Saturday, November 24, 2001, Chandigarh, India





National Capital Region--Delhi

S P O R T S
XXXI National Games, Punjab-2001


Beenamol, Karamjit steal show
Ludhiana, November 23
A new national record in pole vault for women, a new meet record in 110 metre hurdles for men saw Punjab athletes return to their golden stride on the fourth day today as cyclists added two bronze medals to the tally of the home contingent in the 31st National Games here.
Karamjit Kaur of Punjab in action
Karamjit Kaur of Punjab in action while establishing a new National Games record in pole vault event at Ludhiana on Friday. 
— Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Today’s schedule at Ludhiana

Track & field: 10 a.m. 400m men (hurdles) Heats, 10.30 a.m. 400m (hurdles) women; 11 a.m. 4x400m relay (men) Heats; 11.30 a.m. 4x400m relay (women) Heats; 2 p.m. 400m (hurdles) final; 2 p.m. Long Jump (men) final; 2.30 p.m. 110 m hurdles (men) final; 3 p.m. 800 metre (women) (heptathlon); 3.30 p.m. 4x100m relay (men) final; 4 p.m. 4x100m relay (women) final.
Cycling:
70 km Time Trial (men) final; 9 a.m. 50 km mass start (women) final
Hockey (women):
2 p.m. Haryana vs Chandigarh; and 3.30 p.m. Maharashtra vs Orissa.



Cricket

‘No move to suspend India, SA’

Dalmiya strikes conciliatory note


PCB backs BCCI


EARLIER STORIES

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
 

Gurpreet Singh with his coach Amarjit Singh Khalon after winning gold in 110m hurdles in 31st National Games underway at Ludhiana. 
— Photo By Rajesh Bhambi.


Rajinder Singh of Punjab (3) tries to get the better of a Bengal player in the men’s hockey competition of the 31st National Games at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium in Jalandhar on Friday. 
— Photo Pandit


Haryana and Jharkhand girls try to control the ball in a league match of the National Games at Ludhiana on Friday. Jharkhand upset Haryana 2-0. 
— Photo Rajesh Bhambi


Kuheli Ganguli of West Bengal, who won the gold medal in sports rifle prone event in 31st National Games in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo


Poulomi Ghatak of West Bengal in action during singles quarterfinal against Tamil Nadu’s Bhuvneshwari at Jalandhar on Friday. 
— Photo Pandit

Punjab storm into semis
Jalandhar, November 23
A second-half goal by Prabhdeep Singh against Bengal sent hosts Punjab roaring into the semifinals in men’s hockey while Chandigarh also brightened their chances of making the last four grade with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Andhra Pradesh.

Punjab eves in football semis
Jalandhar, November 23
Punjab sailed into the semifinals of women’s football, getting the better of Assam 2-0 in the 31st National Games at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium here this morning. In the second match, Bengal were held to a 2-2 draw by Orissa.

Chandigarh win; Punjab lose
Ludhiana, November 23
In a major upset Jharkhand girls today beat the Haryana 2-0 in a scintillating match. While Haryana started with confidence as they had won their first two matches against Bihar and Chandigarh.

Maharashtra trounce MP
Ludhiana, November 23
Holders Maharashtra trounced Madhya Pradesh while Tamil Nadu overwhelmed Delhi to register their second win (women) in basketball and qualify for the last four stage on the fourth day.

Malleshwari to stage comeback in Pusan
Patiala, November 23
Sydney bronze medallist Karnam Malleshwari today disclosed she would stage a comeback to weightlifting in the Pusan Asian Games being held in 2002.

Poulomi Ghatak upset in quarter finals
Jalandhar, November 23
National champion Poulomi Ghatak of Bengal was shown the door by B. Bhuvneshwari of Tamil Nadu in a major upset in the women’s singles quarterfinals.

Kuheli, Jaspal Rana shoot gold
Chandigarh, November 23
Kuheli Ganguli of West Bengal retained her National Games crown as she won gold medal today. She also improved her own record, scoring 590/600 in the 50 metre rifle prone women individual section. 

Gopi, Chetan to clash in final
Jalandhar, November 23

Second seed Abhinn Shyam Gupta, lost to third seed Chetan Anand in the men’s singles badminton event in the National Games. 

Punjab spikers lose to TN
Ludhiana, November 23
Punjab lost all hopes of a gold medal in volleyball when the men’s team lost to Tamil Nadu in four sets. 

Haryana wrestlers in limelight
Jalandhar, November 23
Delhi picked-up two gold and a silver, while Haryana bagged third gold and a silver in wrestling (men and women) championships.

Bhim outboxes Suresh
Patiala, November 23
Sydney Olympian S. Suresh Singh in the light flyweight category was outclassed by Punjab pugilist Bhim Singh who won the pre-quarterfinal bout 19-12 in the boxing event.

‘No move to suspend India, SA’
London, November 23

The International Cricket Council today discounted suggestions that India and South Africa would be suspended or banned from playing international cricket following their defiance of the game’s governing body.

Dalmiya strikes conciliatory note
Jagmohan DalmiyaKolkata, November 23

A day after showing defiance against ICC, cricket board chief Jagmohan Dalmiya today struck a conciliatory note saying he would, “amicably sort out” the controversy with the game’s governing body to avoid it from snowballing into a major crisis, but reiterated that the ongoing third Test between India and South Africa was “official”.



Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurisio Margaglio of Italy perform their compulsory dance during the figure skating Grand Prix Cup of Russia in St.Petersburg, on Friday. 
— Reuters

PCB backs BCCI
Islamabad, November 23
Pakistan Cricket Board today rallied behind the BCCI saying it had every right to express its point of view against the decisions of match-referee Mike Denness but warned that the stand-off between the ICC and the Indian and South African boards could have serious repercussions for international cricket.

Tailenders to India’s rescue
Centurion Park, November 23

Indian middle order collapsed once again as the visitors slipped to 137 for five by tea on the opening day of the controversy-ridden third and final cricket ‘Test’ match here today.

