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Tamil Nadu Basketball Association

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Tamil Nadu Basketball Association
JurisdictionTamil Nadu
HeadquartersChennai, India
PresidentV. V. R. Raj Satyen
Vice president(s)Sendhil Thyagarajan
SecretaryAadhav Arjuna
Men's coachMilan Opačić
Women's coachMilan Opačić
Official website

The Tamil Nadu Basketball Association (TNBA) is the governing and controlling body of basketball in Tamil Nadu, and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels in the state. TNBA is affiliated to BFI (Basketball Federation of India), TNOA (Tamil Nadu Olympic Association) and is recognized by SDAT (Sports Development Authority of Tamilnadu).[1]


Basketball was introduced to Madras (now Chennai) by Harry Crowe Buck, who established the famed YMCA College of Physical Education in the city, in 1920.[2] Harry Buck was an alumni of Springfield College (Massachusetts), the birthplace of basketball.

Tamil Nadu (men) won their first National Championship title in 1991-'92 (43rd edition). Since that season, the team has appeared in 14 National Championship finals out of 26 (54%) and won 9 (35%). They dominated the national scene from 1998-99 to 2003-04 with 5 consecutive National Championship titles, a record that is yet to be broken. The 68th edition is their latest title. With this, the team has successfully adopted and executed two of the most dominant coaching styles in the world; American style adopted by A. D. Senthureshwaran in early 2000s[3] and the Serbian style introduced by Milan Opačić in 2017-18.

As of April 2002, there were about 160 clubs in the State and 120 of them were competitive, fielding about 3000 active players[4]

Notable People[edit]

In 2018, TNBA announced Tamil Nadu Basketball Hall of Fame. The first inductees will be T Vijayaraghavan and Amarnath, former international players and 'Jumpball' Padmanabhan and L Ramakrishnan in the contributors category.[5]


  • A. N. Dyaneshwaran, President from 1983 to 1989
  • V. V. R. Raj Satyen, present


  • A.D. Sukhavaneshwaran, National Champion 2003
  • Rikin Pethani, National Champion 2014
  • Pratham Singh, National Champion 2014 & 2018
  • Akilan Pari, National Champion 2014 & 2018
  • Prasanna Venkatesh, National Champion 2014 & 2018
  • Muin Bek Hafeez, National Champion 2018


  • A. D. Senthureshwaran, National Champion 2003
  • S. Bhaskar, National Champion 2014
  • Milan Opačić, National Champion 2018


  1. "About Tamil Nadu Basketball Association". TNBA. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  2. "History of YMCA College of Physical Education". The Hindu. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  3. "Brilliance in Basketball". The Hindu. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  4. "75 years of Basketball in Chennai". The Hindu. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  5. "TNBA hosts the 68th National Championships". The Indian Express. Retrieved February 4, 2018.

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