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New rules fetch medal for India
Vijay finishes 4th but gets bronze
Doha, December 6
The new Asian Games rules provided unexpected joy to the Indian contingent when young pistol shooter Vijay Kumar was awarded the bronze medal despite finishing fourth in the 25m rapid fire event here today.
Tejaswini Sawant competes in the 50m rifle 3 position final round in Doha on Wednesday.
OFF TARGET: Tejaswini Sawant competes in the 50m rifle 3 position final round in Doha on Wednesday. Sawant, a gold medallist at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games earlier this year, finished seventh though she outdid compatriot Anjali Bhagwat, who ended up a distant 22nd. — AFP photo


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Kabaddi, kabaddi... 5th time in a row
Doha, December 6
India maintained their monopoly in the Asian Games kabaddi competition by clinching their fifth consecutive gold medal in the event with a comfortable victory over archrivals Pakistan in the final here today.


Kabaddi players pose with their gold medals after defeating Pakistan in the final in Doha on Wednesday. — AFP photo

Kabaddi players pose with their gold medals after defeating Pakistan in the final in Doha on Wednesday.
Women team enter semis
Doha, December 5
Indian women kept themselves on course for a medal in the Asian Games by cruising into the semifinals of the tennis team event by demolishing a spirited Thailand 2-1 here today. The Indians eves, spearheaded by tennis icon Sania Mirza, made amends for their male counterparts’ shocking exit from the team event yesterday by getting past their first hurdle.


Sania Mirza in action against Tamarine Tanasugran of Thailand in the women’s team quarterfinals in Doha on Tuesday. — PTI photo
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Sania Mirza in action against Tamarine Tanasugran of Thailand in the women’s team quarterfinals in Doha on Tuesday.

Hockey: women keep medal hopes alive
Doha, December 6
India resurrected their campaign in Asian Games women’s hockey with a fluent 4-2 victory over Malaysia in a round robin league match at the AI Rayyan stadium here today.

Men row to double skulls bronze
Doha, December 6
Indian rowing duo of Kiran Yalamanchi and Bijender Singh showed tremendous grit as they edged out their rivals from Kazakhstan to bag the bronze medal in men’s lightweight double sculls event of the Asian Games here today.

Lee-Hesh to team up in doubles

Doha, December 6
Indian tennis officials today broke the suspense over the composition of the doubles team in the Asian Games, deciding to go into the competition with the tried and trusted duo of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi despite their fresh public spat.

MAKING PEACE? Leander Paes (left) in conversaton with his coach as Mahesh Bhupathi looks on during a training session in Doha on Wednesday. — AFP photo

Leander Paes (left) in conversaton with his coach as Mahesh Bhupathi looks on during a training session in Doha on Wednesday.

Indians continue to falter in pool
Doha, December 6
Indians continued to disappoint in the Asian Games swimming pool with none of them managing to qualify for the finals of their respective events here today.

Snooker: India to fight for bronze
Doha, December 6
India’s hope of a gold medal went up in smoke when they were blanked by China 0-3 in the semifinals of the men’s snooker team event at the Asian Games here today.

Athletes begin medal hunt today
Doha, December 6
India’s top athletes will seek to put behind the dope scandal involving ace discus thrower Seema Antil and focus on adding a few more medals to the kitty when the showpiece athletics events of the 15th Asian Games get underway here tomorrow.

‘Allegations against Rathore baseless’
Doha, December 6
The Indian contingent today rubbished allegations that its star shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had misbehaved with Asian Games volunteers during a practice session at the Lusail shooting range a few days ago saying there appeared to be “misrepresentation of facts”.


Warm-up Game
Last chance to find rhythm

Potchefstroom, December 6

Their batting in disarray, India’s four-day warm-up game against a Rest of South Africa line-up here tomorrow would afford the likes of Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly the only chance to find their groove before the tougher battles ahead.

Rahul Dravid (left) watches as Sourav Ganguly bowls during practice in Potchefstroom on Wednesday. — AFP photo

Rahul Dravid watches as Sourav Ganguly bowls during practice in Potchefstroom on Wednesday.

