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City cager to focus on national meet
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, July 7
Kamaljeet Kaur Badesha has brought laurels to the city and her alma mater, Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, for being the member of the Indian basketball contingent, which toured Malaysia to take part in the Asian Women Invitation Basketball Tournament, held last month.

Kamaljeet Kaur, who was the lone Punjab player of this team, which participated in two tournaments in Kuala Lumpur and Johar. Other members of the team were from the Railways and Mahanagar Telecom Nigam Ltd (MTNL).

The Indian squad first took part in the four-nation tournament. Besides India, Tai Pai China, Malaysia, Singapore and Korea battled in out in the tournament conducted from June 21 to 26 at Johar near Kuala Lumpur and finished runners-up. Then the team secured fifth spot in the five-day tournament at Kuala Lumpur held from June 26 to 30 in which total eight teams participated.

Kamaljeet, while addressing mediapersons at the college campus today, after being felicitated for her performance during the recent past, said that she owed her success to her coach, Mr Devinder Singh Dhindsa and the facilities provided by the college authorities. She praised Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, Principal, and Khalsa College who, according to the promising cager was the motivating force behind her fine performance during the national as well as international tournaments.

Kamaljeet said that participation in the tournaments in Malaysia had definitely improved her game. She had come to know about the problem areas where she would concentrate more to polish her game, Kamaljeet said.

When asked about her future schedule, Kamaljeet informed that she was focusing on the forthcoming Senior National Basketball Championship slated to be held here in Ludhiana towards the end of this year. She exuded confidence that seeing the current performance of the Punjab women’s performance, the state team would finish amongst the medal winners in the national meet.

Comparing the facilities available in the country with those in Malaysia, Kamaljeet Kaur minced no words when she said that the infrastructure there was better than in India. However, the present team of Basketball Federation of India, headed by its president, Mr Rajdeep Singh Gill, was determined to provide the best available facilities to the cagers in order to prepare the teams for future tournaments.

“ I would try my best to help my college to win the trophy in the inter-college tournament and then the university to emerge as champions in the inter-varisty championship to be held in October,” Kamaljeet added.
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Hockey coach bereaved
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 7
Gurbhej Singh, a former hockey player and younger brother of Mr Baldev Singh, national hockey coach and Deputy Director, Sports, Haryana, died here on Sunday. He was 38. Gurbhej is survived by his parents, wife and two daughters.

Representatives of different sports organisations have expressed grief over his death. Office-bearers of sports associations, sports promoters and sportspersons have condoled Gurbhej’s death and organised prayer meetings.
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Appointed
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 7
Mr Darshan Singh Rahal has been appointed president of the sports cell of the District Youth Congress, according to a communique received from Mr Satpreet Saini, general secretary, Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress (sports cell).Back

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