Ponting 157 n.o
Hobart (Australia), November 23

Steve Waugh’s plan to declare and leave New Zealand eight overs to negotiate until the close was scuppered when bad light prevented the Kiwi openers from facing a delivery late on the second day of the second cricket Test here today.

WI lose early wicket
Kandy, Sri Lanka, November 23
Nuwan Zoysa took a wicket with his first ball on his return to Test cricket today when he dismissed West Indies’ opener Darren Ganga for a duck.

Sriram hits century
Hyderabad, November 23
A fighting unbeaten 120 by opener Sridharan Sriram and his unfinished 190-run partnership for the third wicket with skipper Jacob Martin (83) helped Board President’s XI give a strong reply of 256 for 2 to Englands’s first innings total of 320 on second day of the three day cricket match here today.
England’s wicketkeeper James Foster (L) is powerless to stop Board President’s XI batsman S. Sriram sweeping the ball to boundary during the match in Hyderabad on Friday. — Reuters photo

Sunil wins title
Kolkata, November 23

Eighteen-year-old high school student from Chandigarh Sunil Kumar won the East Zone Tata Future Tennis Championship for juniors (under-18), defeating local lad Vinode Sewa easily in straight sets 6-2 and 6-2 in the final here today.


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Beenamol, Karamjit steal show
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
A new national record in pole vault for women, a new meet record in 110 metre hurdles for men saw Punjab athletes return to their golden stride on the fourth day today as cyclists added two bronze medals to the tally of the home contingent in the 31st National Games here.

While Karamjit Kaur was the star attraction of the day as she put to shade her own existing national record of 3.10 metres in pole vault by scaling over the crosspiece at a height of 3.25 metres, equally impressive was the performance of young local hurdler, Gurpreet Singh, who smashed the meet record in 110 m hurdles by clipping off 0. 49 seconds of the old record as two more meet records were also erased in 100 metres hurdles and quarter-mile sprint , both in women’s section. The new record setters were Anuradha Biswal (Orissa) in 100 metres hurdles and national champion KM Beenamol in 400 metres flat run.

Karamjit Kaur became the second Punjab woman athlete after Hardeep Kaur to break a national record in track and field events here.

In fact, Kerala athletes had a golden double in 400 metres sprint, winning in both the men and women sections.

In 110 metres hurdles, Gurpreet Singh, who has been practicing hard for the 2002 Asia Games, recorded an impressive timing of 14.10 seconds thus pushing the previous record holder and his team mate Jagjit Singh to the third spot. Both P.T. Yesudas (Kerala) ad Jagjit Singh (Punjab), who finished second and third, also improved upon the previous meet record of 14.59 seconds.

It was Karamjit Kaur, who set the ball rolling this morning with a tremendous leap of 3.25 metre in pole vault to put to shade her own record of 3.10metres. Her previous unratified record of 3.17 metres at Lucknow in September this year, too, is fa below her superb performance today.

There was so much of difference between Karamjit and second placed V.S. Surekha (Tamil Nadu) that the latter could clear only 2.70 metres, 0.55 metres less while Chetna solanki of Gujarat was third by clearing 2.60 metres.

Both Karamjit and Gurpreet received a tremendous ovation from small but knowledgeable crowd.

There was a photo finish for the second spot in men’s quarter-mile race where K.J. Manojlal of Kerala was undisputed winner with a timing of 47.06 secs, while his team mate P. Ramachandran clocked 47.53 secs to elbow out Anil Rohil, the fastest man of the meet, who took 47.64 secs to complete the run.

In the women’s section, national champion K. Beenamol set aside Indian sprint queen P.T. Usha’s meet record of 52.80 seconds by returning a timing of 52.71 secs. Philip had a tough time in keeping Punjab’s Rajwinder Kaur to third spot in an absorbing finish.

Anuradha Biswal of Orissa had a tremendous race in 100 metres hurdles for women by clipping off 0.08 secs of the old meet record of 13.89 secs. G.G. Promila of Karnataka and Soma Biswas of West Bengal finished behind her.

Suman Devi of Uttar Pradesh won the javelin throw event with a hurl of 48.59 metres while N.M. Hemlatha (Karnataka) and Manisha Mondal (West Bengal) finished second and third, respectively.
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Punjab storm into semis
Amardeep Bhattal
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 23
A second-half goal by Prabhdeep Singh against Bengal sent hosts Punjab roaring into the semifinals in men’s hockey while Chandigarh also brightened their chances of making the last four grade with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Andhra Pradesh in the 31st National Games at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium here today. Also moving into the semifinals were Services, who routed Karnataka 5-2 in pool ‘B’ collecting seven points from two victories and one draw.

With six points from two victories in group ‘A’ Punjab are already through to the semifinals and the fight for the second spot is now between Tamil Nadu and Bengal. Jammu and Kashmir, the fourth team in this group, crashed out of contention after losing to Tamil Nadu 0-2 today.

Having to do without the services of top players like Olympian Baljit Dhillon, Daljit, and junior world cuppers Kanwalpreet and Jugraj, who have been selected in the national team for the Champions Challenged Trophy being held at Kuala Lumpur next month, Punjab relied on former Olympians Sanjiv Kumar and Edward, as also several key players of Punjab and Sind Bank and Punjab Police, to keep their banner flying in the completion.

After a goal-less first half, Punjab went on the offensive on resumption and three minutes later forced a penalty corner. Following the hit, which resulted in a goal-mouth scramble, Prabhdeep found the target with a quick deflection. A cross parallel to the goal-line by Jagbir, a member of the IHF (Junior) team, nearly fetched Punjab another goal in the dying minutes but the hit went abbegging.

It was indeed a transformed Andhra side that took on Chandigarh today. Casting aside bitter memories of two drubbings at the hands of Services and Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh looked well set to upset Chandigarh’s plans, but two quick strikes by junior World Cup hero Rajpal Singh and his brother Gurpreet kept Chandigarh in contention after Andhra had taken the lead through D Anand Ratnakumar a minute before the breather.

