Thursday, October 4, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

S P O R T S

Yuvraj, Agarkar’s flourish helps Indians to victory
Benoni (Johannesburg), October 3
A late flourish by Yuvraj Singh and Ajit Agarkar took Indians to a three-wicket victory over South Africa A here today. Yuvraj remained unbeaten on 46 while Agarkar made 49. Indians made 245 for seven in reply to South Africa A’s score of 241 for six. The Indians had reached 138 for four at the 33-over stage.

Hussain inspires England to victory

Zimbabwe opening batsman Alistair Campbell looks back at his broken stumps

Harare, October 3
England, inspired by captain Nasser Hussain, ended an 11-game losing streak by beating Zimbabwe by five wickets in their first one-day international today. Hussain, absent for most of his team’s recent run of defeats, scored 73 from 77 deliveries.


Zimbabwe opening batsman Alistair Campbell looks back at his broken stumps after being bowled by England's Matthew Hoggard for 3 runs on Wednesday at the Harare Sports Club. 
— Reuters photo


PCA colts lose, Ricky helps PCC win
Patiala, October 3
Aided by superbly organised knock of 60 by Vinod Kambli and some indecisive running between the wickets by the PCA colts batsmen, which resulted in 4 runs outs, MCA XI managed to beat the later by 33 runs in the eighth J.P Attray Memorial Cricket Tournament league match played at the Dhruv Pandove stadium here today.

Delhi reign supreme, Punjab overcome Haryana
Jalandhar, October 3
Delhi shuttlers presented an impressive show by defeating rivals Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir in the semifinals of junior boys and girls sections respectively, and clinched a place in the finals of North Zone Inter-State Badminton Championship at Raizada Hans Raj Stadium here today.


 Monica Seles
Monica Seles of the USA returns a shot against Cho Yoon-Jeong of South Korea at the Japan Open in Tokyo on Wednesday. Seles beat Cho 6-2, 6-3. — Reuters


EARLIER STORIES

 
US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt
US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia returns a backhand to Marc-Kevin Goellner of Germany during the second round of the Japan Open in Tokyo. Hewitt won 6-2, 6-2.
 — Reuters

Prejudice clouds women’s marathon history
London, October 3
Confusion and prejudice cloud the history of the women’s marathon, primarily because women were long thought too fragile to run 42.195 kms over the roads. The anti-feminists, who opposed any women’s race over 200 metres for most of the 20th century, would have been confounded by Sunday’s Berlin marathon.

Sanjeev Mehra surges ahead
Chandigarh, October 3
Sanjeev Mehra of Calcutta made the most of a cloudy weather as he returned a grand two-under card of 70 to surge ahead on the second day of the Samarvir Sahi Chandigarh Open Amateur Golf Championship here today. He scored four birdies and is leading over his nearest rival by four strokes.

Rich haul by junior boxers
New Delhi, October 3
A 17-member Indian sub-junior boxing team, consisting of 12 boxers, two coaches, one judge, one doctor and one manager returned from Germany after participating in a training-cum-competition programme held in Cottbus from September 20 to 30.

Mukti Yoddha, Palmeiras in semifinals
Howrah, October 3
Mukti Yoddha of Bangladesh sailed into the semifinals of the 107th IFA Shield Soccer Championship, thrashing Tata Football Academy (TFA) 3-0 in the quarterfinals here today.

Tauqir Zia sees a boost in cricket ties
Islamabad, October 3
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Tauqir Zia has said that the election of Jagmohan Dalmiya as President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India would restore and boost the Indo-Pak cricketing ties.

Laxman submits fitness letter
Hyderabad, October 3
India’s ace batsman VVS Laxman who underwent a surgery on his right knee sent his medical fitness letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today.

India take on Canada in opener
Hobart (Australia), October 3
Runners-up India will take on Canada in their opening match of the 16-nation 7th Junior World Cup Hockey Championship starting here from October 9. This is the first time that 16 teams will feature in the Junior World Cup. The previous six editions of the championship had field of 12 teams.

Nadia, Rohit lift titles
Chandigarh, October 3
Nadia Saini and Rohit Verma both from Sirsa once again proved their supremacy when they captured the sub-junior title in girls and boys sections respectively, on the penultimate day of the third Haryana State Ranking Table Tennis tournament played here today both clinched the cadet section titles in their respective section yesterday.

