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Wednesday, October 7, 1998
|Railways retain eves
CHENNAI, Oct 6 Reigning champions Indian Railways extended their lease on the Lady Rattan Tata Trophy", steamrolling Haryana in the final of the Bank of Baroda 49th Senior National Womens Hockey Championship.
England pull out of
CHANDIGARH, Oct 6 With just 25 days to go for the start of the 20th Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament in Lahore, England has announced its decision to withdraw from this elite hockey tournament.
Agarkar holds great promise
HARARE, Oct 6 The tiny-framed new pace bowler Ajit Agarkar, is yet to walk on the hallowed turf of Test cricket but many, including his own team-mates, already view him as the next great Indian bowler in the making.
media hails Mark Taylor
Railways retain eves hockey title
CHENNAI, Oct 6 (UNI) Reigning champions Indian Railways extended their lease on the Lady Rattan Tata Trophy", the symbol of supremacy in the Indian womens hockey, steamrolling Haryana in the final of the 49th Bank of Baroda 49th Senior National Womens Hockey Championship here today.
The Railway women, who led 2-0 at half time, carried too many guns to decimate Haryana winning by a flattering 5-1 margin to lift the title for the 17th and 15th in a row.
It was Railways all the way. They hardly faced any resistance right from the push off dominating the proceedings throughout.
Ably led by Preetam Rani Thakaran and Manjinder Kaur with Kamala Dalal and Nidhi Khullar providing admirable support, the Railway forwards rose in unison to harass the crowded Haryana defence to romp home unscathed.
Haryana on the other hand, in all had a lone chance in the first half, which clearly speaks about the volume of the exchanges in champions had in the match. Having conceded four goals, Haryana made some sporadic forays into the rival area and also scored in the 48th minute, but they were no match for their formidable rivals.
Haryanas attack lacked the thrust as its dependable forward Surinder Kaur, who was instrumental in her teams big wins in the league phase, was effectively marked by Railway skipper Sita Gussain.
The fact that Railways, having given a bye directly to the quarterfinals, played just three matches before winning the title clearly portrayed the yawning gap that differentiated the champion outfit from the rest of the field in the country.
Haryana forwards could not make any worthwhile move as they were forced to fall back to assist the defence, which was constantly under threat.
After Preetam Rani Thakaran failed to latch on to a forward pass from the nippy Manjinder Kaur in the fourth minute, railways forged ahead in the 13th minute through Kamala Dalal, who unleashed a reverse flick off a pass from Preetam from the top of the circle.
Railways had two more chances to score but Sita Gussain shot wide from close range and Manjinders good work went abegging as Jyoti Kullu shot wide with only goalkeeper Suman Deswal to beat.
Railways scored in the 22nd minute through Manjinder, but the goal was disallowed as it was scored from outside the circle. However, Railways, whose expertise and efficiency stood pronounced, scored in the 24th minute when Sandeep Kaur scored off a penalty corner.
After change of ends Kamala Dalal made it 3-0 in the 38th minute, and Preetam further consolidated the position nine minutes later.
Haryana, despite fighting a losing battle, did a couple of sallies into the Railway area, thanks to some good work by Kiran Bala and Surinder Kaur, and reduced the margin when full back Suman Bala converted the second penalty corner in the 48th minute.
England pull out of Champions
CHANDIGARH, Oct 6 With just 25 days to go for the start of the 20th Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament in Lahore, England has announced its decision to withdraw from this elite hockey tournament. The reason is the travel advice given by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office against any nonessential visit to the region besides recommending that all essential visitors to the region must adopt a low profile. Ms Mary Coyle, Media and Communications Manager of the International Hockey Federation. confirmed that England has withdrawn from the competition. The Asian champions South Korea, the first reserve team for the Champions Trophy, will replace England for the Lahore tournament. It is perhaps for the first time that any team has withdrawn from Champions Trophy for reasons other than hockey.
The Royal Netherlands Hockey Association (KNHA), however, has expressed its surprise over Englands decision.
The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has identified four areas of Pakistan where negative travel advice stands. Lahore is not part of it, was the reaction from Roelant Oltmans, the national coach of the Netherlands hockey team.
Other teams participating in the Lahore tournament are Germany, Netherlands, Australia, Pakistan and Spain. India are the second reserve team for the Lahore tournament as they finished eighth, a step behind South Korea, in the last World Cup Hockey Tournament at Utrecht in Holland in May-June this year.
