Inshah Bashir, a native of Jammu & Kashmir is firs wheel-chair basketball player from the Union Terrortiry. 27-year-old Bashir started first wheelchair women's basketball team in 2017. She represented India in the US Sports Programme in 2019 and given TED talk, inspiring differently abled people, interested in sports. Notably, Bashir is on wheelchair since she was 15-year-old, due to a spinal injury in an accident.
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Two wheelchair basketballers Laurie Williams and Robyn Love hoped Paralympics can change the people's views towards LGBTQ people and LGBT athletes with disabilities. Reportedly, over 30 LGBTQ athletes are competing at the Tokyo Paralympics, three times higher than that of the 2016 Rio games. Williams and Love got married in 2020 said they're not so famous but ''trying to show people that there are LGBT athletes with disabilities''.
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Halftime at Tokyo Olympics basketball match between the US and France was exceptional as it showcased the talent of a robot. Initially, the robot stood at the foul line, from which it shot the ball to the basket. It was then placed at the top of the three-point arch and was neat at its shot. Lastly, the robot moved to the half-court and throws the ball into the basket.
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The latest video of BJP MP Pragya Thakur dancing at a wedding she helped organize has drawn backlash from Congress leader Narendra Saluja. Another video released days ago shows the MP slam dunk on a basketball court as she simultaneously cited ill-health to avoid appearing for her Malegaon blast case court hearing. Saluja had shared Thakur's dancing video while sarcastically commenting on her fastly recovering health.
India-born Sacha Santimano has been hired as the Head Coach of the Women's basketball team of the Bowdoin College Athletic Department in Maine, United States. The 2019-20 New England Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year has replaced Adrienne Shibles who is now working at Dartmouth College. Santimano has had previous successful coaching terms throughout the U.S. and was also the 2011-12 Commonwealth Coast Conference Coach of the Year.
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Former basketball player Michael Jordan's jersey, which he wore during the 1982-83 season at the University of North Carolina, was auctioned for a whopping $1.38 million at an event. The director of the auction agency, Heritage Auctions, on May 8 stated, "We're extremely proud to have shattered records for a Jordan game-worn Jersey." Interestingly Jordan had worn the same Jersey for the cover of Sporting News March 1983 edition.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) on March 11 announced its return to India with junior program for boys and girls with a 12-week live series. To be conducted via zoom, the open-to-all session will be hosted by two-time NBA All-Star Roy Hibbert on every Saturday morning. Making its eighth return since 2013, the collaboration between NBA and Reliance Foundation aims to develop the game at grass-root level.
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Fog-caused disorientation of the pilot has been suspected as the reason behind the 2020 helicopter crash, which killed nine people, including basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and his daughter. Independent investigation agency National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) stated the pilot, Ara Zobayan's, decision to keep flying in adverse conditions could have been backed by "self-induced pressure". It also indicated fault on the part of the… read-more
The National Basketball Association on December 30 got its first woman head coach in Becky Hammon for the San Antonio Spurs. Initially an assistant coach, Hammon filled in for Gregg Popovich who was ejected for arguing with the referee during the match against Los Angeles Lakers. Hammon is a six-time All-Star in the Women's NBA and is associated with the Spurs for 13 years. Despite suffering a 121-… read-more
The TIME magazine has declared American basketball player LeBron James as the ‘Athlete of the Year.’ The 35-year-old Los Angeles Lakers sensation was recognized for his support to African-Americans against the injustice and raising awareness against their voter suppression. Moreover, the magazine also wrote an … read-more