It was a perfectly executed plan off a short corner which brought Chandigarh on even terms. Rajpal took the push, and after an intelligent bout of passing, Rajpal once again provided the finishing touch (1-1). The match winner came seven minutes from the end when Gurpreet scored off yet another penalty corner (2-1).

Tamil Nadu recorded their first victory in pool ‘A’ overpowering a spirited Jammu and Kashmir 2-0. Both were field goals scored by Diwakar R. in the fifth and 14th minutes, respectively. For Jammu and Kashmir this was the second consecutive defeat after they had managed to hold Bengal 1-1 in their opening tie.

In the last match Services assured themselves of a berth in the last four with a 5-2 win over Karnataka. Cypranand opened the account for Services in the eighth minute and Kamal Horo added another goal eight minutes later. M. Lokande made it 3-0 with a reverse flick but Karnataka managed to pull one back through Ronald Kiran shortly before the interval. The match became lively as Karnataka narrowed the margin to 2-3 through Laxman Rao soon after resumption but M. Lokande and Sosan Topno hit back with quick strikes to make it 5-2 in favour of Services and ensure a last four berth for the their team.

Tomorrow’s fixtures: Maharashtra v Andhra Pardesh; Chandigarh v Karnataka.
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Punjab eves in football semis
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 23
Punjab sailed into the semifinals of women’s football, getting the better of Assam 2-0 in the 31st National Games at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium here this morning. In the second match, Bengal were held to a 2-2 draw by Orissa. Punjab, with six points from two victories, are currently placed on top in group ‘A’ and have a match in hand against Bengal on November 26. The contest for the second berth will be between Bengal and Orissa as winless Assam are already out of the race having tasted two defeats.

Having beaten Orissa convincingly in the opening tie, the Punjab eves displayed determination from the kick-off with Paramjit Kaur excelling in midfield play. The hosts took an early lead through Balwinder Kaur and the lead was buttressed by Harjinder Kaur through another fine attempt in the 32nd minute. But that was all that the Punjab eves could achieve, but it was enough to brighten their chances for the title.

Later, West Bengal were held to a 2-2 draw by Orissa. Papia Ghosh and Enakshi Biswas were the scorers for Bengal while Sudipta Das and Sunita Soreng found the target for Orissa. Orissa were leading 2-1 till the 69th minute.

In men’s football, Maharashtra assured themselves of a last four berth with a 1-0 win over Karnataka, while a suicidal goal by Bengal’s Sujit Neogi delayed the team’s entry into the semifinals. Services remained in contention with today’s win over Bengal. In a fast-paced encounter, Bengal enjoyed the upper hand initially but a series of close misses put paid to their aspirations. In the 36th minute, Supriya Dasgupta had an excellent chance when he managed to throw off a rival defender with a fine body swerve, but despite an open goal, he shot wide.

The all-important goal came in dramatic fashion in the 77th minute. Fernandez of Services relayed the ball down the centre but Bengal’s Neogi, in an attempt to clear the ball, directed it into his own goal. Bengal missed a couple of more chances later and on one occasion, Saikat Mondal’s angular shot struck the far upright.

Earlier, Maharashtra edged past Karnataka by a solitary goal which came in the 43rd minute following a brilliant move by Tomba Singh. Maharashtra have thus collected six points from two victories and the second berth will be occupied either by Bengal or Services, who have three points each in pool A.

Tomorrow’s fixtures (Men): Punjab v Kerala: Goa v Tamil Nadu; (Women) Maharashtra v Kerala; Bihar v Kerala.
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Chandigarh win; Punjab lose
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
In a major upset Jharkhand girls today beat the Haryana 2-0 in a scintillating match.

While Haryana started with confidence as they had won their first two matches against Bihar and Chandigarh, the Jharkhand girls exhibited no low spirits either. They had defeated Bihar by a huge margin of 10-0, while the Haryana had scored 13 goals against Bihar.

It was in the 12th minute that Aanrina Karkeina converted a penalty corner into a goal. At the half time the score was 1-0 in favour of Jharkhand. In the 65th minute, Adlin Kerkeina scored another goal for Jharkhand consolidating their grip on the match.

In another match Maharashtra beat Punjab 4-1.Maharshtra took an early lead in the third minute when Shangai Chanu converted a penalty corner into a goal. However, in the 12th minute Punjab’s Jyoti Kallu scored an equaliser. In the 15th minute Pakpi Devi scored second goal for her team. At half time, Maharashtra were leading by 2-1. In the 37th minute Suraj Lata of Maharashtra scored another goal giving a 3-1 lead to her team. In the 46th minute the Maharashtra consolidated their position with Mamta Kharab scoring fourth goal for her team leaving hardly any scope for Punjab to recover.

In the third match Chandigarh conveniently beat Bihar 12-0. Bihar once again conceded a bulk of goals to the opposite team. While they conceded 13 to Bihar in their opening match against Haryana, Jharkhand scored 10 goals against them. For Chandigarh Prakash Chaudahry scored five goals, Poonam scored 2, while Smita Kumari, Anu, Sadhna Singh, Sabu Anjum and Nishi Chuhan scored one goal each.

Haryana and Chandigarh entered the semifinals with a better goal average. Both of them have won two matches and lost one each. Maharshtra’s entry into semi finals appears to be certain with three wins without a defeat besides a good goal average.
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Maharashtra trounce MP
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, November 23
Holders Maharashtra trounced Madhya Pradesh while Tamil Nadu overwhelmed Delhi to register their second win (women) in basketball and qualify for the last four stage on the fourth day of the 31st National Games at the indoor hall of Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

The match of group ‘B’ between the reigning champions Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh proved to be a mismatch as the former were runaway winners 88-38. The winners had a comfortable lead of 37 points ( 50-13) after two quarters.

I.V. Cherian and Manisha K. and Sheeja M. contributed 19, 15 and 12 points, respectively, in Maharashtra’s victory while G.Meenakshi Rao (12) and Savita Deshwal (10) played well for the losers.

