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Two city carrom players get eidi,picked up for U-19 series against Sri Lanka

There was more joy in store for her family as her cousin Mohammad Talib was also named for the Indian team.

Written by Tashi Lundup | Chandigarh | October 16, 2013 5:07:50 am

Tuba Sehar could not have asked for a better eidi on the eve of Eid-al-Adha,popularly known as Bakra Eid. Tuba and her family members in Sector 45 erupted in joy when she was selected in the Indian U-19 carrom team for the India-Sri Lanka U-19 Carrom Test Series to be held in Gurgaon from October 21. There was more joy in store for her family as her cousin Mohammad Talib was also named for the Indian team.

“I’m delighted to be included in the Indian team. I have always been waiting for this moment. Talib and I will try to give our best in the tournament,” said a beaming Tuba.

With their selection,Tuba and Talib have become first-ever players from Chandigarh to be selected in the Indian team for an international event.

Last week when Tuba along with Talib,brother Mohammad Hassan and Manu Gupta — all from Chandigarh — went to Vadodara to attend trials for the Indian U-19 team for the aforementioned tournament,Tuba was confidence personified. She knew she had done enough in the past few years to be included in the team. The junior national title she won in April earlier this year in Varanasi was a testament to her skills. Also,the prodigiously skilled carrom player has been a dominant force in junior and senior state tournaments in Chandigarh.

“I am glad to have my father,Mazhar Khan,as my coach and siblings like Farheen and Mohammad Hassan to play along with at home. They are my guiding force,” said the 16 years old.

After starting impressively early in her career,Tuba,a student of St Stephen’s School,Sector 45,made heads turn with her performances in the nationals. In December last year,Tuba emerged runner-up in the girls’ singles category in the 40th Sub-Junior National and Inter-State Carrom Championship held in Kolkata. But it was 2013,her breakthrough year,where she is finally looking to fulfil her potential. “It has been a good year so far. I am just looking to end it on a high,” she said.

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