Tuesday, October 2, 2001, Chandigarh, India





THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

Hockey title for Signals
Chandigarh, October 1
“Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won,” wrote the Duke of Wellington in his Dispatch almost two centuries ago. 

The victorious Corps of Signals team with the trophy
The victorious Corps of Signals team with the trophy which they won after defeating Rail Coach Factory in the final of the 31st SN Vohra's All-India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

Champion colleges hockey from
Oct 4
Chandigarh, October 1
The Punjab Champion Colleges Hockey League to be organised by the Hockey Promotion Institute, Mithapur, will be held at Jalandhar and Ludhiana from October 4 to 28.

A new innings in Dalmiya’s career
Kolkata, October 1
After being away from the corridors of power for nearly two years, the election of Jagmohan Dalmiya as the President of the cricket board has marked the beginning of a new innings in his career.



EARLIER STORIES

 

South African captain Shaun Pollock with the trophy
South African captain Shaun Pollock with the trophy after winning the final one-day international match and the series against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday. 

Juliana Rios, wife of Chilean tennis player Marcelo Rios
Juliana Rios, wife of Chilean tennis player Marcelo Rios , holds her theee-month-old daughter Constiti Rios watching her husband receive the trophy after winning the final of Salem Open Tournament on Sunday. Hong Kong. Rios won 7-6, 6-2. 

Se Ri Pak of South Korea, hold up the trophy
Se Ri Pak of South Korea, hold up the trophy after winning the final round of the LPGA AFLAC Champions tournament in Mobile, Ala on Sunday. Pak finished 16-under-par 272 to win the LPGA AFLAC champions tournament. 
— AP/ PTI photos

BCCI withdraws GCA suspension
Kolkata, October 1
Board of Control for Cricket in India today withdrew the suspension it had earlier slapped on Goa, preventing it from participating in various home tournaments, including Ranji Trophy.

Saurav Ganguly writes
Conditions at Wanderer’s outstanding
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Y the time you read this, we would have completed our first warm-up game against the Nicky Oppenheimer XI in Johannesburg. 

India start on winning note
Randjesfontein (Johannesburg), October 1
The Indians started their South African tour on a winning note with two of their star players, who returned after injuries, making a major contribution in the five-wicket win against Nicky Oppenheimer XI here today.

IFA Shield q-final abandoned
Kolkata, October 1

The IFA Shield quarterfinal between Federation Cup winners Mohun Bagan and Tollygunge Agragami was abandoned a few minutes into the second half following heavy showers which made the ground conditions at the Salt Lake stadium here unplayable.

Randhawa confirms participation
Srinagar, October 1

Sher-e-Kashmir Open, the first professional golf tournament to be staged in the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir after 12 years, received a major boost when leading Asian PGA Tour star Jyoti Randhawa confirmed his participation today.

Yoga team wins  overall trophy
Chandigarh, October 1
A six-member strong Indian yoga team fielded by the Yoga Federation of India won the overall general championship in the 10th Olympic Yoga Sports World Cup and overall runners-up position in the eighth Artistic Yoga Sports World Cup held at Cenard Stadium, Buenos Aires.

Squad for Asian basketball meet
New Delhi, October 1

M. Meena Latha of Railway will lead the Indian women’s team at the 19th Asian Basketball Confederation Championship to be held in Bangkok from October 4 to 11. 

Haryana Ranji probables
Rohtak, October 1
Tamil Nadu’s left-arm spinner S. Vidut will represent Haryana in the Ranji Trophy this season. His selection was today confirmed by Haryana selectors who met at Bhiwani to choose probables for the Haryana team to play the national championship this year.

Top amateurs for Samarvir Golf
Chandigarh, October 1
A record number of 165 entries, including leading amateurs like Amit Luthra, Kapil Dev and Manav Das, have been received for the Samarvir Sahi Memorial Chandigarh Open Amateur Golf Championship.

NZ badminton from today
Jalandhar, October 1
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Hockey title for Signals
Amardeep Bhattal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
“Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won,” wrote the Duke of Wellington in his Dispatch almost two centuries ago. On a warm and sultry afternoon at the Sector 18 hockey stadium here today,1996 champions Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, saw their title aspirations go up in smoke as Corps of Signals, Jalandhar, dealt twin fatal blows with only two minutes remaining to capture their maiden title in the 31st SN Vohra’s All-India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament with a convincing 4-2 verdict.