Ganguly must back himself: Wessels
Potchefstroom, December 6
Reinstated Indian batsman Sourav Ganguly has been asked to back himself against South African quicks by his coach — though in this case it is not Greg Chappell.

ICC spanks Pak for revoking ban
Dubai, December 6
The International Cricket Council today slammed the decision of Pakistani authorities to overturn the bans on pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif and asked the PCB to “revisit” its doping regulations.

Stage set for Jarkhar sports festival
Chandigarh, December 6
The stage is set for the annual sports festival at Jarkhar, near Ludhiana, which will be hosting the 21st Mata Sahib Kaur Hockey Gold Cup for men and the Mata Swaran Kaur Boparai hockey for girls from tomorrow.

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New rules fetch medal for India
Vijay finishes 4th but gets bronze

Doha, December 6
The new Asian Games rules provided unexpected joy to the Indian contingent when young pistol shooter Vijay Kumar was awarded the bronze medal despite finishing fourth in the 25m rapid fire event here today.

The 21-year-old Vijay Kumar finished behind the Chinese trio of Zhongsheng Liu, Penghui Zhang and Guohui Liu who finished 1-2-3 in the event, but the Indian was awarded the bronze because of the new games rule that no country can sweep all the medals in a single event, national coach Sunny Thomas clarified.

Liu finished third with 776.5 points, just ahead of Kumar’s 775.3, but the new rule came as a boon to him, giving the Commonwealth Games gold winner an unexpected medal.

The two other Indians in the fray in the event — Pemba Tamang (574) and Rahul Panwar (563) — finished ninth and 20th respectively.

However, underperforming woman shooter Anjali Bhagwat came up with another dismal show to signal the end of her fruitless campaign at the Lusail Range.

The 2003 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee finished 22nd in the women’s 50m air rifle 3 position event after an equally lacklustre outing in the prone competition held earlier.

None of the other Indian shooters in action could make much of an impression on a day which saw China doing the bulk of the medal shopping at the ranges.

With the addition of Kumar’s bronze, India’s overall medal tally stood at two gold, five silver and five bronze after five days of competitions.

In the team event, the Indians took the fourth position with China taking the gold and Japan claiming the silver. The bronze went to the Kazakhstan team.

In the women’s 50m rifle 3 position event, India’s Tejaswini Sawant finished a disappointing seventh after qualifying for the final with a score of 578. Sawant completed the final round with a score of 672.9.

The two other Indians in the competition — Deepali Deshpande (570) and Anjali Bhagwat (569) finished 19th and 22nd respectively.

In the team event, the Indians finished a dismal fifth to end a rather fruitless day for the shooting contingent.

The gold medal in the individual event went to China’s Chengyi Wang while Kazkhastan’s Olga Dovgun bagged the silver medal. Korea’s Yon Kyung Na claimed the silver. — PTI

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Kabaddi, kabaddi... 5th time in a row
M.R. Mishra

Doha, December 6
India maintained their monopoly in the Asian Games kabaddi competition by clinching their fifth consecutive gold medal in the event with a comfortable victory over archrivals Pakistan in the final here today.

The Indians scripted a 35-23 victory in a highly surcharged summit showdown watched by a capacity crowd at the Aspire Hall.

The defending champions, who have maintained their supremacy in the game ever since its introduction in Beijing in 1990, opened up a lead of 21-14 at half-time and did not allow their rivals to come back into the game.

The venue was packed to capacity, mainly by Indian and Pakistan supporters, well before the start of the match and the security personnel had a trying time to keep off hundreds of other spectators who could not enter the venue.

The Indians managed four lona and four bonus points during the tense tussle while the Pakistanis managed as many as 10 bonus points.

The Indians were superior in their raiding skills and Rakesh Kumar, captain Dinesh Kumar and Pankaj Shirsat were particularly impressive for the titleholders.

Unlike the previous league match between the two teams, there was no heated exchange of words and players of both the teams did not get into needless arguments over the referee’s rulings.

In the bronze medal match, Bangladesh edged past Iran 30-26 to claim third position in a keenly contested encounter.

Men row to double skulls bronze

Indian rowing duo of Kiran Yalamanchi and Bijender Singh showed tremendous grit as they edged out their rivals from Kazakhstan to bag the bronze medal in men’s lightweight double sculls event of the Asian Games here today.