In another group ‘B’ match, Tamil Nadu eves outclassed Delhi comprehensively 77-46. The main scorers for Tamil Nadu were Bindu Koratha (12), Renjini Jose (14) and M Meenalatha (8). Delhi’s captain Nishitha (16) and Shankur (12) reduced the margin for the losers.

In the matches played late last evening, Punjab eves lost to Andhra Pradesh rather tamely to suffer their second drubbing in a row while in the men’s section, Punjab overpowered Karnataka to register their second win, assuring themselves a berth in the knock-out stage.

In a group ‘A’ encounter, Punjab girls failed to come up with anything worthwhile as their opponents from Andhra Pradesh dominated the proceedings throughout and gave no chance to the hosts to settle down. Andhra cagers were leading by four points (38-34) at half time. In the last two quarters, they increased the lead and finally wrapped up the issue with a convincing margin of 23 points at 72-49.

Sofi Sam and Jetty Jose were the main scorers for Andhra Pradesh contributing 26 and 21 points, respectively. Yamuna K. chipped in with 14 points. For the home side, Prabhjot Kaur (14), Mandeep Brar (9) and Kiran (9) fought a lost batlle.

In a group ‘A’ match of men’s section, Punjab, who finished runner-up in the last Games in 1999 at Imphal proved too good for Karnataka, whom they outplayed comprehensively 77-54 after leading 39-29 at the end of second quarter.

Punjab’s skipper, Parminder Singh sr gave another sterling performance (42 points) to enable his team to carve out an easy victory. Gagnesh Kumar and Parminder jr. accounted for 10 and 11 points, respectively. The main scorers for the losers were Murali Mohan (16), Besav Raj (12) and B.S. Gautam (10 ). 
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Malleshwari to stage comeback in Pusan
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 23
Sydney bronze medallist Karnam Malleshwari today disclosed she would stage a comeback to weightlifting in the Pusan Asian Games being held in 2002.

Malleshwari, who had married after the Sydney Olympics and had come here to monitor the performance of her sister K Krishna Kumari who participated in the 58 kilogram category alongwith her son Sharat, may not be able to stage an easy comeback. While she would have to fight fitness problems as she is out of shape, more difficult would be to get her personal coach Leonid Tarananko, whom she credited as being responsible for her Sydney triumph, back to India to train with her.

This is because Malleshwari will insist that Tarananko train her for her comeback instead of Chief Coach of the national women squad Pal Singh Sandhu. The veteran athlete said she would like to train under Tarananko only as he was responsible for her bronze performance at Sydney. This is likely to be resisted by members of the federation and top coaches of the womens section.

Speaking about her relationship with Chief Coach Sandhu she said she did not have any problems with him now. “I have a ‘samanya’ relation with him’’, she said. However she said a “gap” had been formed between the two during the run up to the Sydney Olympics and she would prefer not to work under him. “A coach has a very intimate relationship with his wards and it is difficult to work with each other once such a gap occurs’’, she added.

Tarananko, a Belarussian who was relieved from his coaching duties around one and a half months after the Sydney Olympics, was apparently recruited for the women weightlifting squad but veered around to coaching only Malleshwari which had caused bitterness among the other lifters. A major controversy also arose when India had to chose two lifters among Malleshwari, Kunjarani and Sanamacha Chanu for the Olympics and Kunjarani missed the bus. Malleshwari had then felt Kunjarani deserved an Olympic berth.

Malleshwari today said Kunjarani was a good friend but she had been out of touch with her quite some time. “I have been out of touch with weightlifting since nearly one year and have come here also to oversee the performance of my sister.” When questioned about the positive dope test recorded by Kunjarani during the Asian Senior Weightlifting Championship held at Korea in July this year, she again refrained from commenting saying she did not know about much about the circumstances under which she had tested positive.

Malleshwari ruled out performing in the Manchester Commonwealth Games, saying she needed time to get back to proper physical shape which would only be possible in time for the Asian Games being held in September 2002. Speaking about the performance of her sister, she said she still had a lot of scope to improve as she was only twenty one years old. She said talent was available amongst the younger lot and that if it was properly tapped India could emerge as a force in the sport.
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Poulomi Ghatak upset in quarter finals
Our Sports Reporter

Jalandhar, November 23
National champion Poulomi Ghatak of Bengal was shown the door by B. Bhuvneshwari of Tamil Nadu in a major upset in the women’s singles quarterfinals at the National Games here today.

Poulomi lost 6-11, 11-4, 8-11, 9-11, 11-4, 9-11. It will be an all-Tamil Nadu final in the mixed doubles table tennis event Sarath Kamal and T. Pradeepa defeated Shivaji Dutta and Mousumi Paul of Bengal 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-5 while S. Raman and N.R. Indu demolished Arup Basak and Mouma Das also of Bengal 11-7, 11-8, 11-7.

Soumyadeep Roy and Anil Kashyap of Rajasthan defeated Arup Basak and S. Saha of Bengal to reach the finals of the men’s doubles event. The Rajasthan pair beat their rivals 6-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-4, 11-5. They will clash with S. Raman and A. Sarath Kamal of Tamil Nadu, who defeated Ranabir Dass and S. Chakravorty of Bengal 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 11-8.

Women’s (single quarters): Mouma Das (Bng) b T. Pradeepa (TN) 11-5, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9; Vishakha Bijoy (Raj) b J. Swarna (TN) 11-3, 11-2, 11-6, 11-8; B. Bhuvneshwari (TN) b Poulomi Ghatak (Bng) 6-11, 11-4, 3-11, 11-8, 11-9, 4-11, 11-9; N. R. Indu (TN) b Sushmita Roy (Bng) 9-11, 11-7, 16-14, 11-8, 6-11, 3-11, 13-11.

Men: Soymdeep Roy (Raj) b Bhushan Thakur (Mhr) 11-7, 11-13, 11-9, 11-4, 8-11, 12-10; S. Saurav Chakraborty (Bng) b R. Rajesh (TN) 11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 8-11, 11-9; A Sharath Kamal (TN) b Arup Basar (Bng) 11-6, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9; S. Raman (TN) b Anal Kashyap (Raj) 11-7, 6-11, 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-4.