The facial expressions of the players said it all — the victorious Signals on cloud nine and the crestfallen RCF trying hard to overcome the painful heartbreak. With the scoreboard reading 2-2 and the match drifting towards the tie-breaker, the determined Signals, who finished runners-up to BSF in the Baba Farid Gold Cup last month, struck lethal blows in the 68th and 69th minutes, casting a pall of gloom in the RCF camp. The hero of the Signals victory was S.K. Tigga, who alone accounted for three goals. The match was off to a slow start with RCF making the first move through Lalit Ekka but Nabin Lakra of Signals proved unbeatable. It was in the 15th minute that Signals took the lead. A hit by G. Dass on the run saw S.K. Tigga deflecting the ball home (1-0).

RCF forced penalty corners in the 26th and 27th minutes which proved abortive. In the 30th minute, RCF were in for another shock when a hit by Pawan Verma of Signals touched the stick of S.K. Tigga and the ball landed in the goalmouth (2-0). A minute before the interval, Tigga had another golden chance following a measured pass by the hardworking Tarsem Singh but he failed to intercept the ball.

The second half witnessed a strong RCF comeback. After wasting one short corner, RCF earned another in the 43rd minute and off the resultant push, skipper John Tirkey sounded the boards with a hard hit (1-2).

Four minutes later, RCF were back on even terms. Following a combined move by Sarbal Barla and Lalit Ekka, Marumner Ekka hoodwinked the rival defence and custodian to send the ball in, making it 2-2. A 55th minute move by RCF’s Anurajan Tate and Walter Lakra nearly put them ahead but Sarbal Barla, despite being well positioned, shot wide.

With only two minutes remaining for the long hooter,the match took a dramatic turn. A goalmouth scramble near the RCF goalmouth saw D.N. Kushwaha of Signals making the most of it and the Army outfit were ahead 3-2. In the last minute, S.K. Tigga came up with a gem of an effort and in a solo run outpaced two defenders before shooting the ball home (4-2) leaving RCF stunned.

The Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (Retd), who was the chief guest, gave away the prizes. Sikh Regimental Centre were awarded the fairplay trophy while Shivalik Academy were adjudged the best upcoming team. The best goalkeeper award went to Imran Khan of Signals and S.K. Vashisht of CRPF was declared the best full back. Jagmohan Singh (RCF) and Jagbir Singh (IHF Junior XI) were adjudged the best half back and best forward respectively. Veteran Olympian Dharam Singh was also honoured on the occasion.

Teams: Corps of Signals: Imran Khan, Avtar Singh, Anil Kumar, Pawan Verma,GC Parsad, Nabin Lakra, Tarsem Singh, Pawan Kumar, S.K. Tigga, S. Naik, G. Dass, DVS Raha, I. Barla, R. Guleria, D.N. Kushwaha, and Kuldip Singh.

Rail Coach Factory: Bipin, John Tirkey, Walter Lakra, Jagmohan Singh, Rajinder Sumaria, Anurajan Tate, Lalit Ekka, Marumner Ekka, Anil Ekka, Sarbal Barla, Rajan Das, Preet Singh, Ashok Kumar, Jageshwar Singh, Ajay Samant Roy and Satwant Singh.

Umpires: Satinder Sharma and Rajinder Gandhi. 
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Champion colleges hockey from Oct 4
Tribune News Service

Pargat Singh
Pargat Singh

Chandigarh, October 1
The Punjab Champion Colleges Hockey League to be organised by the Hockey Promotion Institute, Mithapur, will be held at Jalandhar and Ludhiana from October 4 to 28.

Addressing press conference here, today, former India captain and Olympian Pargat Singh said in all eight boys teams, eight girls teams besides teams from four universities of Punjab will participate. The league is aimed at inculcating the killer instinct amongst players besides generating interest about the game in the public.

“We hope to incorporate the league in the annual calendar of the universities from next year,” said Pargat.

The participating teams are: Boys section: DAV College, Jalandhar, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana; DAV College, Nakodar; Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar; Shri Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh; Guru Hargobind Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, Government Barjindra College, Faridkot; and Government Mohindra College, Patiala.

Girls section: Lyallpur Khalsa College for Women, Jalandhar; S.N. College for Girls , Amritsar; Hans Raj Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Jalandhar; BBK DAV College for Women , Amritsar; Shri Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Chandigarh; Government College of Physical Education , Patiala; Government College for Women , Ludhiana; and Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh.

