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Saturday, September 26, 1998
|India keen to salvage pride
BULAWAYO (Zimbabwe), Sept 25 On the slope now after a dazzling start to his second innings as captain, Mohammad Azharuddin is ready to recover the lost ground as India prepare for two weekend one-dayers against Zimbabwe at Queens Club here tomorrow.
Stage set for chess Olympiad
ELISTA, Sep 25 Three teenagers and a veteran international woman master would battle it out for India in the 8th Womens Chess Olympiad starting here tomorrow.
CHENNAI, Sept 25 Defending champion Shreeaz Kalra of Lucknow gathered momentum with accuracy to put himself as the sole leader at the halfway mark of the four round A.V. Thomas Gold Cup Amateur Golf Tournament at the Cosmo Links here today.
KARACHI : Australian batsman Michael Slaatter, who scored century not out, hits a boundary off Pakistani spinner Shahid Afridi, at National stadium in Karachi on Friday. Pakistan and Australia are playing their first match in Karachi. AP/PTI
India to participate in school soccer
CHANDIGARH, Sept 25 The 27th Asian School Football Tournament is being organised at Cheju-Korea by the Korean School Football Federation.
Agrawal, Sheehan score easy
India keen to salvage pride
BULAWAYO (Zimbabwe), Sept 25 (PTI) On the slope now after a dazzling start to his second innings as captain, Mohammad Azharuddin is ready to recover the lost ground as India prepare for two weekend one-dayers against Zimbabwe at Queens Club here tomorrow.
In a busy and traumatic September which is not over yet, Azhar would like to treat the Sahara Cup debacle of 4-1 as a momentary lapse of form,not to speak of situations far beyond his control as India attempts to retain the tag of the most improved international side of 1998 having won four one-day titles and a Test series against worlds best, Australia, in the past nine months.
With no clash of dates and the team restored to full strength, not to speak of accompanying confusion over who is coming or going, Azahar is now focussed not to let Zimbabwe nurture any hopes of squaring up to a weak India and running away with the booty. Quelling Zimbabwes charge will not be easy though since the two teams have an even record a win and a loss from two games in this African outpost and worlds best batsman Sachin Tendulkar, ironically, has rarely run up big scores against them.
But for a century in Benoni in a triangular series in South Africa last summer which, but for a dropped chance by Guy Whittal might not have come about the Mumbai genius has not been like his usual self against Zimbabwe, including the three one-dayers in April this year when he was in the midst of his most outstanding stretch of run-making yet in international cricket.
Tendulkar would be aware of it and regard it as a sweet summit if he could crack the one hundred tomorrow which would take him beyond West Indian Desmond Haynes number of 18 and place him as the most successful one-day cricketer of all time.
Sure, he has had the worst stick out of this jumble of September, having been led to Commonwealth Games in Malayasia and then air-dashed after a cancellation to Toronto, only to return in less than 48 hours to Mumbai and board yet another plane to Zimbabwe, with a transit wait of five hours thrown in for good measure in Johannesburg.
It would have been abnormal if he was not feeling tired which he did appear during the excruciatingly long journey to Bulawayo which culminated in a most bumpy descent at the airport. Once outside, the blazing hot sun did not promise a breezy, cool stretch of cricket either.
By last evening, the Indians had chekced in albeit without Robin Singh who had his baggage missing and spent a couple of hours with the airport officials trying to have it restored at the earliest.
Naturally, there were no nets or a presence in party as the cricketers looked to catch up on their sleeps. The nets followed this morning, again under a red-hot sun.
Fortunately, Robin Singhs missing baggage is not his kit. The Tamil Nadu allrounder looks all set to return to the national side, as do appear Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, the trio who along with Javagal Srinath and Ajit Agarkar would form the bowling bench of Indian attack.
For the final spot, the state of the wicket would help decide as to between seamer Debashish Mohanty and left-arm spinner Rahul Sanghvi who plays, by afternoon, the Indians were yet to give it a look-in having practised at the Bulawayo athletic club in the morning.
