|Wednesday, May 10, 2000,
thrash Uzbekistan 16-1
Cronje likely to be 1st witness
Cuba flays sanctions
KUALA LUMPUR, May 9 (PTI) Title contenders India continued their winning streak thrashing Uzbekistan 16-1 in their final league match here today to top pool B with 15 points.
India, who have scored an awesome tally of 60 goals while accepting only five in their five matches so far, started todays scoring spree with centre-forward Deepak Thakur. Thakur, who led the Indian charge, ended up putting six goals in while Gagan Ajit Singh followed with four goals.
India played at half-pace slowly building up from the midfield. Motivation was low as the team already had qualified from pool B for the semifinals and also had topped the pool.
India moved into the lead in the second minute when Gagan Ajit Singh capped a fine run into the Uzbek circle with a stinging shot. In the fifth minute, off Indias first penalty corner, a Len Aiyappa shot rebounded off the goalkeeper as captain Lazarus Barla picked it up and slammed in for the second goal.
Inderjit Singh made it 3-0 in the eighth minute. In the 17th minute, Deepak Thakur got into range and scored the first of his six goals of the match to increase the lead for India to 4-0.
In the 28th minute, he was again on target (5-0) before Gagan Ajit Singh scored his second of the match in the 31st minute as India led 6-0. Then Deepak Thakur came back into action in the 32nd minute scoring Indias seventh goal.
India 7-0 at the break. Three consecutive penalty corner conversions in the 42nd minute by Len Aiyappa and then Bikramjit Singh in the 45th and 47th minutes took the score to 10-0. Gagan Ajit Singh fired in his third of the match as the score climbed to 11-0.
In the 54th and 56th minutes, Deepak Thakur struck another two to take the lead to 13-0.
With 10 minutes left in the match, Deepak Thakur got his sixth as he took India to 14-0.
Gagan Ajit got his fourth of the match when he tucked in a cross from the flank for Indias 15th goal. With five seconds left, India earned their eighth penalty corner which was fired in by Len Aiyappa to finally take the tally to 16-1.
Since India have topped pool B, they will face the runners-up of pool A.
India overwhelm Iran 22-0
Earlier, India destroyed unfancied Iran 22-0 maintaining their unbeaten streak in the Junior Asia Cup Hockey Tournament here and topped Pool B with 12 points with a match in hand against Uzbekistan.
India came close to breaking their 24-1 record set in 1932 at the Los Angeles Olympics where the Indian team with legends like Dhyan Chand and Roop Singh had thrashed the USA.
Indian manager DS Murthy admitted that after the team had scored more than 15 goals, they tried to go for the record.
The highest margin in any match in international hockey has been Pakistan beating Macau 55-0 in a junior hockey tournament in Karachi in 1987. But the International Hockey Federation refused to recognise the tournament.
India rested captain Lazarus Barla and centre-forward Deepak Thakur who had a slight shoulder strain, but the 22-goal deluge was still not expected.
India, who had already confirmed its top position in the pool, led 8-0 at the half-time. On changing ends, Indian boys went all out and scored 14 goals with Prabhjot Singh being the highest scorer with six goals.
India began their scoring spree with Gagan Ajit Singh who scored two field goals in the 7th and 9th minute. Inderjit Singh (13th, 20th) and Prabhjot Singh (14th, 22nd ) took the score to 6-0. The seventh came off a penalty corner in the 25th minute when Len connected with a drive. Gagan Ajit Singh got his third goal and Indias eighth in the 27th minute.
While on the womens section China and South Korea clinched semifinal berths from pool A.
China thrashed Uzbekistan 10-0 while reigning champions South Korea defeated hosts Malaysia 6-0.
India and Japan have already qualified for the semifinals from pool B. China after scoring four goals in the first half came back strongly in the second half to score six more. Chinas Hou Xiaolan was the highest scorer with three goals - two goals coming off penalty corners.
India will meet Japan
while China will face Korea in inconsequential matches.
Charge about 1983 final insane
NEW DELHI, May 9 (PTI) Legendary West Indian batsman Sir Vivian Richards has described suggestions his team threw away the 1983 World Cup final against India as insane, but hinted there could have been corruption in Pakistan cricket even in the 1970s, according to a cricket magazine.