Boys academies ( under-17): Olympian Surjit Hockey Academy, Jalandhar; State School of Sports, Jalandhar; Ramesh Chander Hockey Academy, Jalandhar; and Namdhari Hockey Academy, Bhaini Sahib.

On the opening day four matches will be played at Ludhiana. The finals will be played at Jalandhar on October 28. The tournament will be played on league basis and two teams from each group will qualify for the super league. Players born after January 1, 1985 are eligible for the under -17 tournament.

According to Pargat Singh, the Hockey Promotion Institute will bear all travelling and other expenses of the teams. Playing kit will also be provided to all the teams by the institute on the opening day.

The league is being sponsored by several NRIs. Hyundai Motors will be the chief sponsors.

At Ludhiana the league will be organised by Aryans Sports Club and at Jalandhar by the Surjit Hockey Society.

The Punjab Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh, will be the chief guest on the opening day at Ludhiana.
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A new innings in Dalmiya’s career

Kolkata, October 1
After being away from the corridors of power for nearly two years, the election of Jagmohan Dalmiya as the President of the cricket board has marked the beginning of a new innings in his career.

Dalmiya, who pulled off a coup of sorts by unseating his friend-turned-rival A.C. Muthiah at the board AGM in Chennai, has the task cut out for himself as his administrative skill and persuasive ability will be put to test in view of a clear-cut division in the board due to the bitterly fought election on last Saturday.

For the next 12 months, Dalmiya will have to work with a secretary from the opposition camp - Niranjan Shah - who defeated incumbent J.Y. Lele in a closely contested election. But such a scenario is not unprecedented in the board’s history.

Both the newly elected President and Secretary have promised to forget the past and work for the development of the game as a host of new projects are expected to be taken up by the new team.

Dalmiya’s election at the head of the richest sports body of the country, as expected, wasn’t without acrimony and moments of tension but it again spoke volumes of Dalmiya’s astute administrative and diplomatic skills as he maintained his enviable track record of not losing an election in the last 10 years.

Being elected chairman of the International Cricket Council will no doubt be the high point of his administrative career but having battled against heavy odds to become the president of the cash-rich BCCI for the first time will also rank high in his achievement list.

Dalmiya’s administrative skills will specially be under close scrutiny in the board’s dealings with the government in the wake of some recent happenings when the board could not meet its earlier commitments due to the Centre’s decision.

But the 60-year old suave Kolkata businessman is used to overcoming hurdles as his long journey from a club cricketer to the pinnacle of a successful career has not been devoid of trials and tribulations.

The last few months at the helm of ICC was probably the most turbulent phase as the match-fixing scandal rocked international cricket and he seemed a relieved man when his term came to an end in 1999.

After having handled ICC affairs during the height of the match-fixing saga, Dalmiya kept himself away from any crucial administrative post till now. During the two-year sabbatical he, however, continued to be the chairman of the Asian Cricket Foundation, the implementing arm of Asian Cricket Council, and the president of the CAB.

An advocate for the globalisation of the game, Dalmiya had carried with him a dream to take cricket to new corners of the world during his ICC chairmanship which did not go down well with the traditionalists.

He was largely responsible for bringing the World Cup cricket to the sub-continent twice with the help of his astute maneouvering skills.

For Dalmiya, cricket meant everything. As a teenager, he took to cricket with hopes of building a career for himself and excelled as an opener at the club level.

But the sudden demise of his father when he was just 18 years was a terrible blow to his cricketing aspirations. Dalmiya had to finally quit the game when his family construction business demanded more time from him. Being unable to play his favourite game, Dalmiya decided to serve cricket as an administrator and joined Rajasthan Club as an official in the mid 1960’s.

The club nominated him to the working committee of the Cricket Association of Bengal in 1977 and that turned out to be the turning point of his career. He became the CAB secretary in 1981 and from then on, there was no looking back for him. PTITop

 

BCCI withdraws GCA suspension

Kolkata, October 1
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today withdrew the suspension it had earlier slapped on Goa, preventing it from participating in various home tournaments, including Ranji Trophy.

Newly elected BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya, announcing this here today, added affiliation granted to Patna faction of the Bihar Cricket Association by previous BCCI president Dr A.C. Muthaia had also been revoked.

