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Brit PM gets basketball tips from Barack Obama on US visit

London, Wed, 14 Mar 2012 ANI

London, Mar 14 (ANI): US president Barack Obama took David Cameron to his first basketball game, as the British Prime Minister made an official visit to America.


Cameron admitted having difficulty following all the rules, but said the president was giving him some tips as they watched the opening game in the March Madness tournament in Dayton, Ohio.


The two leaders gave a joint interview at half time.


"I'm enjoying it. It's fast, it's pretty fast and furious," the Mirror quoted Cameron as telling CBS basketball correspondent and former pro player Clark Kellogg.


"It's hard to follow sometimes exactly who's done what wrong," he added.


He was asked if he's getting any help from the US president.


"He's giving me some tips. He's going to help me fill out my bracket," Cameron replied.


Obama, a keen fan of the sport, quipped that the British PM is also going to share some sporting knowledge with him.


"And he's going to teach me cricket. Because I don't understand what's going on with that game," he said.


Cameron said he saw "a lot of similarities" between basketball and football, but admitted the American sport was "very fast".


The basketball contest, staged by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, pits teams from universities across the USA against one another and draws large TV audiences nationwide.


During their televised interview, the US president explained why he had chosen to bring Cameron to the event.


"I thought it was going to be wonderful for the Prime Minister to have a chance not only to see a basketball game for the first time but also to come to the great state of Ohio because sometimes when we have foreign visitors they are only visiting the coasts," he said. (ANI)


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