The International Performance Director of the English Hockey Association (EHA), Mr Chris Spice, while defending the decision to withdraw from the tournament, said that it was an extremely frustrating position, both for the support staff and the players. The opportunity to compete with the worlds leading sides in Lahore would have been extremely beneficial to our programme of continual improvement, adds Mr Spice.
Englands decision may also affect posting of technical staff for the Lahore tournament as some of the officials from England may also not go to Lahore in view of the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth office.
Meanwhile, Mr Diljit
Bahra, a British police officer of Indian origin, has
been appointed Press Officer for the Lahore Tournament.
He was also the Press Officer during the last Junior
World Cup Hockey Tournament held at Milton Keynes.
Robin Singh set for Test debut
HARARE, Oct 6 (PTI) Robin Singh, is set to make his debut when India take on Zimbabwe in the one-off Test at the Harare Sports Club ground here tomorrow.
If ever evidence was needed for hard work and perseverance paying off in the end, it is in the case of Robin Singh whose two stints in one-day cricket were separated by seven years and who was never seen as Test material, until today.
Though coach Anshuman Gaekwad has far from committed himself on Robin Singhs selection, offering only 12 names for the game tomorrow, it is very much on cards he would be preferred ahead of Debashis Mohanty because home team coach Dave Houghton promises a green top for the Test.
India prefer to strengthen their batting on lively tracks and Gaekwad was willing to concede as much. "In such a scenario, Nayan Mongia opens with Navjot Sidhu and Robin Singh bats at number seven".
Robin Singh, who only the other day conceded his part of the competitive tour was over, he having taken part in the three one-dayers of the Hero Honda series, is suddenly back in the picture and is quite pleased at the turn of events.
"Even though I played three one-dayers here, my only innings in the middle was in the last game," said Robin Singh.
The gutsy Tamil Nadu cricketer will thus fulfil the role of an allrounder, so sorely missed since the days of Manoj Prabhakar and so bemoaned in public time and again by both Azharuddin and Gaekwad.
Robin Singh was given a prolonged spell with the ball in the nets today and managed to get deliveries to rear up from short of good length spot, so fired up did he appear.
The other debutant for India in this game, Ajit Agarkar, took it easy and jogged in to bowl only when Sachin Tendulkar appeared to take guard.
Tendulkar is not without a target in this game either. The batting genius, who has been scourge of bowlers this year, is all primed to aim for his maiden double hundred. This thought is not far from his mind and, when asked, he expressed a silent wish.
More expressed is the
possibility of Anil Kumble reaching the milestone of 200
Test wickets in this game, he being only three short of
the target. This makes the Karnataka leggie look forward
to the Test, the 47th of his career.
He is aware India have won only 13 of their 149 Tests abroad.
"Believe me, I have never gone into a Test with an aim to draw it," says Azhar. "And to draw it to what end?"
"In order to win a Test, you must take chances, which I do," says Azhar. "This test will be no different".
Houghton, on his part, promises an all-out effort by his side to win the Test starting tomorrow. "Draws serve no purpose. It is better to have a record of eight losses and two wins rather than play 10 boring draws," says Houghton. "Draws are not going to help Zimbabwean cricket".
Houghton revealed the Test will mark the arrival of Neil Johnson into the Zimbabwe side. The promising youngster, who has been playing for Natal for four years, is now qualified to play for Zimbabwe. "Indeed Johnsons papers were cleared a week ago but we wanted to settle in every paper work and other formalities," Houghton said.
Johnson, who was kept under wraps by Houghton in the three-dayer against the Indians last week, except for a couple of overs when Anil Kumble was nearing his hundred, is rated by many as a very active bowler-cum-batsman of quality, always wanting to be in the thick of action. Even Kumble, who faced him briefly for a few deliveries in the game, was impressed.
Says Houghton "Apart from Johnson and Heath Streak, we have also decided to bring back Henry Olongo for tomorrows Test". Olongo, who has not played in the one-dayers, is quick but erratic. When on song, he has troubled the best of batsmen.
Defending the likelihood of a green wicket, Houghton says there is no point in packing the team with spinners.
India and Zimbabwe have played only two Tests so far with the former winning the second in Delhi in 1993 by a huge margin. The inaugural one at Harare in 1992 was drawn.