Richards said a shocked skipper Clive Lloyd told him he had lost the toss in a Test in Pakistan, but his counterpart told him he had won it.
It was sometime in the 70s. I clearly remember Clive telling me this ...I will not name the other captain ..., but Clive said Man I lost, and he said I won! So obviously something wrong has been going on since then, the former Caribbean skipper has said in an interview in the latest issue of Cricket Talk magazine.
But Richards dismissed suggestions that the 1983 World Cup final result was influenced by match-fixing. That would be doing terrible injustice to India, who won fair and square. I know people said all sorts of things back home. But they were so silly, it showed their smallness, the master-blaster has been quoted as saying.
The former Caribbean skipper said there was no truth in allegations the formidable side led by Lloyd deliberately lost to underdogs India, who defended a modest 183 to register a stunning 43-run victory at the Lords.
They (India) got only 183, but small totals are often tricky. We wanted to get done with it. I was just blasting away, but Kapil (Dev, the Indian skipper) just changed everything with one brilliant catch. To me thats what cricket is all about, he said.
To even suggest that we would throw something away like the World Cup is insane. ...India played that match well, they fought till the end, never said die and won fairly. I only know that at the end of the game, there were a
lot of sick people in our dressing room, Richards said in response to a question about some allegations that the course of the 1983 final was influenced by bookmakers.
The legendary batsman said the West Indies were aiming for a hattrick of titles. It was going to be a record. Who wouldnt want it? Who would want to sell it for few bucks which was going to be temporary anyway, he asked.
Asked to comment on recent allegations of wrongdoing against Kapil Dev, Richards said all judgements were being made only from allegations, but described the former all-rounder as a great fighter. So lets pray, lets pray that God, this is not true. Because if this is true then it will be like a loss of faith to me, he said.
Richards said I have always thought Kapil is one guy who carried the Indian flag to the cricket field, and he was one of the few Indians who showed it. He was always the great fighter, he had his chest out and he took immense pride in representing his country. ...I honestly hope that these are just allegations, that someone is trying to put wood in the fire because the fire is burning at this stage.
And I just pray that its not true, because honestly, if it is true, it will take everything I have always felt and still feel for Kapil. Kapil left me with the lasting impression of being one of the last true great champions, he said.
Richards said people should realise that all cricketers are not cheats. There are still a lot of players who are willing to lay their lives to play for their country, though there are some willing to sell it for a few, he said responding to questions on the match-fixing controversy.
Asked whether he heard
anything about corruption in the game, Richards, who
played for around 15 years since 1975, said there were
rumours, but said we never thought
anything was serious.
Cronje likely to be 1st witness
JOHANNESBURG, May 9 (PTI) Disgraced former cricket captain Hansie Cronje is most likely to be called in as the first witness to testify in the South African judicial inquiry set up to go into the match-fixing scandal.
The commission, instituted under Judge Edwin King last week by Justice Minister Penuell Maduna will focus on Cronjes admission that he accepted about $ 15,000 from an Indian bookie for providing information and forecasting during the January one-day triseries at home.
The prosecutor appointed to lead evidence, Shamilla Bhatoyi of Kwazulu-Natal says she will only be available from next week as she was involved in a case in Kwazulu-Natal.
Bhatoyi, of Indian origin, says she believes the commission will sit in Cape Town and one of the first witnesses would possibly be Cronje.We have been given a major task and this will take a lot of preparation before we start proceedings, she said.
King, a retired judge, said he would like the hearings to be held in public. The cricket saga is of interest to the people and it will only be right if the hearings are held in public, he said.
Cronje was named along with four teammates in the sensational match-fixing case filed last month by the Delhi police following South Africas one-day series in India, he has maintained that he was not involved in fixing matches.
Ali Bacher, Managing Director of the South African cricket board (UCB), told the national television on Sunday that he would not like to pre-judge the inquiry.
I wouldnt like to say what punishment should be meted out to guilty people as the commission should first give its verdict, he said in an interview.
