May 12, 2002, Chandigarh, India
Laxman, Ratra lift India
Portugal’s best chance to claim major title
Poland — a solid squad of average standard
tactics Red Devils’ mainstay
Senegal promise to bring new charisma
Undeterred Rajinder talks brave
Top Indian athletes for Asian Grand Prix
Kirtane in final
Haryana to set up 49 sports wings
Chandigarh lads win, Haryana eves lose
Laxman, Ratra lift India
St John’s (Antigua), May 11
V.V.S. Laxman and Ajay Ratra were engaged in a fine 80-run unfinished partnership for the eighth wicket after India had lost three wickets including that of overnight batsmen — skipper Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid — early in the morning session.
At the tea break, Laxman was batting on 56 having completed his fourth half-century of the series while Ratra was on 38.
It was slow progress for the Indians on the second day, with only 111 runs coming from the 57 overs bowled in two sessions.
India did not have a great start to the day with Ganguly and Dravid falling within two runs of each other after only seven runs had been scored in the morning.
Dravid fell nine runs short of his second century of the series while Ganguly missed his half-century by five runs.
Anil Kumble suffered a blow on his jaw by a rising delivery from Mervyn Dillon and was worth only six runs when he was dismissed by the same bowler some time later. India, who resumed at their overnight 226 for three, slipped to 257 for six midway through the morning session.
But Laxman and Ratra played responsibly and slowly kept the scoreboard moving in their seventh wicket association to prevent any collapse.
Runs were very difficult to come by and both Ganguly and Dravid perished while trying to relieve the pressure.
Ganguly was feeded a short and wide delivery outside the off-stump by Cameron Cuffy and he produced a cracking shot but was unable to keep it down. His cut went straight to Wavell Hinds at point and Ganguly walked back with 45 runs against his name which included four fours and a six.
Two overs later Dravid attempted a cut on a ball from Dillon that wasn’t wide enough and played on to his stumps after adding five runs to his overnight 86. His 91 came off 291 balls and contained 12 boundaries.
Kumble, returning to the team after missing two Tests, was hit on his jaw by a sharply rising delivery from Dillon, the batsman taking his eye off the ball and paying the penalty. He spit blood on the ground but stayed on courageously for some more time.
However, Kumble was worth only six runs when he was unable to keep another short pitched delivery from Dillon down and gave a tame catch to Shivnarine Chanderpaul at leg slip.
It was tough going for Laxman and Ratra too. The usually flamboyant Laxman took a lot of time to get off the mark and the slow outfield ensured that some of his fluent shots did not reach the boundary ropes. His only four came when he straight drove Adam Sanford towards the end of the morning session.
Das was out for three when the total was 13 and, after a solid 155-run partnership for the second wicket between Jaffer and Dravid, India suffered a double blow when Jaffer and Tendulkar were dismissed off successive balls. Left-arm seamer Pedro Collins took all the three wickets to fall in the day and finished with figures of three for 65 from 21 overs.
SCOREBOARD India (overnight 226 for three) Das b Collins 3 Jaffer c Jacobs b Collins 86 Dravid b Dillon 91 Tendulkar c Jacobs Ganguly c Hinds b Cuffy 45 Laxman not out 56 Kumble c Chanderpaul b Dillon 6 Ratra not out 38 Extras (lb-4 nb-7 w-1) 12 Total (for six wickets, Fall of wickets: 1-13 2-168 3-168 4-233 5-235 6-257 Bowling: Dillon 36-12-70-2, Cuffy 31-7-56-1, Collins 33-7- 91-3, Sanford 28-6-83-0, Hooper 10-4-19-0, Hinds 2-0-9-0, Sarwan 2-2-0-0, Gayle 5-1-5-0.