Agarkar holds great promise
HARARE, Oct 6 (PTI) The tiny-framed new pace bowler Ajit Bhalchandra Agarkar, is yet to walk on the hallowed turf of Test cricket but many, including his own team-mates, already view him as the next great Indian bowler in the making.
The proof of it will start unrolling tomorrow when the one-off Test between India and Zimbabwe begins here. This is for those sceptics who are unconvinced of his record 50 wickets in one-day cricket so far.
A great deal of this disbelief is evoked by Agarkars frame which is alright for a game of ping-pong, but hardly the one to carry a five and a half ounce of cherry-red ball at a great speed from a distance of 22 yards.
There are no rippling muscles, broad shoulders, trunk-like thighs or strong hips of a fast bowler. Yet, he manages.
Says wicketkeeper Nayan Mongia, who has stood at the other end following the path of Agarkars expressway this year: "He can be quick, there is no doubt about it. I dont think he has bowled within himself in these one-dayers. Besides the pace and bounce which he manages, the impressive thing about him is his understanding of the craft of fast bowling.
"Clearly, Agarkar is looking to become a more fullsome fast bowler, rather than an express tearaway one."
For any bowler, winning the confidence of his captain is half the battle won. Seeing Mohd Azharuddins faith in him, Agarkar could be said to have covered the distance. Whenever things have run away from Azharuddin, the Indian captain has turned to Agarkar for the badly-needed breakthrough.
One such famous instance was the Nidahas Trophy final against Sri Lanka in July when Agarkar stopped rampaging Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva, then in full flow, and swung the game back in Indias favour.
It is not that in this brightly lit path of success, there have been no shadows of second thoughts. Most of them surfaced last month in Toronto and in the three one-dayers in Zimbabwe.
Even if Agarkar managed to bag 14 wickets (nine in Toronto and five in Zimbabwe) from these eight games, his wicket-rate was 36 and 35 deliveries each, the worst in his still fledgling career. His bowling average of 34 and 30, respectively, on these two tours, was also his worst so far.
Coach Anshuman Gaekwad is quick to spring to Agarkars defence. "These are still learning days for him. He bowled a poor line in September but he has a good mind and he will learn. Above all, he has that undeniable promise.
It was this promise which provided Agarkar a break in the three-dayer against the Presidents XI last week. It is rare that a to-be-debutant is afforded a break in a first class game before his maiden Test. It does show how indispensable he is to Indias planning at the moment.
It is vital from Indias point of view that Agarkar succeeds. Indias two match-winners, Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble are not getting any younger. Srinath is running 30 and even though Kumble is far away from that psychological age-barrier yet, the Karnataka leggie cannot be expected to carry the burden for a long time.
Agarkar has a fresh challenge to goad him on. Apart from Kapil Dev and Srinath no Indian fast bowler has taken 100 Test wickets (a few of Karsan Ghavris wickets were because of his left-arm spinners).
Says Alistain Campbell, the Zimbabwean captain and a classy left-hander in the David Gower mould: "The lad has promise but we have had a look at him. That is why we did better against him here than we did in India. Of course, Tests could be vastly different from one-dayers".
Still Campbell was clueless and bowled by an Agarkar special within minutes of arriving at the crease in the third one-dayer last month.
If few of the Zimbabweans, including Campbell, are comforting themselves with the thought that bowling 10-overs in a one-dayer is hugely different from being asked to bowl 30 overs in a Test and it might show Agarkar up, they could be in for a surprise.
The Mumbai speedster, while touring Pakistan early this year with India A, bowled with sustained pace and accuracy, long spells on the last day of the final "test" and clinched the game for India.
All this makes one look forward to one of the more important debuts for India in recent times.
Aussie media hails Mark Taylor
SYDNEY, Oct 6 (AP) Australia faces another Ashes cricket series against old enemy England this year, but for now they have achieved something much more than that contest can hope to deliver.
Hallelujah at last, an unconditionally professional Australian cricket team, wrote Mike Coward in The Australian newspaper after the first Test victory by Australia in Pakistan for 39 years.
Australia last won matches on Pakistani soil under Richie Benaud when he claimed the 1959-60 series 2-1. There have been five subsequent tours until this one, with Pakistan winning six matches, Australia none and six drawn.
Captain Mark Taylor, who made several selection gambles before the match, was widely praised for the innings and 99-run victory which put his team 1-0 up in the three-match series.
Australia has achieved some outstanding results under the inspired leadership of Taylor in recent years but none has been more memorable or satisfying than this, wrote Coward.
