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Tuesday, September 22, 1998
Azhar, Gaekwad slam fielding
make rich haul
Triumphant Malaysia bids adieu to Games
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 (UNI) Awash with colour and music, the Bukit Jalil Stadium caught the carnival spirit as Malaysia, triumphant in successfully hosting Asias first Commonwealth meet and the millenniums last, gave a touching farewell to the 6,000 athletes and officials gathered.
The queen of England, (at 2200 hours local time) called the 16th edition of the games to a close after two hours of formal ceremonies, ending 11 days of intense competition by athletes from 70 nations, the largest ever to gather for the Commonwealth meet.
Malaysias inherent friendly outlook to visitors was amply reflected at the closing ceremony which ended with two-and-a-half hours of foot stomping music by local and international artistes.
The royalty was regaled with a cultural fiesta that included a contemporary dance presentation from Malaysian troupes as a gesture of saying thank you and bidding farewell to all the participating contingents.
Queen Elizabeth, who arrived here yesterday from Brunei, came into the Bukit Jalil along with the Malaysian king, Yang Di-Pertuan Agong and was given a roaring welcome by over 100,000 people who were present and the royal salute. The national anthem of Malaysia was followed by the playing of God save the queen.
Manchester, the worlds first industrial city which will host the 21st centurys first Commonwealth Games, rocked the audience with a colourful presentation and invited everyone to be present in England in 2002. A massive brass band of school children performed heralding the beginning of the closing ceremony.
The contingents came into the swing of music, the athletes looking far more relaxed than they were on September 11, when the games were formally opened by the Malaysian King. The Indian contingent was led into the arena by shooting ace Jaspal Rana who won two gold medals and one silver as India finished with a tally of 25 medals, the highest it has gathered in the Commonwealth Games.
Along with the athletes, the volunteers called pulse '98 also trooped into celebrate the closing of a games which had been largely successful because of the tremendous effort they had put in. The 20,000 volunteers were picked from all over Malaysia and they were given special leave by the organisations they work for.
In a ceremonial fashion, the national flag was handed back to the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur and the Commonwealth Games Federation standard was handed over to the chief citizen of Manchester. The chairman of the organising committee of Manchester 2002 was also presented a memento by the chairman of Sukom 98.
Queen Elizabeth, after the handing over of the flag, gave her closing declaration, praising Malaysia for the way it had held the games. The British queen and the Malaysian king were once again given the royal salute and they left after the national anthems were played for the second time tonight.
For Malaysia, it was indeed a very triumphant night having battled several odds to make such a success of a games. Political turmoil in the country, financial crisis and several other problems were put on hold during these 11 days.
Tomorrow Malaysia may wake up to reality and begin coping with the issues that have been pushed to the background, but what will be remembered by those who leave is the way in which they organised the friendly games.
The country has won praise from several federations including International Olympic Committee chief Juan Antonio Samaranch. Already Malaysians are thinking of seriously bidding for the 2008 Olympics after the encouraging reports from the countries present here.
The games may not be the greatest ever, performance-wise, as only one world record was set in swimming and many stars kept away. But at a time when the Commonwealth Games is losing its value in the face of commercialisation, the Malaysians with this meet proved that all was not over.
Many of the stars stayed away, yet the interest remained. The games saw the introduction of cricket which is a sport played in the Commonwealth countries yet took seven decades to make an entry. Another largely Commonwealth sport, hockey, made its entry here.
Rugby sevens and ten pin bowling were the other sports introduced in these games which had many other firsts. It was the first games to be recorded on cd-rom and the first to surf the internet.
Malaysia had taken on the
burden of seeing that the Commonwealth Games was given a
fresh lease of life. In the "land of the eternal
summer", as Malaysia is called, the games surely got
the boost it needed.
Drama marks last day of Cwealth Games
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 (Reuters) Drama on and off the field marked the start of the last day of the Commonwealth Games today.
Far away from the main games stadium, the police fired water cannons at anti-government protesters who even took their anger out on Queen Elizabeth with some of them giving her a thumbs down gesture when she gave them an unwitting cheery wave.
A top Malaysian religious leader appealed for calm and for people to live up to the ideals of the "friendly games."
"I ask the people to emulate and practise the sporting spirit of the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games," said Nik Abdul Aziz, who is also Chief Minister of the fundamental Islamic State of Kelantan, the only opposition-ruled region in Malaysia.