India (overnight 226 for three)
Das b Collins 3
Jaffer c Jacobs b Collins 86
Dravid b Dillon 91
Tendulkar c Jacobsb Collins 0
Ganguly c Hinds b Cuffy 45
Laxman not out 56
Kumble c Chanderpaul b Dillon 6
Ratra not out 38
Extras (lb-4 nb-7 w-1) 12
Total (for six wickets,147 overs) 337
Fall of wickets: 1-13 2-168 3-168 4-233 5-235 6-257
Bowling: Dillon 36-12-70-2, Cuffy 31-7-56-1, Collins 33-7- 91-3, Sanford 28-6-83-0, Hooper 10-4-19-0, Hinds 2-0-9-0, Sarwan 2-2-0-0, Gayle 5-1-5-0.
I was determined to get hundred: Jaffer
St John’s (Antigua), May 11
“Yes, I was very determined to get a hundred. I was looking good for it but it was a good ball and I just nicked it,” said Jaffer, who made 86 and spent a good 10 minutes looking at the replay of his dismissal at the end of the day’s play yesterday.
“I was there for two sessions and wanted to carry on but it didn’t happen,” Jaffer said.
“The wicket was playing quite well actually. It was doing something in the early session but then it flattened out.
“We would now like to put up a big score. May be 400 or 450 and see how it goes from there,” he said.
Jaffer, who is in the middle of a revival of his Test career, having been given another opportunity after two matches against South Africa in early 2000, said his first half century in the second innings of the third Test in Barbados last week was a very important knock for him.
“It was an important game for me in Barbados. I missed out in the first innings. I really wanted to put on some runs against my name in the second innings. It happened in the last Test and this Test too. So hopefully I would carry on.”
In his two sterling knocks, Jaffer has shown an intent to go for his shots but he denied any of it was pre-meditated.
“When I go in, I don’t think I want to dominate. If there is a loose ball, I try and score runs off it.”
Jaffer also sought to clarify that his range of shots was not confined to backfoot and on the off-side.
“It is not actually backfoot play. I hesitate to play on the front-foot because of the bounce these bowlers get,” he said. “Also, all these bowlers are bowling on the off side. So I am just trying to score off it.”
Jaffer gave all credit to his elder brother Kalim for progress in his cricketing career. “It’s actually my brother Kalim. He is my coach and he has always looked after me from early days. I think he should get all the credit.”
The young Mumbai batsman said he developed his technique against fast bowling by batting against a rubber ball. “I play a lot of cricket with a rubber ball. It helps in playing fast bowling.”
England recall Stewart, Tudor
London, May 11
Stewart (39), got his chance after first-choice Jamie Foster, 17 years his junior, broke his arm while batting in the nets last week.
Pace bowler Alex Tudor, all-rounder Dominic Cork and John Crawley also returned to the 13-man group as the selectors ignored the claims of younger players. Pace bowler Darren Gough was ruled out after struggling with knee problems.
The first of the three-Test series starts at the Lord’s on Thursday.
Squad: Nasser Hussain (captain), Marcus Trescothick, Michael Vaughan, Mark Butcher, Graham Thorpe, John Crawley, Alec Stewart, Andrew Flintoff, Dominic Cork, Ashley Giles, Andy Caddick, Matthew Hoggard, Alex Tudor.
Chopra, Gambhir slam centuries
Colombo, May 11
Chopra batted through the day to remain unbeaten on 144 (269 b, 376 m, 17x4) while left-handed Gambhir made 105 (227 b, 287 m, 9x4) as they put on 252 runs for the first wicket.
Giving Chopra company at close of play was skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar with 25.
Electing to bat on a docile wicket after Kanitkar won the toss, the visitors faced an erratic attack that lacked penetration. Both Chopra and Gambhir looked in punishing mood picking left-arm seamer Lasith Malinga for special treatment. Malinga conceded 86 runs in his 16 overs.
Development squad skipper Michael Vandort tried seven bowlers but it was only left-arm spinner Ganganath Ratnayake who achieved limited success, bagging the two wickets that fell in the day.