Zimbabwe, on the other hand, similarly look forward to the weekend engagements. Twice in India they came close to winning before floundering which skipper Alistair Campbell blames for lack of "self-disbelief".
Yet, they are a formidable presence in their backyard. More so when a 17-year-old rookie pacer, Mluleki Nkala, is all set to make his international debut tomorrow.
Nkala, who was sent to the Australian academy early this year and who, according to coach Dave Houghton "would have been a certainty to play long ago for the national side if it was not for the fact he was yet to clear his a grade in schools," was brilliant in the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur this month, returning figures of three for six in four overs against Malaysia.
India trail 0-2 in Davis Cup tie
NOTTINGHAM (England) Sept 25 (PTI) Indians faltered to deceive as Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, after brilliant starts, lost their singles matches to fancied British opponents Greg Rusedski and Tim Henman as the hosts powered to a 2-0 lead on the opening day of the Davis Cup world group qualifying tie here today.
Bhupathi too, like Paes in the opening singles, began well against British number one Tim Henmann clinching the first set but then ran out of steam as he lost 6-4 3-6 3-6 3-6.
Paes, the conjurer of many a magic victory over top ranked players and ranked 88th in the world, stumbled at the door of victory in a cliff-hanger marathon five-set duel to lose 6-2 3-6 6-3 2-6 9-11.
"Both Greg and me were stretched to the limit," Henman commented after the match. He said after losing the opening set "I just managed to hang in myself and raised the game to come out winner".
Leander Paes fought bravely but lost a marathon five-set thriller against world number 11 Greg Rusedski as England made a flying start to their crucial Davis Cup world group playoff match against India here today.
Rusedski came from behind after being a set down, lost the third but rallied well again and saved two vital match points in the nail-biting decider to triumph 2-6 6-3 3-6 6-2 11-9 in the marathon battle lasting over two hours and 45 minutes.
The big-serving Briton, coming out of an ankle injury, served 21 aces, the final one helping him clinch the match of fluctuating fortunes in his favour, the victory kept Britain on course of realising their dream of entering the elite group after an hiatus of 21 years. Leander, on whom the Indians had pinned their hopes, had a brilliant start as Rusedski faltered in the first set with as many as eight double faults and the Indian easily broke him in the fifth and seventh games to win the first set at 2-6.
After losing the second at 3-6, Paes rallied again to snatch the third in his favour with an identical score. He lost the following set 2-6 but came back fighting in the decider as Rusedski double faulted twice at crucial junctures to be 15-40 down.
But the world ranked 88th player after a good run this year failed to make most of the opportunity as the Briton cheered by the home crowd sent down two scintillating aces to take the game to deuce and then went on to square up 6-6.
The Olympic bronze medallist then equalised at 8-8 but faltered with his serve in the tenth game with a double fault. Rusedski up 10-9 fired in three aces and wrapped up the deciding set and the match in his favour.
Paes and Bhupathi, the worlds third-ranked doubles team, face Henman and Rusedski in tomorrows doubles. The reverse singles are on Sunday.
The winner of the tie will advance to the elite 16-team world group. Britain hasnt played in the world group since 1992.
Paes, who missed the tie against Italy in Genoa in April this year due to a shoulder injury, was in his element in the first set.
With Rusedski unable to find his rhythm and faltering with his serves, committing as many as eight double faults, the Indian ace broke his opponent in the fifth and seventh games to go up 1-0.
But the Briton soon returned to form on the hard courts and rallied from a set and 1-2 down in the second. He kept the Indian pinned to the baseline and did not let the chip-and- charge specialist play his natural game to draw level 1-1.
Paes came back fighting in the third set, keeping his fancied opponent on his toes by intercepting his big serves and blistering cross-court volleys at the net.
The game went with serves till it was 2-2. Then the world number 11 started having problems with his first serve and Paes pounced on the opportunity to break him in the fourth and sixth games to wrap up the third set 6-3.
However, after such a dashing display in the third, Paes went completely off colour in the crucial fourth set as he double faulted five times to give Rusedski the opening he was desperately looking for to wrap up the fourth set at 6-2 in just 40 minutes.
