|Saturday, March 11, 2000,
Aparna enters 3rd round
Unseeded Rohit stuns Krishna
LONDON, March 10 (PTI) National champion Aparna Popat kept Indian hopes alive as she fought her way into the third round of the womens singles in the All-England Badminton Championships here last night.
The 23-year-old former world junior runner-up showed her fighting qualities in ample measure as she rallied superbly after losing the first set to oust Karolina Ericsson of Sweden 9-11, 13-10, 11-8.
The world No 26, the lone Indian left in the fray, stumbled in the first set that saw both wage a close battle.
But Aparna, first round winner over Aussie Rayoni Head and focussed on making it to the Sydney Olympics, fought back to down Karolina on extra points in the second set before clinching the decider 11-8.
But Indian hopes in mens singles ended when national No 2 Nikhil Kanetkar and Sidharth Jain were eliminated in the second round yesterday.
South paw Kanetkar, ranked 60 in the world, and the main hope after national champion P. Gopichand was ruled out of the prestigious event as he is suffering from typhoid, went down 8-15, 5-15 to Ismail Saman of Malaysia.
The tall Sidharth Jain fought superbly against a superior Budi Santoso of Indonesia after wresting the first set, but eventually lost steam to go down 15-13, 11-15, 7-15.
Jain, a lowly 105th in the IBF ranking list, had beaten Ruud Kuijten of Belgium 9-15, 15-11, 15-9 and Kanetkar had prevailed over Kasper Fangel of Denmark 15-13, 15-2 in their respective first round clashes.
AFP adds: Ye Zhaoying, who had been trying to become the first player for 36 years to win the All-England womens singles title four times in a row, crashed out in the third round.
The world No 1 from China, one of the most skilful strokemakers the game has ever seen, was beaten 11-9, 11-9 by a player many thought was lost for ever to the top level game, the former Mia Audina.
Now Mia Tjiptawan, the 20-year-old one-time Indonesian Uber Cup heroine quit her native country and settled in the Netherlands after her mother died and her family disapproved of the Dutch gospel singer she married.
She also took six months out of the game to recover from the stress of the upheaval, and has not quite looked the player she was since making her comeback in September.
But though Tjiptawan has lost her world top 10 ranking and some of her physical condition, her performance suggested she has not lost many of her skills, the most conspicuous of which is the most acrobatic range of round-the-head shots in the game.
Many were played from near impossible positions, enabling Tjiptawan to clear the shuttle when it appeared that it had gone past her. But the basis of her win was her clever flicks and lifts from the forecourt and wonderful touch and disguise at the net.
Despite that Ye looked as though she was coming back in both games. In the first she hauled back a seven-point deficit to just one, and in the second a five point deficit to parity at 9-9.
But then the favourite twice opened up the court rather invitingly with cross courts, giving Tjiptawan the chance to drive winners down the line, and on match point Ye allowed a lift to the backhand corner to drop in without attempting to play it.
At one time I was afraid that I wouldnt be able to come back, said Tjiptawan after her big win. To come from nothing to be a champion is simple. But to be a champion and to fall is much more difficult.
I have been there and I still can do it because God has really helped me and so has my husband.
Earlier the other top-seeded defending singles champion was nearly beaten as well. Peter Gade trailed by a game and 4-9 against the 18-year-old Thai Boonsak Poltana before recovering to win 13-15, 15-12, 15-4.
There was a drift in the air and I was not able to play my normal game, said the Dane.
LINARES (Spain), March 10 (PTI) His reputation on the line after a string of below-par performances, Indias Viswanathan Anand fought back by outclassing FIDE world champion Alexander Khalifman of Russia and moved up to joint third position going into the final round of the Linares Super GM tournament.
World No.2 Anand, after two morale-shattering defeats and a spate of draws, chanced on the opportunity laid out by Khalifman and scored his first win in the tournament in the ninth round here last night.
Top-rated Gary Kasparov and his Russian compatriot Vladimir Kramnik continued to lead the six-player field with 5.5 points each to their credit and will be taking on Anand and Hungarian Peter Leko respectively in the last round.
The other four players in this category 17 tournament -Anand, Khalifman, Leko and Spaniard Alexei Shirov - share the third spot with four points each.
Kasparov was held to a draw by Leko while Kramnik had to share the point with Shirov in the ninth round.