Chopra reached to the three-figure mark first off 182 balls in just over four hours and Gambhir followed suit off 205 balls in 256 minutes.
Portugal’s best chance to claim major title
Lisbon, May 11
Portugal, dubbed the Brazilians of Europe by fan and foe alike, are determined to complement their aesthetic appeal with a tangible achievement.
Oliveira knows that, with some of European football’s biggest names at his disposal, Portugal have never had a better chance to claim their first major title in only their third appearance at a World Cup finals.
Real Madrid’s Luis Figo, the World Player of the Year, highlights how Portugal’s players are now plying their trade — with great success — at big clubs across Europe. They are no longer the underdogs who merely want to entertain.
“The (players) play to win every day around Europe,” said Oliveira. “Winning is in their blood. But we are also aware that a World Cup is a tremendous challenge for all of us.
“Every world or European champion has had the world’s best player of the day. Now we, too, have the world’s best player (Figo), so let’s see how the 2002 World Cup finals go.” Portugal’s first appearance at the finals was in England back in 1966, where the underdogs upset many favourites to finish third after striker Eusebio thrilled the crowds and scored nine goals to become the tournament’s top scorer.
After finishing third at the 1984 European championship, they qualified for Mexico ’86 but were eliminated in the first round and it was 14 years before they made people sit up and take note again. Then, inspired by Figo, they reached the semifinals of Euro 2000, before losing to eventual winners France after defender Abel Xavier conceded a penalty by handling the ball in sudden-death extra time.
An undefeated qualifying campaign for this year’s finals saw Oliveira’s men finish top of European qualifying group two by the end of last year and the draw for the finals has pitted them against co-hosts South Korea, Poland and the USA in group D. Favourites to come through that section without too much fuss, Portugal face their first match against the USA in Suwon on June 5. Oliveira insists he has no intention of tinkering with his side in his attempt to finally fulfil their potential with a World Cup victory. “The team is built around playing open football, with two wingers and one striker, backed up by playmaker Rui Costa and by Figo’s dribbling power and inch-perfect passes,” he said.
‘’To field two strikers I would have to restructure the team and use another scheme because someone would have to go. So, I prefer to make changes while games are under way.”
Pedro Pauleta will probably spearhead the attack, leaving Nuno Gomes in reserve on the bench, even though the Fiorentina player has come on in his last three international games to score seven times.
In the Andorra qualifier, “super-sub” Gomes scored four goals, the first Portugal player to do so in an international match since Eusebio, who plundered four against Korea at England ’66.
November’s game with Angola, designed as a showpiece occasion to highlight friendly relations with Portugal’s former colony, descended into farce and had to be called off after four Angolans were sent off and one was taken off injured, leaving Angola with only six men on the field. Matches have to be stopped when a team is left with fewer than seven players.
Oliveira was much happier when his side held Spain to a 1-1 draw with a classy performance in Barcelona in February. “I liked the team performance and without singling people out, I liked Figo, Hugo Viana and Joao Pinto,” he said.
Figo’s explosive mixture of speed and dribbling ability often culminates in deadly passes or spectacular goals, like the one in Portugal’s 5-0 qualifying win against Estonia when the former Barcelona man lobbed the ball over the keeper’s head. Figo and many of his team-mates are at the peak of their careers and can combine experience in a tightly-knit team unit which has been together for more than 10 years. Yet the finals may be the last chance to shine for the so-called “golden generation” which graduated by winning the FIFA world youth championships in 1989 and 1991.
Poland — a solid squad of average standard
Warsaw, May 11
Guided by a new crop of players, including Liverpool keeper Jerzy Dudek, Schalke 04 captain Tomasz Waldoch and Panathinaikos striker Emmanuel Olisadebe, Poland breezed through qualifying and booked their place in their first major championship since 1986.
Now they want to live up to the rich football heritage of past World Cup heroes such as Zbigniew Boniek, Grzegorz Lato and Wladyslaw Zmuda, who powered Poland to third-place finishes in the 1974 and 1982 World Cups.
