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Blow to Indian Basketball as Flemming resigns

New Delhi, May 11: When Indian basketball was moving in the right direction, a sudden jolt rocked them when head coach of the men's national team Scott Flemming resigned citing an offer at a NCAA University team in the United States.

Following their win over China on their home turf, Indian team was looking ahead with a hope of a podium finish at this year's Fiba Asia Championship.

In his resignation letter addressed to BFI, Scott thanked BFI, IMGR, players, coaches and administrators and added that he would miss these relationships.

In an email to the Basketball Federation of India (BFI), Scott wrote, "I am submitting my resignation as head coach of the Indian men's national team. I have been offered a coaching position at a NCAA University in the United States. I had planned on finishing out my contract year but because of the timing of college basketball in the US, I need to begin this new assignment later this month".

Though he would be leaving for the United States soon, he also expressed his desire to stay connected with the Indian team in some capacity.

"It would be my desire to stay connected with India basketball in some role. I would even be open to coaching the team again in the future on a more limited basis if BFI was interested as well. I wish India basketball only the very best in the future", he said.

Flemming was appointed by BFI in November 2012, and his contract was to expire in October 2015. But it was expected to be extended following India's improving performances last year.

-NNIS

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