Bengaluru: The Indian men’s basketball team is all set to participate in the upcoming BRICS Games 2017 in Guangzhou, China from June 17 to 21.
The young cagers, along with the U-20 women’s volleyball team, and men’s and women’s wushu teams will form the Indian contingent participating in the championship.
India’s training camp for the tournament was held from June 5th-14th at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Indoor Stadium, Netaji Subhas Southern Centre (NSSC), Bengaluru with 14 players, and the final selections were made on June 10th.
India has retained 10 of the 12 players featured in the 5th SABA Championship. Punjab’s sharp shooter Arshpreet Singh Bhullar and star player Amjyot Singh Gill are the new additions to the squad that successfully defended its title in Maldives.
Centre Amritpal Singh, who was a big part of the victory at the SABA championships, was unavailable for the duration of the training camp as he was invited to Australia by NBL team Sydney Kings for their rookie camp.
The BRICS Games 2017 will help the Indian men prepare for the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 in August, as it gives them the opportunity to compete against higher calibre opponents like Russia and hosts China.