Maduna had earlier said the five-member inquiry panel would hold the hearings mostly in public. We want everything out in the open. But the judge will have the right to hear some evidence in camera if he feels it is necessary, the minister had said.
No one will be able to avoid giving evidence, Bacher had said, adding that King was a keen cricket follower and was the ideal man to investigate the corruption charges in the sport.
Because it is a
full government-appointed judicial commission it has the
force of law. If he wants to look into peoples bank
accounts, he will have that right, the UCB Managing
Director had said.
Efforts on to malign me, ICC
CALCUTTA, May 9 (PTI) International Cricket Council President Jagmohan Dalmiya today condemned the concerted efforts to malign him and ICC by diverting from the main issues.
I was in no way involved in fine-tuning revenue sharing arrangement with any of the bidders or their licensees. Any such insinuation can best be described as an effort to malign through distorted facts by diverting from the main issues, Dalmiya said here today.
Dalmiya said before the ICCs Executive Board met in London last week, there were allegations of irregularities against him for the TV rights of the ICC knock out cricket tournament in 1998.
On one hand it was alleged that I had favoured Prasar Bharati and on the other, I had deprived it of $ 4 million. In the Executive Board meeting, it was explained that there was neither any financial irregularity nor any financial negotiation by me with any of the bidders, he said.
He said despite ICC chief executive David Richards clarifying in the post-meeting media conference that he was not involved in negotiations with any of the four bidders, it appeared that there was a deliberate attempt to twist the words of the Chief Executive.
By the term negotiation, the Chief Executive had implied financial dealings with the bidders. But efforts are now on to concoct a story out of whom I had spoken to or through internal notes in the files of Prasar Bharati, he added.
The truth is that I did not enter into any financial negotiation with any bidder. If however, any bidder had sought clarifications from me about the methodology of revenue sharing or had appealed to me for time extension to submit their bids, these were mere discussions and the price had neither been varied nor affected, Dalmiya said.
Explaining the details of the bids for the 1998 ICC knock out tournament in Dhaka, Dalmiya said Prasar Bharati ($ 8.5 million) and twi ($ 8.2 million) were the two highest bidders. Since both offers were for buyouts, it was decided that revised bids would be invited from these two bidders. Prasar Bharati emerged the highest again and was granted worldwide TV rights.
Being the highest bidder in both cases, Prasar Bharati had been given the rights. Where is the question of irregularity? he asked.
The entire revenue earned from Prasar Bharati has gone to ICC and the accounts are quite clear on that, Dalmiya said.
Regarding the break-ups
given for India rights, non-India rights and other
rights, the ICC chief said: ICC was only concerned
with the minimum guarantee offer and the revenue beyond
which it would be entitled to its 75 per cent
GEORGETOWN, May 9 (Reuters) The West Indies and Pakistan drew the first Test of their three-match series today when the final days play was abandoned due to an unplayable pitch.
The start of play on the final day of the first Test, already doomed to a draw after nearly one and a half days were washed out, was delayed today as the pitch was still soaked from Monday mornings downpour.
The ground staff tried to mop up some of the surface water but, with more clouds gathering ominously above the Bourda ground, another wash-out appeared inevitable.
The match had been delicately poised when bad light interrupted play on Sunday, with the West Indies 222 for seven in reply to Pakistans first inning total of 288.
Rain washed out the Sunday morning session and the whole of Mondays play.
Pakistan (Ist innings): 288 all out
West Indies (Ist innings):
Campbell c Y Khan b Akram 1
Griffiths lbw b Razzaq 34
Hinds st Moin Khan b Mushtaq 34
Adams c Y Khan b Mushtaq 20
Chanderpaul not out 46
Gayle c Akram b Mushtaq 13
Jacobs run out 6
McLean c Haq b Younis 46
Ambrose not out 2
Extras (lb-2 w-1 nb-17) 20
Total (for 7 wickets) 222
Fall of wickets 1-2, 2-69, 3-79, 4-106, 5-130, 6-139, 7-213.
Bowling: Wasim Akram
20-6-46-1, Waqar Younis 15-3-46-1, Mushtaq 32-5-91-3,
Razzaq 10-2-13-1, Saqlain 10-1-24-0.