Australian athletes, the biggest contingent and biggest winner of the first games in Asia, were ordered to stay away from a central Kuala Lumpur square where the political drama has been mainly played out during its showcase international gathering.
There was heartbreak in the opening event of the day when New Zealander Craig Barrett saw a certain 50 km walk gold medal disappear in a mist of incoherent pain just one kilometre from the finish line in the tropical heat and humidity.
It was reminiscent of the 1954 games in Vancouver when English marathon runner Jim Peters, reeling from dehydration and heat stroke, fell 10 times before mistaking the finish line 200 yards away and tumbled into his trainers arms.
But hosts Malaysia were ending the games in style, winning three gold medals, including one in the tragedy-hit 50 km walk to take their total to 10, just two fewer than they have won in all of the 12 previous appearances since independence.
With nervous eyes fixed on Queen Elizabeths appearance at the closing ceremony later in the day, Malaysian security chiefs said they saw no signs for worry yet.
"So far everything is peaceful. There is nothing to worry about yet," said Games security chief Michael Arulraj.
But the Queens bodyguards were not so sure and tightened the security net around the British monarch.
Buckingham Palace aides and British Foreign Office officials kept the fluid political situation under constant review. But there was no change in the Queens packed schedule.
"The situation is being very closely monitored," a Foreign Office spokesman said.
Her state visit to Malaysia was launched yesterday amid political turmoil with extra guards posted overnight around Carcosa, the official mansion where the Queen was staying.
It is just half a mile from the Prime Ministers residence, target of thousands of demonstrators on Sunday night.
Things were not calm outside a central Kuala Lumpur court, 15 km (nine miles) from the main stadium, where last games events were in progress.
Police fired water cannons at 7,000 supporters of sacked Finance Minister Anwar Ibrahim, believing the leader of their movement against the long-ruling Mahathir was inside.
Reuters photographer David Gray said some protesters gave thumbs down sign to the Queen when she waved to them from her Limousine as her motorcade passed by.
Anwar was arrested last night on suspicion of breach of the peace, illegal assembly and vandalism and has not been seen since. He was held under the Internal Security Act, which provides for detention without charge and does not require a court appearance.
The unrest led Australian officials to ban their 450 athletes from visiting Merdeka (Freedom) Square near the court and the scene of the biggest anti-Mahathir protest.
The biggest drama on the sports fields involved New Zealands Barrett. He was leading the harrowing 50 km walk by five minutes with just one kilometre left when he collapsed, allowing Govindaswamy Saravanan to take Malaysias first games athletics gold.
Barrett was four hours
into the race when he began weaving along the road and
collapsed. After staggering to his feet twice and reeling
down the road in an attempt to reach the tape, Barrett
finally collapsed for good and his team summoned an
India pushed to seventh spot
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 (PTI) The largest-ever Indian contingent managed to put up an improved performance than four four years ago but were still pushed to seventh on the medals rostrum in the Commonwealth Games which concluded today.
The emergence of hosts Malaysia and New Zealand among the sporting powers in the Commonwealth in its first edition in Asia led to Indias slide down the pecking order by one rung from the position they occupied at the last Games in Victoria, Canada.
India, who had finished sixth in the last Games with a total medal haul of 24, slipped a bit despite their shooters and lifters bringing home seven gold medals from the biggest ever Commonwealth Games of the century.
The Indian contingent, which took part in seven disciplines, completed their engagements at Kuala Lumpur with seven gold, 10 silver and eight bronze medals for a total of 25 medals.
However, the final multi-hued lining on Indias overall show had tinges of disappointment and despair too, in particular in the high profile team sports of cricket and hockey which made their debut in this Malaysian capital.
Commonwealth strongmen Australia, England and Canada expectedly garnered most of the medals but the domination was beginning to show cracks as emerging powers like Malaysia (35), New Zealand (35) and South Africa (32) made their presence felt with some outstanding display.
The euphoria over the seven gold medals won by the Indian shooters and lifters was diluted to a great degree by the unimpressive outings of the hockey and cricket teams.
While the cricketers, despite boasting the presence of superstar Sachin Tendulkar, performed dismally by failing to reach even the semifinals of the 16-team championship, both mens and womens hockey teams belied hopes of any resurgence by bringing about their own downfall at the semi-final stage to eventually board the return flight empty-handed.