Having done badly in the previous game, Anand was in a positive mood, hoping to avoid the dubious distinction of not having won any game so far in the event.
Playing with white pieces, the Indian maestro employed his favourite opening - the king pawn to which Khalifman adopted the French defence and the game took a shape in the Lillinthal variation.
A well-armed Anand produced a theoretical novelty on the 16th move and entered into wild complications. Khalifman, fresh from his first big win yesterday against Leko, tried to launch an attack against Anands king and sacrificed two queenside pawns to open up the position.
The ensuing position required deep and precise play and Khalifman fell in time pressure. Showing his defensive prowess, Anand marched his centralised king in the rival camp after which Khalifman had no counterplay for lost material and resigned after 42 moves.
The game between Leko and Kasparov generated a lot of interest as the later played a new move in his pet Najdorf defence on the 13th turn and then himself went into a long thought a couple of moves later.
On the 20th move the position became unclear and Kasparov sacrificed a pawn to simplify the situation and the game petered out to a draw after 37 moves.
In the postmortem, Kasparov pointed out that Leko would have held an advantage had he played 20. Nb6 instead.
With black pieces,
Kramnik opted for a home prepared pawn sacrifice in a
Sicilian Sveshnikov game against Shirov and got a
dynamically balanced position. Shirovs kingside
remained under pressure by Kramniks pieces and the
counterplay that he generated on the other side was only
sufficient in getting an equal position. The players
signed the peace treaty after 33 moves in an equal
rook-knight versus rook-bishop endgame.
VIJAYAWADA, March 10 (UNI) Unseeded G. Rohit of Andhra Pradesh upset former international Ch Keshavananada Krishna (2176) of Railways even as international master elect and top seeded S. Dinesh Kumar (2337) of LIC shot into lead with 5.5 points, trouncing overnight leader and second-seeded Syed Anwar Shazuli (2280) of Tamil Nadu at the end of the sixth round of the ninth Andhra Gymkhana National Youth (under-25) Chess Championship here today.
On the top board, Syed Anwar started with the queens pawn and the game went into queens gambit exchange variation. He committed a mistake on the fourth move which hampered his bishops development after the 12th move. Syed Anwars queen pawn became isolated and he consequently lost the pawn. Dinesh Kumar utilised his extra pawn to force a win after 35 moves.
Despite this loss, Syed Anwar is in second position with five points.
Rohit created a sensation when he defeated in 33 moves the Railways player, who had won a national tournament here recently. Playing white, Rohit started with E 4 and Krishna replied with Sicilian defence the game went into closed variation and after 10 moves, Rohit sacrificed his major piece, rook for his rivals minor piece bishop. Exploiting his opponents uncastled king, he got two potential pawns. Finally the game went into rook versus knight and Rohit with extra pawn, won the game.
Pankaj Joshi of Venus Chess Academy and Manish Joshi of Madhya Pradesh were also in the second position.
On the second board, Pankaj Joshi employed kings Indian defence against C. Natarajan (TN), who started with D 4. Natarajan opted for Kolle system. He mishandled the opening phase of the game and was in minus position. Using this, Pankaj Joshi started king side attack, gained material and forced Natarajan to resign on the 31st move.
On the third board, Manish Joshi of Madhya Pradesh outplayed his unrated opponent S. Raghavendra of Kerala in 44 moves. Raghavendra playing with white pieces started with English opening. The game went into main line. Queens exchange on the seventh move by Raghvendra made Manish Joshi take positional advantage. Joshi, in a commanding position, won in 44 moves.
Unseeded K. Vadadri of Andhra Pradesh, who scored a stunning victory over FIDE-rated G. Dinesh Kumar (2105) of Tamil Nadu yesterday, went down fighting to West Bengals Banik Somnath (2053) in 69 moves. The latter with white pieces, played English opening. Vadadri was in a slight plus position in the middle game but lost due to time pressure.