PARIS, May 9 (AFP) The support of millions of watching neutrals proved not quite enough as giant-killers extraordinaire Calais failed by a whisker to create French footballing history on Sunday, going down 2-1 to a cruel last-gasp penalty as Nantes retained the cup.
History repeated itself at a packed and emotional Stade de France as Nantes had 12 months ago seen off Sedan with another late spotkick after first dicing with disaster.
The whole nation had been willing the amateurs on as they attempted to become the only fourth division side to lift the trophy but fate decreed the formbook would not quite be upset.
The German Cup final went more easily with form as Bayern Munich hammered Werder Bremen 3-0 at the Berlin Olympic Stadium on Saturday to avenge a penalty-shootout loss to the same opponents last year.
While Bayern swept through to their triumph with ease Nantes in contrast had to ride their luck as in the first half their appetite for the game proved embarrassingly inferior and their technique was a little better.
But they came through in ultimately controversial fashion as, with the match moving into injury time, Calais defender Fabrice Baron appeared to impede Nantes striker Alain Caveglia, who collapsed in a heap inside the box.
Referee Claude Colombo awarded a penalty amid angry protests from Calais.
Unflustered, Antoine Sibierski smacked home the penalty past keeper Cedric Schille and Nantes, nicknamed the Canaries for their yellow and green kit, were home and dry-though next week they could be relegated from the first division if they lose at Le Havre.
But after half-time Nantes began to impose their superior technique and they levelled five minutes after the restart through Sibierski, who fired home from eight yards out after a cross from Alioune Toure.
Then came the penalty to crush Calais, several of whose players were in tears at the end.
But there were kind words from watching President Jacques Chirac afterwards.
Id say there are two winners Nantes for the result but also Calais on a human level for their spirit. Id like to offer Calais my heartfelt congratulations for their sterling showing, said Chirac.
Bayern, meanwhile, forgot their Champions League woes to thrash Werder Bremen once Brazilian striker Giovane Elber handed them a 57th-minute lead.
Fellow Brazilian Paulo Sergio put the result beyond doubt in the 83rd minute and Mehmut Scholl, an 86th minute replacement for Elber, tapped in the third seconds before the final whistle.
In Italy and Spain, meanwhile, it was business as usual in the league.
The Serie A league title appears bound for Juventus after Alessandro Del Piero kept the Zebras on course by scoring his first goal in open play since October 1998 in a controversial 1-0 win over Parma, who had a late would-be equaliser by Fabio Cannavaro ruled out.
Del Pieros 60th minute strike maintained Juventus two-point lead over Lazio, who beat Bologna 3-2, before next Sundays last match of the season at Perugia.
Should Juventus draw next week and Lazio beat Reggina, the top two clubs would be level on points and forced into a play-off.
Parmas defeat leaves them fifth, level on 55pts with Inter Milan, three behind AC Milan and two ahead of sixth-placed Roma. Two of the four will play the preliminary rounds of the Champions League.
Inter Milan suffered a humiliating 4-0 home reverse against Fiorentina while outgoing champions AC Milan needed a late Andrii Shevchenko penalty to gain a 1-1 draw at Roma.
In Spain, the title is still up for grabs after Barcelona and Real Madrid both lost at home on Saturday and leaders Deportivo La Coruna only managed a 2-2 home draw against Champions League contenders Real Zaragoza.
Barcelona crashed 2-0 at home to Rayo Vallecano and were booed off by angry fans as their team now faces ending the season empty-handed after their 4-1 Champions League semi-final thrashing at Valencia.
Deportivos draw means they are three points clear of Barca with two games left and they are now on the verge of their first ever championship having led the table since the ninth week of the season.
Real went down 1-0 at home to Alaves, who can still beat them to a Champions League slot. Jorge Azkoitia scored the goal three minutes from time. Zaragozas point at Deportivo put them third on goal difference ahead of Valencia, who swamped Real Sociedad 4-0 on Saturday, and Alaves.
Real are sixth, a point
further back and may now have to win the Champions League
if they are to get back into that tournament next season.