Gorkha Brigade win
Nabha, October 3
Gorkha Brigade, Lucknow, walloped Patiala XI 4-0 in the 26th Gurdarshan Memorial Football tournament match played at the Ripudaman College grounds here today. The match, which was played on a soggy turf due to overnight rains, never rose to the level of an intense contest.

Sanjay Kumar’s team wins Kashmir golf
Srinagar, October 3
Lucknow’s Sanjay Kumar and his team won the pro-am as professional golf returned to the valley after a gap of 12 years with the beginning of the Sher-e-Kashmir Open at the Royal Springs Golf Club course here today.




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Yuvraj, Agarkar’s flourish helps Indians to victory

Benoni (Johannesburg), October 3
A late flourish by Yuvraj Singh and Ajit Agarkar took Indians to a three-wicket victory over South Africa A here today.

Yuvraj remained unbeaten on 46 while Agarkar made 49.

Indians made 245 for seven in reply to South Africa A’s score of 241 for six.

The Indians had reached 138 for four at the 33-over stage.

The surprise packet for the tourists was 28-year-old Baroda batsman Jacob Martin who made 54 off 81 balls with seven fours and shared a 91-run third wicket stand with skipper Rahul Dravid. Dravid was bowled by Roger Telemachus after making 35.

Openers Shiv Sunder Das and Virender Sehwag were rattled by a few quick bouncers from new-ball bowler Telemachus but they kept attacking and raised 31 runs from six overs before Sehwag’s loose flash outside the off-stump off the blowing of Justin Kemp resulted in an easy catch at first slip.

Das, looking uncharacteristically busy in the middle, too became a victim to the same bowler as he missed an off-cutter and was adjudged leg before wicket.

Sehwag, in his short innings of 14 from 16 balls, hit three fours, including a scorching square cut off Telemachus and a lofted hit over mid-on off Kemp.

Das, too had had three fours in his 17 off 29 balls, including a hoisted boundary at mid-wicket off Telemachus.

Martin had a terrible start against Kemp and looked clueless. But he quickly recovered his poise and played a few classic cover drives. Two straight drives off Jon Kent got him going.

Martin reached his half-century with a lofted hit off off-spinner Justin Ontong. He took 73 balls to reach the milestone and hit seven fours.

Earlier a miserly spell by Anil Kumble proved inadequate as South Africa ‘A’ registered a decent 241 for six.

Kumble conceded just 15 runs in his 10 overs and took the wicket of Jacques Rudolph after the hosts elected to bat. The Indians were in firm control of things when they had South African side three down for 75 in the 19th over but Martin van Jaarsveld and Gerald Dros put up fine performances to enable their team to a healthy total.

Jaarsveld scored 69 in 107 balls with four fours while Dros made a 86-ball 85, including six fours and a six, as they added 117 runs for the fourth wicket in 148 balls. PTI

Scoreboard

South Africa A

Dippenaar c Dravid b Agarkar 34

Rudolph c Dasgupta b Kumble 25

Van Jaarsveld c Dravid b Harvinder 69

Ackerman c Dasgupta b Agarkar 11

Dros c Sodhi b Srinath1 85

Ontong c Dasgupta b Agarkar 4

Kemp not out 8

Kent not out 5

Extras: (lb-1 nb-4 w-5) 10

Total: (for six wickets, 50 overs) 241

Fall of wickets: 1-62 2-64 3-75 4-192 5-198 6-234.

Bowling: Srinath 9-0-58-1, Harvinder 9-0-48-1, Kumble 10-4-15-1, Agarkar 10-0-46-3, Yuvraj 3-0-24-0, Sehwag 5-0-24-0, Sodhi 4-0-25-0.

Indians

Das lbw b Kemp 17

Sehwag c Dros b Kemp 14

Martin run out (Dippenaar) 54

Dravid b Telemachus 35

Yuvraj Singh not out 46

Sodhi b Langeveldt 6

Dasgupta c Dippenaar b Ontong 1

Agarkar c sub Hayward b Telemachus 49

Kumble not out 1

Extras (lb 12, w 6, nb 4) 22

Total (7 wickets, 49.1 overs) 245

Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-38, 3-129, 4-133, 5-146, 6-156, 7-234.

