Nima Doma, 23, made it to the national team in her fifth attempt Credit: EastMojo image

Gangtok: Sikkimese hoopster Nima Doma, 23, has become the first woman from Northeast region to be selected for the senior women’s national basketball team. This is her fifth attempt in making it to the national team.

The Indian squad is flying to Malaysia where the FIBA women’s pre-Olympic qualifiers are being held for Asia-Oceania group. She was selected for the national team after the national camp held in Bengaluru, Karnataka last month.

India has been placed in Group B at the Asia-Oceania group which includes Japan, Australia and Chinese Taipei. India will be playing at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur and face Australia in the opening match on November 16.

“She has finally made it to the national team on her fifth attempt and proved the selectors that she is capable. We, the entire EMRS Gangyap family, are happy with her achievement and wish her the best,” said Sidharth Yonzone, her mentor cum coach.

AT 5 feet, 7 inches, Doma plays as a point guard. She was groomed and developed by Yonzone, her mentor and coach, since her days at Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS) in Gangyap, West Sikkim.

She is currently pursuing Master’s degree in Physical Education at Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education (LNUPE) in Gwalior.

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