|Tuesday, March 28, 2000,
Anand suffers setback in blindfold
Ailing Sampras subdues Swedish
200 sportspersons honoured
SHARJAH, March 27 (PTI) India paid a heavy price for their abject batting surrender to be all but knocked out of the one-day cricket triseries as a professional South Africa thrashed them by six wickets to score their third straight win and secure a place in the final here tonight.
Requiring to post their second win in four games to stay in the race for a final berth, Indian batsmen floundered in the face of a sharp pace attack and water-tight fielding as they were bundled out for 164 in 48.5 overs after skipper Sourav Ganguly won the toss and chose to bat first.
South Africa, unbeaten in this desert venue, sealed their place in the final with their third straight victory as they progressed to 167 for four wickets in 42.4 overs after quelling a fightback by the Indian bowlers.
Paceman Venkatesh Prasad struck twice off successive balls and leg spinner Anil Kumble managed an early wicket to leave the Proteas in trouble at 50 for three in the 13th over, but Jacques Kallis (53 n.o. - 93 b,2x4, 2x6) and skipper Hansie Cronje (42 n.O - 69 b, 5x4, 1x6) raised an unbeaten 71-run fifth wicket stand to guide them home with much to spare.
Indian victory hopes were well and truly sunk when Jadeja dropped Kallis off Ajit Agarkar at the score of 100 for four during a phase when the bowlers were applying a lot of pressure.
South Africa (6 points) made the grade but India (one win, three losses) finished their league phase with a net run rate of only minus 1.01 to virtually go out of reckoning as Pakistan (2 points) enjoy a vastly superior NRR of plus 0.31 ahead of their last league game against South Africa tomorrow.
Prasad struck two quick blows removing opener Herschelle Gibbs (8) and pinch-hitter Klusener off successive balls to be on a hat-trick and an impressive Kumble removed consistent opener Gary Kirsten (31 - 43 b, 5x4).
But the lack of bowling depth was glaring as Jacques Kallis and the inexperienced Neil McKenzie revived the innings despite Indian bowlers curbing the scoring before South Africa reached the score with much to spare.
McKenzie fell at the score of 96 in the 26th over, but Kallis neatly completed his anchoring job with Cronje hitting Robin Singh for two fours and a six off successive balls to end the mismatch in style.
The Indian batting that had floundered chasing a big total against Pakistan last night did even worse today despite openers Ganguly (6) and Sachin Tendulkar (39 - 68 b, 3x4) opting to play patiently.
Tendulkar and veteran Mohammad Azharuddin (36 - 65 b, 5x4), promoted to number three after Gangulys cheap exit, added 70 runs for the second wicket in 18.2 overs to lay some platform for a decent total, but both were run out going for non-existent singles to send the innings on a total nosedive.
Rahul Dravid (26 off 60 balls) and Robin Singh (28 - 45 b, 1x4) made their modest contribution, but failed to accelerate and the last five wickets tumbled for the addition of only 10 runs.
Paceman Mornantau Hayward, declared man of the match, gave a splendid display as the bowling spearhead in the absence of Shaun Pollock to capture four for 31 with Lance Klusener (2/35), Jacques Kallis and Makhaya Ntini carrying out their restrictive roles to perfection.
Kirsten once again got off to a sound start as he struck Prasad straight and through the covers before driving him to the fence through wide mid-off. Ajit Agarkar bowled a lively opening spell but proved unlucky with Kirsten inner edging the bowler to the fine leg fence.
But Prasad struck in the eighth over, first Gibbs paying the price for jumping out to the bowler but managing to hit straight to Saurav Ganguly at mid on. Klusener, searching for quick runs, was trapped plumb in front playing back to be dismissed for a first ball duck.
Kumble struck off his very second over when he forced Kirsten to edge a drive to Ganguly at the lone slip as India looked like defending the low total.
Kallis and McKenzie stuck to the job to raise 46 runs for the fourth wicket. McKenzie fell to off-spinner Chopra at 96, but India simply threw away the chance to pull off a great win when Jadeja dropped a fairly easy chance off Agarkar.