A good draw for the finals — with Poland playing co-hosts South Korea, the USA and favoured Portugal in the group phase — will help but the Poles still have to prove their mettle. “We qualified without much problem but let’s not have any illusions, Poland are not a soccer powerhouse but a solid squad of an average standard,’’ soccer commentator Tomasz Wolek said.
“With the possible exception of Dudek, we don’t have any world-class players — players able to dominate the game like Boniek and his team-mates did two decades ago.’’
Built around a solid physical defence and an occasional glimpse of magic up front, Poland comfortably won their European qualifying group over Norway, Ukraine and Belarus. The impressive run was largely attributed to Olisadebe, a Nigerian-born striker who gained Polish citizenship in 2000 and netted eight goals in the qualifying campaign. Fleet-footed Olisadebe also broke the colour barrier in ethnically homogenous Poland.
Popular “Oli’’ set the tone for the qualifiers with his two goals in Kiev and punctuated his presence with another double in Oslo to secure a key away win.
“Poland without Oli would be a totally different team,’’ said Polish coach Jerzy Engel, who helped the Nigerian to secure a spot with Polonia Warsaw in the late 1990s.
Despite his scoring prowess for Poland, Olisadebe has been struggling to break into the line-up at Panathinaikos.
His main partner up front, Pawel Kryszalowicz, plays for German second division Eintracht Frankfurt.
Engel has come under fire recently after friendly defeats by Japan and Romania and over his decision to omit Austria Vienna midfielder Tomasz Iwan, a regular during the qualifying campaign, from his provisional squad for the finals.
The backbone of Engel’s team is undoubtedly the strong defending of captain Waldoch, his Schalke team-mate Tomasz Hajto and Dudek, a trio the coach has called a “defensive monolith’’. Dudek, Poland’s 2001 player of the year, also became the country’s most expensive transfer last year when he joined Liverpool from Feyenoord for nearly $ 7 million. “Poland are a hard team to ‘undo’. They score a good number of goals with an effective counter-attacking game which has always been our speciality,’’ said Boniek, a former European Cup winner with Juventus and now deputy chief of the Polish Football Association.
Engel plays down the pressure of meeting the expectations of Polish fans, saying: “World football has moved forward so much since Poland’s glory days. Still, I would be extremely happy to repeat those results.’’
Teamwork, tactics Red Devils’ mainstay
Brussels, May 11
But lacking an outstanding striker or a safe pair of hands in goal, few would bet on coach Robert Waseige’s side going very far.
Apart from injury-ridden Emile Mpenza, no other striker in the squad has scored more than a handful of goals. Veteran goalkeeper Filip De Wilde left the international scene in ignominy after a disastrous Euro 2000, in which he trod on the ball, let in a weak goal and got sent off. Successor Geert De Vlieger made his debut three years ago but has yet to make his mark.
True to form, Belgium scraped into the finals the hard way, beating the Czech Republic 2-0 on aggregate in the play-offs after finishing second behind Croatia in European qualifying group six.
The Red Devils showed their traditional grit, doggedly defending a 1-0 first-leg lead in the return match in Prague in November and eventually winning thanks to a late penalty from substitute Marc Wilmots, their most experienced player.
Drawn in a relatively easy group with Tunisia, Japan and Russia, the Belgians must fancy their chances of at least reaching the second round.
In 1998, they were knocked out in the first round after struggling to draws against the Netherlands, Mexico and South Korea. They bowed out of the competition with the whistles and jeers of their fans ringing in their ears. Things got worse the following year and a string of poor results led to Georges Leekens, the combative and self-assured national coach, being sacked just nine months before Euro 2000.
Although Belgium reached the last 16 in both the 1990 World Cup in Italy and the 1994 finals in the USA, their best performance was in 1986 in Mexico, when they lost 0-2 to Argentina in the semifinals.