Mixed doubles (semifinals): Sarath Kamal/T. Pradeepa (TN) b Shivaji Dutta/Mousumi Paul (Bengal) 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-5; S. Raman/N.R. Indu (TN) b Arup Basak/Mouma Das (Bengal) 11-7, 11-8, 11-7.

Women’s doubles: Mouma Das/Poulomi Ghatak (Bengal) b Arul Selvi/B. Bhuvneswary (TN) 11-6, 9-11, 11-1, 11-7; N.R. Indu/T. Pradeepa (TN) b Sushmita Roy/Mousomi Paul (Bengal) 11-5, 11-4, 11-6.

Men’s doubles: S. Raman/A. Sharath Kamal (TN) b Ranabir Dass/S. Chakravorty (Bengal) 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 11-8; Soumyadeep Roy/Anil Kashyap (Raj) b Arup Basak/S. Saha (Bengal) 6-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-4, 11-5.
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Kuheli, Jaspal Rana shoot gold
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, November 23
Kuheli Ganguli of West Bengal retained her National Games crown as she won gold medal today. She also improved her own record, scoring 590/600 in the 50 metre rifle prone women individual section at SAS Nagar. Anjali Ved Pathak shot silver medal with 589. Kuheli also helped her state win gold medal in the team championship along with Mita Mukherjee and Chaitali Das, scoring 1748 points.

Maharashtra secured silver medal with Anjali Ved Pathak, Poornima and Rakhee, shooting 1735 points. The bronze medal went to Madhya Pradesh’s team of Meena Kumari, Raj Kumari and Sunita Sanketh with 1731 points. Punjab finished seventh in the event.

Jaspal Rana of Delhi shot gold medal in the 10 metre air pistol men’s event with 674.3 followed by Vivek Singh of Delhi with 667.9. The bronze medal went to Mahavir Singh of SSCB who shot 667.7.

Kuheli was given a tough fight by Anjali. In the first round, Anjali shot 99, while Kuheli shot 98. In the fourth round, both scored identical 97. At the end of fourth round, Anjali was leading with 393 while Kuheli was at 392. Kuheli shot 99 in the fifth round while Anjali shot 98 to tie at 491. In the sixth round, Kuheli scored over Anjali shooting 99 while Anjali shot 98. Raj Kumari of Madhya Pradesh at 586, U Sindhu of Kerala at 584, Mita Mukherjee of West Bengal at 581 were all above the last meet record. Meena Kumari of Madhya Pradesh at 580 equalled the old record held by Kuheli.

The day also had hiccups in the trap event when the trap machines which were installed three days back, had trouble working, delaying the event. Tomorrow the air pistol event in the women’s section will be held along with the trap event.

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Gopi, Chetan to clash in final
Nimrata

Jalandhar, November 23
Second seed Abhinn Shyam Gupta, lost to third seed Chetan Anand in the men’s singles badminton event in the National Games. Partners in doubles, P. Gopichand and Chetan Anand will clash against each other in an all-Andhra Pradesh final here .

The women’s final will also be an all Andhra again as P.V.V. Laksmi will fight against Neelima Choudhary who upset second seed Jwala.

Abhinn Shyam Gupta, who had injured his lower back yesterday in this match against Arup Baidya lost 4-7, 2-7, 7-1, 3-7.

P. Gopichand defeated Punjab’s Sachin Ratti 7-4, 7-5, 7-5.

In the women’s semifinal, P.V.V. Laksmi beat Shurti Kurian 7-5, 7-5, 7-2. Jwala of Andhra Pradesh lost to Neelima Choudhary 1-7, 7-2, 7-5, 7-5. In the men’s doubles Jaseel P. Ismail and Jaison Xavier beat Arvind Bhatt and Rupesh Kumar 7-2, 2-7, 7-4, 7-4. G. Jwala and Shruti Kurien beat Archana Deodhar and Sampada Shetty by 7-2, 7-5, 7-0.

In an earlier matches, Abhinn Shyam Gupta of Uttar Pradesh faced some resistance from Karnataka’s Arvind Bhatt.

Abhinn lost the first game 3-7 but regained this confidence in the next. Abhinn Shyam’s long rallies were outstanding and Arvind lost his nerve, losing the game by 6-8. It was easy for the next two games as Abhinn won them 7-1, 7-4 to enter the semifinal.

P. Gopichand outclassed Utsav Mishra of Uttar Pradesh in straight games, Gopi’s experience and technique proving to be too good for Utsav. Gopi won 7-1, 7-3, 7-1.

In another quarterfinal match, B.G. Kiran of Karnataka lost to Chetan Anand from Andhra Pradesh in a one-sided match 1-7, 4-7, 1-7. Sachin Ratti of Punjab gave little chance to Guru Prasad of Karnataka, winning 7-5, 7-0, 7-0.

In the women’s quarterfinals, P.V.V. Lakshmi proved her supremacy as she showed the door to Sampada Shetty of Maharashtra, winning 4-7, 7-0, 7-0, 7-1. In Aparna Popat’s absence, her chances of bagging gold have brightened.

In another match, D. Shweta and Shruti Kurien of Andhra Pradesh clashed against each other. Shruti won the contest 7-5, 7-1, 7-2. Arti Verma of Punjab also lost easily to G. Jwala 0-7, 4-7, 1-7. Neelima Chaudhary of Andhra Pradesh completed the semifinals line up as she defeated compatriot Deepti 7-2, 7-3, 7-2.

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Gopi not happy with new format
Our Sports Reporter

Jalandhar, November 23
He has been on the forefront of the Indian badminton team for quite some time now. Will he be able to continue the winning streak after change in point format for the stipulated time is yet to be seen.

P. Gopi Chand is a name in the badminton. In 15 years in competitive field, he, it seems, is encountering a tough time with the experimental change in the point system. He has yet to win a major tournament after the changes had been incorporated. According to him, the modification has not been favourable for him till now.

