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With an incredible performance of Indian players in the Rio Olympics, sports in India are regaining its lost vigour. Though sports king, cricket serves to be the most preferred sports but time is changing and other individual and team sports are also gaining pace.
The 23rd Ramjas Basketball Champions League (RBCL), 2017 generated a lot of buzz in the capital with over 2000 participants from all over Delhi and NCR region. Reputed organizations including FICCI, ONGC, Nestle, Jr NBA India, Delhi Basketball Association along with Media partner FairGaze supported the mega event. It was a knock-out-cum-league tournament. Around 70 schools participated in the tournament and 12 teams made it up to the semi-finals.
Participating schools includes Air Force Bal Bharati School, Montfort School (Ashok Vihar), Apex School, Army Public School (Dhaula Kuan), Amity International School (Noida), Apeejay School(Saket), Bal Bharati Public School (Pitampura), Bluebells School, International Carmel Convent School, DLF Public School (Sahibabad), Delhi Public School (East of Kailash), Delhi Public School (Mathura Road), Dynasty International School,Father Agnel School (Noida), G.D. Goenka Public School (Dwarka), Mamta Modern Sr. Sec. School and Ramjas School to name a few.
The champions of the RBCL Sikandar Kaun Contest 2017 were:
1. Montfort School, Ashok Vihar, Jr. Boys
2. Bal Bharti Public School, Pitampura - Jr. Boys
3. Montfort School, Ashok Vihar, Sr. Girls
NBA Champion, Kevin Durant, an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association visited India to support the continued growth of basketball in the country and coach the country’s top prospects at the NBA Academy India. “I’m excited to travel to India to help promote the game of basketball and meet the prospects at The NBA Academy India,” said Durant. The Kevin Durant Charity Foundation generously gifted two new basketball courts to the Ramjas School as part of the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation’s BUILD IT AND THEY WILL BALL Courts Renovation Initiative.
“Sports plays a very important role in one’s life like in character building and every individual should play sport to build confidence, enhance ones personality,helps to improve time management and stress management,” said Sushantika Sharma, Captain of Montfort school’s basketball team, an International player and winner in the RBCL tournament.
A healthy nation is a wealthy nation. Games stimulate discipline, teamwork,mental and physical fitness, and overall development of a child. According to the basketball coach at MontFort School, Delhi "If an individual wants to be a basketball player he/she needs to start playing from a young age,so that they are ready to compete during major competitions. It is practice and more and more practice that makes a player efficient but for every sports, the practice schedule is different and requires proper guidance.”
Today sports in India are emerging as a major socio-economic component and Indians are growing much more passionate towards choosing it as a career. RamjasSchool, Delhi has already laid the foundation step in bringing sports to the limelight.
Posted By - Srishti Sharma and Tulika Dey