The mens hockey team, despite giving glimpses of their brilliance in brief spells, continued its downward spiral and the stunning defeat against Malaysia in the semifinals where they squandered chances galore would haunt them for long.
True to expectations, 23-year-old shooting sensation Jaspal Rana was again the toast of the nation for his splendid efforts in capturing two gold and two silvers medals in the shooting competitions held at the picturesque Langkawi Island.
Rana, who had bagged the centre fire golds (both pairs an individuals) in Victoria, retained both but had to be content with the silver in the air pistol category (both pairs and individual).
Roopa Unnikrishnan, a business management student at Oxford, enhanced Indias gold quest by bagging an unexpected gold in the sport rifle individual prone one event overcoming the challenge from a host of strong contenders.
The other gold winners in shooting were Mansher Singh and Manavjit Singh (pairs trap) and veteran Ashok Pandit (pairs centre fire) who partnered Rana.
But hopes of Mansher Singh carrying his form into retaining the individual title went up in smoke as he failed to make it to the final round with young team-mate Manavjit Singh faring better to finish fifth.
The lifters shared part of the overall glory by hoisting three gold, as they had done in the previous Games at Victoria. But some of them perfumed below par and had to be content with the bronze.
Dharmaraj Wilson began the gold hunt in right earnest by by claiming the honour in the 56 kg (clean and jerk) while his friend Arumugam Pandian, also hailing from the port town of Tuticorin, won the total lift gold in the same weight class.
Satish Rai stole the headlines on the second day of the events by picking a gold (snatch) and two silvers (clean and jerk and total) in the 77 kg category.
Predictably they could not script a dream chapter similar to the one they wrote in the 1990 Auckland hames when the lifters reaped a rich harvest of 12 gold, seven silver and five bronze medals.
Middleweight Jitender Kumar provided the silver lining at the ring by following flyweight C Narayanan into the record books after 24 years as the only two boxers in the games boxing history to reach the gold medal round.
Jitender Kumar lost to experienced John Pearce of England on points in the final but three other Indian boxers, Gurmeet Singh (feather weight), N. Dingko Singh (bantam) and Gurcharan Singh (light heavy), failed to make the medal round.
The shuttlers put up a superb show and were spearheaded to the mens and womens team silver and bronze medals by national champions Pullela Gopichand and Aparna Popat who later clinched the singles bronze and silver respectively.
The 20-year-old Aparnas entry into the womens final, the first by an Indian in the annals of the games, was easily the high point of the Indian show in badminton with the silver won by the mens team a distinct second in the order of merit.
Aparna fought bravely against top seed Kelly Morgan of Wales in the final before her opponent ranked 10th in the world dug deep into her arsenal to get past 13-10, 11-5.
Aparnas scintillating comeback win saving five match points in the semifinal against English number two seed Julia Morgan also brought out the essence of sports in spectacular fashion.
Gopichand sailed into the semifinal of the mens singles without much difficulty, but was a big disappointment against eventual gold medallist Wong Choong Hann of Malaysia in the semifinals to slump to a 1-15, 11-5 defeat.
The cricketers turned out to be the biggest no-shows as they gave a rather poor account of themselves in the championship which saw some ridiculously low-scoring matches.
The Indians could not reach the semifinals as they surrendered to Australia tamely in their last group match on a slow turning wicket after having put the formidable Aussies in doldrums early in the contest.
With much talk centering on whether the four senior cricketers - Tendulkar, Ajay Jadeja, Anil Kumble and Robin Singh would fly to Toronto for the Sahara Cup series against Pakistan, the Indians showed no focus and dedication.
The hockey players, seeking to redeem themselves after the disastrous performance in the recent World Cup in Utrecht, were as inconsistent as ever and paid a heavy price for it.
The womens hockey team suffered a similar fate and could not manage a bronze, losing 0-3 to New Zealand in the bronze-deciding match.
Thief steals Aussies gold medal
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 (AFP) A thief managed to achieve what the other nations in the Commonwealth Games have blatantly failed to do steal a gold medal from under the noses of the Australians.
The theft of Shannon Roys three metre springboard diving gold medal yesterday is just the latest in a series of burglaries that have embarrassed the local authorities.
Another theft also almost ruined England 800 metres runner Diane Modahls hopes of making a medal winning return after she was sent home falsely accused of taking drugs four years ago.