Japanese duo of Takahiro Suda and Hideki Omoto walked away with the gold with a timing of 3:19.29s, while the Thai pair of Ruthanaphol Theppiubal and Anupong Thain finished with the silver at 3:19.92s. The Indian duo timed 3:26.01 to win the bronze, outdoing Kazakh rowers Ivan Kharitonov and Artyom Issupov (3:30.88).

It was a neck-and-neck battle for the bronze between the Indian and Kazakh pairs. The Kiran-Bijender pair took 1:38.54s for the first 500m but breathing down their neck were the Kazakhs who timed 1:38.99.

The Indians, however, kept pushing hard in the final 500m and that made all the difference as Kiran and Bijender timed 1:47.47s, ahead of their rivals who needed 1:51.89s for the second half of the race. — PTI, UNI

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Women team enter semis

Doha, December 5
Indian women kept themselves on course for a medal in the Asian Games by cruising into the semifinals of the tennis team event by demolishing a spirited Thailand 2-1 here today.

The Indians eves, spearheaded by tennis icon Sania Mirza, made amends for their male counterparts’ shocking exit from the team event yesterday by getting past their first hurdle.

Shikha Uberoi set the ball rolling for the Indians by prevailing over Suchanun Viratrasert with a 6-3, 6-4 verdict in a tussle which lasted close to 100 minutes.

Uberoi did have a momentary lapse of concentration in the second set but recovered in time to tilt the scale in her favour in the first singles.

Sania, ranked 67th in the world, then consolidated the position for her team by accounting for Tamarine Tanasugarn with a facile 6-3, 6-3 scoreline in a match which lasted 77 minutes.

The Hyderabad star displayed an aggressive brand of tennis and never gave much opportunities to her rival to come close to the net.

“The match was closer than the scores indicate. I am playing my best tennis at the moment. I was playing for my country, so I would be lying if I said I was not nervous, but as athletes you learn to deal with it”.

A group of vociferous Indian supporters cheered Sania right through the game.

“I would rather have the crowd rooting for me rather than against me. It was a big help for me and its the same when I play in Dubai. The Indian crowd is learning to appreciate tennis, but it would be helpful if they kept quiet during the games,” she said.

Shikha also admitted that she was a trifle nervous during the match as she had never played at the Asian Games before.

“I had a very nervous beginning, but later I settled down. The crowd was very inspiring. I was really geared up for the match today,” she said.

The Indians lost the doubles game with Ankita Bhambri and Isha Lakhani going down to the Thai pair of Suchanun Viratprasert and Motinee Tangphong 4-6, 3-6 in an encounter which lasted 96 minutes.

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Hockey: women keep medal hopes alive

Doha, December 6
India resurrected their campaign in Asian Games women’s hockey with a fluent 4-2 victory over Malaysia in a round robin league match at the AI Rayyan stadium here today.

The Indian eves, who had surprisingly lost to China in their last match, gave a better display to get past the nippy Malaysians in a floodlit encounter.

Asunta Lakra (3rd), Binita Toppo (25th), Saba Anjum (29th) and Mamta Kharab (68) were the scorers for India who had opened up a 3-1 lead at the half time.

For Malaysia, Kanaggi Arumugam (9th) and Nadia Abdul Rahman (54th) found the target.

Saina sails into pre-quarters

India’s best bet Saina Nehwal swamped Sri Lankan Nadeesh Dura in straight games to move into the pre-quarterfinals of the women’s badminton singles event in the 15th Asian Games here today.

Saina needed just 14 minutes to complete a facile 21-10, 21-6 win, which pits her against fifth seed Hirose of Japan later at the Aspire Hall today.

Levelled at 6-6, Saina bagged seven points in a row and dropped two more points before wrapping up the first game.

The second game was more lop-sided with the Indian dictation terms to her Lankan rival and it was another nine points on the trot that saw Saina seal the game in six minutes and win the match.

In men’s doubles round of 32 match, the Indian duo of V Diju and JBS Vidhyadhar thrashed the Wai Ho Hui-Wai Hong Wong pair from Hong Kong in straight games to move into the pre-quarterfinals.