Kallis made the Indians pay for it by playing a faultless innings from then on with Cronje also coming through some anxious moments before finishing the game off with a flourish.
S.Tendulkar run out 39
S.Ganguly c Boucher b Hayward 6
M.Azharuddin run out 36
A.Jadeja lbw b Elworthy 0
R.Dravid c McKenzie b Klusener 26
R.Singh c Boucher b Hayward 28
S.Karim c McKenzie b Hayward 12
A.Kumble b Klusener 2
N.Chopra not out 1
A. Agarkar lbw b Hayward 4
V.Prasad c Boucher b Ntini 1
Extras (lb-5 w-4) 9
Total (all out, 48.5 overs) 164
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-80, 3-80, 4-93, 5-124, 6-154, 7-157, 8-159, 9-163.
Bowling: Hayward 10-2-31-4, Kallis 10-2-30-0, Ntini 8.5-1-25-1, Elworthy 8-1-28-1, Klusener 10-1-35-2, Boje 2-0-10-0.
Kirsten c Ganguly b Kumble 31
Gibbs c Ganguly b Prasad 08
KIusener lbw b Prasad 00
Kallis not out 53
McKenzie c Jadeja b Chpora 19
Cronje not out 42
Extras (w-4, lb-2, b-5, nb-3 14
Total (for 4 wkts, 42.4 overs) 167
Fall of wickets: 1-30, 2-30, 3-50,4-96.
MONTE CARLO, March 27 (PTI) Viswanathan Anand suffered a big set back in his title aspirations as he went down to archrival Vladimir Kramnik of Russia even as Spaniard Alexie Shirov looked all set to claim the title going into the penultimate round of the Amber Grandmasters Chess Tournament.
Disaster struck the Indian world No 2, who had fought his way back into title contention after a poor start, when he blundered a pawn to surrender full points and the lead to defending champion Kramnik in the blindfold section after the ninth round of the tournament here last night.
Anand, who won four matches in a row to move to third spot, held Kramnik to draw in the rapid game from an inferior position but the blindfold game proved a big let down.
With the 0.5-1.5 defeat, Anand slipped to the fourth with 11 points, half point behind Kramnik who moved into top gear with two more rounds remaining in the 11-round tournament yesterday.
Latvian-born Spaniard Shirov (13.5) widened his lead in the overall standings to two points by demolishing Boris Gelfand of Israel 1.5-0.5.
Kramnik and Bulgarias Veselin Topalov, who went down 0.5-1.5 to lowly-placed Dutchman Leok van Wely, were sharing the second position on 11.5 points.
Playing white in the rapid game, Anand faced the ultra sharp Sicilian Sveshnikov of Kramnik, who achieved dynamic equality that is typical of the opening.
Opting for an variation popular in the late eighties, Anand could not claim an advantage as Kramnik pushed his central pawns and initiated an attack against the rival King.
Anand placed his Queen on the King rook file to avoid any possible mating threats but that allowed a forced repetition of moves and the game ended in a draw.
In blindfold, Anand landed in a cramped position in the middle game, playing the Fianchetto variation of Slav defence against the Russian who had white pieces. As the game progressed Kramnik tightened his grip by exchanging Queens.
Anand had to defend an inferior position but on the 32nd move he apparently forgot that his King Rook pawn was hanging alone and moved the Rook that was defending it. The blunder left Anand disgusted and he resigned immediately after Kramnik took the pawn.
The defeat cost Anand dearly and he faces an uphill task in the next round. Anand was now sharing the second spot with Topalov with six points in the blindfold section, half point behind Kramnik. In rapid, the Indian was clubbed together with Van Wely and Kramnik at the fourth position with five points.
Shirovs top form continued in the Rapid game as he checkmated Gelfand with powerful piece-play.
He played English attack to counter Gelfands Sicilian and got a slight advantage in the middle game as his opponent had an isolated Queen pawn in the Queen-less middle game.
With thematic manoeuvres the Spaniard exerted pressure against the pawn and while Gelfand tried to open the queen side, Shirov sacrificed an exchange and invaded the eighth rank to force check-mate.