Bowling: Telemachus 10-0-45-2, Kemp 9.1-1-50-2, Kent 8.1-0-50-0, Langeveldt 9.5-0-33-1, Ontong 10-0-36-1, Van Jaarsveld 2-0-20-0.

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Hussain inspires England to victory

Harare, October 3
England, inspired by captain Nasser Hussain, ended an 11-game losing streak by beating Zimbabwe by five wickets in their first one-day international today.

Hussain, absent for most of his team’s recent run of defeats, scored 73 from 77 deliveries as the tourists, chasing Zimbabwe’s 206 all out, won with 3.2 overs to spare.

Opener Nick Knight scored a measured 50 after putting on 98 runs for the second wicket with his skipper.

Knight was dismissed after mistiming a drive and hitting straight to mid-on where Dirk Viljoen took a routine catch off Guy Whittall.

Trescothick was the first England wicket to fall when he edged a delivery from right-arm seamer Gary Brent to Alistair Campbell at slip for four.

All-rounder Andy Flintoff ended the game with a six.

English’s last victory dated back to October 2000 against Pakistan in Karachi.

Earlier, occasional off-spinner Mark Ramprakash claimed three for 28 in seven overs, while debutants Matthew Hoggard, Jeremy Snape and James Kirtley took two wickets each to dismiss Zimbabwe in 49.1 overs.

Ramprakash, one of the few experienced players in an experimental line-up, also chipped in with 35 runs with the bat.

Andy Flower had top-scored for Zimbabwe with 59, his 45th one-day international half century.

Off-spinner Snape, however, who earned the man-of-the-match award, turned the game by removing both Flower brothers in the space of three balls, both stumped by James Foster.

The wicketkeeper, another player making his England debut, made up for a howler after he had dropped Craig Wishart off a simple skied chance.

Zimbabwe have now lost eight successive one-dayers, including a recent 3-0 whitewash against South Africa.

The two teams meet on Saturday at the same venue in the second game of their five-match series. Reuters

Scoreboard

Zimbabwe

Campbell b Hoggard 3

Whittall c Snape b Hoggard 13

A. Flower st Foster b Snape 59

Carlisle c Kirtley b Flintoff 37

Wishart c Thorpe b Ramprakash 18

G. Flower st Foster b Snape 0

Ebrahim c Ramprakash b Kirtley 42

Viljoen b Ramprakash 18

Nkala c Hollioake b Ramprakash 1

Brent c Thorpe b Kirtley 3

Hondo not out 0

Extras: (6-lb, 6-w) 12

Total: (all out, 49.1 overs) 206

Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-34, 3-111, 4-126, 5-126, 6-145, 7-187, 8-201, 9-204.

Bowling: Hoggard 10-2-25-2, Kirtley 9.1-1-33-2, Hollioake 6-0-35-0, Trescothick 1-0-7-0, Flintoff 6-0-33-1, Snape 10-0-39-2, Ramprakash 7-0-28-3.

England

Trescothick c Campbell b Brent 4

Knight c Viljoen b Whittal 50

Hussain b G. Flower 73

Ramprakash b Viljoen 35

Thorpe c G. Flower b Viljoen 13

Hollioake not out 14

Flintoff not out 16

Extra: (b-1 lb-3 w-1) 5

Total: (for five wickets, 46.4 overs) 210

Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-111, 3-144, 4-176, 5-187.

Bowling: Hondo 6-0-35-0 (w-1), Brent 10-3-29-1, Nkala 8.4-0-48-0, Whittall 7-1-32-1, Viljoen 10-0-44-2, G. Flower 5-0-18-1.
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PCA colts lose, Ricky helps PCC win
Our Sports Reporter

Patiala, October 3
Aided by superbly organised knock of 60 by Vinod Kambli and some indecisive running between the wickets by the PCA colts batsmen, which resulted in 4 runs outs, MCA XI managed to beat the later by 33 runs in the eighth J.P Attray Memorial Cricket Tournament league match played at the Dhruv Pandove stadium here today.

Despite the fact that several cricketers, who have turned out for the country in Tests and one-dayers are playing in this star-studded tournament, the general lack of interest and enthusiasm among the local cricketers was quite discernable.