Modahls new spike shoes went missing from the athletes village and the 32-year-old was forced to run in shoes she did not like - although she still managed a bronze.
The Mayor, of the Commonwealth Games athletes village had called a week ago for tighter security following the arrest of eight cleaners accused of stealing from athletes rooms.
"I am very upset. It is unforgiveable, a disgrace to the nation. This is not how Malaysians behave," fumed Mayor Datuk Ibrahim Saad.
"There should not be any forgiveness for those arrested. I want the police to charge them and put them behind bars."
In one incident, several Kenyan athletes complained that $ 600 in cash and equipment were stolen from their rooms in the village.
Pak wrap up series with 5-wkt win
TORONTO, Sept 21 (PTI) Skipper Mohammed Azharuddins century and Sachin Tendulkars half-century went in vain as Pakistan batsmen yet again dominated the ragged Indian bowling to register a convincing five-wicket win and seal the Sahara Cup cricket series 4-1 here yesterday.
Left-handed opener Saeed Anwar crafted a fine 83 and with skipper Aamir Sohail, who top-scored with an unbeaten 97 off 125 balls, fashioned a decisive 119-run second wicket stand to guide Pakistan to 258 for five wickets in 48.2 overs chasing Indias effort of 256 for nine in 50 overs built around Azharuddins 101 and a travel-weary Tendulkars 77.
Azharuddin won the toss for the fifth successive time and, with Tendulkar, provided the much-needed solidity missing in earlier matches. The seaming pitch and variable bounce hampered free strokeplay in the morning, but Tendulkar (77 -109 b, 9 x 4) overcame his jet-lag and Azharuddin went on to record his seventh one-day hundred to ensure a fighting total.
But Pakistan batsmen cashed in fully on Indias lack of bowling consistency and sloppy fielding to complete an enterprising chase and reverse the humiliating 4-1 verdict India had inflicted on their arch-rivals last year.
India, looking for a face-saving win after Pakistan had wrapped up the series within the distance yesterday, were more solid in attack as paceman Javagal Srinath bowled a fiery opening spell and got rid of danger-man Shahid Afridi (10).
But Anwar and Sohail smothered Indian hopes before veteran Salim Malik (25) and stumper Moin Khan (12) ensured victory towards the fag end.
The seasoned Anwar and Sohail slowly established their ascendancy and in a matter of 24 overs put on 119 runs as vice captain Sourav Ganguly, who was deputising in Azharuddins absence, was at his wits end on how to break the stand.
The duo worked through the gaps and ran briskly to build the innings and slowly pull the match away from India. Anwar (83 - 154 b, 10 x 4), who missed a pull off Ajit Agarkar and took a blow on his chest, fell leg before soon after.
Inzamamul Haq perished first ball, like Anwar trapped leg before by left-arm spinner Joshi, and Salim Malik (25) mishit a pull off Srinath to Ajit Agarkar at midwicket to leave Pakistan at 213 for four after 44 overs and give the Indians feeble hopes.
Ijaz Ahmed came and straightaway smashed Srinath for two onside fours before the bowler had his revenge in the same over when he had him caught behind by Nayan Mongia, but Moin Khan (12 n.o.) kept company to bring off the win.
The Pakistan stumper caused a controversy. Ganguly bowled to Sohail, and as Khan dashed down the pitch, fielded on his follow through and aimed to throw down the stumps. But Khan in, a clear case of obstruction, sent Ganguly crashing. But none in the Indian team appealed.
Khan also lived a charmed life with his spiralling hits off Srinath twice falling close to fielders and Mongia spilling the second chance despite positioning himself well.
The Indian team now travels to Zimbabwe to play a lone Test and three one-dayers with seven changes made from the side originally picked for this series.
Azhars decision was
Azhar was right to bat after having won his fifth toss. Putting Pakistan in to bat was not working and with the Sahara Cup lost it was a good idea to try something different. India's bowlers were getting pummelled in previous matches so that the batsmen had too much to do when batting second. Now they had the chance to set the tone of the game by taking first strike on the best batting pitch we have had in three Sahara Cup.