Results: (Round 9 - Rapid)
Alexei Shirov beat Boris Gelfand, Vishwanathan Anand drew Vladimir Kramnik, Anatoly Karpov drew Vassily Ivanchuk, Loek Van Wely beat Veselin Topalov, Joel Lautier drew Predrag Nikolic, Ljubomir Ljubojevic lost to Jeroen Piket.
Round 9 - blindfold:
V. Topalov drew L. Van Wely, V. Kramnik beat V. Anand, V. Ivanchuk beat A. Karpov, B. Gelfand drew A. Shirov, J. Piket drew L. Ljubojevic, P. Nikolic lost to J. Lautier.
Overall standings after
Round 9: 1 Alexei Shirov (Esp) 13.5, 2 Veselin Topalov
(Bul) 11.5, 3 Vladimir Kramnik (Rus) 11.5, 4 Vishwanathan
Anand (Ind) 11.0, 5 Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr) 10.5, 6 Boris
Gelfand (Isr) 9.0, 7 Anatoly Karpov (Rus) 9.0, 8 Loek Van
Wely (Ned) 8.0, 9 Jeroen Piket (Ned) 8.0, 10 Joel Lautier
(Fra) 6.0, 11 Predrag Nikolic (Bih) 5.5, 12 Ljubomir
Ljubojevic (Yug) 4.5.
WELLINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) Australia beat New Zealand by six wickets in the second Test, here today to chalk up their ninth consecutive Test win and become the countrys most successful national side of all time.
Set 174 to win in their second innings, Australia reached the target late on the fourth day to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series. Australias previous record of eight consecutive Test wins dated back to the early 1920s.
Australia were seldom in trouble in the match after they had established a first innings lead of 121 after dismissing New Zealand for 298 on the first day and then scoring 419 themselves.
New Zealand resumed their second innings on the fourth day at 189 for five but then lost the crucial wickets of all-rounder Chris Cairns and skipper Stephen Fleming in the morning session.
Cairns was given out lbw to Glen McGrath for 69 and Fleming was caught by Greg Blewett off Colin Miller for 60.
New Zealand made it through to 294 but it was never going to be enough against the powerful Australian side, which lost just four top-order wickets in sealing victory.
Daniel Vettori bowled despite an injured lower back and was rewarded with the wicket of Michael Slater, who was stumped by Adam Parore for 12.
The other wickets to fall were those of Greg Blewett for 25, Justin Langer for a well-hit 57 and Steve Waugh for 15. Mark Waugh (not out 45) and Damien Martyn (not out 17) saw the tourists home.
New Zealand (1st innings): 298
Australia (1st innings): 419
New Zealand (2nd innings):
Horne b Lee 14
Spearman c Langer b Miller 38
Sinclair b Lee 0
Fleming c Blewett b Miller 60
Astle b Warne 14
McMillan c M Waugh b Warne 0
Cairns lbw b McGrath 69
Parore run out 33
Vettori c S Waugh b Lee 8
Doull c S Waugh b Warne 40
OConnor not out 4
Extras (b-3, lb-8, nb-3) 14
Total (all out in 96.2 overs) 294
Fall of wkts: 1-46, 2-46, 3-69, 4-84, 5-84, 6-198, 7-205, 8-222, 9-276, 10-294.
Bowling: McGrath 22.2-11-35-1, Lee 23-6-87-3, Miller 21-5-54-2, Warne 27-7-92-3, Blewett 3-0-15-0.
Slater st Parore b Vettori 12
Blewett b Cairns 25
Langer c Spearman b OConnor 57
M Waugh not out 45
S Waugh c Fleming b OConnor 15
Martyn not out 17
Extras (b-2, lb-1, w-3) 6
Total (for 4 wkts, 54.1 overs) 177
Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-83, 3-110, 4-144.
KINGSTON, March 27 (AFP) West Indian captain Jimmy Adams and tailender Franklyn rose put on an unbroken, record-equalling, eighth-wicket stand of 124 here on the third day of the second cricket Test between the West Indies and Zimbabwe yesterday.
Adams and Rose, who came together when the hosts were struggling at 171 for six, pulled the West Indies, who lead the series 1-0, right back into the match when bad light stopped play they were 295 for five, replying to Zimbabwes first innings total of 308.
