Ajay Kushwaha was born in Birgunj to middle class family. His father was into politics and mother a housewife. Kushwaha’s family moved to Kathmandu when he was six years old. He has two siblings, older brother and a younger brother both of whom played basketball at school level.
Ajay almost left basketball when his dad was arrested in politics related incident but after enormous amount of support from his family including is dad, he continued to play.
Entry into basketball
Ajay Kushwaha’s first basketball lesson started when he was in 9th grade at Little Angel’s School.
Ajay says, one day he dunked even though he didn’t know how to play basketball. Word got round and caught the attention of the national team coach Dinesh Nakarmi. Nakarmi impressed with the future prospect of the young man gave him a week of personal training. That encouraged him to play basketball. Khunkhen Theeng, one of his current team mates at Xavier International College is also credited with teaching him basketball as well as encouraging him.
Another person who has influenced Ajay is current head coach at the Xavier Int’l College basketball team. Big support from Nripesh Shrestha. Ajay says Nripesh Shrestha has helped both on and off the court including providing him financial support when needed.
He joined Xavier Int’l College in 2015 (2071 BS).
He holds the record for the youngest player to make it to the senior national team at the age of 17. He was also the member of the U-18 national team that secured runner-up place at the SABA U-18 held in Bangladesh.
In the domestic basketball, Ajay has won the numerous college basketball tournaments with Xavier Int’l College that includes, Brooklyn Cup 2071, Xavier Cup 2015 and 2016.
He has also collected runner-up medals at the U-21 basketball tournament SMC 2016 held in Kirtipur and Prime Cup 2015.
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