Speaking to newsmen at a crowded press meet Mr Dalmiya said that the newly elected general body of the BCCI took this decision at its first meeting held in Chennai yesterday. Goa would now be able to participate in the coming Ranji Trophy matches, he said.

Clarifying the decisions, Mr Dalmiya said, “In the case of Goa the charges were made against an individual. So Goa Cricket Association as a whole should not be penalised.’’

An observer would now be appointed by the BCCI to look after the cricketing affairs of Goa Cricket Association, he added.

Mr Dalmiya said that BCCI’s last committee took those decisions following rulings given by the chairman of the last Annual General Meeting.

Mr Dalmiya said, “In the meeting of the new committee I made it clear that I don’t agree with these decisions. But instead of giving any ruling, I put it to vote.

The entire board agreed unanimously to my proposal and empowered me to take the decisions on the issues concerned.”

Mr Dalmiya said that affiliations to the cricket bodies of three new states- Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Uttaranchal carved out of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, respectively, would be granted in due course.

Whether the new units would be given associate or fullfledged membership would be decided on cricketing merit, he added.

Mr Dalmiya said that the BCCI would form two committees so that the cricketers in Bihar did not suffer till the matter was settled. While, one committee would select the Bihar cricket team, the other would organise cricket matches in Bihar.

Mr Dalmiya said: “It is not that somebody has taken a stand and I’m reverting that. No meaning should be attached to this decision. There is no hidden agenda in it. It is for the benefit of cricket. The observer for Goa would be appointed in a day or two’’. UNI Top

 

Saurav Ganguly writes
Conditions at Wanderer’s outstanding

BY the time you read this, we would have completed our first warm-up game against the Nicky Oppenheimer XI in Johannesburg. It’s a customary game, which all touring teams play and it consists of players selected from the provincial sides of South Africa and a few players who have played for South Africa.

After landing in South Africa we have set up a training camp here. The camp has been very hard since we practiced for two sessions everyday. The morning session used to be fitness work and fielding.

There has been a lot of stress on fielding and running between the wickets — the areas we need to work on and lift our game. The conditions here at the Wanderer’s have been outstanding.

The temperature was around 12-14 degrees and the field conditions absolutely lush green. We practised the first four days at the Wanderers where the practice wickets were flat and does not afford much bounce. Since this would hardly have been a complete practice for the series ahead, we shifted to Centurion Park, Pretoria, where the wickets were greener and had more bounce. It’s great batting on these wickets because the ball comes on the bat and one can play shots. The batsmen seem to enjoy that as you can trust the bounce and play accordingly, quite unlike our subcontinent pitches.

Our second game will be against South Africa ‘A’ at Benoni, after which we will have a day off before the commencement of the tri-series, which also features Kenya. I remember playing Zimbabwe in Benoni during our last tour to South Africa in 1997.

The two warm-up games are going to be very important for us for the one-day series as we will get a fair idea of the tracks and adjust our game accordingly.

It’s going to be a good series. The South Africans are a tough side and they are playing good cricket. They look to be a good unit especially at home and we will have to play really well to win the series.

We have played well in the last nine months, except in the finals, and we have to stick to our basics and play positive cricket. As in the case of all touring teams there are going to be tough times, but if we stick to our gameplan and have faith in our abilities, we are going to do well.

Since we had a day off on Sunday, we decided to go and watch a rugby game. It was my first rugby game live and I was very excited about it. Rugby is a pretty tough game and the guys looked really fit and strong.

It was a good learning experience for the boys for you pick a lot from other sports which can add up to your game. Gameplan
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India start on winning note

Randjesfontein (Johannesburg), October 1
The Indians started their South African tour on a winning note with two of their star players, who returned after injuries, making a major contribution in the five-wicket win against Nicky Oppenheimer XI here today.

Anil Kumble, returning to international cricket after almost a year due to a shoulder injury, took two wickets while Sachin Tendulkar, who missed the tour of sri lanka due to a toe injury, made 45 runs as India overhauled the hosts’ 244 for three in 48.1 overs.

In a match that did not have any toss or restrictions on the number of overs, the Indians defied tradition by asking the home team to bat first. The Indian bowlers, except Kumble, took a hammering on a good batting track with a brilliant 109 by Jacques Rudolph helping the Oppenheimer XI to a good total. The home team declared their innings after batting for 52 overs.