Belgium’s crucial win against the Czechs restored the gloss to veteran coach Waseige’s reputation after the team disappointed fans with an early exit from Euro 2000, becoming the only host nation ever to be eliminated in the first stage.
Since being drafted in to take Belgium through to the 2002 World Cup tournament, the former Standard Liege coach has instilled some attacking flair into Belgium’s traditionally defensive style.
His efficient, workmanlike team put together a creditable string of results even without big names. With a relatively small pool of players, Waseige said teamwork and good tactics were the mainstays of Belgian soccer. Waseige’s team favour a simple, direct style, using the width of the pitch to the maximum.
Their most accomplished player is Schalke 04 midfielder Wilmots, (33). He has won 62 caps since making his international debut in 1990 and has scored 24 goals. Another creative midfield player is Hertha Berlin’s Bart Goor.
Senegal promise to bring new charisma
Dakar, May 11
The Lions of west Africa edged out four-times World Cup finalists Morocco on goal difference to win their qualifying group and also finished ahead of two other countries who had qualified for the finals before — Algeria and Egypt.
Senegal further enhanced their reputation earlier this year by reaching the final of the African Nations Cup for the first time, losing out to defending champions Cameroon only on post-match penalties in Bamako.
Senegal has been one of the more politically stable countries in Africa and the source of a large quota of European-based players over the last decades, some of them such as Patrick Vieira and Ibrahim Bah eventually playing for France.
But despite the platform for success, the Senegal team have always been among Africa’s under-achievers, with their previous best performance on the international stage being a semifinal place at the 1990 African Nations Cup finals.
Draws away in Algeria and Morocco proved crucial as their self-confidence grew with each passing match. Eight goals from El Hadji Ousseynou Diouf, the French-based striker, proved pivotal and there were valuable contributions from other players based in France such as Khalilou Fadiga, Henri Camara and Lamine Diatta.
Diouf, who had earned himself a reputation for a bad temper and off-field indiscipline in France, resurrected his club career with his performances for the national team.
The side are coached by Frenchman Bruno Metsu, who built on the platform left to him by veteran German Peter Schnittger, a journeyman coach who has worked on the African continent since the late 1960s.
Undeterred Rajinder talks brave
New Delhi, May 11
But Rajinder Singh is undeterred and says he is not under any kind of pressure, be it about his term or otherwise. “I am under no pressure,” Rajinder Singh told PTI here. Asked whether his tenure, was till the Busan Asian Games later this year or beyond, he said, “I am not worried about my term.”
Brave talk indeed from the gentle Rajinder Singh who scared the rival forwards with his fiery defence. According to statistics he is the 14th coach to be appointed since 1990 but he seems game for the hire-and-fire policy of the Indian Hockey Federation.
Asked whether he was expecting this tough assignment, Rajinder Singh, who also guided India to victory in the junior World Cup in Hobart last year, said: “For the last two to three years I was working with the junior team and I got the nod because of my achievements.” The coach also made it clear that the team will stick to the Asian style and play attacking hockey starting with the four-nation tournament, Champions Trophy and Asian Games.
“We need to score more field goals. We need to use the wingers more and open up the game. Mid-fielders should delve into the attack,” he said while insisting it shouldn’t be difficult for the players to switch the style. India have unsuccessfully tried the European style with emphasis on defence in the World Cup.
“We want to play positive hockey in the rival 25-yard area and score goals. We are helping our rivals by holding on to the ball for too long in our own half,” the coach said. Noting that the probables were enjoying the atmosphere more and were happy, Rajinder Singh, however, said the players were “average” on fitness.
Rajinder Singh, formerly with Railways and now with Sports Authority of India, said he has identified short corner conversion and defence and goalkeeping as areas that need improvement.
“We will use the four-nation tournament to settle down. Our main targets are the Asian Games and the Champions Trophy, he said accepting that he had limited time at his disposal before India entered these competitions.
Top Indian athletes for Asian Grand Prix
Hyderabad, May 11
The first of the three Grand Prix meets will be held here on May 18, followed by the Bangkok (May 21) and Manila (May 26).