Jim Courier retires from tennis
NEW YORK, May 9 (AP) Jim Courier, who won four Grand Slam titles in the 1990s, is retiring after a 13-year professional tennis career, USA Today has reported.
Courier (29) was ranked No 1 in the world for 58 weeks during the 90s and was one of six men in the open era to reach the finals of all four Grand Slams.
I wouldnt trade anything for one more title, one more match won or lost, Courier, who will be an analyst for TNT at Wimbledon this summer, told the newspaper. I feel full.
Courier, of Dade City, Florida, lost to Swedens Thomas Enqvist in the second round of the Ericsson Open, his last tournament, on March 25. His last title came in April 1998, when he beat Michael Chang in Orlando, Florida.
Courier, known for his
baseball caps and powerful forehand, won the French Open
twice (1991 and 92) and the Australian Open twice
(1992 and 93). His five five-set Davis Cup
victories is an American record, and the USA was 13-1
when he played on the team, including championships in
1992 and 1995.
pact to boost sport
CHANDIGARH, May 9 Corporate houses will adopt one National Sports Federation (NSF) till the 2006 Asian Games, which by all probability will be held in India, according to the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in Delhi. This programme is aimed at supporting the game concerned so that India can win more medals in the Asiad to be held in the country after a gap of 24 years. The last Asian Games held in India was way back in 1982.
Corporate funding will enable the national federations to draw up a composite programme so that the training for the Asian Games, to be held six years from now, can be conducted along scientific lines which has rarely been the case with most federations in the past.
The CII will support the IOA in its bid to host the 2006 Asian Games (to be decided by the Olympic Council of Asia later this year) by garnering support through institutional partners in Asian countries as also in raising sponsorship for the first Afro-Asian Games to be conducted in New Delhi in November, 2001. The successful conduct of the Afro-Asian Games may enable India to bid for the Olympic Games in the future.
In a letter sent to all affiliated units by the President of the Indian Olympic Association, Mr Suresh Kalmadi, the IOA has suggested that state units may consider engaging a professional agency to prepare a project report based on the development activities planned till 2006 Asian Games and 2008 Olympic Games.
Our target should be to win the maximum possible number of gold medals in the 2006 Asian Games to occupy a place among the first three countries. Similarly, we should aim to win medals, including gold medals, in the 2008 Olympic Games (as per the K.P. Singh Deo report). These tasks are within our reach provided we have scientific approach from now onwards, the letter states.
Mr Kalmadi has also told the state units to have the proposals ready by June 1 for further discussion with the CII. In his letter Mr Kalmadi has stated that the objective of the MoU is that the IOA and the CII will endeavour jointly to encourage, support and guide by mutually agreed plans of cooperation to promote sports in India under the aegis of the Indian Olympic Association.
The areas of cooperation between the CII and the IOA will include promoting corporate sponsorship of sports including development, corporate support for NSFs, cooperation in the area of sports marketing as also identifying other avenues of possible corporate support for sports.
The cooperation between the IOA and the CII will include extension of support to organise the first Afro-Asian Games in New Delhi, extension of full support in organising the 2006 Asian Games if allotted to India, to find sponsors for national stems participation in international sports competition/seminars/clinics/workshops, cooperation for strengthening the domestic sports programme (competition and coaching programmes) for national federations as also support to organise short-term courses for technical officials to update their knowledge.
Business houses will also extend support to engage foreign coaches to train national teams and also support steps which the IOA may take to develop sports sciences in the country. Also, the CII will give its expertise in the field of management of sports.
The success of this
programme will be clear in a very short time. What Indian
sports lack at the moment is funds but with so much money
in the pipeline, thanks to the MoU signed between the IOA
and the CII, the national sports federations can come
down to the task of grooming talent which in any case is
their primary task. As Suresh Kalmadis letter to
the state units says our emphasis should be on the
junior programme which may be drawn up on scientific
HAVANA, May 9 (Reuters) Cuba has called the International Amateur Boxing Associations (AIBA) sanctions of its top boxing officials for not substantiating their charges of corrupt refereeing at a tournament vulgar manipulation.
The AIBA yesterday said the Cubans never produced evidence to substantiate their accusations of corruption at a 1999 Houston tournament. Following the Cuban protest, however, one fight result was reversed, and some referees sanctioned.