Every Indian batsman including captain Saurav Ganguly then gave a good account of himself scoring decent runs as the visitors carved out a comfortable victory.

Shiv Sunder Das, who has been reserved for Test matches and is yet to play a one-day international, was the top-scorer for the Indians making a fluent 59 before retiring. Rahul Dravid too retired after scoring 48 while Virendra Sehwag was run out for 44. Ganguly, who made 34, was very happy with his team’s performance and specially with the efforts of Tendulkar and Kumble.

“I was very happy with the way Anil and Sachin have performed in this game after a long lay-off,” Ganguly said after the match.

Coach John Wright too looked satisfied. “From the team’s point of view the return of Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar was the real plus from the game,” he said. “Kumble did well in conditions which suited batsman and Tendulkar was his usual self.”

As for seamers, Wright said: “Agarkar didn’t start too well but then after a week of practice, this was the first real outing in the middle for the medium-pacers.”

Scoreboard

Nicky Oppenheimer XI

L.Bosman b Kumble 62

J.Rudolph c Sehwag b Kumble 109

G. Smith run out (Dasgupta) 54

P. Koortzen not out 11

D. Benkenstein not out 3

Extras (lb-3 nb-2) 5

Total (for three wickets declared, 52 overs) 244

FOW: 1-100 2-217 3-241.

Bowling: Agarkar 8-1-36-0, Prasad 9-0-38-0, Kumble 10-0-47-2, Ganguly 3-0-21-0, Sodhi 6-0-31-0, H. Singh 7-2-20-0, Tendulkar 5-0-27-0, Sehwag 4-0-21-0.

INDIA

Ganguly c Bosman b Bodi 34

Tendulkar lbw b Hayward 45

Das retired out 59

Dravid retired out 48

Sehwag run out 44

Sodhi not out 8

Dasgupta not out 0

Extras (lb-3, nb-4) 7

Total (for 5 wkts, 48.1 overs) 245

FOW: 1-62, 2-92, 3-183, 4-222, 5-240.

Bowling: Kruger 11-0-71-0, Morkel 6-1-26-0, Hayward 9-2-18-1, Bodi 14-0-84-1, Koortzen 4-0-23-0, Benkenstein 4-0-16-0, Oppenheimer 0.1-0-4-0. PTI 
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IFA Shield q-final abandoned

Kolkata, October 1
The IFA Shield quarterfinal between Federation Cup winners Mohun Bagan and Tollygunge Agragami was abandoned a few minutes into the second half following heavy showers which made the ground conditions at the Salt Lake stadium here unplayable.

The teams were locked 1-1 when referee Arup Chakraborty signalled the termination of the encounter after consultation with the rival skippers — Bagan’s Debjit Ghosh and Tollygunge’s Sasthi Duley.

A spell of drizzle about 15 minutes before the match had rendered the ground conditions soggy, and the studs used by the players further aggravated the situation in the first session itself. The sky again opened up during the half time, which had to be stretched to 35 minutes before play could resume.

Tollygunge coach Amal Dutta and other players repeatedly expressed their unwillingness to continue, as their goalkeeper Gopal Das was seen showing to the referee that the ball was not rolling. But Chakraborty stood firm and play began. But within three minutes the ground condition forced him to discuss the issue with the linesmen and finally after another round of inspection he announced the abandonment.

The match itself saw a Bagan domination, but they conceded a surprise goal in the seventh minute when Moses Owira scored from a counter attack. The glamour club restored parity through Brazilian striker Jose Ramirez Barreto in the 24th minute. PTI

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Randhawa confirms participation

Srinagar, October 1
Sher-e-Kashmir Open, the first professional golf tournament to be staged in the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir after 12 years, received a major boost when leading Asian PGA Tour star Jyoti Randhawa confirmed his participation today.

Randhawa, not in the initial list of golfers slated to participate, was offered a sponsors exemption to play the Rs 15-lakh event. The tournament will be staged at the breathtakingly beautiful Royal Springs Golf Club Course, here from October 4 to 7.

“We are thrilled to have a player of the caliber of Jyoti Randhawa participate in our tournament. His presence will add that much more value to the event and make the coming week all the more exciting” said Mr Khurshid Naqib, Vice-Chairman, J&K Lakes and Waterways Development Authority.”