The victory was a sign that Australian players had matured and improved their attitude to make success on the subcontinent possible.
There is clear evidence that the paranoia which has beset Australian teams to the region has been expunged. The rat, riot and rot mentality is finally something of the past, Coward wrote.
Australias Press agreed the win means the country stands atop the world cricket ladder.
For the first time in four decades Australia can stand proudly and claim with substance that they can beat anyone anywhere, wrote Malcolm Conn in The Australian.
For all the misty-eyed fuss made about a string of Ashes triumphs, they have been against soft English sides in relatively soft conditions.
Australia won without its no.1 bowler Shane Warne, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury and is trying to regain fitness in time to play England in the coming five-test series.
Theres no mixed emotions for me. Thats fantastic. The first time theyve won for 39 years, Warne said. Obviously its disappointing not being there, not being part of it, but good luck to them.
While Australias victory was so convincing there were also words of warning from The Age newspapers cricket writer Greg Baum.
Still, and Taylor
will know this, they must beware, for Pakistan remain the
most contrary team in cricket, never more likely to win
when all is seemingly lost, he wrote. The next two
Tests will be played at Peshawar and Karachi.
BCCI giving raw deal to Punjab
CHANDIGARH, Oct 6 It seems that the newly-constituted senior selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is out to play with the careers of certain cricketers, going by the selection of the India, India "A" and India "B" teams for the NKP Salve (Challenger) Trophy day-night Cricket Tournament to be held at Ahmedabad from October 15 to 18.
The exclusion of Punjab's Navjot Sidhu, arguably one of the most technically correct opening batsman the country has at the moment, is a case in point. The five-member selection committee consisting of Ajit Wadekar (Chairman), Madan Lal, Shivlal Yadav, Ashok Malhotra and Anil Deshpande know very well that the 1999 World Cup is scheduled to be played in England in the first half of the English summer when the ball seams a lot and only a technically correct batsman can last out in the opening overs. In such circumstances the Indian team for the World Cup must have a player like Navjot Sidhu if it hopes to do well in the tournament.
But instead of grooming him and nursing him along at least till next year the selection committee is giving clear signals that the nation no longer needs the services of Navjot Sidhu. But why has such a situation come about ? Is is because Navjot has lost his cricketing touch or is it because Navjot comes from Punjab, an "untouchable" in the boardroom of the BCCI? It is a well-known fact that the Punjab Cricket Association does not see eye to eye with the powers that be in the BCCI but should that be the reason for the national selectors to keep out players from Punjab out of representative squads? Should not the national selectors apply their minds while picking up players or should they go by the dictats of the powers that control the board ? If officials of the BCCI interfere in the selection of teams it would indeed be the darkest day for Indian cricket.
In any case there were clear signals that Navjot did not enjoy the confidence of the national selectors even before the teams for the Challenger Trophy were selected. After playing all the five matches of the Sahara Cup at Toronto where he had score of 45, 24, 15, 62 and zero, Navjot did not play a single match in the three-tie one-day series between India and Zimbabwe played recently in Zimbabwe.
If the selectors are Indeed sending signals that Indian cricket does not need the services of Navjot Sidhu the cricketer for reasons other than cricket then it would indeed be a dark day for Indian cricket. For somebody who has played 136 one-day matches for India and has scored 4415 runs at an average of 37.1 (with six centuries and 33 half-centuries) there is a lot of cricket left in this gusty opener who has time and again proved the pundits wrong with his bat. Navjot is just 35 and can serve the country for a few more years. And in any case the skipper Mohammad Azharuddin is older that Navjot . Therefore, age has not been the factor for the axing of Navjot from the three 12-member squads for the Challenger Trophy.
But Navjot Sidhu is not the only Punjab cricketer who has got a raw deal at the hands of the new selection committee. Punjab medium pacer Harvinder Singh was a member of the Indian team which took part in the Commonwealth Games barely a month ago. And at that time the Secretary of the BCCI had gone on record to say that the teams for the Sahara Cup and the Commonwealth Games were of "equal strength" thereby meaning that all the players were good for national selection. But now the Punjab new ball bowler does not figure in the list of 36 players picked by the national selectors. This only adds to the argument of many that the board is discriminating against players from Punjab.