Before a packed, noisy Sabina Park, Adams, unbeaten on 87, and Rose, not out on a Test career best of 53, thrilled their compatriots with some lively cricket which equalled the West Indies eighth-wicket stand of 124 between Sir Vivian Richards and the late Keith Boyce against India at Delhi in the 1974-75 series.
Rose brought his usual provocative approach to the wicket and it seemed to influence his captain, who had batted doggedly through from the final hour the previous evening.
Dropped when 35 by Neil Johnson at second slip off Bryan Strang, Adams began to bat a little more attractively and with Roses brand of calypso cricket, things began to happen for West Indies.
Adams, eyeing his sixth Test century and first since his unbeaten 208 not out against New Zealand in St. Johns, Antigua, four years ago, has batted just over seven hours and faced 263 balls to strike five fours.
All but 17 of Roses highest Test score were in boundaries. He has faced 152 balls to eclipse his previous highest of 34 against India in Port-of-Spain three years ago.
At the end of the Port-of-Spain Test, Adams had spoken about Test matches being transformed in the short space of one period.
He might have recalled his comment at the end of the day which started with the West Indies brittle batting once more cruelly exposed.
Adams and Wavel Hinds started cautiously, but Hinds was caught at slip by Alistair Campbell off leg-spin bowler Brian Murphy for 14 in the 11th over of the day.
Ridley Jacobs had been the first to help Adams loosen up in his strokeplay when he brought a fresh approach with him to the wicket.
Jacobs first scoring stroke was a searing straight drive off Murphy for four and he hit two other fours in his 27 off 59 balls which ended after West Indies were 161-5 at lunch.
The Zimbabweans were a little unfortunate though, not to have had Jacobs wicket with the first ball he faced.
Playing forward to a delivery from Murphy, television replays showed the ball ricocheted from pad to glove and into the hands of Johnson at silly-point, but Pakistani umpire Athar Zaidi ruled him not out.
Later, Jacobs was to add injury to insult when he smashed a short-ball from Murphy onto Murray Goodwins neck. The fielder, who was carried away on a stretcher, was taken to hospital for observation and took no further part in proceedings.
Zimbabwe (1st innings): 308
West Indies (1st innings):
Griffith b Johnson 6
Campbell c Campbell b Murphy 48
Gayle c A.Flower b Olonga 13
Chanderpaul c A.Flower 12 b Strang
Adams not out 87
Hinds c Campbell b Murphy 14
Jacobs c A.Flower b Olonga 27
Ambrose c Carlisle b Johnson 7
Rose not out 53
Extras (b-2, lb-15, nb-11) 28
Total (7 wkts, 594 mins, 147 overs) 295
Fall of wickets: 1-37, 2-69, 3-85, 4-85, 5-122, 6-161, 7-171.
SHARJAH, March 27 (UNI) Test crickets highest wicket-taker and coach of the current Indian team Kapil Dev has sent four bottles of champagne to Courtney Walsh in anticipation of the record being overhauled by the West Indian fast bowler.
Playing against Zimbabwe in the second Test in the Caribbean, Walsh took his 432nd Test victim in the first innings to overtake New Zealands Sir Richard Hadlee whose record of 431 victims was first broken by Kapil Dev.
I have already sent four bottles of champagne to him which will be opened once he achieves the record, Kapil said moments before the start of the India-Pakistan match in the Coca Cola Cup triangular tournament here. Records are meant to be broken, the former Indian captain said.
MIAMI, March 27 (Reuters) For the second time in his fabled career, an ill Pete Sampras vomited on court and once again the Grand Slam great persevered, fending off surprising Swedish teen Andreas Vinciguerra at the Ericsson Open.
The second-seeded Sampras yesterday went on to beat the 19-year-old Vinciguerra 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 in their third-round match.
The last time Sampras relieved his nausea on court came during the fifth set of his memorable quarter-final win over Alex Corretja at the 1996 US Open, his last US Open title.
I make it a habit to throw up, cracked Sampras, who said the nausea came on as a result of a bad reaction to an anti-inflammatory pill for his ailing back.