Results: Syed Anwar (TN)
5 lost to Dinesh Kumar (LIC) 5 1/2; Natarajan (TN) 4 lost
to Pankaj Joshi (Venus) 5; Raghavendra S (Ker) 4 lost to
Manishi Joshi (MP) 5; Rajesh P (TNCA Chennai) 4 drew with
Pradeek Pathak (UP) 4; Gopal GN (Ker) 3 lost to
Ramakrishna (AP) 4; Rohit G (AP) 4 Krishna Ch (Rly) 3;
Satyakam S (RI) 3 lost Kasim SK. (AP) 4; Misra (Ori) 4
Basanta Singh L (Manipur) 3; Amaranath (WB) 4 Vedadri KAP
3; Pranjal Das (WB) 3 1/2 Rao L.D. (AF) 2 1/2 Smeeru
Thakar (HP) 3 1/2 Vennela AP 2 1/2.
ADELAIDE, March 10 (Reuters) Fears for the fitness of Pat Rafter and Mark Philippoussis have put Australias defence of the Davis Cup on shaky ground ahead of next months quarter-final against Germany.
Australias Davis Cup captain John Newcombe said yesterday that dual US Open champion Rafter and the big-serving Philippoussis were both in doubt for singles places in the tie.
Rafter, who briefly held the world number one ranking last year, is still struggling to find his form after returning to the game from shoulder surgery while Philippoussis is battling a knee problem.
Newcombe said he was confident Rafter was on the mend but was concerned about his state of mind after such a long lay-off. He said he would even consider playing him in the doubles rather than risk him in singles.
Theres a certain fear factor in there and what Pats got to determine is what is fear and what is reality about what is hurting there, Newcombe said.
I have no doubt that if the shoulder is fine Pats going to come back really strong but youre not going to see the best of him until around Wimbledon time.
With Rafter and Philippoussis in doubt, Adelaide teenager Lleyton Hewitt and evergreen serve and volleyer Wayne Arthurs are the likely candidates for the singles roles in the April 7 to 9 match in Adelaide.
Newcombe said he was still confident that his team would win the tie, particularly with Germanys top player Nicolas Kiefer in doubt.
But youve got to prepare the best you possibly can for Davis Cup because you never know whats going to happen, he said.
Newcombe, who will stand down as captain at the end of the season, has asked Tennis Australia to name his successor before then.
The former world number one said he wanted to start working with the new captain before the Davis Cup semifinals in July to ensure a smooth transition.
He said he was hoping to end his tenure on a high with a dream final against the USA in December.
AUCKLAND, March 10 (AFP) Steve Waughs juggernaut Australian team and their master legspinner Shane Warne begin a three-Test series with New Zealand here tomorrow with new records in their sights.
Australia need to win the Eden Park Test to equal an 80-year-old record of eight consecutive Test wins, just days after the one-day world champions established a new record of 14 unbeaten matches in beating the Kiwis 4-1 in a limited-overs series.
Warne needs five wickets to overtake fast bowling great Dennis Lillees 355 wickets and become Australias all-time leading Test wicket-taker.
The Australian team are closing in on the Australian record of eight consecutive victories set by Warwick Armstrongs 1920-21 team.
Having whitewashed Pakistan and India 3-0 in home Test series and beaten Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe, the Australians are confident of adding the Kiwis to their Test scalps.
But looking for a positive slant, New Zealand team coach David Trist has hinted the strain of expectation could sidetrack the Australians as they strive for the records.
Theres a lot of fuss being made about it but, at this point in time, they havent actually got (the record) yet, Trist said today.
Im suggesting theyve got a fight on their hands.
Trists belief hinges on the ability of spinners Daniel Vettori and Paul Wiseman to come up trumps on a wicket expected to turn significantly during the five days.
The 21-year-old Vettori is highly rated by Australians while Wiseman is still finding his international feet but Trist looked confident the duo can take the fight to Australias aggressive batsmen.
Daniel Vettori has established himself as a world-class left-armer, probably the best in the world at the moment, and Wiseman is coming along in leaps and bounds.
Australia champion leg-spinner Shane Warne preferred to play down the conditions as he contemplates taking his record-breaking five wickets.
My outlook now is that if it happens, it happens and if it doesnt, then hopefully eventually it will.
Warne will be partnered by slow bowler Colin Miller while batsman Damien Martyn will play his first Test in more than six years, replacing injured Ricky Ponting.
Miller takes the place of injured Victorian swing bowler Damien Fleming, who is unavailable with a knee problem.
They are the only changes to the Australian team which recorded their seventh consecutive Test win with an innings defeat of India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January.