He says that chances of upsets in this system have increased. The game has become more aggressive and fast now.

Commenting on the difference in training the change will make, he stated “earlier we used to exert for more minutes, for example, five sets of 25 minutes but now we have five sets of, say 3 minutes each. We have to stress more on technique and speed.”

Gopi has not been very happy with the changes in the format. “I have the pressure of maintaining my status of being the All-England champion. Leading the Indian circuit with this modification has added pressure on me.” He revealed that the new set of players joining badminton might not face much difficulty in adapting to this system while seniors will take time to adjust. At present I have not got used to it, but I am training hard since I am going to compete in the Copenhegan Masters in December under this format.

He stated “It is a dilemma that I will train for the new system and try to get adapted to it. But it is not certain that this format will continue. There are chances that we might come back to the same old system. It takes time to adjust to the new and if you have to return to the 15-point format again it will take another year for me to come back.” He said that he has stated the problem to the International Badminton Federation (IBF).

Objecting the decision of the IBF he stated, “They have no right to play with the careers of the players who have spent their whole life struggling to reach the position they are in.”

He plans to start an academy of his own in the near future. On improving the standard of competition, he said that the senior players should spend time with the budding players and support them in every possible way.
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Punjab spikers lose to TN
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
Punjab lost all hopes of a gold medal in volleyball when the men’s team lost to Tamil Nadu in four sets. Uttar Pradesh, who beat Andhra Pradesh in an exciting semifinal, will clash for the title with Tamil Nadu.

Defending champion’s Kerala will meet arch-rivals Tamil Nadu in the women’s final. Kerala faced no difficulty in defeating Andhra Pradesh 25-11, 25-22, 25-19.Tamil Nadu girls also faced little resistance from the Karnataka eves, who lost the match 20-25, 11-25, 12-25.

Punjab’s challenge fizzled out in four sets. The TN boys won the first two sets 25-18,25-16, but lost the third 12-25 but came back strong in the fourth by winning it 25-18.

Barring the third set, in which Punjab put up a spirited fight, the local team was wayward in shots and could not exploit the weakness of the opposite side.

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Haryana wrestlers in limelight

Jalandhar, November 23
Delhi picked-up two gold and a silver, while Haryana bagged third gold and a silver in wrestling (men and women) championships of the National Games underway at the PAP indoor stadium here.

In the 54 kg Greco-Roman category Delhi’s Mukesh Kumar defeated, N.B. Singh of the services on points. N.B. Singh claimed the silver medal. In the same category Sarup Singh of Punjab secured the bronze defeating Rajeev of Haryana. In the 54-kg free style category Manoj Kumar of Haryana bagged the gold defeating Yogeshwar of Delhi on points. Top

 

Bhim outboxes Suresh
Ravi Dhaliwal

Patiala, November 23
Sydney Olympian S. Suresh Singh in the light flyweight category was outclassed by Punjab pugilist Bhim Singh who won the pre-quarterfinal bout 19-12 in the boxing event of the National Games played at the Polo Grounds here.

By the end of the second round, the -up-and-coming Bhim Singh was gasping for breath as Suresh notched up a comfortable 8-1 lead.

The third round saw the maximum of action when Bhim Singh, who till then was fighting with his back to the wall pound his opponent with a flurry of punches. By the middle of the fourth round, Suresh Singh was a completely dazed man.

In the bantamweight category, where ace boxer Dingko Singh’s absence due to a hand injury has left a vacuum at the top of this weight category, Bipin Pyngrope kept the Services flag flying with an emphatic win over Dharmvir of Haryana. After a brief bout of trouble in the initial seconds of the opening round, Pyngrope stepped into a rhythm and a flurry of some well directed punches saw him winning by the RSC verdict in the first round itself.

The results: (IInd round-Lt flyweight): Neelesh Khanolkar (Goa) beat Ramesh Sahare (Chd) 15-8. Sandeep Kumar (AP) beat Anhigyan Malviya (UP)- RSC. Anurag (HP) beat Robin Dev (Har) 10-9. (IInd round-flyweight) M.Safdar Khan (WB) beat Tauseef Khan (Jha) 15-2. Opinder Negi (HP) beat T.Kharpean (Meg) 15-4. Anand Kumar (Pun) beat B.K Sunderam (Ker) 15-12. (IInd round-bantamweight): B.Pyngrope (Ser) beat Dharamvir Singh (Haryana)- RSC.
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No move to suspend India, SA’

London, November 23
The International Cricket Council today discounted suggestions that India and South Africa would be suspended or banned from playing international cricket following their defiance of the game’s governing body.

An ICC spokesman said here that as of now no emergency meeting of the 15-member ICC Executive Board was proposed to be called to discuss the situation created by the unprecedented action of the cricket boards of India and South Africa in dumping ICC match-referee Mike Denness for the third match of the current India-South Africa Test series. The spokesman hastened to add that the situation was still evolving but no meeting of the Executive Board was planned before the scheduled one in Colombo in March next year.

“The situation may change in the next couple of days,” the spokesman said.

He said reports that Indian or South African cricket boards could face suspension were ‘speculative’. “There has been no suggestion that it is going to happen,” he said.

The spokesman also said there was no change in the ICC stand over the staging of World Cup in South Africa in 2003. He said as far as the ICC was concerned India are being deemed to have forfeited the third match to South Africa.

“The ongoing game is being treated as a friendly between India and South Africa,” he said. On the one-match ban handed to Virender Sehwag by Denness, he said it would apply to the “next official game India are involved in”. PTI
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Dalmiya strikes conciliatory note

Kolkata, November 23
A day after showing defiance against ICC, cricket board chief Jagmohan Dalmiya today struck a conciliatory note saying he would, “amicably sort out” the controversy with the game’s governing body to avoid it from snowballing into a major crisis, but reiterated that the ongoing third Test between India and South Africa was “official”.