The reason runs were hard to come by early on was because of the quality of the bowling. Batsmen struggled to get anything to hit as Aqib Javed and Azhar Mahmood bowled so straight on a fullish length with a bit of swing and seam. It was a perfect lesson for Prasad and Agarkar who have bowled too many 'four balls' in this series. Matches can change so quickly in one day games. The young fast bowler, Mohammed Zahid gave Tendulkar two wide long hops and a wide half volley in one over. From then on the tempo changed. Tendulkar and Azhar took chance or two, as you have to in one day matches, and got the field spread. Once the fielders were on the boundary both great batsmen made mincemeat of the bowlers and the field placings. That partnership of 121 runs off 141 balls was a joy to behold and Azhar's century was a gem! The lesson for all bowlers is once you have the batsmen under pressure don't let them off the hooks. The longer you can make them struggle the more control of the game you have. Once the control in the field is lost it's a captain's nightmare as you cannot stem the flow of runs.
In normal circumstances any score around 250 gives a team a fighting chance. It demands some disciplined bowling and quality fielding with good captaincy. Azhar couldn't take the field as he bathed his finger in ice in the dressing room. Sachin went off early with understandable jet lag leaving the inexperienced Ganguly to battle with some sloppy fielding that gave away early boundaries.
Srinath bowled fast, nasty and intimidating early on but he wasn't complimented by other seamers. Either Prasad and Agarkar were given the wrong field settings or they didn't bowl to the fields the captain set. Either way Pakistan had a comfort zone at the other end from Srinath and it was a chastening experience for the new Indian captain as he couldn't stem the flow of runs. It was only when Joshi bowled and made the ball turn to get Anwar and Inzamam in successive balls that Pakistan came under any sort of pressure. Srinath bowled like a dream towards the end of the innings and just when India were making Pakistan wobble to the extent that we were sensing a dramatic victory for India, their fielding let them down.
Mongia dropped a lolly and
reserve fielder, Bahutule had the chance to run out match
winner Sohail by half the length of the pitch. His throw
was so wild and wide it was immeasurable. If India could
have fielded anything like half decent they would have
won. There is a lot of work to be done on the Indian
Azhar, Gaekwad slam fielding
TORONTO, Sept 21 (PTI) A dejected skipper Mohammed Azharuddin and coach Anshuman Gaekwad blasted the sloppy Indian fielding with the former caustically commenting: I do look forward to it (next years Sahara Cup) and hope there are no more Commonwealth Games.
The Indian team which lost to Pakistan 1-4 suffered due to splitting players due to clash of dates with the Games in Kuala Lumpur and Gaekwad commented after India lost the final tie by five wickets that "when we criticise the team we also must remember this is a young side. Weve a lot of new faces and obviously it takes them time to get used to international cricket. They will gradually learn to take pressure.
Gaekwad still felt the Indian fielding was amateurish. "I must say this is the worst fielding I have seen from an Indian team during my tenure. Quite frankly, it was schoolboyish.
Azharuddin reiterated it saying the team was in with a chance after raising 256 batting first but the fielders were not up to the task. It was very poor, you all must have seen it.
On his absence from the field, Azhar said his left thumb nail had split causing severe pain. He said Tendulkar was absent because he had developed cramps and needed rest. "Still it was a marvellous knock from him."
A jubilant Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail said: I was praying I lose the toss again, referring to his losing toss in all five matches but winning the series authoritatively.
Inzamam-ul Haq, declared man of the series, was also an elated man and when asked to comment on his improved running between the wickets said: "A surprise for me too as me nor any of my partner got run out in this tournament.
Jatinder proves superiority
CHANDIGARH, Sept 21 Judokas from Japan cornered glory by winning gold medals in two of four weight categories in the fourth India Cup International Judo Championship at the Sector 14 Panjab University gymnasium hall here today. India and Iran shared the remaining gold medals.
Earlier, the Union Minister of State for Industries, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, inaugurated the two-day championship which has attracted judokas from 10 countries. While Japanese with a four-member team made clean sweep in heavier categories, Iran and India shared honours in light weight categories. Suzuki Katsuya of Japan had no match as he defeated Sanjeev Kumar (India) and then pinned down Armen Arustamov of Uzbekistan on his way to gold in the 81 kg category.
In the 73 kg category, it was no different as Atsushi Hotta eliminated Patrict Augustin of Mauritius, Jai Pal of India and Poladi Baras of Iran to give Japan its second gold of the day.
