DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 12 (MExN): A Basketball Camp & Clinic under the initiative and aegis of Andrew Ahoto, the Chairman of Livingstone Foundation Hr. Sec. School, Dimapur is underway at the school.
The Professional Basketball Ace Academy based in Chennai has taken up the onus of conducting the Basketball Camp beginning from 8th of October 2017. The team from PBA Academy is headed by Senior Basketball Coach Prasanna Jaysankar, who is presently running the PBA Academy, and Coronet who is also a Senior Basketball Coach of the Academy.
Jaysankar is an International Basketball Coach and Player who has represented India in 5 Asian Women Basketball Championships and was the Captain of the Indian Women Basketball Team which secured the 2nd place in Group-B Championship which was played at Singapore in 1992. Since 2003 she has been the Coach of Southern Railways Basketball Team which has produced many international players like Geethu Anna Jose who is the 2nd woman player in India to be awarded with Arjuna Award in 2014 after Suman Sharma in 1985.
Playing for the Indian Railways Women Basketball Team for more than a decade, Jaysankar is the proud recipient of 11 Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal. She started her career in Basketball at the young age of 12 years when she switched over from Athletics to Basketball at the Cannanore Sports Division School in Kerela which has produced the legendary Indian Sprint Queen, P.T. Usha among many others.
Coronet is also an International Basketball Player and Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) Coach. He represented India at the Asian Basketball Championship held at Malaysia in 1989 and at a Club Tournament held at Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1995. He has also represented the Indian Railways and the State of Assam at various Inter-Railways and National Level Basketball Championships. An alumnus of Don Bosco Guwahati, Coronet is at present the Head Coach of the Assam State Basketball Team and is also actively promoting Basketball among young aspirants of the game through the Professional Basketball Ace Academy, Chennai.
The main aim behind the Basketball Camp & Clinic being conducted at Livingstone Foundation Hr. Sec. School is to promote the game of basketball from the grassroots level, starting from school and college students in Nagaland. Moreover this is the first time that Livingstone Foundation Hr. Sec. School has recruited a permanent Professional Basketball Coach from PBAA.
Closely assisting Livingstone Foundation Hr. Sec. School and PBAA, Chennai in this endeavour of Basketball promotion in Nagaland is Medozhatuo Rutsa who is a Senior National Basketball Player and presently the Technical Director of Nagaland Basketball Association. He is currently running a Basketball Club at Kohima which is promoting and sponsoring many upcoming players from Nagaland like Salew Kadete who has the potential of becoming a player for the United Basketball Association (UBA) Draft. Salew also got admission in the Hindustan University under Sports Quota thus setting an example for future sports aspirants in Nagaland.
Prasanna Jaysankar will also appear as the Brand Ambassador of Basketball at the Inter School Basketball & Volleyball Tournament organized by the All Nagaland Private Schools’ Association (ANPSA) Dimapur Unit on October 13 and 14 at Don Bosco Hr. Sec. School, Dimapur.