Stage set for chess Olympiad
ELISTA, Sep 25 (PTI) Three teenagers and a veteran international woman master would battle it out for India in the 8th Womens Chess Olympiad starting here tomorrow.
Led by national champion and international woman master (IWM) Vijayalakshmi Subburaman, who is just 19, the team has two more ambitious youngsters in Pallavi Shah, 19, and Swati Ghate, 18, both from Maharashtra.
Bhagyashree Thipsay, winner of five national titles and a seasoned international woman master (IWM) is the fourth member of the team. This is for the first time since 1978 that an Indian womens team has so many youngsters.
When India started sending a team for the Olympiad after a long 16-year break in 1978, only the womens team was sent. Interestingly, that team had the three Khadilkar sisters Rohini, Vasanthi and Jayashree who were all in their early teens. The same combination was instrumental in giving India an all-time best placing of ninth.
Vijayalakshmi, who will be spearheading the Indian challenge on the top board, is at the moment well-settled in the womens circuit having won the national title twice and reached the all-time high rating for an Indian woman at 2,325.
Vijayalakshmi played in the Asian junior championship in Iran, where she was the favourite but could only finish second.
The national A championship was held in Mumbai soon after the Asian championship and she wanted to stay away initially. On second thoughts, Viji decided to play in the national and won the title after a gap of three years.
Viji has already gained two international woman grandmaster (WGM) norms and needs another to become Indias first WGM. Her rating is already a WGMs and the Olympiad will be a good platform for her to get to her first goal. Viji will be playing in the Olympiad for the first time.
National no. two Pallavi Shah is an aggressive player and has already represented India in one Olympiad. Pallavi is an underrated player, though with her talent she could have passed her first grading milestone much before. Anyway, she is likely to play on the second board in Elista and has the right field to go for her maiden international woman master norm.
India no. three Bhagyashree Thipsay could accumulate points on the bottom board with her rich experience. She came into the Indian team in mid-1980s and has been there since then. Probably, Bhagyashree is on the bottom board for the first time since her first or second appearance in the Olympiad when the Khadilkar sisters ruled the roost.
Swati Ghate is the fourth member but she could also get her chances to prove her calibre sometime during the Olympiad. She is a promising player. Ever since she played in the world junior championship in 1993, Swati has improved and won title after title in junior championships in the country.
Only three games are played in a match in womens competition and Swati would get a chance to show her talent whenever the top players opt for a rest day.
M.D. Bhagwat of Maharashtra is the coach of the team.
The Indian womens team has a history of doing well when their mens team generally fared poorly.
Meanwhile, the 33rd chess Olympiad received a mild jolt when Algeria decided to skip the event, citing the high accommodation fee being charged by the organisers as the reason.
The Algerian Youth and Sports Department announced the pull out saying they were forced to skip the tournament as accommodation in Elista will cost them $ 33,000, reports from Algiers said today.
Algeria finished 64th in a field of 120 in the 1994 edition. It also missed the last Olympiad in 1996.
Shreeaz emerges sole leader
CHENNAI, Sept 25 (PTI) Defending champion Shreeaz Kalra of Lucknow gathered momentum with accuracy to put himself as the sole leader at the halfway mark of the four round A.V. Thomas Gold Cup Amateur Golf Tournament at the Cosmo Links here today.
Five birdies before he dropped a stroke in the third hole and playing to regulation in the remaining 12 holes swept Shreeaz Kalra into prime position with a round of four under par 68 today. Shreeaz, who was lying in the sixth spot yesterday was teed off from the tenth and has a tally of 141 for 36 holes.
Delhis Simarjeet Singh, a 22-year-old Oil India officer, shot himself to second position with a career best 69 for the day. Sheer accuracy and superior putting techniques helped Simar to beat the other best players like Amit Luthra of Delhi and Harmeet Khalon of Punjab and few others in the field.
Simar did not use the driver at all today and since teeing off from the first hole, he dropped a stroke each in the 7th and 16th but his five birdies including the one in the last 18th hole, where heavy cross wind dispelled the plans of the amateurs, put Simar in contention for the title with two more rounds to be played in the tournament.
