Geethu Anna Rahul: "I want to be a role model for other youngsters."
John Wooden: “It isn't what you do, but how you do it.”
Vishesh Bhriguvanshi: “I never imagined I’ll be leading the national team.”
Pratham Singh: “My teammates are like my family.”

She started playing basketball in 2009, but was soon spotted by coach Rajesh Patel who persuaded her to join his basketball camp in Bhilai.

 

It’s hard to miss Poonam Chaturvedi. At 211 cm (6’11’’), the lanky 21-year-old from Kanpur has been one of the tallest women to have played the sport for India.  She started playing basketball in 2009, but was soon spotted by coach Rajesh Patel who persuaded her to join his basketball camp in Bhilai. She burst into the spotlight in 2011, playing for Chhattisgarh’s U16 side at the Youth National Basketball Championship for Boys & Girls in Nagpur.

 

 

Much awaited debut

In 2013, Chaturvedi dominated the FIBA Asia 3X3 U18 Championships for Boys & Girls in Bangkok en route to a silver medal finish, and is now making her debut in the Indian senior team.

But none of her previous experiences compare to the grandeur of next week’s FIBA Women’s Asia Cup in Bengaluru: “I am a little nervous, but at the same time, I am very excited. We are playing in front of our own fans, against some of the best players in the world. I am keen to do my best because this is how I will improve as a player.”

 

Bumpy road to the top

Despite being exceptional in height, Chaturvedi’s rise to the top has not been easy.

She has been diagnosed with a mild tumour, because of which she suffers frequent headaches.

But Chaturvedi has learnt to deal with the challenge: “I was suffering a lot of pain when we were playing Railways in the final of the Senior Nationals (in Delhi in 2014), but I fought through it by remaining focused on winning.”

 

Watch Poonam Chaturvedi live in action: www.ticketgenie.in/fiba-tickets

 

“My game has improved a lot, but I want to keep playing harder and keep improving.” 

 

India is hosting the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup from 23rd to 29th July 2017 in Bengaluru.

Book your tickets now at www.ticketgenie.in/fiba-tickets 

India’s campaign tips off against Uzbekistan on Sunday, 23rd July at 8 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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