Im 2-0 in those matches. Its all a ploy, he joked. It wasnt a big deal, its something Ive become pretty good at.
Vinciguerra, the son of an Italian pizza-maker whose allegiance is to his mothers Swedish roots, took advantage of Samprass sluggishness in the first set and pushed the former world number one to a second-set tiebreaker.
Sampras was overcome by nausea just after ripping a backhand winner for a service break to go up 4-3 in the third set against Vinciguerra, who has climbed from a ranking of 637 to 96 in the past year.
The Swedish player said he did not realise his illustrious opponent was ill.
I didnt see it, said Vinciguerra, a left-handed topspinner with Michael Chang-like quickness. If I had won the match, its going to be an unbelievable victory if I beat a player like Sampras.
Sampras, who is 11-2 but has yet to win a title this year as he has battled hip and back pain, was impressed by his young opponent.
His wheels, hes about as quick as anyone Ive played, Sampras, who won this tournament in 1993 and 94 when it was known as the Lipton Championships. It was a hard-fought match, I competed well and got through it.
Sampras said he will change his back medication immediately. Despite his slow start and queasy stomach, Sampras bailed himself out of trouble with his trademark serve, throwing in 21 aces and 21 volley winners.
In other action, Britains Greg Rusedski belted 15 aces on his way to a 6-1 7-6 (7-4) victory over Byron Black of Zimbabwe, setting up a fourth-round match with Sampras, who holds a 7-1 edge over the powerful-serving brit.
Whenever you face Greg, its kind of a crapshoot, Sampras said. He serves them big and can kind of overwhelm you with his power.
Top-seeded Martina Hingis of Switzerland, needed just 53 minutes to defeat Frances Anne-Gaelle Sidot 6-0 6-3. Hingis committed just eight unforced errors to Sidots 29.
Fifth-seeded Serena Williams, carrying the banner for her injured sister Venus, the two-time defending tournament champion, overpowered Japans Ai Sugiyama 6-3 6-0.
In a sloppily played match, ninth-seeded Anna Kournikova took a 6-1 6-4 win over Natasha Zvereva, despite committing 36 unforced errors to Zverevas 34.
Second-seeded Lindsay Davenport, who has twice beaten Hingis in finals this year, including the Australian Open, rolled to a 6-2 6-2 win over Croatian Silvija Talaja.
Davenport has won 33 of her last 34 matches.
I cant help but know that youre one of the ones to beat, said Davenport, who notched her 400th career win in advancing to the fourth round of the tournament.
Spanish 10th seed Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario was knocked out by Belgian Sabine Appelmans 6-3 7-5, and fourth-seeded Nathalie Tauziat was ousted by fellow Frenchwoman Nathalie Dechy 6-4 6-2.
Martinez, the sixth seed, will play Amanda Coetzer in the
fourth round. Coetzer advanced by walkover over No. 16
Dominique Van Roost, who returned home to Belgium to be
with her ill mother.
CHENNAI, March 27 (PTI) Narain Karthikeyan of India, donning the colours of Stewart Team of Ford Jaguar, finished third in the opener of the seasons Formula 3 race at Thruxton (United Kingdom) yesterday.
Karthikeyan, who qualified sixth in the pole position, did well in the actual race and improved his position steadily in the race to take the third position clocking 30 min 56.419 seconds behind Antonio Pizzonia (Manor Motorsport-30: 52.035) of Brazil and his team mate Tomas Scheckter of South Africa (30:53.225). Thirty drivers from 15 countries participated.
The race began amidst hailstones and many drivers chose to shift their tyres from slicks. Karthikeyan passed two cars ahead of him in the very first corner (Allard) and moved into third position from where he surged to second place.
Pizzonia, who held on to the leader position and his team mate Ben Collions, who was driving on slicks, spun out at Allard corner in the 19th lap, which resulted in losing three laps.
JALANDHAR, March 27 (UNI) Indias hockey legend Udham Singh, who died of cardiac arrest at his home here on March 23, was cremated at his native Sansarpur village today.