The Amateur Athletic Federation of India has also selected a number of top athletes for the first leg after gauging the performance of its athletes in the three national circuit meets held recently. The athletes picked by the AAFI would take part only in the first leg, Bhanot said.
The 10 athletes selected by the AAAA: Men: K M Binu and P S Primesh (800m), Shakti Singh and Bahadur Singh Sagoo (Shot put). Women: K M Beenamol (400m), C Lata and Madhuri Singh (800m), Anju B George (long jump), Neelam J Singh, Seema Antil (discus).
The athletes selected from the three national circuit meets for May 18 event are: Men: Clifford Joshjua (Kar), Anand Menezes (RSPB), Anil Kumar (SSCB), Piyush Kumar (Del) for 100m; Bhupinder Singh (Har), Manoj Lal (RSPB), P Ramchandrana (Customs), Satbir Singh (SSCB) for 400m; Sivananda (RSPB), N Gojen Singh (POL), Jagannath Lakade (SSCB) Arun D’Souza (RSPB) for 3000 M/5000 M. M Lawrance (SSCB), Omveer Singh (RAJ), Nagenda Prasad (LIC) for high jump. Pritpal Singh (POL), Maha Singh (PUN), Amarjeet Singh (PUN) for triple jump; Navpreet
Singh (PUN), Jaiveer Singh (SSCB), Kuldeep Mann (DEL) for shot put; Jagdish Bishnoi (POL), Fazal Ansari (SSCB), B S Dubey (LIC), Harminder
Singh (POL) for javelin throw. Women: Saraswati Saha (WB), Poonam Tomar (RSPB), Kavita Pandya (MAHA) for 100 m; Manjima Kuriakose (POL), Jincy Philip (POL), Uday Lakshmi (AP), Manjir Karu (PUN) for 400 m; Anuradha Biswal (ORI), Soma Biswas (RSPB), Promila Aiyappa (KAR) for 100 m; Promila Aiyappa (KAR), Shoba J J (AP), Jetty C Joseph (KER) for long kump; Harwant Kaur (PUN), Swaranjit Kaur (POL) for discus throw.
Ghouse annihilates Kirtane in final
Mumbai, May 11
Twenty-one year old mustafa, with his height and age advantage, broke the pune-based rival in the fourth and eighth games of first set and finished it off when Kirtane netted Mustafa’s service return in the eighth game of the second set.
Kirtane ( 28) who had won the Asian Junior Championship nearly a decade ago, had a great run for a wild carder in the tournament but could not cap it with a fight worthy in the final. In the final game of the match on his serve he stopped chasing the ball and lost it in three minutes serving a double fault and giving Ghouse three match points, two more than required in the end.
Mustafa committed four double faults. He had reserved his best for the final day otherwise he had struggled a bit in his all matches and had failed to reach the final in the Delhi first leg. Today he used his six-foot frame and youth for the power-packed game.
Now he will go to the third leg at Vishakhapatnam richer by Rs 40,600 and with 21 ATP points while
Kirtane, who spends much of his time coaching, will have to contend with fact that he had achieved a final place which he could not do so in his prime. He got Rs 19,000 and 15 ATP points.