Simar had climbed nine spots up in the points table from his 12th to second position totalling 143.
Breathing down his neck of Simar was statemate Digvijay Singh, who has a total of 144. Harmeet and Amit Luthra, who were tipped to be the favourities since their superb performance during the season were lying in the fifth and seventh spots respectively.
Delhi's Anitya Chand was in the fourth position with a total of 145 having returned a card of two over par 74 today.
Yesterday leaders Sandeep Palnikar of Pune and Tarun Sardesai of Bangalore messed up their game not playing to their competence finishing way behind others. Though Tarun has slipped to joint fifth spot (146), Palnikar had to be content with the joint 15 position with Amit Ahuja of Delhi with a total of 148.
On a day when three sub par and six par 72 scores were carded, Harmeet Kahlon had a 74 today (two over) to leave himself in unfamiliar territory as he was always used to be in top two positions.
Top 10 scorers for two rounds: 141-Shreeaz Kalra (Lko), 143-Simarjeet Singh (Del), 144-Digvijay Singh (Del), 145-Anitya Chand (Del), 146-Harmeet Kahlon (Pun) and Tarun Sardesai (Bge), 147-Amit Luthra (Del) and Rahul Ganapathy, 148-C V Yudvir (Mds) Rakesh Kumar (Del), Amit Dube (Del), Zai Kipgen (Del), Jaiveer Virk (Del) and Manav Dass (Del).
India to participate in school
CHANDIGARH, Sept 25 The 27th Asian School Football Tournament is being organised at Cheju-Korea by the Korean School Football Federation. The Ministry of Sports, Government of India, has accorded approval for the participation of the Indian school football team in this tournament, according to Mr B.D. Gandhi, Secretary-General, School Games Federation of India.
Trials for the selection of the probables for the coaching camp will be held at the NIS Patiala, on September 28 and thereafter the coaching camp will start functioning.
The probables were selected during the course of the National School Games held for the year 1997-98 at Mahilpur, Punjab, and Kalyani, West Bengal. Players who are below the age of 18 years of age as on January 1, 1998, are eligible to take part in this tournament.
Mr Gandhi said all states had been informed that they should keep their players in readiness and units had been advised to send only such players who had valid passports as the time limit was very short. Also, the boys should fulfil the age criteria. They must bring with them authentic proof regarding their date of birth duly countersigned by the officer concerned.
Last year the 26th Asian School Football Tournament was held in Patna (Bihar) and India got the third position. Korea were the champion while Thailand were the runner-up.
The Ministry of Sports, Government of India, had also accorded approval for the participation of the Indian contingent in the 11th ISF World Gymnasiade being held at Shanghai (China) from October 12 to 18.
The event would include competitions in athletics, swimming, artistic gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics.
In order to select the Indian contingent for participation in the competition, selection trials for the coaching camp would be held at the NIS Patiala on September 28 and only the selected players would be kept for the coaching camp. The final selection would be made on October 6 and 7.
Mr Gandhi said that since the Ministry of Sports had cleared the contingent at no-cost basis to the government affiliated units had been intimated that they would have to bear the air fare from Delhi to Shanghai and back as also the board and lodging charges at $ 33 per day per player.
The units had been advised to direct the players to bring their eligibility duly countersigned by the respective Deputy Director and bring with them their passports as the time left was very short.
Agrawal, Sheehan score easy wins
AHMEDABAD, Sept 25 (PTI) Twentysixth-ranked Arun Agrawal of India and 29th ranked Peter Sheehan of England recorded easy wins on the opening day of the Florsheim World Professional Billiards Championship here today.
Mumbai based Arun Agrawal drubbed citymate Dinkar Akolkar 730-377 while the 23-year-old cueist from Liverpool, Sheehan, crushed left hander Dhruv Sitwala of India 794-348 with an unfinished break of 40.
In the third match of the morning session, Ishtmit Malik of India struggled to beat compatriot Sushrut Pandia 582-250 in a dull and drab match.