Australia - Steve Waugh (capt), Michael Slater, Greg Blewett, Justin Langer, Mark Waugh, Damien Martyn, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Brett Lee, Colin Miller, Glen McGrath, Michael Kasprowicz (12th man).
New Zealand - Stephen Fleming (capt), Craig Spearman, Matthew Horne, Mathew Sinclair, Nathan Astle, Craig McMillan, Chris Cairns, Adam Parore, Daniel Vettori, Simon Doull, Paul Wiseman, Shayne OConnor (12th man to be named).
Ponting out for six months
SYDNEY, March 10 (AFP) Australias Ricky Ponting, ranked the worlds fourth best batsman, will be out of cricket for up to six months after undergoing surgery on his right ankle.
Surgeon Martin Sullivan said today the two-hour operation was successful, although it revealed the ankle had incurred more damage than was anticipated.
Ponting, who will be discharged from hospital here tomorrow, said being out of the Australian team would fuel his desire to make a full recovery.
SCOTTSDALE, March 9 (AFP) An upset and an injury devastated the high-profile field at the Templeton Classic as the ATP tour event lost both Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.
Agassi, ranked No 1 and winner of three of the last four Grand Slams, was the first to go, hammered 1-6, 2-6 by Spains Francisco Clavet in the second round yesterday.
Two hours later, the injury-prone Sampras announced that a strained ligament on the right side of his lower back -which he first felt after beating Greg Rusedski in the first round on Tuesday night would keep him away.
He announced his withdrawal an hour before he was to take the court against Spains Alex Corretja.
Sampras is entered in the first of the Masters Series events in Indian Wells, California, the elite tournaments obligatory for the top 50 players.
Scottsdale is now without their two home-grown stars at the final eight stage.
Four Spaniards remain in the field, while third-seeded Chilean Marcelo Rios and No 4 Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador are the top seeds remaining.
Fifth seed Tim Henman of Britain and Australian Lleyton Hewitt round out the quarterfinal field.
Agassi slumped to his worst form in more than a year as Clavet ended his year-long, 10-match winning streak.
The run included seven Australian Open victories, two in the Davis Cup last month and a first-round rout of South African qualifier Marcos Ondurska on Wednesday night.
But Agassis game fell apart as the quiet Clavet worked his magic in 49 minutes.
I had forgotten that days like this are possible. I havent been beaten like this in some time, and it doesnt feel good, Agassi said, adding he would try to sort-out his game in time for Indian Wells, a four-hour drive away.
Clavet, clay-born and bred who can handle all surfaces with confidence, took the win in his stride.
Im very happy about how Im playing over the past year, said the Spaniard. My best tennis is yet to come.
Henman earned his fourth career victory over Byron Black to move into the quarterfinals.
Henman notched seven aces including one on match point and saved two of the three break-points he faced.
Rios made another stride in his comeback from leg surgery, beating Spains Alberto Martin 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3).
Spains Albert Costa, the events seventh seed, beat Romanian Andrei Pavel 6-2, 6-4 while 20-year-old Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain ousted compatriot Carlos Moya, a former French Open Champion.
BOGOTA (AP): Top seed Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil beat Argentinas Sebastian Prieto 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Cerveza Club Colombia tennis tournament.
In other matches in the
$ 350,000 ATP tour event, Mariano Puerta of Argentina
defeated David Sanguinetti of Italy 6-4, 6-3,
Germanys Markus Hantschk upset seventh-seeded
Hernan Gumy of Argentina 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), and
Spains Felix Mantilla beat Argentinas Juan
Ignacio Chela, 6-4, 7-5.
OSAKA (Japan), March 10 (PTI) Formidable Pakistan overcame a sluggish start to thrash Switzerland 7-3 as Asian teams went on a goal hunt in the Olympic hockey qualifying tournament here today.
South Korea and Malaysia also recorded huge wins on the second day of the 12-nation event which will send the top six qualifiers to the Sydney games in September.
In group A, New Zealand banked on a last-second goal from Phil Burrows to hold Britain to a 2-2 draw, while the erratic South Koreans earned the wrath of their coach despite a 4-1 rout of Poland.
Malaysia, thrashed 7-1 by Spain yesterday, bounced back to defeat Belarus by the same margin after being inspired by a fax message from a six-year-old boy in Kuala Lumpur.
