Two up-and-coming Indian junior basketball players – Amit Kanarjee (Madhya Pradesh) and Palpreet Singh Brar (Punjab) – have been selected to attend the 2012 Basketball Without Borders (BWB) – Asia camp in Tokyo, Japan. The four-day camp started on Wednesday, June 13 and will conclude on June 17th, 2012.
50 young players from 18 different countries across Asia are attending the camp, which is being organised by the National Basketball Association and FIBA. Several former and current NBA players are in attendance as special coaches, including NBA’s global ambassador Dikembe Mutombo, Samuel Dalembert (Houston Rockets), Vladimir Radmanovic (Atlanta Hawks), Corey Brewer (Denver Nuggets), and Yuta Tabuse, former Japanese NBA player.
Both Brar and Kanarjee – representing India at the camp – are experienced young players who have played in several national tournaments and caps over the last three years, including the most recent Junior National Basketball Championship in Puducherry.
This is the first time that a BWB camp is being held in Japan. In addition to on-court training, the attending players and coaches will be taking part in several NBA Cares events. The NBA players and coaches visited Sendai in Japan to conduct a basketball and fitness clinic for children affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
First held in 2001, Basketball without Borders is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program that uses the sport to create positive social change in the areas of education and health and wellness.