The pyre of the 72-year-old four- time Olympian was lit by his nephew Jaspal Singh amid sounding of last post by the Border Security Force personnel who earlier fired volleys of shots into the air and gave reverse-arms salute to the departed hero of Indian hockey.
Hundreds of people paid homage to Udham Singh whose body was earlier kept in the village hockey ground where he used to train children to keep the flame of hockey alive in Sansarpur, which has produced several Olympians like Col Balbir Singh, Tarsem Singh, Pargat Singh and Jagjit Singh, who also attended the funeral of Indias veteran forward who played in four consecutive Olympics at Helsinki, Melbourne, Rome and Tokyo in 1952, 1956, 1960 and 1962, respectively.
Punjab Police Additional
Director General of Police M.S. Bhullar, BSF Inspector
General Avtar Singh Aulakh, Jalandhar MP Balbir Singh,
Jalandhar Cantonment MLA Tej Parkash Singh and former MP
Umrao Singh also paid tributes to the legendary player.
AMRITSAR, March 27 Five principals of colleges who contributed maximum for university winning the coveted Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy and more than 200 outstanding sportspersons for the year 1999-2000, including all round all-India inter-university best athlete Shinder Pal, were honoured with cash award, track suits and blazers here.
In the mens section, in A Division Khalsa College, Amritsar, bagged Sardar Teja Singh Samundri overall championship trophy by securing 67 points, DAV College, Jalandhar, got Pandit Mangat Ram Sharma memorial overall runners-up trophy with 58 points and DAV College Amritsar, who obtained 51 points, were third.
The B Division overall general championship trophy was awarded to Amardeep Singh Shergill College, Mukandpur, with 25 points, the runners-up trophy was received by the MGSM Janta College, Kartarpur, with 13 points, while Babu Budha College, Bir Singh, got the third position with 11 points.
Among women in A Division Hans Raj Mahila Mahavidyala, Jalandhar, won the overall general championship trophy, Kanya Maha Vidyalaya, Jalandhar, bagged the runners-up trophy, while the BBK DAV College for Women, Amritsar, finished third.
The B Division overall general championship trophy was annexed by Shahzada Nand College for Girls, Amritsar, SH KMV College for Girls, Kala Sangian; lifted the runners-up trophy and Bebe Nanki Khalsa College for Girls, Dhariwal, got third position.
Dr M.S. Dhillon, Principal, Khalsa College, Amritsar; Mrs P.P. Sharma, Principal, Hansraj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya, Jalandhar; Mr S.S. Chatha, Principal, Lyallpur Khalsa College for Boys, Jalandhar; Mrs J. Kackria, Principal, BBK DAV College for Women, Amritsar, and Mrs M. Miglani, Principal, Lyallpur Khalsa College for Women, Jalandhar, were honoured with university blazer.
Shinder Pal of Government Sports College, Jalandhar, was honoured with a track suit, a university blazer and cash prize of Rs 4300.
PATIALA, March 27 Current national table tennis doubles champion Vineet Chopra and Jitendra Kishore, who won a gold medal in the recently concluded national veterans table tennis tournament and who has been selected to represent India in the forthcoming World Veterans Table Tennis Championships to be held at Vancouver, where among the prominent sportsmen honoured on the occasion of the third annual sports meet of State Bank of Patiala which concluded here late yesterday evening.
Among the other sportspersons honoured were Rajiv Sirhadi, captain of the bank team which was runners-up in the northern-India-inter-bank competition, BCCI umpire Sarabjit Singh, hammer thrower Gurmail Singh, who won a gold in the All-India Inter-Bank Athletic Meet, Sanjeev Sood, who has been selected to represent the country along with Jitendra Kishore in the World Veterans Table Tennis championships, Kala Ram, who won the gold in the All-India Inter-Bank Athletic Meet in 400 metres hurdles.