The AIBAs legal committee banned Cuban Boxing Federation president Jose Barrientos from attending competitions for four years, for his part in the Cubans walkout at last Augusts World Amateur Championships in Houston.
Cuban federation vice-president Teofilo Stevenson, a three-time former Olympic champion, was suspended for two years, while the national teams principal trainer, Alcides Sagarra, received a one-year ban.
We dont agree with any of the AIBA measures, we think they are unfair, Barrientos said after the AIBA ruling on Saturday.
Cubas senior sports official Humberto Rodriguez said at a news conference in Havana that the Caribbean island, with a proud boxing history, would not accept the punishments announced at the weekend in Mexico.
These three are symbols of the cleanest boxing in the world, said Rodriguez, who heads the state Cuban Sports Institute (Inder).
The sanction against Cuba demonstrated the climate of various years of deterioration in the prestige and authority of the AIBA leadership which have culminated in an inconsequential posture, he said.
In Mexico, there was clearly a vulgar manipulation by this committee, and especially its Mexican president Ricardo Contreras, Rodriguez said.
Cuba, whose regular triumphs at the Olympics and other international tournaments have made it a major boxing force, plans to take its dispute with the AIBA this week to a tribunal of the Swiss-based International Olympic Committee (IOC).
At the time of the Houston controversy, President Fidel Castro, himself a keen sports fan, alleged there was a plot to discredit Cuban athletes and tarnish the Caribbean islands image as a sporting power.
As well as the Houston incident, Cuba was also furious last summer over doping charges levelled against four of its athletes, including high jump star Javier Sotomayor, at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada.
Cuba have won 23 Olympic
boxing titles and 48 Senior World Championship titles,
among other honours, in the last three decades. Sport is
sponsored and run by the state, and has heavy political
and nationalistic overtones here.
Five more to join cricket academy
MUMBAI, May 9 (PTI) Five more players have been added to the list of 24 seniors at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore while the first semester for juniors (trainees), set to be held from May 15 to June 7, has been postponed and is now likely to commence on September 1.
The five added to the seniors list are Swapnil Hazare, Nikhil Kulkarni (both Mumbai), Joginder Sharma (Haryana), Nitin Agarwal (Delhi) and Mrityunjay Tripathi, Academy Director Hanumant Singh stated in a letter yesterday to its Chairman Raj Singh Dungarpur.
These players, who were in the 21-strong juniors list, have been asked to report to Bangalore by May 14.
The first semester for junior trainees has been put off by a few months in order to enable them to take advantage of the next likely visit to India by the academys Australian consultant Rodney Marsh in September.
Mr Hanumant Singh has
said that since the two all-India tournaments
Coromandel Cup and Buchi Babu tournament are to be
held in August the period from May 15 June
7 could be better spent in preparing the senior
group for these tournaments.
NEW DELHI, May 9 (PTI) Pistol ace Jaspal Rana clinched a gold medal in a tie shoot in the centre fire pistol event as India completed their modest showing at the 31st Grand Prix of Liberation 2000 shooting event in Plzen, the Czech Republic.
Indian shooters won a gold, silver and bronze each wherein Common-wealth Games gold medallist Anjali Vedpathak excelled with an impressive score of 396/400 but had to settle for a silver medal.
Rana scored 584/600 in the centre fire pistol tieing with a Russian shooter, but in an ensuing tie-shoot, Rana edged his rival for golden finish.
Other Indians in the fray Ved Prakash and Samresh Jung shot 573 and 553, respectively.
Anjali Vedpathak settled for a silver despite having a fantastic score of 396/400 - gold slipping out of her hand by .02 points.
Vedpathak, who was
placed third in the semifinals, moved to the second place
in the final a creditable achievement.
MUMBAI, May 9 (PTI) The selection of the 14-member Indian team for Asia Cup cricket tournament in Dhaka from May 28 to June 7 has been put off by a day and will now be held on May 23 in Pune, cricket board secretary Jaywant Lele said.
The national selection committee members will prune the list of 25 probables already chosen after the conditioning camp in Pune, Lele told PTI from Baroda.
