‘Basketball can become India’s no.2 sport in five years’, says Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol knows a thing or two about a non-American player thriving in the big league. The 7-feet tall Spanish player spent his childhood in his birth country before moving to America in his teens. Today, Gasol, who is a two-time NBA defending champion with LA Lakers, is widely regarded as the best international player in the league. He is currently in India to run clinics for participants and coaches of the Mahindra NBA Challenge. The 30-year old sat down with MSN for an exclusive chat.
How difficult is it for an Indian to take up basketball? It obviously comes naturally to Americans?
It is lot more difficult when it is not one of most played sports in the country. We need to ensure that kids are given the right opportunities of playing the sport, and facilitated with certain things. It will be a lot easier if they are nurtured. These sorts of events and programmes conducted by the NBA, IBF and Mahindra will certainly attract kids. They will realise how much fun basketball truly is.
Assam, Feb 22 (ANI): These youngsters have gathered at the Jorhat Districts Sports Association Field to participate in a recruitment rally b... More Assam, Feb 22 (ANI): These youngsters have gathered at the Jorhat Districts Sports Association Field to participate in a recruitment rally being conducted by the Indian Army. Thousands of youth from different districts of Assam as well as from Arunachal Pradesh took part in the process. Through this recruitment drive, hundreds of people will be selected and absorbed into the different regiments of the Indian Army. The army officials were impressed by the large turnout. The Indian army and other security forces regularly conduct such recruitment programmes in the region with an aim to increase the presence of youth from the Northeast in the armed forces.
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