The Indian pair took eight minutes in each game to trounce their rivals 21-13, 21-10. — PTI, UNI

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Men row to double skulls bronze

Doha, December 6
Indian rowing duo of Kiran Yalamanchi and Bijender Singh showed tremendous grit as they edged out their rivals from Kazakhstan to bag the bronze medal in men’s lightweight double sculls event of the Asian Games here today.

Japanese duo of Takahiro Suda and Hideki Omoto walked away with the gold with a timing of 3:19.29s, while the Thai pair of Ruthanaphol Theppiubal and Anupong Thain finished with the silver at 3:19.92s. The Indian duo timed 3:26.01 to win the bronze, outdoing Kazakh rowers Ivan Kharitonov and Artyom Issupov (3:30.88).

It was a neck-and-neck battle for the bronze between the Indian and Kazakh pairs. The Kiran-Bijender pair took 1:38.54s for the first 500m but breathing down their neck were the Kazakhs who timed 1:38.99.

The Indians, however, kept pushing hard in the final 500m and that made all the difference as Kiran and Bijender timed 1:47.47s, ahead of their rivals who needed 1:51.89s for the second half of the race.

The Indian pair of Anil Kumar Mehrolia and Bajranglal Takhar, however, missed the bronze by a whisker in men’s double sculls event, where they finished fourth.

Uzbek rowers Vladmir Chrenenko and Ruslan Naurzaliyev won the gold, clocking 3:16.74s, while South Koreans Ho Dal Kim and Wook Jung Ham pocketed the silver at 3:20.01s.

Chinese pair of Hui Su and Yonghui Cui timed 3:22.47s to frustrate the Indians who timed 3:25.90s to finish outside the medal bracket. — UNI

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Lee-Hesh to team up in doubles 

Doha, December 6
Indian tennis officials today broke the suspense over the composition of the doubles team in the Asian Games, deciding to go into the competition with the tried and trusted duo of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi despite their fresh public spat.

After the trial session in the morning, it was announced this evening that the duo would indeed feature in the doubles, putting an end to all the speculation of an impending split.

The pair, described as ‘The Indian Express’ during their heydays, has split a long time ago but continue to play together in events such as the Davis Cup, Asian Games and the Olympics.

Paes had stirred a hornet’s nest by questioning Bhupathi’s commitment in the team event that India shockingly lost 1-2 to Taipei and had asked his partner to rethink whether he was serious in playing the doubles event.

Bhupathi’s fitness was also questioned, as he did not move as freely as he should have on the court. Bhupathi was subjected to a trial session this morning where his fitness was assessed by the team management.

Both Bhupathi and Paes worked out together at the trial session and were later seen in an animated conversation at the tennis complex here. It was not known what the duo discussed.

The Indians had delayed announcing the doubles team, apparently wanting to discuss the whole issue before finalising the composition.

Bhupathi camp hits back

Bangalore: The Bhupathi camp today reacted strongly to the “unethical” allegations made by Leander Paes after India’s first round exit in the Asian Games team tennis event in Doha.

Mahesh’s father C.G.K. Bhupathi termed Paes’ comments as “unethical” and questioned Paes’ commitment instead. “It’s not fair on the part of the captain to comment this way, it’s unethical,” Bhupathi Sr. told PTI.

“How can one partner point a finger at the other and say they lost the match because of him? What if the other also stoops to that level,” he fumed. Mahesh not holding the serve even once was a worrying factor for the coach but Bhupathi loyalists here argued how many times did Paes hold his serve and why did Bal hide it.

“The fact is the Indian captain held his serve only once. And from the eye witness account it is clear that about 20-25 volley errors from Leander contributed to Mahesh losing his service games,” one of them said. — PTI

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Indians continue to falter in pool

Doha, December 6
Indians continued to disappoint in the Asian Games swimming pool with none of them managing to qualify for the finals of their respective events here today.

India’s best known swimmer Rehan Poncha put up a dismal show in the men’s 200m individual medley, finishing a poor seventh in the heats with a timing of 2:13.14.

“It was not a good day for me. The competition is very stiff at the Asian level and we have to keep working harder”, he said.