Pakistan, playing their first match in miserably cold weather, received a scare when Switzerland ran up a 2-0 lead in the first 20 minutes.
But the Swiss jubilation at leading 2-1 at half-time was short-lived as Pakistan warmed up in the second session to pump in six goals. Penalty-corner specialist Sohail Abbas, returning after a groin injury, and Mohammad Anis scored twice each as Pakistan showed no mercy to the Swiss, who had stunned Argentina yesterday.
The cold got to us at the start but the boys adjusted well afterwards, Pakistani coach said.
We have never played in such cold weather, but I have no complaints since this is the same for all teams, he said, adding the win was a morale-booster ahead of tomorrows tough game against Spain.
The South Koreans, meanwhile, received a verbal lashing from coach Kim Sang-Ryul despite recording their second successive win in group A.
We may have won, but we played stupidly, an angry Kim Sang-Ryul said after his team missed several scoring chances. The quality of play was very poor. Its okay to dominate the midfield but what is the point if finishing is poor.
The coach predicted that his side, which had struggled to defeat Belgium yesterday, would face a tough time against Britain on Sunday.
Malaysia recovered after the drubbing against Spain as midfielder Suhaimi Ibrahim led the goal-spree against Belarus with a hat-trick.
Coach Stephen van Huizen said his team was inspired by a fax message sent by a six-year-old from Kuala Lumpur.
The boy wrote that the team should not be disheartened by one defeat since they were bound to do well in the remaining matches, Huizen said. That really perked the boys up.
Malaysia pumped in two goals by the 10th minute, before Ibrahim scored the third in the 22nd.
Belarus stood no chance in the second half as their inspired rivals scored four more goals, three of them in the last seven minutes before the final whistle.
The Kiwis, meanwhile, twice drew level to share valuable points with Britain in group A.
CALCUTTA, March 10 (PTI) Maharashtra teenager Radhika Tulpule won the womens doubles title pairing with Janaki Krishnamoorty and kept herself on course for a double crown by breezing into the singles final in the Senior National Grasscourt Tennis Championships here today.
The third ranked Tulpule-Krishnamoorthy combine carved out an easy straight sets victory over top seeded Sai Jayalakshmi and Rushmi Chakravorthi 6-3, 6-1 in only 55 minutes in the final at the CCFC lawns to bag 25 points and a prize money of Rs 12,600.
Earlier, the promising Tulpule, ranked sixth in the singles, followed up her yesterdays upset win over second seed Chakravorthi by showing the door to third seeded Archana Venkataraman 6-0, 6-3 in a one-sided semi-final to set up a title clash with top seeded Sai Jayalakshmi, who stormed past Arthi Venkataraman 6-1, 6-1.
In mens singles, local boy Syed Fazaluddin justified his top billing to move into the summit round getting the better of fifth seeded Vishal Uppal of Delhi after overcoming an opening set reverse 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
The lanky Davis Cupper takes on Delhis sixth seeded Vijay Kannan, who needed only 37 minutes to prevail over an injured eighth seed Sourav Panja of Bengal 6-3, 6-1.
PATIALA, March 10 The Indian Olympic Association (IOA), the apex body which governs sport in India, has identified the disciplines in which the Indians will take part in the forthcoming Sydney Olympics.
The disciplines as well as number of players are: mens hockey, three boxers (apart from two or a maximum of three who may make the grade via the qualifying tournament, two rowers, two players each in tennis, table tennis, badminton, swimming and one or a maximum of two in weightlifting (depending on their qualification in both mens and womens sections), one in equestrian, one in shooting (trap), and the women's hockey team (depending on the teams qualification in the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament to be held at Milton Keynes from March 24 to April 2).
This was disclosed by Mr Randhir Singh, Secretary General of the IOA here yesterday evening. Mr Randhir Singh also said that for finalising the bid for hosting the 15th edition of the Asiad in 2006, a committee under the chairmanship of Mr S.S. Dhindsa, Union Minister for Youth Affairs, Sports and Poverty Alleviation, was set up, only after the Prime Minister and Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixit had agreed to the IOAs proposal of holding the games.
In athletics entries in the field events are being sent in shotput (men), discus throw (mens and women) and in track events these are being sent 800m and 1500m (womens) and 10,000m (men) apart from the both men and women relay teams (4 into 400m).
