Basketball is not a very popular sport in mainland India. Due to the unpopularity and unfamiliarity of this sport, there are many stereotypes that are formed.

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However, a girl from a remote village in Sikkim, Gangyap has made it to the National Basketball Team. This 24-year-old is Nima Doma Bhutia and she has become the first girl from the North East to represent India in basketball.

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She is one of the players flying to Malaysia where FIBA women’s pre-Olympic qualifiers are being held for the Asia-Oceania group which will take place from November 14 to 17.

But reaching here wasn't an easy task for 5 feet 7 inches Bhutia. In fact, it took her five attempts to be selected in the national team.

It was very difficult for me, but I love my dream to play for the country more than these rejections. I knew that if I give up I will be letting down my coach, my parents and all the basketball players from the North East, especially girls.

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Nima learnt her basketball skills from a small higher education institute for scheduled tribes children called Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS). Her principal/ coach at the institution introduced her to the game. But without a real kit and any sort of facilities, she practised the game to reach where she has.

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Sure, she had to face a lot of rejections and disappointments on her way to the top, but she never gave up.

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All of Nima's struggles and will power has got her to debut internationally and most importantly made her reach a personal goal. This is the kind of dedication that is a mark of a true sportsperson.

H/T: Scroll