Ankur Poseria was also a flop in the men’s 100m freestyle taking fifth place in the heats with a timing of 53.22sec while another Indian in the fray—Virdhaval Khade—finished fourth in the same event in another heat clocking 52.12 sec.

Shikha Tandon encountered a similar fate finishing seventh in the women’s 100m freestyle heat with a timing of 1:00.68.

Pugilist Dilbagh knocked out

Indian pugilist Dilbag Singh was battered and bruised by his Chinese rival Hanati Silamu in the 69kg welter category bout, which had to be stopped after two rounds in the boxing competition today.

Silamu displayed a professional and clinical approach as the bout started. The Indian failed to defend much against the Chinese and though he tried to duck, Silamu managed to land punches on his body.

The 25-year-old Dilbag ran around the ring but Silamu did not give him any chance to escape. Silamu was very precise with his blows and did not waste his energy by going for unnecessary jabs or punches. He hit the Indian where it mattered and such was the ferocity of his attack that Dilbagh was rattled.

Judokas lose

India’s Angom Anita Chanu and Bembem Devi Laishram missed a chance to stake claim on a medal as both were comprehensively beaten in their respective bronze medal play-offs in the women’s judo competition at the Asian Games here.

Chanu lost to Kazakhstan’s Gulzan Issanova by Ippon in Open category and her Manipur statemate Laishram also went down in an identical fashion, losing to semi-finalist Misato Nakamura of Japan in the 48 kg class here last night.

In the men’s open category, an off-colour Anil Kumar suffered a defeat against Miran Seyed of Iran in the quarterfinal tie. — PTI, UNI

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Snooker: India to fight for bronze

Doha, December 6
India’s hope of a gold medal went up in smoke when they were blanked by China 0-3 in the semifinals of the men’s snooker team event at the Asian Games here today.

The Chinese were simply too good for the Indians whom they outclassed on the green baize and only Yasin Merchant put up some semblance of fight.

It was a battle between the inequals as Ding Junhui took on Rupesh Shah in the first singles.

The Chinese had a break of 58 while Rupesh struggled on the table and could collect only eight points as Ding won the match 85-8.

In the second singles between Yasin Merchant and Liang Wenbo, the former Indian champion started cautiously and built up a 41-31 lead with one red left. He hit the last red and then went in off black leaving his rival in an advantageous position.

Wenbo went on to clear blue, pink and black to win the match 60-41 to give his side 2-0 lead.

In the doubles The Chinese pair of Tian Pengfei and Ding Junhui gave no chance to India duo of Yasin Merchant and Aditya Mehta to visit the table. — UNI

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Athletes begin medal hunt today
M. R. Mishra

Doha, December 6
India’s top athletes will seek to put behind the dope scandal involving ace discus thrower Seema Antil and focus on adding a few more medals to the kitty when the showpiece athletics events of the 15th Asian Games get underway here tomorrow.

The last edition of the games in Busan had turned out to be a happy hunting ground for the Indian athletes who managed a rich haul seven gold, six silver and four bronze medals — their best medal heist in the games so far.

But most of the athletes like Anju Bobby George were then in their best form, but the going may not be easy this time around with China and Japan set to wage a tough battle for supremacy.

With a galaxy of Asian stars to be seen in action in the next one week at the magnificent Khalifa stadium, the Indians will have to really perform at their best to be able to make a mark at this level.

Anju is regarded as a medal prospect, but her performance graph has seen an alarming dip in recent times. It will need a huge improvement on her part to be able to finish on the podium.

Anju, the 2003 world championship bronze medallist, will have to contend with the likes of Kumiko Ikeda of Japan, with the distinction of completing a historic double in the women’s long jump and 100m hurdles.

Shot-putter and discuss thrower Vikas Gowda is also being talked about as a medal prospect along with 400m runner Pinki Pramanik, the country’s best bet in the one-lap women's race.

Shot-putter Navpreet Singh and heptathlete Soma Biswas have an outside chance of winning medals.

The men’s and women’s 4x400m relay teams are also strong contenders for silver, if not gold, which they had achieved in Busan four years ago.