Similarly, Vikram Rathore who only a couple of months ago was skipper of the India "A" team which toured Holland does not even find a place in any of the three teams selected at Bangalore during the Irani Trophy tie between Rest of India and Ranji Trophy champions Karnataka
If players from Punjab are to get their rightful place in representative squads the national selector from North Zone, Madan Lal, must play a more assertive role in future selection committee meetings . If this does not happen then cricketers from this state would find it extremely difficult to make any representative squad the selectors might select in the future too.
Indian eves shine at Chess Olympiad
ELISTA, Oct 6 (PTI) Indian women beat 32nd seeds Spain 2.5-0.5 to edge closer to the leaders' pool with 12.5 points in the seventh round of the Chess Olympiad here yesterday even as the men faltered again, losing 1.5-2.5 to Tajikistan.
S. Vijayalakshmi beat Y. Hernandez in a queen and rook ending from a queens gambit game on the top board.Young Swati Ghate then held R. Sales to a quick draw in Sicilian defence while Bhagyashree Thipsay defeated Vilar Lopez in a rook and pawn ending arising out of Caro-Kann defence on the second board.
V. Saravanan won India's only full point on the fourth board as the men put up another poor show, jeopardising their chances of finishing among the top 25.
Both Grandmasters, Dibyendu Barua and Pravin Thipsay, crashed to defeats, while young Sashikiran held his ground on the third board.
Saravanan won brilliantly after sacrificing a piece in Ruy Lopez against Khamdamov. Barua lost a pawn in Petroff defence against Magomedou on the top board before reaching a bishop ending while Thipsay lost two pawns against Isaev in Ruy Lopez. Sashikiran had to fight hard to force a draw against Amonatou in Caro-Kann defence.
Pierce routs Coetzer in opening round
FILDERSTADT, Oct 6 (AP) France's Mary Pierce routed Amanda Coetzer 6-2, 6-2 to kick off the Porsche Grand Prix.
But the match just set the stage for the real battle at the $ 4,50,000 event the question of who will be the world's no. 1 player next week.
Pierce next faces Lindsay Davenport, the second-ranked American who could lose that second-round match and still end Hingis' long reign as the world's top-ranked player.
In fact, Davenport seems more likely to finish the event as no. 1 than Hingis amidst a tough field where 18 of the world's top players 20 players are entered.
Hingis, the defending champion, must reach the final or be automatically bumped from the top by her tall American rival.
And the Swiss teenager has a tough draw, where her three matches to the final could find her slugging it out against Russia's Anna Kournikova, Venus Williams and world no. 3 Jana Novotna.
Davenport would also advance to no., 1 if she wins two matches and Hingis loses the final, or if she reaches the final herself.
Pierce, ranked 11th in the world, yesterday needed just 65 minutes to oust Coetzer, the no. 10. Lisa Raymond of the USA outlasted Romania's Ruxandra Dragomir 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the only other match.
Neither Coetzer or Pierce, despite their high rankings, were among the eight seeds since the only top 10 players missing is Monica Seles.
Seles refuses to play in Germany since she was stabbed in Hamburg in 1993.
Paes in 2nd round
BEIJING, Oct 6 (PTI) Indias Leander Paes advanced to the second round of the $ 340,000 Shanghai Open tennis tournament today defeating John Van Lottum of the Netherlands.
The India number one beat the 90th-ranked Lottum in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).
Yesterday, Paes, along with Mahesh Bhupathi had beaten Ben Ellwood (Australia) and Sargis Sargsian (Armenia) 6-4, 7-5 to move into the second round of the doubles.
Bhupathi, however, lost in the final round of qualifiers yesterday to 111-ranked Michael Kohlmann of Germany 1-6, 5-7.
In other first-round
matches, top seed Goran Ivanisevic overcame jet-lag and
New Zealander Brett Steven for a 6-4, 7-6 (10-8) victory
while Sargsian upset fourth seed Mikael Tillstrom of
Sweden 6-3, 6-3.
Seeded players advance
NEW DELHI, Oct 6 (PTI) Top seed Vasudev Reddy of Andhra Pradesh led the seeded players into the second round of the men's singles event of DSCL National Tennis Championship at DLTA deco-turf here today.
National hardcourt champion Reddy downed Vijayendra Laad (Mah) 6-2, 6-4 in the morning to set the pace for other seeds who had easy wins over their opponents later in the day.