Brief scores:
MCA XI: 263 for 7 (Vinod Kambli 60, Sushil Manjrekar 45, Kunal More 37, Amit Dani 32; Navdeep Singh 2 for 39, Amit Uniyal 2 for 35)

PCA Colts: 230 for 9 (Vivek Mahajan 71, Amit Kakria 41, Binwant Singh 28, Gaganinder Garry 18; Amit Dani 2 for 45, Rupan Malvi 1 for 51)

CHANDIGARH: (TNS) Ravneet Ricky’s brilliant 92 helped Punjab Cricket Club to a three-wicket win over Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited at PCA Stadium, Mohali.

Dinesh Mongia, the stand-in skipper of Punjab Cricket Club won the toss and put PBCL into bat. PBCLs’ innings was propped by Abhijit Kale’s 83 in 118 balls, including of six fours and a six and Test discard Sairaj Bahutule’s 48 in 43 balls. Sandeep and Eshan were the main wicket-takers.

Munish Sharma was brilliant in the field, effecting two run outs, of opener Sunil Limay and one down batsman Sitanshu Kotare.

Punjab Cricket Club started their innings with Ravneet Ricky and Munish Sharma who put in 69 runs in 10.5 overs before Munish Sharma was caught by Abhijit Kale of Rajinder Singh. Dinesh Mongia scored 29 of 22 balls, including a six. Ravneet Ricky continued to bat fluently and was the sixth man out for a well made 92 runs off 113 balls, which included six fours and a towering six. He fell to Swapnil Hazare failing to clear the mid-on fielder. Sanjay Raul was the most successful bowler for the losers.

Powered by a scintillating 103 off 120 balls, including 10 four and a massive six by opener Sandeep Sharma, ONGC scored a seven wicket win over MP XI at cricket stadium, Sector 16.

MP XI having been put into bat scored 253 for six in the allotted 50 overs. They were helped in their effort by Davinder Bundela (42), Naman Oza (31), Sanjay Pandey (38 n.o.) and S Kulkarni (34 n.o.) Vijay Sharma, Sarandeep Singh and Amit Bhandari shared a wicket each for ONGC.

Chasing the target, Gagan Khoda and Sandeep Sharma posted an opening partnership of 144 runs in 26.1 overs before Gagan Khoda was caught behind off the bowling of Davinder Parmar. Gagan Khoda scored 57 runs. Sandeep Sharma was then joined by Mithuan Minhas (17) and the pair added 26 runs in six overs. Test player Mohamad Kaif replaced Minhas and played elegantly to score 52 runs in 51 balls to achieve the target in the company of Sandeep Sharma, who went on to complete his centry. Kaif remained not out. Davinder Parmar took 2 wickets at the cost of 55 runs. Sandeep Sharma for his century knock was declared man of the match.

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Delhi reign supreme, Punjab overcome Haryana
Our Correspondent

Jalandhar, October 3
Delhi shuttlers presented an impressive show by defeating rivals Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir in the semifinals of junior boys and girls sections respectively, and clinched a place in the finals of North Zone Inter-State Badminton Championship at Raizada Hans Raj Stadium here today.

Host Punjab, however, fought a long battle against Haryana girls to secure a place in the finals, Haryana boys dashed the hopes of their Chandigarh counterparts by registering an impressive victory by 2-0 and will clash with last year’s runners-up Delhi in the finals of junior boys category tomorrow.

The fight between Delhi’s Sandeep Kaushik and Yadwinder Singh of Rajasthan was virtually one-sided affair as the former with his finer technique rendered the latter helpless. Sandeep won in straight games 7-0, 7-2, 7-0. In the doubles, Sandeep and M. Khan outplayed their rivals Yadwinder and Ashish of Rajasthan, who tried to put brave fight in the first game but failed to match their rivals later before losing the match 5-7, 0-7, 2-7.

In the Haryana-Chandigarh tie, the former took no chances against Chandigarh team and registered a simple 2-0 win to set up clash with Delhi in the finals tomorrow. Haryana’s Sumit made skillful shots which put Akash Sethi of Chandigarh on the defensive throughout. Sumit won the match 7-0, 7-2, 7-0. In the doubles, though Chandigarh pair comprising Akash and Gurjeet tried their best to put brave resistance against Haryana’s Sumit and Rohit, who outsmarted them and won the game 7-2, 8-6, 7-2.

Though Jammu and Kashmir’s Samarika won her opening match against Deepti of Delhi 7-3, 7-4, 5-7, 7-2, the pair of Madhawi and Samarika were not able to maintain the tempo and went down the fight to Deepti and Parul of Delhi 7-5, 5-7, 6-8, 3-7 to level the score (1-1). In the decider match Parul simply outplayed Nishu and won the game 7-4, 7-1, 7-0 to secure a place for Delhi in the finals.

