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    Prashanti Singh

    Prashanti Singh (born 5 May 1984, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh) is a shooting guard for the Indian national women's basketball team. She is first basketball player in India conferred with National Civilian Award Padma Shri in 2019.

    She has been honoured with the Arjuna Award by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India in 2017. She has also been awarded with the prestigious Rani Laxmi Bai Bravery Award 2016–17 in the field of sports by Government of Uttar Pradesh.

    Prashanti represented the national team at 2006 Commonwealth Games, 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China in 2010 and 17th Asian Games in Incheon 2014.[2][3] Her sisters Divya Singh, Akanksha Singh, and Pratima Singh, have also represented the Indian national women's basketball team.[4] Another sister, Priyanka Singh, is a National Institute of Sports basketball coach.[5] Together they are also known as Singh Sisters.

    Playing career

    Receiving the Arjuna Award in 2017 from the President of India
    Prashanti joined the Indian Women's Basketball Team in 2002 and soon became its captain. She played as captain in 3rd Asian Indoor Games which were held in Vietnam on 30 October – 8 November 2009 where the team won a Silver medal. Prashanti won Gold Medal in South Asian Beach Games at Sri Lanka in 2011.[6][7]

    Prashanti Singh is most decorated woman Basketball player in India. She is one of the top four A grade player of India selected and sponsored by Basketball Federation of India & IMG-Reliance.

    She has won 23 medals in the National Championships, National Games and Federation Cups in India. She holds the National record of having most medals in National Championships.[8] She is first woman Basketball player in India to represent the National team in one 2006 Commonwealth Games & two Asian Games 2010, 2014 respectively.

    She is also a member of the International Women's Film Forum of Asian Academy of Film & Television.[9] Prashanti Singh is first and only Basketball Player in India who has a documentary film named B Cube (Boskey Basketball Banaras)[10] on her own life which is selected in top xix films in the prestigious Satyajit Ray Film Festival.

    International Sporting Achievements

    Year Competition Venue Position Notes
    Representing  India
    2016 2016 South Asian Games Guwahati   Won all Matches (Team Captain)
    2014 17th Asian Games Incheon Incheon Top 6  
    2013 25 FIBA ASIA Basketball Championship for Senior Women Bangkok, Thailand Top 5  
    2013 International exposure trip at NBA Training Centre Dongguan, China Winner  
    2011 1st Asian Beach Games Sri Lanka Won Gold  
    2011 FIBA Asian Basketball Championship for Senior Women Nagasaki, Japan    
    2011 33 William Jones Cup China, Taipei    
    2010 16th Asian Games Guangzhou, China   As Captain
    2009 Asian Indoor Games Vietnam Won Silver  
    2009 FIBA Asian Basketball Championship for Senior Women Chennai    
    2007 FIBA Asia Championship for Women Incheon, South Korea Winner GB  
    2006 2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne   As Point Guard
    2006 Friendly Match Series Auckland, New Zealand    
    2006 First Phuket International Invitational Basketball Championship Thailand Won Gold  
    2005 20th Asian Basketball Confederation Championship for Senior Women Sendai, Japan Silver GB  
      Portdiction International Invitation Tournament   Won Bronze  
    2002-3 Fiba Asia Basketball Championship for Junior Women Chinese, Taipei    

    National Sporting achievement

    Year Competition Venue Position Notes
    Representing  India
    2016 66th Senior National Basketball Championship Mysore Bronze Medal  
    2015 65th Senior National Basketball Championship Rajasthan Silver Medal  
    2014 64th IMG Reliance National Basketball Championship New Delhi Bronze Medal  
    2013 3 × 3 National Basketball Championship New Delhi Silver Medal  
    2012 Mahindra NBA Challenge National Final New Delhi Gold Medal  
    2012 25th Federation Cup Basketball Championship Kerala Bronze Medal  
    2011 National Games RanchiJharkhand Bronze Medal  
    2011 24th Federation Cup Basketball Championship Raipur Bronze Medal  
    2010-11 61st IMG Reliance National Basketball Championship New Delhi Silver Medal  
    2009-10 60th National Basketball Championship LudhianaPunjab Silver Medal  
    2008-09 59th National Basketball Championship SuratGujarat Silver Medal  
    2008 33rd National Sports Festival for Women Jalandhar Silver Medal  
    2007-08 58th National basketball championship Pondicherry Silver Medal  
    2007 23rd Federation Cup Basketball Championship Rourkela Bronze Medal  
    2006-07 57th Senior National Basketball Championship JaipurRajasthan Silver Medal  
    2006 22nd Federation Cup Basketball Championship JamshedpurJharkhand Silver Medal  
    2006 56th Senior National Basketball Championship PuneMaharashtra Silver Medal  
    2005 R.Vaikuntam Cup Basketball Championship for Women New Delhi Silver Medal  
    2005 21st Karp Impex Federation Cup Basketball Championship BhavnagarGujarat Silver Medal  
    2005 55th Senior National Basketball Championship LudhianaPunjab Silver Medal  
    2004 54th Senior National Basketball Championship Odisha Silver Medal  
    2003 20th Federation Cup Basketball Championship VashiNavi Mumbai Bronze Medal  
    2003 53rd Senior National Basketball Championship HyderabadAndhra Pradesh Gold Medal  

    Awards and achievement

    The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Padma Shri Award to Prashanti Singh, at an Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 16 March 2019
    • March 2019 : Padma Shri by Government of India
    • August 2017 : Arjuna Award by Government of India[11]
    • December 2016-17 : Rani Laxmi Bai Award (Outstanding Sports Person) by Uttar Pradesh Government
    • December 2015-16 : Poorvanchal Ratna (Top Sports Person)
    • October 2015 : Shakti Samman by APN News
    • March 2015 : UP ke Sartaj titled by Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM.
    • January 2015 : National record with 23 medals for one team in senior level.
    • June 2013: Lokmat Samman (sportsperson of the year 2013) in Lucknow.
    • October 2012: MVP (most valuable player) of Mahindra NBA challenge National Final in New Delhi.
    • April 2011: Captained team West & won Best Player award in All Star Game in Mumbai.
    • February 2011: Top scorer award with 129 points (25.8-point/game) in prestigious 25th IMG-Reliance Federation Cup, Raipur
    • 2011: She is one of the first ever ranked Top Four A Grade elite Basketball player of India.
    • 2010: Elle Magazine - first Indian basketball player featured in the May 2010 edition
    • October 2006: Century Sports Award by Century Sports Club, Varanasi
    • August 2006: Outstanding Player Honour by UP College Old Students' Association
    • December 2002: Best Player Award in UP State School Championship, held at Ghaziabad

    Early life and Academics

    Prashanti is originally from Varanasi and moved to Delhi for her career. In Delhi, she trained and joined MTNL team.[12] She is graduate in Arts from University of Delhi, India.