The Indians have fielded a 42-member contingent in track and field events which starts with the men’s 20 km walk at the Corniche. From the following day, all the events will be held at the Al Khalifa stadium. — PTI

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‘Allegations against Rathore baseless’

Doha, December 6
The Indian contingent today rubbished allegations that its star shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had misbehaved with Asian Games volunteers during a practice session at the Lusail shooting range a few days ago saying there appeared to be “misrepresentation of facts”.

The Doha Asian Games Organising Committee (DAGOC) had sought an unconditional apology from Indian Olympic Association for Rathore’s misconduct and also threatened to take legal action against the shooter for the incident.

Indian contingent’s Chef De Mission Ram Lal Thakur issued a statement today in which he said Rathore had never uttered anything critical of the games organisers and they were happy with the arrangements in and outside the Athletes Village. — PTI

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SAFARI: Warm-up Game
Last chance to find rhythm
Ashish Shukla

Potchefstroom, December 6
Their batting in disarray, India’s four-day warm-up game against a Rest of South Africa line-up here tomorrow would afford the likes of Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly the only chance to find their groove before the tougher battles ahead.

Sehwag averaged just 9.66 in the three matches of the ODI series which India lost by an embarrassing 4-0 margin, raising questions one more time on his temperament and commitment.

As for Ganguly, it would provide him an opportunity to come to terms with the conditions and impress the team management ahead of the three-match Test series, beginning at Johannesburg on December 15, as only one warm-up game has been scheduled for the Tests.

The ideal scenario for the Indians would be to win the toss and bat big at the Sedgars Park to ensure they go into the Tests with some of their confidence restored.

The batsmen, under weather because of their prolonged poor form, would have to occupy the crease where hours logged in the middle would stand them in good stead.

This would serve two purposes — batsmen would get time to work out the methods to deal with bouncy tracks, which in turn would mean less workload for their fast bowlers in hot and sultry conditions.

Sachin Tendulkar has confirmed that the hit he received in his left forearm in Centurion last Sunday is no longer a worry. He, along with Sehwag, Wasim Jaffer, V. V. S. Laxman and of course Ganguly would be expected to focus fiercely on their batting over the next four days.

It is surprising that despite a batting as fragile as of the Indians on this tour, the batting order for the first Test is more or less settled.

It is as much a reflection on the runs Indian batsmen have scored in the past season as it is an acceptance that the options in batting are limited.

India would take heart from the fact that the pitch at Sedgars Park is suited for batting though there is still the issue of coming to terms with one of the fastest bowling attacks in South Africa pressed against them.

Indians might look to give Zaheer Khan a break in the game and allow him to rest given the workload that is ahead of the left-arm paceman in the series. In that scenario, Punjab fast bowler V.R.V. Singh could come in and make an impression.

Off-colour Irfan Pathan is also expected to be included in the line-up to help him rediscover his form. As for spinners, Anil Kumble could be rested to allow out of form Harbhajan Singh to find his winning ways. — PTI

Dravid ready for first Test

The embattled Indian cricket team was offered a ray of hope today with batting mainstay Rahul Dravid stating that he should be fit for the first Test beginning next Friday.

The Indian captain, laid low by a freak finger injury since the Cape Town one-dayer on November 26, said he had started batting practice to be able to take the field in the opening Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

“I am hopeful of playing in the first Test as I have started batting a little. I would look to have at least two good batting sessions in the lead up to the Test,” he said on the eve of the four-day warm-up game against Rest of South Africa here.

The news was, however, not that great on the front of Munaf Patel who was sent to Johannesburg today for further medical opinion on his sore ankle. 

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Ganguly must back himself: Wessels

Potchefstroom, December 6
Reinstated Indian batsman Sourav Ganguly has been asked to back himself against South African quicks by his coach — though in this case it is not Greg Chappell.

Kepler Wessels, coach of the Indian left-hander at Northamptonshire, has some well-meaning advice for his county protege, the foremost among them being the value of self-belief.

“Sourav must be prepared for some really, really hard go at him by the South African fast bowlers and it is his ability to hold his ground which would count the most,” said Wessels who was instrumental in enrolling Ganguly in Northants this summer.