The 32nd ranked Lucknow cueist Malik, who had the highest break of 36 in the entire match, was not at all impressive in his victory against Mumbai-based Pandia, who made several errors.
The Englishman, who had breaks of 105, 120 and 101 in his 17th, 24th and 39th visits to the table, said: "I could have had a few more century breaks but missed some easy shots".
"However, overall I am satisfied with the way I played today," he told reporters after the match.
Sheehan, who had turned professional just a couple of years ago, said: "The lights were a bit odd in the beginning but I got used to it soon to make a few useful breaks".
The Englishman, will now run into 19th ranked Irishman Eugene Hughes.
Sheehan's other good break included a 82 in his 20th visit and 97 in his 29th visit to the table.
Mumbai based Sitwala looked very nerves and could only notch a 52 as his highest break. His first six visit to the table drew a blank.
"I played to 80 per cent of my ability but the ball did not roll in my favour," the 25-year-old Sitwala, who is playing in his first world championship, told reporters.
The lanky cueist got a few breaks of 30 and 25 which were not sufficient against the more experienced Englishman.
The 39-year-old Arun, youngest of the Agrawal brothers Subhash and late Om, had good breaks of 68 (21st visit), 74 (23rd), 90 (25th), 66 (30th) and 82 (43rd visit).
Akolkar, who started off with the white, was off colour and had just one good break of 45 in the entire match.
Arun will now run into former national junior champion and 14th seeded Alok Kumar while Malik clash with 12th seed Nalin Patel tomorrow.
All the winners today have made sure of winning at least Rs 27.500 even if they lose in their next matches.
Results (first round):
Peter Sheehan (Eng) b Dhruv Sitwala (Ind) 794-348 (105, 82, 120, 97 and 101 by Sheehan and 52 by Sitwala).
Arun Agrawal (Ind) b Dinkar Akolkar (Ind) 730-377 (68, 74, 90, 66 and 82 by Agrawal and 45 and 43 by Akolkar).
Ishtmik Malik (Ind) b s. Pandia (Ind) 582-250.
Colourful start to Special Olympics
CHANDIGARH, Sept 25 The Panjab University gymnasium reverberated to the music and chorus singing by 3,000-odd participants as the Special Olympics National Games got off to a colourful start this morning.
The venue of the ceremony had to be changed because of incessant rain during the past four days. The organisers had to do away with march past and a couple of other events because of limitations of space.
The change failed to dampen the enthusiasm of special athletes from 15 states and regions of the country. Besides 15 special athletes from Philippines and five from Taiwan also joined the participants.
The best part of the ceremony was the last item when the participants were joined by all the guests, including the Administrator of Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen (retd) BKN Chhibber, Adviser Jagdish Sagar, Finance Secretary G. Vajralingam, Special Olympics India chairman R.C. Khanna and Special Olympics world committee vice-chairman Tom Songster and formed a human chain before they all sang "hum honge kamyab".
Earlier, school children presented gidha and Haryanvi dance. Two special athletes impressed all in the gymnasium with their singing.
Hundreds of colourful balloons were also released.
Mrs Promila Chandra Mohan, organising secretary, while proposing a vote of thanks said that because of weather, certain problems were being faced by participants and organisers. She expressed the hope that all problems would be solved once the games got going.
Gen Chhibber assured all help to the organisers. Mr R.C. Khanna traced the history of Special Olympics and said that the National Games being held in Chandigarh were the biggest ever. It coincided with the 30th anniversary of the Special Olympics movement.
Two 50-metre races were organised as a part of the opening ceremony. General Chhibber garlanded participants of the first race while Mr Tom Songster presented medals and momentos to all participants of the second race.
The actual events started late in the afternoon. Today being the first day, competitions in track and field and handball commenced today. Other competitions, including table tennis, badminton, volleyball, basketball, cricket, swimming, football, cycling, skating will start tomorrow. Initial hiccups apart, the special athletes were enthusiastic about their respective competitions. After each event and heat, there was a medal presentation ceremony. East participant is a winner.
In track and field events held today, special athletes from Maharashtra, Bengal, Andhra, Karnataka, North West region gave a good account of themselves. In handball for women, there are only two teams. Bengal beat Maharashtra in the opening game. In boys section, there are seven teams.
