden Temple, the most sacred site of Sikhism. And he was caught up.

“A huge escort policeman took us to the gate. I went around there and there were about 200 to 300 people staring and taking pictures. I had to be led to one of the next rooms.”

It’s not just that his height attracted attention; Some followers know who he is, calling his name. And India has kept tabs on him.

Bhullar also tried to disseminate the game in India by opening courts and helping children play. And he was touched by the passion that existed for the game.

He thought that basketball could eventually occupy the second or third place for cricket, the most popular sport in India.

The first Indian basketball player in NBA (Part 1)

With a height of 7 feet 5 inches (2.26 meters), Gursimran Sim Bhullar was the first Indian basketball player to step onto the pitch in an NBA match.

“I had to go to court and do my job, so I didn’t think about it,” the 26-year-old player told CNN. “It’s surreal. It didn’t hit me until after the game I played in the NBA game.”

Three days later, he became the first Indian player to score in an NBA match against Utah Jazz. Bhullar has signed a 10-day contract with the NBA’s G League, an official small tournament. Each season, NBA teams may contract players in the 10-day contract before signing or releasing them. While he hopes to return to the prestigious tournament, he said the NBA game has changed.

“They are playing smaller and faster, so it is difficult for me to fit the system,” Bhullar said. “I worked with my game, from being better and moving faster.”

Bhullar was born and raised in the Canadian city of Toronto, while his parents came from northern Indian state villages in Punjab state. They moved to Canada in the 1980s where they married and had children. Bhullar Sims was surrounded by his parents when he joined as a marshal in the Indian Day parade on August 17, 2014, in New York.

As soon as they arrived in Toronto, both his parents worked in factories while his father drove a taxi. Now they own a gas station at the image of Bhullar and his brother Tanveer, also a basketball player, adorn the walls.

Bhullar found it difficult to master English as a second language, when he learned Punjabi at home but accepted Indian culture and religion. He spends every weekend at Gurdwara (Sikh worship place).

Sim Bhullar scored in a Filipino basketball tournament in Toronto, Canada, around 2003-2004. He had the first taste of the game when he was 10 or 11. “I played basketball more than anything else and I fell in love with it.”

Kabaddi – playing Indian-style buzzing

Kabaddi‘s roots stem from the folk games of the people of Central India. Each team will have from 4 to 7 athletes (athletes) officially (with 2 to 5 reserve athletes). The game field is rectangular, 11 x 9m in size. The time of the match is 2 rounds, every 20 minutes and 5 minutes of breaks. Playgrounds and team members have reduced in size and number of athletes when Kabaddi organized outdoors or on the beach compared to the form of indoor competition.

Winning points are counted when the attacking team player hits the opponent. On the other hand, the attacking team will score points when shooting the opponent (when they attack) right on their own field, not letting them escape the area to touch the line at the center of the field (or exit the designated area). Attackers often shout “Kabaddi, Kabaddi!” If after 30 seconds the attacking team does not hit the opponent, the attacker will get that score. The roles of the two teams will alternate after each winning point.

With such a competition law, the adversary to touch the opponent and find the way to return without being arrested requires beyond the outstanding strength, there must be mischief in handling situations, creating Unexpected and clever to not fall into the enemy’s restraint. On the other hand, defensive methods are coordinated pieces that encircle, block the way back, or raise a trap to “lure” the opponent’s attacking player to net. Kabaddi is not merely a performance of physical strength, but also a struggle, a constant transformation of the two sides.

In general, the way of organizing and playing is almost the same as playing buzzing, with a bold folk. But few people know that Kabaddi is a popular sport in Asian Games (also called Asian Games or Asiad). Men’s content began to host from the 11th Asiad period in Beijing in 1990, while women’s content took place two times in Guangdong 2010 and Incheon 2014. The 18th Asiad edition in Indonesia in 2018 also spent 2 sets. Medal for Kabaddi. The nearest indoor, martial arts and marine sports conferences also bring Kabaddi into the competition program.

Mud wrestler Kushti of India: Fasting, suffering to change life (part 2)

At the age of 18, Patil left his village to train in akhara on the way to Arthur in Mumbai. Life in akhara must follow the regime. Drinking, smoking and sometimes, sex are also prohibited on the path to purity, physical beauty, and health. Inside the shabby building is the aura of hardship and dedication. All the chaos of division in Indian society is left outside the door. “Here, no one cares whether you are a Hindu or a Muslim or what class you belong to. If there is anything to worship, that’s the body,” Patil said.

Floors are prepared according to a special formula for centuries including mud water, red soil, dairy, and oil. All mixed up into a thick, soft thing like red yellow crumbs. On it, wrestlers perform exercises. They practiced hanging people on ropes, squeezing, yoga and lifting weights or stones. Patil’s proudest achievement is the gold medal at the 2015 national level tournament. This event disturbs his peaceful village. However, Kushti wrestlers do not dream too much about medals and international tournaments. They bring their worldly dreams that success with Kushti will help them get a job in government.

The Indian government spends certain jobs for those who have made a mark in sports. This is an effort to encourage the development of athletic capacity with financial promise. This does not mean that Kushti wrestlers are fully assured of work. Patil is a graduate student in science but is working as a security guard. You are trying to achieve something better.

The work made Patil only able to train in the early morning and late evening. He loved Kushti but was also aware that Kushti was dying all over India. Kushti is gradually being replaced by more contemporary wrestling forms. “I am very happy that I can do what my father and grandfather cannot do just because they were poor.”