“There is an unnecessary controversy at the moment. Let the dust settle down. We are quite hopeful that the matter would be sorted out amicably in a process of deliberation amongst ICC and its member countries,” Dalmiya told newsmen here.

Dalmiya expressed confidence that the issue would be settled at the ICC Executive Board meeting in Colombo in March next year.

To a query whether he had established contact with ICC after yesterday’s dramatic developments, Dalmiya said he was in constant touch with member countries. PTITop

 

PCB backs BCCI
K.J.M. Varma

Islamabad, November 23
Pakistan Cricket Board today rallied behind the BCCI saying it had every right to express its point of view against the decisions of match-referee Mike Denness but warned that the stand-off between the ICC and the Indian and South African boards could have serious repercussions for international cricket.

“As far as Pakistan is concered, the Indians have every right to express their point of view,” PCB Executive Director Brig Munnawar Rana said adding India had not challenged the position of the match-referee, but only questioned some of his judgements.

Appreciating the firm stand taken by the BCCI against Denness, Rana said the Indian board should display similar toughness when it comes to playing matches between India and Pakistan. 
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Tailenders to India’s rescue

Centurion Park, November 23
Defying International Cricket Council, India and South Africa started their third and final ‘Test’ match here today but the visitors once again found the going tough.

Handicapped by the absence of skipper Sourav Ganguly, who withdrew at the last minute due to a spasm in his neck and back, and Sehwag, India, who had been put in to bat by South African captain Shaun Pollock, struggled to reach 221 for eight by close, thanks to some useful contributions from the lower order batsmen.

India lost their top five batsmen with just 107 runs on board before Anil Kumble engaged in two crucial partnerships, that of 51 with Deep Dasgupta for the sixth wicket and 39 with Harbhajan Singh for the seventh, to lead the rescue act.

Earlier, the drama surrounding the match continued with ICC withdrawing its ground umpire George Sharp of England in keeping with its decision to derecognise the match as a Test. Sharp was replaced by home umpire Dave Orchard.

Indian middle order collapsed once again as the visitors slipped to 137 for five by tea.

The Indians did well to see off the new ball in the first session without much damage, after South African captain Shaun Pollock put them in to bat, but lost four quick wickets in the post-lunch session with three of the key batsmen falling to reckless shots.

The Indian batting order looked fragile and the batsmen did not make things any easier by playing some irresponsible strokes.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl and, after initial frustration as India crept to 44 for one at lunch, claimed four wickets in the afternoon session to swing the match their way.

Opener Shiv Sunder Das top scored for India with 46 while Sachin Tendulkar stroked a quickfire 27 off just 38 balls and Deep Dasgupta added 36.

SCOREBOARD

India (1st innings):

Das c Gibbs b Hayward 46

Williams lbw Klusener 5

Dravid lbw Ntini 5

Sachin c Boucher b Kallis 27

Laxman c Kirsten b Kallis 14

Dasgupta c Rudolph b Hayward 36

Kumble b Hayward 27

Harbhajan Singh run out 29

Srinath retired hurt 8

Prasad not out 6

Extras: (b-1 lb-12 nb-5) 18

Total: (for eight wickets) 221

Fall of wickets: 1-16 2-49 3-90 4-100 5-107 6-158 7-197, 8-221.

Bowling: Pollock 20-11-21-0, Hayward 25-8-70-3, Ntini 17-3-78-1, Klusener 8-5-4-1, Kallis 13-7-15-2, Boje 7-2-20-0. PTITop

 

Ponting 157 n.o

Hobart (Australia), November 23
Steve Waugh’s plan to declare and leave New Zealand eight overs to negotiate until the close was scuppered when bad light prevented the Kiwi openers from facing a delivery late on the second day of the second cricket Test here today.

Australia (Ist innings):

Langer c Vettori b Cairns 123

Hayden c Bond b Vettori 91

Ponting not out 157

M.Waugh b Vettori 12

S.Waugh lbw b Bond 0

Martyn lbw b Vettori 0

Gilchrist b Vettori 39

Warne b Astle 70

Lee c McMillan b Vettori 41

Extras (b-3 lb-5 w-2 nb-15) 25

Total: (for 8 wickets declared) 558

FOW: 1-223, 2-238, 3-253, 4-266, 5-267, 6-336, 7-481, 8-558.

Bowling: Cairns 28-3-122-1, Tuffey 15-1-74-0, Bond 28-0-135-1, Vettori 36-5-138-5, McMillan 8-0-51-0, Astle 9-0-30-1. Reuters
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WI lose early wicket

Kandy, Sri Lanka, November 23
Nuwan Zoysa took a wicket with his first ball on his return to Test cricket today when he dismissed West Indies’ opener Darren Ganga for a duck.

Scoreboard

Sri Lanka (Ist innings):

Atapattu lbw b Dillon 0

Jayasuriya c Gayle b Collins 16

Sangakkara b Ramnarine 15

Jayawardene c and b Ramnarine 88

Arnold b Ramnarine 4

Tillakaratne b Collins 87

Samaraweera c Jacobs b Dillon 29

Vaas c Hooper b Collins 0

Bandaratillake not out 12

Zoysa b Collins 23

Muralitharan c Stuart b Dillon 4

Extras: (lb-6, nb-4) 10

Total: (all out, 96.4 overs) 288

FOW: 1-0, 2-27, 3-49, 4-53, 5-169, 6-249, 7-249, 8-249, 9-281.

Bowling: Dillon 20.4-4-55-3 (1nb), Collins 27-7-78-4 (1nb), Stuart 0.1-0-2-0 (2nb), Gayle 0.3-0-4-0, Hooper 21-6-44-0, Ramnarine 25-6-81-3, Samuels 3-0-18-0.

West Indies (Ist innings):

Gayle not out 25

Ganga c Jayawardene b Zoysa 0

Sarwan not out 12

Extras: (nb-2) 2

Total: (one wicket, 11 overs) 39

FOW: 1-8.

