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Barkha Sonkar is basketball player she born in 24 December 1996 in Varanasi Uttar Pradesh and she currently in the IMG Academy in Florida. IMG Academy recently gave India a moment of immense pride with Satnam Singh making it to the NBA. Among the Uttar Pradesh hoopsters team, Barkha Sonkar stands out for her height. And not in the positive way, she is not the tallest, as is expected of most basketball players and neither is she the most strongly built girl around. But even at 5’3″, a height really short for a basketball player, Barkha is the backbone of the UP team, often seen switching positions to contribute more to her team. Although, as a point guard specialist, mainly active in creating a move, Barkha not only plays her part but ensures that she even contributes to her team’s points tally with some clever shooting. There is a lot of difference in the training programmes that we undergo in India and in Florida. Being a country where basketball is the most dominating sport, they concentrate on strengthening the basics and then move on to the next level. That helps extremely in gaining control over the ball and learning on-court tactics,” says Sonkar who admits that her first love was cricket but basketball interested her as a sport despite her height and she continued to follow the game religiously. Dan Barto, who is coaching eight Indian student-basketball players in the U.S. as part of a scholarship programme of IMG-Reliance, a joint venture between IMG Worldwide and the Reliance Industries, is of the view that it’s time the coaches initiate the process of popularising the sport in the country. Mission almost accomplished .. Meet Barkha Sonkar our own baller who is made us proud by finishing her school and getting scholarship in US.. I had put status many times for people to come forward and help her raise funds to support her scholarship .. Thanks to Dinesh Kumar Jonathan Rego Anjana Chowdary and a very big thanks to Ranga Sundaravadivelu sir for supporting her cause to study n play basketball in US.. We have managed her first year funds n soon Barkha will leave to follow her dreams. I started Basketball with a very different dream n goal but today I feel great to b a channel of source for these young n aspiring kids.

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