Mr Randhir Singh, who was in the city to play a exhibition cricket match, said that the proposed size of the contingent for the Olympics will be between 60 and 65 sportspersons, apart from officials, judges, doctors and other technical delegates. If the womens hockey team qualifies the size of the contingent will increase to nearly 80 sportspersons. A decision on those sportspersons who are yet to qualify will be taken later, Mr Randhir Singh added.
Meanwhile, the IOA Secretary General confirmed that although March 6 was the last date of submitting the bid for hosting the 2006 Asian Games, the IOA had submitted its bid on February 25. Although Hong Kong and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) were in the fray, he said Indias main fight would be against Malaysia.
The Olympic Council of
Asia (OCA), of whom Mr Randhir Singh is the
Secretary-General) will take a final decision in November
over the allotment of the 2006 Asian Games. Mr Singh
clarified that the infrastructure built for the 1982
Asian Games will be upgraded, apart from building two
more big multi-purpose indoor halls, because more than 30
events are likely to be held during the 2006 Asiad.
PARIS, March 10 (AFP) Italian pre-eminence in Europe, shattered by Manchester United in the Champions League, died a spectacular death in the UEFA Cup as well as two famous names made embarrassing exits.
Heading the list of shame in the rogues gallery of losers were proud Juventus, thrashed 4-0 by Spains Celta Vigo, but holders Parma were not too far behind, going down 3-1 at Germanys Werder Bremen to crash out after their own fourth round return.
AS Roma also departed the scene after losing 1-0 at Leeds United, who advance by the same score courtesy of a second half thunderbolt from Australian hotshot Harry Kewell.
It doesnt get much worse than this for the big-spending Italians, who lost Udinese on Tuesday following an away goals defeat by Czech league leaders Slavia Prague and who may now reflect that the hegemony of Serie A is in mortal danger if not dead and buried.
Vigo, struggling to keep pace with the top five in Spain after a good start, caught Juventus cold with a goal inside 30 seconds from Frenchman Claude Makelele.
Juventus night would get far worse and by half time they were two goals and two men down.
Without inspirational leader Zinedine Zidane, not fully fit and left on the bench until late on, Juventus, with just one league defeat all season, were rudderless.
On 26 minutes Antonio Conte received a second yellow card for a crude tackle and five minutes later Alessandro Birindelli, facing his own keeper two metres out, bundled the ball into his own net following a corner.
LUCKNOW, March 10 (UNI) Customs, Calcutta and Uttar Pradesh Police moved into the second round of the 20th All-India K.D. Singh Babu prize money hockey tournament here today.
In the opening match,
Customs, Calcutta defeated Indian Ordinance Factory,
Kanpur by 7-0 after leading 2-0 at half time. In the
second match UP Police earned a 2-1 hard fought victory
against State Bank of India, Bhopal. At half time both
the teams were tied at 1-1.
PSEB defeat Shastri Club
PATIALA, March 10 (FOSR) An attacking knock of 61 by Ranji trophy cricketer Sanjeev Kapuria enabled PSEB to beat Shastri Club, Ludhiana, by 54 runs and enter the semi-finals of the 24th Diamond Cricket Trophy played at Khanna, near here, today.
Brief scores: PSEB, Patiala, 208 for 9 in 30 overs (Sanjeev Kapuria 61, Lakhbir Singh 28, S.Tinku 22, Amit Kakria 29, Raj Pandey 3 for 17, Pankaj 2 for 32)
(Shastri Club, Ludhiana, :154 all out (Gagandeep 44, Sanjay 29, Raj Pandey 21, Ajay Joshi 3 for 26, Sandeep Kohli 3 for 28, Rajesh Deegia 2 for 19)
PATIALA, March 10 (TNS) The Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, today inaugurated the cricket tournament being organised by the employees union of Punjabi University at the university grounds here today.
In the tournament teams from universities located at Kurukshetra, Patiala, Hisar, Ludhiana, Shimla and Jaipur are participating. Speaking on the occasion Dr Ahulwalia lauded the efforts of the employees and urged them to invite teams from universities on All India level.
On this occasion Dr Gursharan Kaur Jaggi, who has recently taken over as new registrar, also addressed the employee sportsmen.
Dr M.Bhagwat, Director, Sports, Punjabi University, welcomed the guests.
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