The former South African captain feels that a batsman can easily lose his bearing when confronted with incisive fast bowling and in these dire moments, only unshakable belief will hold him in good stead. — PTI

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ICC spanks Pak for revoking ban

Dubai, December 6
The International Cricket Council today slammed the decision of Pakistani authorities to overturn the bans on pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif and asked the PCB to “revisit” its doping regulations.

ICC President Percy Sonn said the judgement of an appellate tribunal to revoke the bans imposed hardly a month ago showed that there were “inconsistencies” in Pakistan’s anti-doping process.

“The judgment highlights inconsistencies in the Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-doping processes and regulations,” Sonn said in a statement.

“Cricket has taken significant strides forward in addressing the important issue of drug use in our sport. However, this judgment emphasises that much more work needs to be done to educate players to attain a totally drug-free sport,” he said.

WADA: ruling unreasonable

Karachi: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has decided to take up the issue of lifting the doping bans on Pakistan fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif to the International Cricket Council, saying the ruling was “unreasonable” and a possible violation of its code.

“We have decided to take up the matter with the ICC. My personal view is that the decision taken by the Pakistan Cricket Board panel is unreasonable,” WADA official Fredevic Donze was quoted as saying by The News today.

The WADA official also said the appeals commission’s decision appeared to be a violation of the international anti-doping code, according to the newspaper.

Donze, however, said WADA would first look into the decision of the tribunal before making further comments and the agency had asked its representative in Pakistan to obtain copies of the judgement by the appeals tribunal.

Pak media slam lifting of ban

Islamabad: “Questionable reprieve” — this is how the Pakistani media today described the overturning of the bans on dope-tainted pace duo Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif.

The various dailies slammed the decision of the appellate tribunal to lift the bans on the bowlers citing a “fig leaf of exceptional circumstances” and said it was bound to raise the eyebrows of the ICC and the World Anti-Doping Agency. In a special article, The Nation ridiculed Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Dr Naseem Ashraf for singing different tunes. — PTI, UNI

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Stage set for Jarkhar sports festival
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 6
The stage is set for the annual sports festival at Jarkhar, near Ludhiana, which will be hosting the 21st Mata Sahib Kaur Hockey Gold Cup for men and the Mata Swaran Kaur Boparai hockey for girls from tomorrow.

The sports meet will also include the Bank of India Basketball Cup for men, Surjan Singh Sarinh Senior Handball Championship, Dharam Singh Memorial Kabaddi Cup for rural teams, Sant Singh Dhaliwal Volleyball Cup (smashing) and HS Chawla Volleyball Cup (shooting) besides competitions for subjuniors and juniors in athletics, according to Mr Jagroop Singh Jarkhar, spokesman for the organising committee.

To be organised under the aegis of the Punjab Rural Sports Promotion Council, the four-day sports meet, dedicated to the memory of the late Manjit Singh Thind and Major Singh, carries a total prize money of Rs 1,26,000. The winners of the men’s hockey competition will get a cash prize of Rs 22,000 and the runners-up Rs 18,000. Similarly, the winners and runners-up of the kabaddi competition will be given cash prizes of Rs 20,000 and Rs 15,000, respectively.

Winners and runners-up of volleyball and basketball (men and women) competitions will also be awarded cash prizes.

The sports meet is scheduled to be inaugurated at 10 am tomorrow with a march-past and a show by motorcyclists from Police Academy, Phillaur.

On the concluding day, former Indian hockey captain and Olympian Dhanraj Pillay will be honoured with the Olympian Surjit Singh Randhawa Award while Thakur Udai Singh Namdhari will be conferred the Amarjit Grewal Sports Promoter Award. Master Bhupinder Singh Ghalouti and folk singer Inderjit Nikku will also be honoured.

This will be followed by prominent folk singer Gurdas Mann’s open ‘akhara’.

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Gurdaspur clinch football title

Patiala, December 6
Gurdaspur upset Ropar 2-1, to annex the title in the u-16 Punjab inter-district football championship, which concluded at the polo ground, here, today. Prabhjot Singh scored a goal for Gurdaspur in the first quarter of the first half of the match. However, the joy of the Gurdaspur team was shortlived when their opponents scored a goal soon after. Prabhjot Singh once again found himself in the limelight when he eased past a hoard of defenders to net home Gurdaspur's winning goal. TNS

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