“This is an excellent opportunity for our local youngsters to learn. Randhawa is indeed a role model in whose footsteps the younger lot will do well to follow,” he added.

“I am excited to get an opportunity to play in Kashmir. I have played in golf courses the world over, but the thought of playing a professional tournament on a course like the Royal Springs, gives me goose-pimples “adding” as far as the playing conditions are concerned, I rate them at par with some of the best golf courses in Asia”, said the 29-year old ace professional

“As regards my own game, I am in fine form now. I did undergo a slump early in the season, but now things are back to normal” said the twice Hero Honda Masters champion, back from playing four Asian Tour events in Taiwan and Korea.

His reputation notwithstanding, Randhawa will face a stiff challenge from the likes of twice-Honda-Siel PGA Golf Championship winner, Uttam Mundy; 1995 Gadgil Western Masters Champion, Gaurav Ghei, twice-Indian open winner (91,93) Ali Sher; current Order of Merit leader, Shiv Prakash, twice-Player of the Year award winner, Mukesh Kumar and thrice Order of Merit winner, Vijay Kumar not to mention youngsters like Rahul Ganapathy, Rahil Gangjee, Sheeraz Kalra and Zai Kipgen. UNITop

 

Yoga team wins overall trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
A six-member strong Indian yoga team fielded by the Yoga Federation of India won the overall general championship in the 10th Olympic Yoga Sports World Cup and overall runners-up position in the eighth Artistic Yoga Sports World Cup held at Cenard Stadium, Buenos Aires, recently, according to Mr Ashok Kumar Aggarwal, secretary-general, Yoga Federation of India.

The Indian team comprised rudra Mukherjee, Gopal Chander, G. Radhakrishnan, Neelam Kumari, Darshana Ben and Mrinal Devi. Mr K.C. Sharma and Mr Ashok Kumar Aggarwal, president and secretary-general, Yoga Federation of India, respectively, Mr Gopal president, Asian Union of Yoga and Dr Reeta bhalla were the officials.

Rudra Mukherjee of India hailing from Panchkula was declared the champion.

Gopal Chander of West Bengal and Mrinal Devi of Gujarat won silver medals in the Artistic Yoga Sports World Cup.

G. Radhakrishnan of Tamil Nadu won the gold medal and Neelam Kumari of Haryana won the bronze in “Rope Malkhams Yoga Sports World Cup, respectively. Darshana Ben (Gujarat) won the bronze in rhythmic Yoga Sports World Cup.

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Squad for Asian basketball meet

New Delhi, October 1
M. Meena Latha of Railway will lead the Indian women’s team at the 19th Asian Basketball Confederation Championship to be held in Bangkok from October 4 to 11.

Besides 13 players, five officials will accompany the team to Thailand, a Basketball Federation of India press release said here today.

The contingent will leave for Bangkok tomorrow.

Team: Shiba Maggon, Nishitha Chaudhari, Rajlakshmi K, Ivy Cherian, Renjini Jose, Anju Lakra, Poonam Singh, P. Anitha, Rigi A Sunny, Sofi Sam, Pavithra Chandra, M Meena Latha (capt) and Anika Gujar.

Coach: Manjit Singh Asst coach: Abdul Hamid Khan Manager: Suman Sharma Referee Buta Ram Sahota Chef-de-mission: Prem Pal Singh. PTITop

 

Haryana Ranji probables
Our Sports Reporter

Rohtak, October 1
Tamil Nadu’s left-arm spinner S. Vidut will represent Haryana in the Ranji Trophy this season. His selection was today confirmed by Haryana selectors who met at Bhiwani to choose probables for the Haryana team to play the national championship this year. Feroze Ghyaz, Jasvir Singh and Pankaj Thakur have not been able to retain their places in the Haryana team.

The probables: Sivaramakrishnan Vidyut, Sumit Narwal, Parinder Sharma, Padamjit Sehrawat, Nitin Aggarwal, Parinder Sharma, Padamjit Sehrawat, Nitin Aggarwal, Amit Mishra, Sanjay Dalal, Chetan Sharma, Sonu Sharma, Rajesh Puri, Vineet Jain, Ajay Ratra, Ajay Sikka, Ishan Ganda, S.Virmani, Joginder Sharma, S. Ohlan & Gaurav Vashishta.
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Top amateurs for Samarvir Golf
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
A record number of 165 entries, including leading amateurs like Amit Luthra, Kapil Dev and Manav Das, have been received for the Samarvir Sahi Memorial Chandigarh Open Amateur Golf Championship which gets under way at the Chandigarh Golf Club course tomorrow The local challenge will be provided by Harjinder Kang, Girish Virk, Gurbaaz Mann, Sandy Lehal and Vikramjeet Singh.