Number two seed Nitin Kirtane of Maharashtra sailed into the second round without sweating when Punjabs Rajesh Vohra conceded the match. Kirtane led 6-3 when Vohra called it quits.
Reddy takes on Jagdish Tanwar (Raj), 6-2, 2-0 winner over Maharashtras Anup Minda while Kirtane meets compatriot Rohan Boppanna, who beat S. Praveen Kumar (Kar) 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-3.
Sentimental favourite Asif Ismail of Delhi, who in all probability is playing his careers last tournament, was stretched to three sets by S.K. Shivshankar (Kar) before winning 6-1, 6-7 (2/7), 6-0. The sixth seed now has a tougher opponent in West Bengals Saurav Panja.
Upcoming junior Vijay Kannan, who sneaked into the top eight following withdrawals by Davis cupper Prahlad Srinath and former champion Sandeep Kirtane, defeated Kedar Shah (Mah) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2. Tamil Nadus Anand Radhakrishnan, the number four seed, whitewashed Ashutosh Singh (Del) 6-1, 6-2.
He meets Ravi Kiran Bhatt (Kar), 6-3, 6-4 victor over Amanjit Gill of Chandigarh.
In the boys under-18 event, top seed S. Zaman of West Bengal tasted defeat when Mithun Murli (TN) beat him 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 in the first round. Second seed Kedar Tembe of Maharashtra also joined the casualty list, losing 1-6, 4-6 to Avinash Arun (TN).
The remaining six seeds
moved into the second round without much sweat.
Jalandhar emerge karate champs
JALANDHAR, Oct 6 The sixth Punjab State Karate Championship was organised by the National Institute of Martial Arts, an associated unit of the Karate Federation of India, at Chowdhary J.S. Public School, Jalandhar city on October 3 and 4.
Over 300 boys and girls from all over the state took part in the championship.
Jalandhar were declared overall champions. They won 10 gold, 11 silver and seven bronze medals.
Results: Sub-Junior boys: Below 18 kg: 1 Sarav 2 Tanveer 3 Ankush Bhagat. Below 21 kg: 1Vishal Arya, 2 Sarvpreet, 3 Sumit Chopra. Below 24 kg: 1 Saneh Deep, 2 Netesh Sehgal, 3 Mohit. Below 27 kg: 1 Mandeep Pal, 2 Ranjit Singh, 3 Arun Partap. Below 30 kg: 1 Rakesh Kumar, 2 Sandeep Kumar, 3 Dharminder.
Below 33 kg: 1 Stephon, 2 Kulwinder, 3 Amit Vohra. Below 36 kg: 1 Naveeep, 2 Tajpreet, 3 Rohit. Below 40 kg: 1 Sangram Singh, 2 Rajkamal, 3d Miraj. Above 40 kg: 1 Gaurav Sharma, 2 Manpreet, 3 Navpreet.
Junior boys: Below 35 kg: 1 Dev Raj, 2 Anuj, 3 Prem Singh. Below 38 kg: 1 Vinay Verma, 2 Karan, 3 Pappu. Below 41 kg: 1 Satinder Kumar, 2 Ramandeep, 3 Pankaj Dhir. Below 44 kg: 1 Tamas, 2 Vinay, 3 Pawan Kumar. Below 48 kg: 1 Dinesh Ravath, 2 Raj Kumar, 3 Jaswinder.
Below 52 kg: 1 Lakhwinder, 2 Jonny, 3 Gagandeep. Below 56 kg: 1 Deepak, 2 Deepak (Asr), 3 Tajinder. Below 60 kg: 1 Shingara Mattoo, 2 Sunil Kakkar, 3 Sarvjit. Above 60 kg: 1 Lovejeet Singh, 2 Lucky, 3 Parveen.
Men: Below 45 kg: 1 Shiv Babbar, 2 Dilbagh Singh, 3 Thakur Prasad. Below 55 kg: 1 Shashi, 2 Santosh, 3 Deepak. Below 60 kg: 1 Gurpeet Singh, 2 Raj Kumar, 3 Ranjit Singh. Below 65 kg: 1 Vivek Sangotra, 2 Dilbagh Singh, 3 Rakesh Kumar. Above 70 kg: 1 Sunil Chavan, 2 Gaurav Singh 3 Paramjit Singh.