Results of sports meet: Finals badminton: Ashok Rana-1, Rajiv Jain-2, S M Walia-3; doubles: GPS Madhok Yadvinder Singh-1, S M Walia/T S Sidhu-2, D C Gupta/Paramjit Singh-3; chess: D C Gupta-1, S K Bansal-2, Varinder Kumar-3; table tennis:GPS Narang-1, Anil Wadhawan-2, Ashok Sharma-3; doubles: GPS Narang/Sandeep Kalia-1, Anil Wadhawan/S M Walia-2; long jump: Satish Makeja-1, Sri Cahnd-2, Hardeep Singh-3;
Women: kho-kho: CGM led
by Manju beat MD office led by Anu Sehgal; badminton:
Meera Verma-1, Sudha Nehra-2; table tennis: Manju
Sharma-1, Anu Sehgal-2, Sunita Bhatia-3; carrom: Sunita
Bhatia-1, Urmil Gupta-2, Parveen Gupta-3; doubles:
Neelima/Sunita Singla-1. Kiran/Parveen-2, badminton
(above 35): Urmil Gupta-1, Manju Sharma-2.
for sports nurseries
CHANDIGARH, March 27 Haryana Sports Department has decided to fill vacant seats in various sports nurseries running in the state. Enrolment for boys and girls in the age group of eight to 12 years in gymnastic and 10 to 14 years in other disciplines like athletics, wrestling and cricket etc. will be held.
Stating this Mr Naresh Gulati, Commissioner and Secretary, Sports and Youth Welfare, said that the selection of the players would be made on the basis of trials.
Trials for filling five seats for gymnastic nursery at Ambala (girls) would be held at War Heroes Memorial Stadium, Ambala, on April 5 and 6. Trials for gymnastic nursery at Yamunanagar (boys) and gymnastic nursery at Bhiwani (boys) for filling four and one seat, respectively, would be held on the same date. Trials for cricket nursery at Faridabad for filling four vacancies would be held at Nahar Singh Stadium, Faridabad, on April 6, while trials for wrestling nursery at Sonepat and Nidani in Jind district (boys) for filling two vacancies each would be held at Subhash Stadium, Sonepat on April 6 and 7.
Trials for athletic nursery at Hisar (boys) for seven vacancies would be held at Mahabir Stadium, Hisar on April 6 and 7, while five vacancies for athletics nursery at Ambala (girls) will be filled on the basis of trials at War Heroes Memorials Stadium, Ambala on April 6 and 7. Trials for table tennis nursery at Sirsa (girls) for filling two vacancies will be held at Maharana Pratap Stadium, Sirsa, on April 3.
cr grant for GND University
AMRITSAR, March 27 The Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, today announced a grant of Rs 1.25 crore for the replacement of the astroturf and for the construction of indoor gymnasium in Guru Nanak Dev University sports complex. He made the announcement while presiding over the 30th annual sports prize distribution function here.
Mr Dhindsa said the meeting of all the sports federations have been called at Delhi during the next month for indepth deliberations over various aspects of sports and to find ways and means to elevate the standards of sports in the country. A new sports policy for the country would soon be formulated which would be presented in the Parliament in this session.
He appealed to all veteran sportsmen and persons connected with the administration to send their views and suggestions to improve the performance of the countrys sports.
He congratulated the university for winning the coveted Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy for the 14th time. Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Harbhajan Singh Soch, demanded performance based grants to universities.
CHANDIGARH, March 27 The administrative control of the High Altitude Centre, Shilaru, (Shimla) will be taken over by Sports Authority of India NS NIS, Patiala, with effect from April 1. In future all national camps and other development works will be coordinated from Patiala. The Shilaru centre holds national camps as it gives better endurance power to athletes which is useful in increasing performance of players.
In order to streamline
the functioning of coaches, four SAI coaches posted in
the Northern Centre, have been suspended by the corporate
office, New Delhi. The coaches are Manjit Singh
(handball)-Sangrur, DS Thakur (judo)-Jubbal (HP), Sonia
Kumari (judo) KVS Halwara (Pb) and Parveen Kumar
Haryana, Punjab win kabaddi finals
GURDASPUR, March 27
(FOC) Haryana defeated Punjab 57-46 and Punjab
beat Jammu and Kashmir 45-28 in the mens and
womens section, respectively, in the finals of 13th
Inter-State Kabaddi Championship which concluded at
Dhariwal yesterday. In mens section Deepa of
Haryana and Turi of Punjab were declared the best
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