Haryana to set up 49 sports wings Chandigarh, May 11 Stating this here today, Mr M.S. Mann, Director, Sports, Haryana, said that these wings would start functioning from May 20 and close on December 31. The department would provide Rs 15 per day as refreshment for each player selected in the wings. The department would depute coaches to impart coaching to the sportsmen. The wings have been allotted to the institutions which are producing good results at national level. Mr Mann said the department had also reviewed the progress certain sports wings and decided to close the wings giving poor results. Mr Mann said that in Ambala district four wings in football for 22 boys, gymnastics for 10 boys, athletics for 5 boys & 5 girls and swimming for five boys and five girls are set up which will function at War Heroes Memorial Stadium. In Panchkula, the badminton wing for 5 boys & 5 girls and judo for 5 boys & 5 girls have been set up. The badminton wing will function in community centre while the judo wing will function in Govt. Sr. Sec. School for Girls, Sector 15. Wings allotted to Kurukshetra district are hockey at G.P.K. Sr. Sec. School, Shahabad, volleyball at Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Amin village and cycling at Daronacharya Stadium, Kurukshetra. In Yamunanagar, hockey wing would function in Thaper High School, while weightlifting wing at Khalsa College. Volleyball wing will function at Dyal Singh College and hockey wing at Sr. Sec. School, Nelokheri, in Karnal district. In Sonepat, badminton wing will work at Hindu Sr. Sec. School, hockey wing at Janta School, Butana village and athletics wing at Tika Ram Sr. Sec. School. In Faridabad only one wing of gymnastics for 8 boys & 8 girls has been set up in Sports Complex, Sector 12. Rewari district has been given two wings in volleyball at Rao Tula Ram Stadium and boxing at Bal Bhawan. Narnaul will have only one wing of volleyball at Karoli village. Four sports wings — one in athletics, one in boxing and two in judo — had been set in Gurgaon.
Chandigarh, May 11
Stating this here today, Mr M.S. Mann, Director, Sports, Haryana, said that these wings would start functioning from May 20 and close on December 31. The department would provide Rs 15 per day as refreshment for each player selected in the wings. The department would depute coaches to impart coaching to the sportsmen. The wings have been allotted to the institutions which are producing good results at national level.
Mr Mann said the department had also reviewed the progress certain sports wings and decided to close the wings giving poor results.
Mr Mann said that in Ambala district four wings in football for 22 boys, gymnastics for 10 boys, athletics for 5 boys & 5 girls and swimming for five boys and five girls are set up which will function at War Heroes Memorial Stadium. In Panchkula, the badminton wing for 5 boys & 5 girls and judo for 5 boys & 5 girls have been set up. The badminton wing will function in community centre while the judo wing will function in Govt. Sr. Sec. School for Girls, Sector 15. Wings allotted to Kurukshetra district are hockey at G.P.K. Sr. Sec. School, Shahabad, volleyball at Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Amin village and cycling at Daronacharya Stadium, Kurukshetra. In Yamunanagar, hockey wing would function in Thaper High School, while weightlifting wing at Khalsa College. Volleyball wing will function at Dyal Singh College and hockey wing at Sr. Sec. School, Nelokheri, in Karnal district.
In Sonepat, badminton wing will work at Hindu Sr. Sec. School, hockey wing at Janta School, Butana village and athletics wing at Tika Ram Sr. Sec. School. In Faridabad only one wing of gymnastics for 8 boys & 8 girls has been set up in Sports Complex, Sector 12. Rewari district has been given two wings in volleyball at Rao Tula Ram Stadium and boxing at Bal Bhawan. Narnaul will have only one wing of volleyball at Karoli village. Four sports wings — one in athletics, one in boxing and two in judo — had been set in Gurgaon.
Chandigarh lads win, Haryana eves lose
Panaji, May 11
In the girls section Jharkhand and Uttaranchal trounced Orissa and Haryana by 31-18 and 23-10, respectively.
In the boys events for Andhra Pradesh in group C this was their second victory in a row. P.J. Danikar, who contributed 15 points was the architect of their victory, while S.S. Jadev scored 13 points for the winners. For Uttaranchal Vipun contributed 12 and amit 10 points.
In the second boys match Chandigardh’s Jagdeep put up a brilliant display with 34 points to enabled his team to emerge winners. He was well supported by Vikram with 10 points.
Rajinder Pal with 19 points and captain Bal Raj with 9 points played well for Madhya Pradesh.
In the girls section for Jharkhand Madhu with 17 points excelled for the winners, while for the losers the main contributors were Tanuja with 8 points and Sasmitha with 6 points.
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