Host Punjab, however, fought a long battle before defeating Haryana girls 2-1. In the opening match Anita of Haryana made skillful use of the court and her ability to loft the shuttle from near the nets made it difficult for Punjab’s Navita to counter attack. Anita won the game 7-2, 7-2, 7-5. Punjab’s pair of Navita and Aarti combined well against Haryana. Anita and Meenu in the doubles section and won 5-7, 7-5, 2-7, 7-3, 7-3. Aarti of Punjab struggled against Haryana’s Roma before emerging winner 7-0, 7-2, 5-7, 6-8, 7-5. Punjab will clash with last year’s winner Delhi in the finals tomorrow.

Results:

Women (knockout)

J&K b Himachal Pradesh 2-1.

Samarika b Kamini 7-0, 7-1, 7-1, Jyoti and Shaveta lose to Kamini and Depali 5-7, 7-2, 1-7, 3-7, Saveta Gupta b Dipali 7-2, 8-6, 7-0.

Haryana b Rajasthan 2-1:

Anita loses to Saumya 1-7, 8-7, 1-7, 7-1, 0-7, Anita and Meenu b Saumya and Deepa 4-7, 8-6, 7-2, 8-6, 8-7, Gauri b Deepa 7-0, 4-7, 7-0, 7-4.

Punjab b Chandigarh 2-0, Nazma b H. Shardha 7-1, 7-8, 9-7, 7-1, 7-0, Nazma and Sumit b H. Shardha and Mala 5-7, 6-8, 7-5, 7-1, 7-3.

Men (knockout)

Rajasthan b J&K 3-1

Ranveer Singh b Avnish Sharma 7-5, 8-7, 7-4, Krishma Gupta lose to Rahul Sharma 8-6, 7-5, 1-7, 3-7, 5-7, Ranveer and Raj b Vishal and Makand 8-6, 4-7, 3-7, 7-1, 7-5, Raj Saraswati b Gurwinder Singh 7-3, 7-0, 2-7, 7-1.

Chandigarh b HP 3-0

Rudra Kaushik b Manoj Amarthi 7-0, 7-4, 7-0, Asish Sharma b Himanshu Parmar 7-3, 7-5, 7-3, Asish and Varun b Himanshu and Manoj 8-7, 7-1, 7-4.

Punjab b Haryana 3-0

Jaideep Kalsi b Manoj Amarthi 7-0, 7-4, 7-0, Roshan Kapoor b Satwinder 7-0, 7-0, 7-2, Gurmukh Singh and Harish b Satwinder and Sukhwinder 7-3, 7-3, 7-1.
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Prejudice clouds women’s marathon history

London, October 3
Confusion and prejudice cloud the history of the women’s marathon, primarily because women were long thought too fragile to run 42.195 kms over the roads.

The anti-feminists, who opposed any women’s race over 200 metres for most of the 20th century, would have been confounded by Sunday’s Berlin marathon.

Naoko Takahashi, a slight, young Japanese, reduced the world best by 57 seconds to clock two hours 19 minutes 46 seconds. Her time would have been fast enough to win the men’s Olympic title as recently as 1956.

Several reports have claimed a Greek woman named Melopene ran in the 1896 Athens Olympic marathon, the first Games of the modern era, finishing in about 4-1/2 hours. The first men’s champion, Greek Spiridon Louis, clocked 2:58:50.

The first woman officially timed in a marathon was Briton Violet Pieracy who completed the Windsor-Chiswick course on October 3, 1926 in 3:40:22.

Her mark lasted for 37 years until Merry Lepper, a 20-year-old American, clocked 3:37:07 in Culver City.

In the unenlightened days when women were usually banned from marathons, Lepper and her friend Lyn Carmen hid in the bushes before illicitly joining the field.

The first sub-three hour marathon has been credited to Australia’s Adrienne Beames with two hours 46 minutes 30 seconds in Werribee, Victoria, on August 31, 1971. The time has been queried by some statisticians because of doubts over the length of the course.

Beames, the Victorian squash champion from 1966-8, was also, according to contemporary reports, a noted singer. She clocked 2:46:25 six years later in Phoenix, which gives credibility to her Werribee time.