In the 66 kg group, Iran's Arash Mireshmaeili-faced little opposition. His quick reflexes and ground attacks derailed Chingis Baymatov of Uzbekistan, Rajiv Ruhil of India and Rakesh Kumar, also of India.
The lone success for the home team came in the below 60 kg category where Jatinder Handa, the country's best bet, proved his superiority over all his opponents. It was Jatinder who had earlier in the day, taken oath on behalf of all participants. After knocking out Padam Budhathoki of Nepal and Kevin Laudoucp of Mauritius, he beat Sedighi Khovidar of Iran to take the gold.
The following are the results:
Below 60 kg: Jatinder Handa (India "B") 1, Sedighi Khovidar (Iran) 2, Kevin Laudoucp (Mauritius) and Ragashev Raslam (Uzbekistan) 3.
Below 66 kg: Arash Mireshmaeili (Iran) 1, Rakesh Kumar (India "A") 2, Rajiv Ruhil (India "B") and Chingis Baymatov (Uzbekistan) 3.
Below 73 kg: Atsushi Hotta (Japan) 1, Baras Poladi (Iran) 2, Vinod Solanki (India "B") and Yusuf Gulliev (Uzbekistan) 3.
Below 81 kg: Katsuya Suzuki (Japan) 1, Armen Arustamov (Uzbekistan) 2, Sanjeev Kumar (India "A") and Satish Badasar (India "B") 3.
Karnataka make rich haul
LUDHIANA, Sept 21 Amulya Mohan led Karnataka's assault on the gold medals as the southern state took away seven of the twelve decided on the fourth day of the 15th Sub-Junior and 25th Junior National Aquatics Championship for boys and girls at the Municipal Corporation swimming pool here today.
In 200m back stroke (girls-I), Amulya Mohan (2.38.08 sec) faced tough competition from silver medalist Charu Misra of Delhi (2.39.74) and V. Remya of Kerala (2.40.49 sec).
Reshma Millet of Karnataka clocked 1.02.92 sec to clinch the gold in 100 m free style (girls II).
Sindoor Thakkar of Maharashtra and Richa Misra of Delhi tried valiantly to catch up Reshma but could manage the silver and bronze medal with 1.04.34 sec and 1.04.82 sec, respectively.
The 200m breast stroke (boys-I) event completely belonged to Pavan S. of Karnataka who timed 2.38.28 sec to emerge as the winner but it was a tough tussle for the second and third positions. Sarvender Singh of Uttar Pradesh (2.45.22 sec) and Sai Krishna of Tamil Nadu (2.46.48 sec) won the silver and bronze respectively.
Another southern state, Kerala along with Maharashtra, Assam, Bengal and Delhi shared the limelight today claiming one gold each.
In water polo, Kerala defeated Bengal 8-5. For Kerala A.S. Vijay Kumar and Gopa Kumar scored three goals each while Devasis Prasad with two goals led the fightback for the losers.
Today's results: 200m back stroke (boys I) 1- Sachin Kakkar (Delhi) -2.23.59, 2-Preetam S.V. (Kar) -2.25.20, 3-Tanuj Arora (Dli) 2.26.49.
200m backstroke (girls-I) 1. Amulya Mohan (Kar), 2.38.08, 2-Charu Misra (Dli) 2.39.74, 3-V. Remya (Ker) 2.40.49.
100m freestyle (boys-I): 1 Akbar Ali Mir (Bengal) 0.57.41, 2-Siddharth Reddy (Kar) 0.58.99, 3-Siddhant Nagrani (Mah) 1.00.53.
100m freestyle (girls II): 1-Reshma Millet (Kar) 1.02.92, 2-Sindoor Thakkar (Mah) 1.04.34, 3. Richa Misra (Dli) 1.04.82.
200m breaststroke (boys I): 1-Pavan S (Kar) 2.38.28, 2-Sarvender Singh (UP) 2.45.22, 3-Sai Krishana (TN) 2.46.48.
200m breaststroke (girls I): 1-Sumi Cyrial (Ker) 3.00.25, 2-Sri Kalpa Murali (Kar) 3.04.92, 3-Tilu Manna (Bengal) 3.08.26.
200m breast stroke (boys II): 1-Sandeep Verma (Mah) 2.41.80, 2-Vijay Kumar (Dli) 2.43.08, 3-Sudip Chatterjee (Bengal) 2.46.90.
