Friday, September 1, 2000,
Chandigarh, India

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200 patients screened for osteoporosis
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 31 — More than 200 patients were screened for osteoporosis with the help of a state-of-the-art computerised machine, on the first day of the free camp organised by the Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, yesterday. It was inaugurated by the Mayor, Ms Shanta Abhilashi.

According to the organisers the main objective of the camp was to create awareness among the general public about the disease. Doctors maintain that it is a silent thief as the bone mass keeps on increasing till there is a significant bone mass loss. It is a disease of the ageing society in which bones become weak and become prone to fractures with minor injuries. Patients, to begin with, present themselves with generalised body pain and back pain. The complicated cases report with advanced complications such as spine fracture, wrist fracture, hip fracture, etc.

Though people in various age groups visited the camp, but majority of them were above 50 years of age. Doctors advised them that it is essential to get the bio-mass detected so that remedial measures can be taken to prevent osteoporosis. Women have to be more careful as the disease is more common among them, particularly after menopause and it happens to be more severe.

The mainstay of the protection from the disease was prevention, which could be achieved by taking adequate amount of calcium and vitamin D, incorporating physical activity into daily life and hormone replacement therapy for the postmenopausal females.

Dr Sudhir informed that the patients who were examined today would be subsequently examined in the OPD and recommended appropriate treatment. 


Rowing meet at Sukhna from Dec 14

By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, Aug 31 — The level of water has gone up since we visited last which augurs well for the forthcoming Junior Asian Rowing Meet, going to be held at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh, from December 14 to 17 this year, felt the Rowing Federation of India team which went to the Sukhna Lake today evening to assess and review its current status. Mr K.P. Singh Deo, President of the RFI, was feeling relieved after making round of the other end of the lake. He was accompanied by Col C.P. Singh Deo, Secretary General of the RFI, Mr T.C. Gupta Senior Vice-President of the RFI and others.

Mr T.C. Gupta who is also the President of the Chandigarh Rowing Association said city had always been the favourite venue for rowing events of international stature, as in 1989, it played host to the Junior Asian Rowing Meet and then again in 1994 it hosted the similar meet in senior section.

Mr Kailash Nath, Secretary of the CRA and the organiser of this meet, said already five lanes have been created from the previous four and the events will be conducted in four events; Singles scull, Double scull, Coxless pair and Coxless four. He further informed that now the water level was at 1159 feet which was markedly better than two months before. Though the exact requirement was 1161 feet above the sea level for Asian meet but they expect to have one more feet added in few months which will, however, suffice. Mr Gupta told that 24 new boats will be provided by the Sports Authority of India for this meet.

Meanwhile, this year two Indian rowers had qualified for the Sydney Olympics for the first time which authentify the growing popularity and the better performance by Indian rowers .This was viewed by Mr Prabhjeev Singh, Secretary of the Punjab Rowing Association, who was also present at the venue. He said the advanced training camp undertaken by six rowers

in USA during the past few months was the brain child of Mr K.P. Singh.Back


Ball badminton championship
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, Aug 31 — The 20th National Subjunior Ball Badminton Championship organised by the Chandigarh Ball Badminton Association began here today at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41. Chandigarh won their respective pool matches in both boys and girls sections by overpowering Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. As many as 17 boys’ and girls’ teams are taking part in this four-day meet organised for the first time in city beautiful, said Mr Balwinder Banwait, secretary of the CBBA.

Last year the tournament was held at Allahabad and Andhra and Kerala were the winners in boys’ and girls’ sections, respectively.

The results: Boys — Chandigarh b Delhi 29-7, 29-10; Karnataka b West Bengal 29-21, 29-10; Kerala b J&K 29-12, 29-4; Rajasthan b UP 29-9, 29-10; Andhra b UP 29-11, 29-11; Chandigarh b Bihar 29-14, 29-19; Maharashtra b Manipur 29-27, 29-14; Madhya Pradesh b J&K 29-27, 29-12; Andhra b UP 29-11, 29-11.

Girls — Kerala b Manipur 29-18, 29-5; Andhra b J&K 29-4, 29-16; Orissa b MP 29-0, 29-0; Maharashtra b Manipur 29-8, 29-9; Chandigarh b UP 29-7, 29-1; Karnataka b Maharashtra 29-11, 29-6; Punjab b Haryana 29-0, 29-0.Back


‘Golies also need coaches’
By Arvind Katyal

CHANDIGARH, Aug 30 — “There are many football coaches who teach general skills, but few who train goalkeepers,” said Virender, goalkeeper of India, who was here a few days ago. He used to train in the Sector 17 stadium. He was here to visit his sister after India’s tour of England.

Virender said that it was good that the Indian football team had been given some international exposure, though after 52 years. He used to play for the Haryana State Electricity Board. Now, he is on contract with the Mahindras in Mumbai. The group pays him a handsome salary.

Virender, who belongs to Panipat, said the standard of Indian football had improved, but players wanted more international exposure. He said that the UK tour had been good for every player. India lost the first match, but the second one was a goalless draw. He said, “To reach the level of European teams, India should practice harder than before and adopt skill-oriented techniques. With the National Football League getting the desired sponsorships and business giants like Coca Cola helping players, youngsters have a good future.”

“I used to play handball earlier. In 1993, I was selected for a national camp during the Santosh Trophy tournament,” he said. He stood in the goal for India in the Rajiv Gandhi Independence Cup and the DCM Tournament. He said it was always the goalkeeper that was blamed for the team’s loss. He said a goalkeeper always needed to be agile and alert throughout a match.

He said, “After I joined Sesa Club of Goa, I got more exposure.” In 1996, he was adjudged the best goalkeepr. In the Rovers Cup tournament, he played well against Oman and saved many goals.

In the 1999 SAF Games in Nepal, India won a gold medal after beating Bangladesh in the final. Virender’s role was appreciated in this match also. Dinesh Sharma, an SAI coach at the Sector 17 coaching centre here, said it was Virender’s hard work that had brought him success.

Virender said he was happy that a football academy had been established in Chandigarh. He said, during his stay in Goa, The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, used to admire the football academies there. Virender said more such academies should be developed in each state. Virender said Indian players should focus on the strengthening of muscles, besides improving speed, stamina and endurance level, if they wanted to do well.Back


Stadium ‘A’ beat St Kabir
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, Aug 31 — Stadium 'A' beat St Kabir School, Sector 26, by seven wickets in the under-12 section of the Inter-School Cricket Tournament for St Kabir Trophy in the Sector 16 stadium today.

Brief scores: St Kabir-26 — 49 all out in 18.3 overs (Gurinder Singh 3 for six, Sidhharth Kaul 3 for 20, Saurav Kumar 2 for three, Ashutosh 2 for six); Stadium ‘A’ — 50 for three in 18 overs (Sumit Dhiman 15 n.o., Anmol Singh 2 for 12).

Sport day

The Sector 17 branch of the State Bank of India, yesterday, organised a sport day as part of the community-services banking activities throughout the country. Mr V.K. Gupta, Deputy General Manager of the bank, advised participants to take part in more such events. Prizes were given to the following position holders; Ramesh Taneja (1), Sumitter Singh (2) and B.P. Singh 3.Back

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