Women: Below 18 kg: 1 Robin Virdhi, 2 Ranjit Kaur, 3 Parvinder. Below 21 kg: 1 Minni, 2 Prabhjot, 3 Sangam. Below 24 kg: 1 Nitu Bala, 2 Mandeep Kaur, 3 Shimpa. Below 27 kg: 1 Bhawana Sharma, 2 Anju, 3 Aman. Below 30 kg: 1 Kashmir Kaur, 2 Harmanpreet Kaur, 3 Navina. Below 34 kg: 1 Amandeep, 2 Surpreet, 3 Binny. Below 38 kg: 1 Manju Sakhlani, 2 Navjot.
Below 42 kg: 1 Rajini Lubena, 2 Rekha Sood, 3 Amandeep Kaur. Below 50 kg: 1 Tajinder Kaur, 2 Megha Sharma, 3 Subhdeep Kaur. Above 50 kg: 1 Uppma Kala, 2 Shivani, 3 Shekha Gupta.
Colourful start to KVS meet
CHANDIGARH, Oct 6 The KVS National Sports Meet 98 was declared open by the Governor of Punjab, Lt-Gen (Retd) B.K.N. Chhibber, at the Sector 42 hockey stadium here today. The participants from each zone took part in the march past. Harpreet Singh Khullar, an outstanding player of KVS, took the oath. Later, the Governor stressed the need for a more comprehensive sports policy for schools. He complimented the efforts of the KVS in promoting sports, particularly in the Chandigarh region. Tiny tots from various schools presented a colourful cultural programme. North Zone were adjudged the best in the march past and were awarded the trophy.
The main events will start tomorrow at different venues. The six participating zones are; North Zone (Dehra Dun, Delhi, Chandigarh and Jammu) West Zone: (Mumbai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Gwalior) Central Zone: (Bhopal, Jabalpur, Lucknow and Patna) South Zone: (Chennai, Hydrabad and Bangalore) East Zone: ( Calcutta, Bhuvaneshwar, Guwahati and Silchar) and KVS Hostel teams from Gwalior, Panchamari, Dehli Cantt, and ASC Bangalore.
The venues for tomorrows events are: Badminton (girls); Sector 42 Indoor hall; Hockey (girls) Sector 42 hockey stadium.
The athletics events will start at 8.30 a.m. at Raina Stadium, Chandimandir, and swimming events at the swimming pool, Western Command, Chandimandir. The other venues include Panjab University campus and 3rd BRD, Air Force.
Punjab eves win NZ b'minton title
JAIPUR, Oct 6 (PTI) Playing true to their reputation, Delhi won the men's crown, beating Punjab 3-1, in the North Zone Inter-State Badminton Championship here yesterday.
Punjab had the consolation of winning the women's title with a 2-0 win over Delhi, who beat them earlier for the boys' and girls' titles.
In the men's final played for the Rahamatoola Cup, Praveen Gehlawat put Delhi in the lead with an easy 15-5, 15-5 win over Jaideep Singh. Devindar Dhillon then made it 2-0, beating Gurumukh Singh 15-11, 15-3.
But Punjab's strong doubles pair of Vijaydeep Singh and Navdeep Singh prevented a clear sweep by Delhi, downing Dhillon and Gehlawat 15-6, 15-14.
In the decider, Madhur Kalia clinched the issue for Delhi, beating Mohammad Salim 15-7, 15-8.
The women's final, however, saw Punjab making an easy task of beating Delhi, with Mita Bhandari downing Kanika Kamboo 11-7, 11-1 and then combining with Summit Kalra to beat Kamboo and Karishma Singh 15-5, 15-6 to lift the Chadha Cup.
24 hockey eves in camp for Asian Games
CHENNAI, Oct 6 (PTI) The All-India Womens Hockey Federation has selected 24 probables for the Asian Games preparatory hockey camp to be held at Patiala from October 21.
Quite a few new players have been added to the list of names announced here today by the federation president, Mrs Vidya Stokes, at the end of the national championship.
National coach G.S. Bhangu had said after the Commonwealth Games that he would try out a few promising players who had the potential to make it to the Asian Games.
Top golf pros for Le Meridian meet
NEW DELHI, Oct 6 Almost all established Indian professionals have confirmed participation in the Rs 5 lakh inaugural Le Meridian Gorkarna Pro-Am Golf Championship which starts at Delhi Gold Club (DGC) tomorrow.
The competition will be played on a different format in which the pro-am will be held on the final two days along with the pro event. About 100 professionals and more than 200 amateurs are expected to take part.