200m breaststroke (girls II): 1- Archana Bhushan (Kar) 3.01.63, 2-Shi Yeng Shu (Mah) 3.02.40, 3-Tejy Varghese (Mah) 3.05.99.
100m free style (boys I): 1- Elvis Ali Hazarika (Assam) 0.55.43, 2-Reji Kumar (Kar) 0.57.51, 3-Mohit Choudhary (Dli) 0.58.59.
100m freestyle (girls I): 1-Sri Kalpa Murali (Kar) 1.04.85, 2-Charu Misra (Dli) 1.06.65, 3-V Remya (Kerala) 1.06.06.
4 x 100 m free style relay (girls II): 1-Karnataka 4.32.21, 2-Maharashtra 4.34.09, 3-Delhi 4.45.98.
4 x m medley relay (boys II): 1-Karnataka 4.31.30, 2-Bengal 4.36.66, 3-Delhi 4.49.45.
Popularising judo, his aim
CHANDIGARH, Sept 21 "No one knows when the economy of South-East Asia will recover from the present crisis. All we hope is that it may start looking up from next year onwards," says Mr Yong Sung Park, one of the 100 richest individuals of the world.
Mr Park, who is in construction business, was in town in connection with the India International Cup Judo Championship. He is also the president of the International Judo Federation.
"Because of recession, I have no plans to enter India. Everybody has been trying to consolidate whatever he has got. No one is keen to venture out and invest as the South-Asian currencies are tumbling down," says Mr Park in an informal interview with The Tribune at the Sector 14 Panjab University Gymnasium this morning.
"For me, it has been a sports-cum-business trip. I will fly to Europe from New Delhi early tomorrow morning on a business trip. My company specialises in buildings," he adds.
Mr Park is the 75th richest man of the world. As president of the Federation, he has donated more than $ 1 million (US) towards the promotion of this sport, which he admits is second to Taekwondo in popularity as martial arts sport in his home country, South Korea.
For popularising this sport, the federation has asked all continental federations to organise junior championships on the pattern of India International Cup. "We have no immediate plan and financial resources to introduce international competitions at the sub-junior level," Mr Park admits.
Talking about the inclusion of judo in the Commonwealth Games, he says, the Commonwealth Games Federation has to take a decision whether to continue with the present practice of holding the championship separately or include it in the games from next time onwards.
The next Commonwealth Games Judo Championship is scheduled to be held in Edinburgh next year. No decision has been taken about the venue of the next world championship.
Mr Park admits that a lot needs to be done to popularise this sport all over the globe. "We have a number of plans to do it, but it will take some time for us to achieve the results."
For Mr Park it is not his first visit to India. "But it is my first visit to your city. We did not have the time to go around and see the city. We arrived last night and will go away in the evening," he added.
Unbeaten century by Ranjeev
PATIALA, Sept 21 A fine unbeaten century by Ranjeev Sharma (107 not out) and fine all round performance by Rajeev Sirhindi (44 not out and 2 for 9) enabled Patiala to pile up 196 for 3 against Mansa on the first day of the Katoch Shield Cricket Tournament being played at the Dhruv Pandove Stadium here today.
Earlier the duo of medium pacer Gulazar Inder Chahal (3 for 28) and off spinner Mohit Jund (4 for 18) ripped through the Mansa innings bowling them out for 104 runs.
Mansa (Ist innings): 104 (Vikas 30, Jagjit 31, M. Jund 4 for 18, G.I. Chahal 3 for 28, Rajeev Sirhindi 2 for 9).
Patiala (Ist innings): 196 for 3 (Ranjeev Sharma 107 not out, Rajeev Sirhindi 44 not out, Gaganinder Garry 25, Tasvir Singh 2 for 67).
Kapurthala boys record win
FATEHGARH SAHIB, Sept 21 The 44th Punjab School (under-14) Football Tournament for boys and the under-19 kho-kho meet for boys and girls were inaugurated at Mata Gujri Senior Secondary School here today, by Mr Kirpal Singh Libra, Chairman, Punsup.
In boys kho-kho Kapurthala beat Amritsar, Gurdaspur beat Muktsar, Hoshiarpur beat Jalandhar and Patiala defeated Nawanshahr. In girls kho-kho Ropar got a walkover against Kapurthala, Gurdaspur beat Bathinda, Hoshiarpur beat Faridkot and Sangrur defeated Patiala.