Bowling: Vaas 6-1-25-0 (2nb), Zoysa 4-1-13-1, Muralitharan 1-0-1-0. ReutersTop

 

Sriram hits century

Hyderabad, November 23
A fighting unbeaten 120 by opener Sridharan Sriram and his unfinished 190-run partnership for the third wicket with skipper Jacob Martin (83) helped Board President’s XI give a strong reply of 256 for 2 to Englands’s first innings total of 320 on second day of the three day cricket match here today.

Scoreboard

England (Ist innings):

Butcher c Surender b Sarandeep 41

Vaughan c Mongia b Bangar 22

Hussain c Gavaskar b Kartik 46

Thrope lbw b Kartik 13

Ramprakash b Kartik 105

White b Sarandeep 0

Foster c Martin b Sarandeep 9

Ball c Gavaskar b Sarandeep 28

Ormand lbw b Sarandeep 5

Dawson c Mongia b Bangar 24

Hoggard not out 5

Extras (b-4, lb-1, w-1, nb-16) 22

Total (all out, 96.4 overs) 320

FOW: 1-51, 2-104, 3-122, 4-139, 5-149, 6-187, 7-239, 8-265, 9-292.

Bowling: Surender Singh 13-4-37-0, T Yohanan 11-1-57-0, S Bangar 16.4-3-34-2, Sarandeep Singh 24-0-98-5, M Kartik 31-7-84-3, R Gavaskar 1-0-5-0.

President’s XI (1st innings):

Sriram batting 120

Jaffer c Foster b Hoggar 0

Mongia c Thorpe b Ball 44

Martin batting 83

Extras (b-2, lb-3, w-1, nb-3) 9

Total (for 2 wkts, 82 overs) 256

FOW: 1-3, 2-66.

Bowling: M Hoggard 17-3-35-1, J Ormond 15-2-46-0, M Ball 20-3-71-1, C White 12-3-29-0, R Dawson 16-1-63-0, M Vaughan 2-0-7-0. PTITop

 

Sunil wins title

Kolkata, November 23
Eighteen-year-old high school student from Chandigarh Sunil Kumar won the East Zone Tata Future Tennis Championship for juniors (under-18), defeating local lad Vinode Sewa easily in straight sets 6-2 and 6-2 in the final here today.

After both started evenly, top seed Sunil, with fine service and better court craft, forged ahead, breaking Vinode’s service in the fifth game and then clinched the issue breaking the Kolkata lad again in the eighth game.

Stung by the reverse, second-ranked Vinode started the second set well and broke Sunil in the first game. But he faded out as the match progressed, allowing Sunil to come back in the fourth game when Sunil broke Vinode to level the score at 2-2.

Sunil regained his touch and broke Vinode again in the fifth and seventh games to win the title and Rs 5,100, while Vinode had to be contended with Rs 4,100.

Vinode, however, had some satisfaction when he won the doubles crown partnering Chandra Sekhar Mohanty of Orissa. UNITop

 
 SPORTS BRIEFS

KARNATAKA, SERVICES SHARE HONOURS
LUDHIANA:
Karnataka and Services’ riders shared the honours by winning a gold apiece in cycling on the fourth day of the 31st National Games today. In the road races held at Doraha-Khanna highway, Services clinched a gold medal in 30 km individual time trial (men) while Karnataka bagged gold in 15 km individual time trial for women. Hosts Punjab had to content with bronze in both these events. In the men’s section, Sandeep Malik (SSCB) took 42.52.57 seconds to finish ahead of others to lift the gold. Rajasthan rider Ramkaran Chowdhry clocked 43.40.20 seconds for the silver medal. Jafferson Singh of Punjab closely followed him with 43.43.36 seconds to bag the bronze. In the 15 km road individual time trial for women, Gangu G.Biradar of Karnataka quelled a strong challenge from her opponents. She clocked 24.22.50 seconds to prevail over Prem Latha V. Sureban, also of Karnataka who finished the race in 24.25.13 seconds and W. Bemcha Devi, representing Punjab, who took the bronze with timing of 24.30.83 seconds. OSR

SUNDER LIFTS GOLD
PATIALA:
C.P.R Sunder Kumar of the Services Sports Control Board lifted a total of 282.5 kg to win gold medal in the 69 kg category in the weightlifting event of the National Games held at the rink hall here on Friday. Mohammad Zakir of Tamil Nadu also had the same lift but C.P.R Sunder Kumar won gold because of lesser body weight. The bronze was won by G.Vadivelu of SSCB, who lifted 280 kg. Earlier, on Thursday in the 53 Kg Punjab girl Sukhbir Bal clinched the first gold medal for the hosts having a total lift of 177.5 kg. She was followed by A.Sandhya Rani of Karnataka who lifted 175 kg to bag the silver while Delhi girl Manithombi Devi lifted a total of 170 kg to win the bronze. In the 62 kg for men, Nimeshmal of West Bengal lifted 247.5 kg to bag the gold, Yogesh Panje of Maharashtra and Shrikant Modi of West Bengal were tied at 237.5 kgs each, but the silver went to Yogesh Panje on account of lesser body weight. OSR

RAJASTHAN WIN
PATIALA:
Rajasthan defeated last year’s runners-up Services 19-16 in the men’s section of the kabaddi event (national style) of the National Games held at the YPS Stadium here on Friday. In another league match, Delhi got the better of Haryana 31-29. On the distaff side, Maharashtra got the better of Delhi 49-22, while Manipur eves swamped Bihar 53-22. In circle kabaddi, Punjab eves carved out an emphatic victory over Uttar Pradesh, beating them 61-22 while the Delhi eves handed out a thumping 63-15 defeat to Madhya Pradesh. OSR

FOOTBALL TRIALS
AMBALA:
The trials to select the Haryana football team for the 37th Junior National Football Championship for Dr BC Roy Trophy is going to be held at War Heroes Memorial Stadium, Ambala Cantonment, on November 25. A player born on or after January 1, 1983, is eligible to appear in the trial and no player who has already participated twice in the Junior National Football Championship or participated in the under-21 shall be eligible to participate in the championship, a release said. TNS
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