Shiv Prakash, who recently won both Wills Southern Open and McDowell's Centenary Open, the Hindu Champion Gaurav Ghei, Vijay Kumar and Arjun Singh are among many stars who will endeavour to display their prowess and form in the competition.
The cut will be applied after two days' play. The top 40 will make it to the next stage where they will team up with different amateur partners. "The format will help amateurs play under the match pressure," said veteran professionals.
Brief scores: Vivek High School: 126 for 9 (Varun 20, Mandeep 19, Barun 4 for 26, Arun 3 for 17). SD Public School: 107 all out in 23 overs (Barun 33, Harpreet 14, Aman Dhillon 6 for 26, Mandeep Shah 2 for 14, Gurukiran 2 for 15).
In another match, scores
were even between St Stephens, Sector 45 and St
Kabir, Sector 26. The organisers have decided for a
rematch on October 9.
In all 20 school teams are participating in the tournament. All matches will be played at the cricket stadium, Sector 16, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23. The opening match will be played at the cricket stadium from 10 a.m. between Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, and St Stephen's School, Sector 45.
The second match will
start at 1 p.m. and will be played between GMSSS, Sector
33 and St Anne's Convent School, Sector 32, and GMSSS,
Sector 23. The final will be played at the cricket
stadium on October 17.
UT jr football
from Oct 10
According to Mr Sehgal, 30
probables will be selected for a coaching camp prior to
the participation of the Chandigarh junior team for the
Junior National Football Championship to be held in
Brief scores: Jalandhar
(first innings): 343 for 4 (Vikram Rathore 153, Harminder
93, Harvinder Singh 1/63, Sandeep Sawal 2/83 and
Sarandeep Singh 1/36).
UT u-19 cricket
pick up TT titles
Women: Parveesha Setia b Neha Sharma 21-07, 21-11, Junior girls: Parveesha Setia b Shivani 21-18, 21-15, Sub-junior girls: Neha Sharma b Mani 23-21, 13-21, 21-19. Cadet girls: Meenakshi b Sonu Jhinjha 21-19, 21-18. Veterans: S.K. Sharma b T.P. Singh Bakshi 21-15, 21-14.
The local SDM, Mr D.P.S.
Kharbanda, and the District Sports Officer, Mr H.N. Singh
Ladi, gave away prizes.
One of the most durable amateur players in the country, Vikramjit Singh is likely to take part in the US Senior Golf Championship. Had he not sustained a shoulder injury last year, he might, have turned a pro then.
Vikramjit Singh is said to
be in a good form and his display will be watched with
more than casual interest.
CBSE school meet
The following are the
Ajay Kumar of MGN Public
School was declared the allround best player.
Emphasising the need for sports, he said the state government was making efforts for promoting sports among youth. The government had set up 10 stadia at cost of Rs 5 lakh each in this district during current year, he added.
He announced a grant of Rs
30,000 from his discretionary quota for these games, in
which 35 teams are participating. In the opening match
Bathinda defeated Muktsar 22-10.
Chamba enter semis
Bilaspur won the toss and elected to bat. They started badly losing three quick wickets but Anuj Pal Dass and Pravesh Sharma prevented a collapse. Anuj Pal scored 42 (eight fours and one six). Bilaspur were all out of 174 in 50 overs.
In reply Chamba also started poorly as they lost five wickets for 65 runs. However, Rajat and Parkash steadied the innings and Chamba ended with a score of 166 for 9 in 50 overs. They reached the semifinals on better run rate.
Brief scores: Bilaspur:174
all out in 50 overs (Balbir 30, Anuj Pal Dass 42, Parvesh
35, Vijay 20, Nishant 4 for 30, Rajat 2 for 30). Chamba:
166 for 9 in 50 overs (Om Parkash 40, Rajat 40 , Amit 20,
Parvesh 4 for 24, Balbir 3 for 23).
District TT body
The other office-bearers are: vice presidents Mr Y.K. Sharma, Dr Gurcharan Singh, Mr Vinay Vatrana, Mr B.S. Chawla, Mrs Anoop G. Singh, Mr Pramod Kumar, Mr Upkar Singh and Mr Satpal Bansal; honorary general secretary Mr Arun K. Vij; joint secretaries Mr Ram Nath Raman, Mr P.S. Bhangu, Mrs Jaskirat Kaur and Mr R.K. Rishi; and treasurer Mr Om Nath Gupta.
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