In football (under-14) Kapurthala defeated Nawanshahr by 3-1 and Muktsar beat Fatehgarh Sahib one-nil.
Gurdaspur skittled out for 61
AMRITSAR, Sept 21 After bowling out Gurdaspur for only 61 runs the local team scored 253 for one at stumps with Ravneet ricky unbeaten on 100 while Manish Sharma scored 117 on the opening day of the Inter-District Cricket Tournament for the Katoch Shield being played at Gandhi grounds, here today.
The spinning duo of Amritsar, Tejinder Singh (5 for 13) and Sandeep Sawal (2 for 19) skittled out Gurdaspur for only 61.
Brief scores: Gurdaspur 61 all out (Tejinder Singh 5 for 13 and Sandeep Sawal 2 for 19).
Amritsar: 253 for 1
(Ravneet Ricky 100 not out, Manish Sharma 117, Devinder
MCM DAV College eves advance
CHANDIGARH, Sept 21 MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh defeated Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, 54-35 in the Panjab University Inter-College Zonal Kabaddi Tournament for women at the PU grounds here today.
The other results are:
Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepure city defeated G.G.S. College for Women, Chandigarh 70-42; S.M.S. Karamjot College for Women, Maini defeated Government College for girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh 72-31; and SGG Janta Girls College, Raikot, govt a walkover against GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar.
CHANDIGARH, Sept 21 G.G.D. S.D. College, Chandigarh, won the Panjab University Hockey Championship (A-Division) for men for the session 1998-99. GHG Kh. College, Gurusar Sadhar and LLR Govt. College, Dhukike secured second and third positions respectively.
The following are the results of the last league matches played at GHG Kh. College, Gurusar Sadhar from 17.9.98 to 19.9.98.
GGD SD College, Chandigarh b LLR Govt. College, Dhudike 4-1
GHGLK. College, Gurusar Sadhar, b Govt. College, Ludhiana 3-2.
G.N.N. College, Doraha, won the Panjab University Hockey B-Division Championship for men defeating GTB National College, Dakha, in the final. The tournament was played at Doraha on 18.9.98.
Griffith Joyner dead
LOS ANGELES, Sept 21 (AFP) Florence Griffith Joyner, the American sprinter who set womens 100 and 200-metre world record in 1988, has died at the age of 39 due to a seizure.
USA Track and Field spokesman Pete Cava confirmed the death of the sprint star who won three gold medals at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, in the 100m, 200m and 4x100 relay.
Kashyap elected COA president
Chandigarh, Sept 21 Mr Rajan Kashyap has been elected President of the Chandigarh Olympic Association (COA). At the annual general body meeting of the association, held at the Sector 10 Tennis Stadium here this evening, Mr Kashyap defeated Mr S.S. Budhwar by a margin of 45 votes. While Mr Kashyap got 50 votes, Mr Budhwar could muster only five votes.
According to Mr K.S. Sahota, who was re-elected secretary, 59 of the 60 members of the association attended the meeting.
While Mr Chander Sekhar was elected senior vice-president of the association, Mr S.N. Vohra, Mr D.S. Jaspal and Mr T.C. Gupta will be the vice-presidents of the association.
Dr Reet Mohinder Singh and Mr Ravinder Kumar Talwar will be the joint secretaries, while Mr Vijay Pal Singh will be the Treasurer of the association.
Mrs K. Atma Ram, Mr A.S. Bains, Mr Ashok Goel, Mr Satish Chandra and Mr I.S. Sandhu will be the executive members of the association.
Frontier athletic meet
JALANDHAR, Sept 21 E.N. Ram Mohan, Director General, BSF, gave winning trophy to the Rajasthan and Gujarat Frontier on the concluding day of XXIIIrd BSF Inter Frontier Athletic Meet at Ashwani Stadium, BSF campus, Jalandhar, this evening.
The Rajasthan and Gujarat Frontier secured 132 points, whereas second position was won by Punjab Frontier, which secured 107 points.
In all 10 frontier teams
participated in 23 events during the four-day meet, which
was inaugurated by M.S. Bhullar, Additional Director
General, Punjab police (PAP) on September 17, A.S.
Aulakh, IG, BSF, Punjab Frontier, welcomed and thanked
the Director General of BSF for his participation.
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