Sporting Families: Singh Sisters – Basketball

Varanasi is known as the city of Gods as it is situated on the banks of River Ganga.
If you imagine Varanasi the picture you will see would be of people praying and all the holy and sacred things happening there.
5 girls from Varanasi had some other thoughts in their mind and decided to turn towards Sports.

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Singh Sisters have become the talk of the town since their heroics in the field of Basketball.

Pratima (28)
Akanksha (29)
Prashanti (35)
Divya (36)
Priyanka (37)

Pratima who is 28 years old made her international debut for the Indian Junior Team in 2006 and became the captain of the team in 2008. Her playing position is Small Forward/ Shooting Guard.

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Photo: Times of India

Pratima is a Gold Medallist in Diploma in Sports Coaching from Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, 2014–15.
She was also a part of the 2010 Asian Games.
Pratima is married to Indian Fast Bowler Ishant Sharma.

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Akanksha is the youngest of the sisters and has also captained the Indian National Basketball Team.
She is among the first ever Top Four Players to achieve the “A Grade” from the Basketball Federation of India sponsored by IMG Reliance.

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Akanksha is nick named as the ‘small wonder’ in Basketball.
She made her debut for the national side in 2003 and her playing position is Small Forward/Point Guard.
In the University Circuit, Akanksha has been extremely successful and has won many laurels.
Akanksha has also represented India in the 2014 Asian Games held in Korea.

Prashanti Singh was born on 5 May 1984 and is an Arjuna Award Winner. Her position is Small Forward/Shooting Guard.

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She is the first Basket Ball player to be awarded with the Padma Shri in 2019.
She captained the Indian Side in the 3rd Asian Indoor Games in which the team won a Silver Medal.

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Prashanti Singh is most decorated woman Basketball player in India.
She is the winner of 25 Medals in the National Championships, National Games and Federation Cups in India.

Divya Singh who is 36 years old has captained the Indian National Basketball Team. She led the side in the 2006 Commonwealth Games held in Australia.

Her international career was from 2002-2007. Her position was Guard/Forward.
Divya was extremely successful in the national circuit and won many tournaments and awards.

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Singh has been a successful coach at many colleges in Delhi including St. Stephen’s College and Jesus & Mary College. She is also working as a coach with the Delhi women’s basketball team.

Priyanka’s father is a banker and thus the academic background of the 5 basketball stars was strong.
Girls playing some sport and going beyond the traditional boundaries was something unacceptable at that time.

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Priyanka being the oldest had to face a lot of criticism and hatred when she started her Basketball Career.
The society even said that 5 girls are a burden to the family.

Determination and Dedication is what we all should learn from the Singh Sisters. Going against the odds, the sisters have performed brilliantly and have created a different image of Indian Basketball in the World.

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