Abhijit sets new national mark
JALANDHAR, Sept 25 J Abhijit of BSF set a new national record in the 100 metre backstroke in the All India Aquatic and Cross Country Championships-98 at P.A.P. swimming pool, here today.
J Abhijit broke the record of Raja Ram of CRPF with a time 1.02.77. Raja Ram set his record (1.03.08) in 1996. He finished runners up with 1.03.81. Mahesh of CRPF got third place, clocking 1.06.40.
In the 200m breaststroke Harinder Singh of BSF won gold with 2.34.25, Kailash Nath of CRPF got silver with 2.34.88 and N Haridass got bronze with 2.39.15.
In the 50-metre butter fly Raja Ram of CRPF got 1st place with 0.27.21, S.H. Haqimuddin of BSF remained second with 0.27.31 and Kahar Singh of BSF got third place with 0.27.82.
SM Haqimuddin of BSF won gold with 0.54.75 in 100 metre free style. Kailash Nath of CRPF won silver with 0.56.69 whereas Suraj Parkash of BSF got bronze with 0.58.16.
In water polo Punjab got a good start defeating Madhya Pradesh 24-2, Manoj Singh scored six goals for Punjab.
In the second match CISF defeated West Bengal by 10-9 goals.
Mr PC Dogra, DP, inaugurated the championships. As many as 600 players from all over India are participating in the championship.
Kiwis name squad for Wills Cup
WELLINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) New Zealands cricket squad for the Wills International Cup in Dhaka next month has been left virtually unchanged from the side that won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games, New Zealand Cricket said today.
The return of pace bowler Simon Doull, to replace the injured Chris Drum, is the only change to the 14-strong squad.
Doull had recovered from a groin strain that had kept him out of the Kuala Lumpur games side, New Zealand Cricket said.
However, he would face a fitness test prior to the teams departure for Bangladesh for the tournament.
The Wills International Cup Tournament, from October 24 to November 2, is a knockout tournament of one day matches involving the nine Test-playing nations - New Zealand, Australia, England, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe.
The omission of fast-medium bowler Drum was a precautionary measure, convener of selectors Ross Dykes said.
"Drums injury, while minor, is the result of an incorrect element in his bowling action," he said.
Other players unavailable for selection because of injury were Dion Nash, Chris Cairns, Llorne Howell and Gavin Larsen.
The squad: Stephen Fleming
(captain), Geoff Allott, Nathan Astle, Mark Bailey,
Matthew Bell, Simon Doull, Chris Harris, Matthew Horne,
Craig McMillan, Shayne OConnor, Adam Parore, Alex
Tait, Daniel Vettori, and Paul Wiseman.
Court to question Zagallo on
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 25 (AP) Losing the World Cup was bad enough - now Mario Zagallo will have to tell a court why.
A Judge of Rios 30th civil court has ordered Brazils former coach to explain what happened to star striker Ronaldo in the World Cup final, when Brazil lost 0-3 to hosts France.
Ronaldo, the two-time player of the year, was mysteriously scratched from the line up shortly before the July 12 final, then reinserted at the last minute. But he played poorly, and reports later said he had gone into convulsions hours before the game.
In a post-game interview, Zagallo kept repeating, "Ronaldo shouldnt have played," but when reporters asked why, he got furious and left without answering.
At the hearing, Zagallo will be asked "the truth about Ronaldo, before and during the final game," a court clerk said.
Also cited are Ricardo Teixeira, President of the Brazilian Soccer Confederation, team doctor Lidio Toledo, team coordinator Zico, and forward Bebeto.
CHANDIGARH, Sept 25 Shivalik Public School and Guru Nanak Public School entered final in the girls section in the CBSE basketball tournament here today.
Boys: Pandit Mohan Lal S.D. Public School, Sector 32-C, Chd, b Laureate Public School, Shimla, 37-04.
Central school for Tibetans Paonta Sahib, lost to DAV Sr. Sec School, Sector 8-C, Chandigarh, by 26 points.
Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, b St Soldier Public School, Sector 44, 33-01.
New Public School b Guru Nanak Public School Chd, 20-19.
P.M.L.S.D. Public School b SPS Public School, Sector 41, Chd, 38-24.
Girls (semifinal): Shivalik Public School w/o DAV Model School, Chandigarh.
Guru Nanak Public School won by 22 points playing against Shishu Niketan Public School, Sector 22, Chd.
Gurmit hockey begins today
CHANDIGARH, Sept 25 Chandigarh Police will take on Shivalik Public School in the opening tie of the 28th All-India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament which will commence at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here tomorrow.
The tournament will witness top national outfits in action. These include, Air-India, Western Railway, Punjab Police, Punjab and Sind Bank, DLW Varanasi, South Central Railway, RCF, ASC, EME, Punjab and Sind Bank Academy, All-India Customs, BPCL, Signals, All-India Air Force, Ropar Hawks, Chandigarh XI, Faridkot XI, FCI North, Assam Rifles, Sikh Regimental Centre, Northern Railway, and Bhopal XI.
Special prizes have been instituted for the best goalkeeper, best full back, best half and best forward.
Mr Chander Shekhar, IG,
Punjab Police, and senior vice-president of the Indian
Hockey Federation, will be the chief guest for
tomorrows match which is scheduled to begin at 3
p.m., according to Mr S.N. Vohra, organising secretary.
CBSE football, v'ball meets
CHANDIGAR, Sept 25 The CBSE Inter-School Football and Volleyball (boys and girls under-18) Cluster XI Tournament will be organised by D.A.V. Senior Secondary School, Sector 8-C, from September 27 to 30.
The football tournament will be held at D.A.V. Senior Secondary School, Sector 8-C and some matches in volleyball will be played at the sports complex, Sector 7. Mr Y.P. Katyal, joint secretary, CBSE Chandigarh, will inaugurate the meet. As many as 16 teams to Himachal and Chandigarh are expected to participate.
Independence Day hockey tourney
CHANDIGARH, Sept 25 Top hockey teams of the country, including Northern Railway, Punjab and Sind Bank, PSEB, EME, Signals and RCF will participate in the second All-India Independence Day Hockey Tournament to be held at Mandi from October 12 to 17, Kanwar Rup Singh, Forest Minister of Himachal Pradesh and patron of the organising committee, announced today.
Orissa dethrone Tamil Nadu
MANDI, Sept 25 Underdogs Orissa created flutter by dethroning reigning champion Tamil Nadu 74-71 in the final match of All India Telecom Basketball Tournament.
Tamil Nadu started the game on a disastrous note missing sitters time and again. The boys went tense and the game erratic.
Saroj and Batra of Orissa gave a formidable display. Batra completely blocked Tamil Nadu shooters and emerged as the tallest player. At half time Orissa lead 37-28.
After breather Tamil Nadu made amends and levelled score 61-61. But Orissa did not loose heart and a ding dong battle went on. Finally Orissa won the final and the most exciting match amidsts suspense and fluctuations which kept casting a shadow excitement in the clapping crowd.
Mr V.M. Kelkar, Chief Postmaster General, gave away prizes.
Manav Mangal boys win bronze
CHANDIGARH, Sept 25 Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21-C, won a bronze in Inter-School Table Tennis Tournament (Boys under 17 yrs.) organised by Education Department, U.T., beating GMSSS-10, Chd, at New Public School, Sector 18, today.
Nishant b Prince 21-11, 21-14.
Achin b Kultar 21-13, 21-4.
PANCHKULA: Manav Mangal School Sector 11, Panchkula, won the Panchkula District Inter-School T.T. Tournament (Under 19 boys). They beat Army School, Chandimandir, 2-0 in the finals here on Friday.
In the singles, Vikrant Batra of Manav Mangal School beat Amit of Army School 23-21, 25-27, 21-9. Dipin Ahuja of Manav Mangal beat Kunal of Army School 21-18, 21-17.
In the finals in under 17 boys category C.L. D.A.V. School beat Hansraj School 2-1.
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