The meeting has been postponed by a day on captain Saurav Gangulys request. He is to reach Pune only on May 22 evening after reaching Mumbai earlier in the day, Lele said.
Ganguly would attend the May 15 to 24 preparatory camp for the Cup probables only on the last two days, the secretary said.
from England and said he would proceed homewards only
after finishing a county game on May 20. He also
requested to put off the meeting by a day as he would be
reaching Pune by May 22 evening only, Lele added.
DOHA, May 9 (PTI) Indias challenge ended in the fourth round when Chetan Baboor meekly lost to Wang Liqin of China at the Asian Table Tennis Championship which saw Chinese domination being threatened as Taiwan walked away with mens single trophy.
Former national champion Chetan Baboor lost to Liqin in straight games 11-21, 11-21, 14-21 in the pre-quarterfinal round yesterday.
Chang Peng Lung of Taiwan shocked top seed Ma Lin 21-18, 21-18, 21-13 in the semifinal and then went on to win the final thriller against South Koreas Kim Taek Soo 21-9, 14-21, 23-21, 15-21, 21-18.
South Korea also had a
share in causing an upset when he beat second seed Liqin
21-16, 13-21, 22-20, 21-13 in the semifinals.
selected for handball team
HISAR, May 9 Haryana State Handball Association (HSHA) has selected 26 boys and girls to represent Haryana in the National Sub-Junior Handball Championship to be held in Uttar Pradesh from May 23 to 25, according to Mr Ram Mehar Singh Malik, secretary general of the HSHA. Team: U-15 (boys) Subhash Kulharia, Mandeep, Sunil Dixit, Om Prakash (Hisar), Rajat (Faridabad), Ravinder, Amit (Gurgaon), Ajay, Pawan ( Shiwani), Naresh (Sirsa), Anil (Jhajjar), Balraj ( Kaithal), Anil ( Rohtak),.
Girls: Meghna Malik, Swati, Sangeeta (Hisar), Kavita, Sangeeta, Preety ( Gurgaon), Neha, Priyanka, Rani (Ambala), Kulbir Kaur, Ranjit, Rakha ( Kaithai), Savita (Karnal).
U-12 (girls): Riti, Pooja, Preety (Ambala), Poonam, Jyoti, Kiran (Hisar), Yajvinder ( Kaithal), Yakshi (Faridabad), Manjeet (Kaithal), Gerts, Neetu (Gurgaon), Anita (Hisar).
Boys: Shankar, Vinod,
Takdeer Singh (Hisar), Bhoop Singh (Gurgaon) Madhu Sudan
(Faridabad), Mandeep (Kaithal), Ajmar (Jhajjar), Ravinder
(Jind), Vijay Kumar (Rohtak), Govind (Kaithal).
celebrate Olympic Day
CHANDIGARH, May 9
The Haryana Olympic Association will make the Olympic Day
on June 23 by holding a friendly kabaddi match between
India and Pakistan. A womens volleyball match
between Indian Railways and North India team, a
tug-of-war between Haryana Speakers XI and Punjab
Speakers XI followed by a marathan will be the
highlights, according to the secretary general of the
LUDHIANA, May 9 Ramandeep Singh captain of the Indian hockey team, was honoured by the District Youth Congress in a special function held here today.
Ramandeep who led the
Indian team to victory in Australia recently, was
presented with a sword, a shawl, a gold medal and a
memento. Speaking at the occasion Ramandeep said the
Indian team would leave no stone unturned to take the
Indian hockey to its past glory in the Sydney Olympics.
Jagwinder Cheema wins silver
CHANDIGARH, May 9 (BOSR) Jagwinder Singh Cheema, the 20-year-old powerlifter employed with Punjab Police won a silver medal in the 12th senior men and 11th women Asian Powerlifting Championship which concluded on May 5 at Zarafshan in Uzbekistan.
Earlier Jagwinder had
won the gold in the Asian Junior Powerlifting
Championship held in Delhi in 1999. In 1998, he took part
in the Asian Open bench press championship held from
August 14 to 16 at Taiwan and won a bronze medal.
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