The tournament is run in memory of Samarvir Sahi, son of Mr G.P. S. Sahi. He was a leading golfer of the Chandigarh Golf Club. He was the captain of the Allbright College golf team in the USA, where he died in a road accident.

The cut will be applied after two days. After the cut the top 40 players and those tying in these positions will be playing on the third and fourth days.

This tournament is one of the eight IGU- categorised tournaments. The top 12 players will get points which will be counted towards selection of the Indian team. 
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NZ badminton from today
Our Correspondent

Jalandhar, October 1
North Zone Inter State Badminton Championship will be organised at local Raizada Hans Raj Stadium from October 2 to 4.

Mr Rajinder Singh Kalsi, general secretary, Punjab Badminton Association, said that more than 125 players from seven states — Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Chandigarh and Punjab — would participate in the three-day event.

Mr Gursharan Singh has been appointed as the Chief Referee whereas Mr O.D. Sharma would be the official observer of the Badminton Association of India.

According to the draws released for the championship, Punjab will take on Haryana in the first match of men’s section, while Chandigarh and Punjab will face each other in women’s section.

In junior boys section rival Punjab and Haryana will play the first match and in junior girls section Punjab will clash with Chandigarh.
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 SPORTS BRIEFS

NAPOLI FANS HIT THE BOTTLE
NAPLES:
Supporters of fallen Italian giants Napoli protested at the decline of the football club by offering bottles of wine to passers-by here on Sunday. The fans, congregated at the Piazza Plebiscito, offered wine with a banner saying: “It is better to sit around the table with a bottle of wine than with (Giorgio) Corbelli and (Corrado) Ferlaino.” That was a reference to club president Corbelli and chief executive Ferlaino who are refusing to talk to each other as the plight of the second division club worsens. Napoli, relegated from the top flight last season, were 15th in Serie B ahead of Sunday match with Cagliari. AFP

AZHAR SHOCKED
HYDERABAD:
Former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin on Sunday expressed shock over the death of former BCCI president Madhavrao Scindia in a plane crash near Lucknow. In an emotion-choked voice, Azhar said: “He was a team man and an excellent person. He was a players’ man and during his tenure he helped the players express their problems to him in person.” Azhar added: “It was in his tenure that I got a new lease of life as captain after the disastrous tour of South Africa in 1992 after the World Cup in Australia.” Azhar also said that Mr Scindia had all the qualities of a top class cricketer and had a foresight for the game. “In his death we have lost a great personality who was very close to the game and the players”, he added. UNI

HAKKINEN WINS
INDIANAPOLIS:
The obstacles were in place to stop Mika Hakkinen — bad luck and the Ferrari teammates. But the Finn, a two-time Formula One champion, wasn’t about to give in. Hakkinen took advantage of two pit stops by Brazilian Rubens Barrichello, then pulled away from the field in the closing laps for an 11-second victory over Michael Schumacher of Germany in the USA Grand Prix on Sunday. “That was definitely one of the highlights of this chase,” said Hakkinen, who has announced he won’t race next season. “Definitely winning the British Grand Prix was something I always wanted in my book, and Indianapolis, I wanted this, too.” AP

SOCCER TOURNEY
NABHA (PATIALA): Punjabi University Patiala downed AG Haryana while Patiala XI overcame some stiff resistance from Heros Club, Ambala, before beating them 2-1 in the 26th Gurdarshan memorial football tournament played at the Ripudaman college grounds here on Monday. For Punjabi University, Vipin Singh scored the opening goal off a header. However, the AG Haryana lads managed to neutralise this advantage when Harinderjit Singh converted a spot kick. Gurjit Singh scored off a rebound and Vipan Singh made it a comfortable 3-1 for the university boys when he managed to dribble through the defence before creating an opening to kick the ball high into the netting. In the second match of the day, Patiala XI managed to down a fighting Hero’s club, Ambala, 2-1. For Patiala the goals were scored by Navjot Singh and Rajesh Kumar while Sonu reduced the margin for the home team.
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