These isolated achievements were recorded against a backdrop of illogical prejudice against women’s running, instigated largely by the women’s 800 metres final at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.

After several women collapsed at the end of an exciting race, won by German Karoline Radke, there were calls in the press to ban women from races of more than 200 metres.

Comte de Baillet-Latour, president of the International Olympic Committee, went further. As in ancient Olympia, he said, women should not take part in the Games at all.

The world governing athletics body acted swiftly. All women’s races longer than 200 metres were banned for 32 years until the 800 was restored at the 1960 Rome Games.

Women’s liberation movements flourished during the 1960s although the sporting authorities, as usual, lagged behind popular opinion.

In 1967 a race marshal spotted Kathy Swizer running in the Boston marathon and tried to remove her from the race. Swizer had taken the precaution of running with her hammer thrower boyfriend. The marshal failed.

The 1970s were pivotal years for women in particular and women distance runners in particular.

In 1971, organisers of the New York City marathon allowed five women entrants in a field of 164. American Beth Bonner was the first woman home in 2:55.22, followed by Nina Kuscsik.

Boston relented in the following year with Kuscsik the first woman home in 3:10:26. Kuscsik had been inspired by President John Kennedy’s call for Americans to get fitter during the early 1960s, taking up successively skating, walking and running.

Attitudes towards women athletes were also belatedly changing.

Women, said West German physiologist Ernst Van Aaken, were ideally suited to running marathons.

“Women have the ideal physique required to excel in long-distance running,” he said.

Van Aaken said women sweated less and were subsequently less susceptible to dehydration. They also weighed less and became fatigued less quickly.

A cool, elegant Norwegian finally convinced the sceptics that women’s distance running was to be taken seriously. Appropriately it happened on the streets of New York, biggest and brashest of the new mass-participation big city races.

After finishing third in the 1974 European championships 1,500 metres final, Grete Waitz was asked if she had considered moving up to the non-championship 3,000.

“No, I’ve raced the distance once and thought it far too long,” she replied.

Yet in 1978 Waitz, who had never run further than 19 kms in training, won the New York marathon in 2:32:30, two minutes faster than the previous best.

Despite initial reluctance she turned out again in 1979, clocking 2:27:33, seven minutes faster than any other woman. The time was good enough to win every Olympic marathon prior to Emil Zatopek in 1952.

Incredibly the 1,500 was still the longest event on the Olympic programme at the 1980 Moscow Olympics but change was swift to come as the authorities belatedly redrafted their programmes.

The first championship marathon was won by Rosa Mota at the 1982 European championships in Athens. In the following year, Waitz won the inaugural world title in Helsinki.

In 1984 several women, notably Swiss Gabriele Andersen-Schweiss, collapsed in stifling heat during the Los Angeles Olympic women’s marathon, won by American Joan Benoit.

But this time there were no calls for the race to be banned. Women’s distance running had arrived. Reuters
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Sanjeev Mehra surges ahead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Sanjeev Mehra of Calcutta made the most of a cloudy weather as he returned a grand two-under card of 70 to surge ahead on the second day of the Samarvir Sahi Chandigarh Open Amateur Golf Championship here today. He scored four birdies and is leading over his nearest rival by four strokes.

Local golfer Gurbaaz Mann played a steady round of one under and improved his position considerably, placed second with two others after the second round. Yesterday’s leader Harinder Gupta had a disappointing round of 77. Yesterday’s co-leader, Simarjeet Singh of Noida also returned a bad round of 77.

There was a light shower early in the morning which made the playing conditions a little tough. Subsequently it cleared out and it was perfect weather and the late afternoon scores reflected the same.

Kapil Dev and Ajay Jadeja, former cricketers, were full of praise for the excellent condition of the Chandigarh Golf Club course.

The cut was applied at 14-over for two days and 41 participants made the cut.

Ashok Kumar could not play well even today, and he slipped from yesterday’s score of 73, and went further down and produced a card of 76.

Manav Dass of Khadka Golf Club began poorly but shot a three under back nine to finish with a level par round.

Vikram Rana of Army Golf Club, Delhi, also shot a level par round to recover well. Former cricketer Ajay Jadeja today again produced a card of over 13 and he missed the cut.

Kapil Dev was in good form and produced a card of four over. He had two birdies and 10 pars. After two days game his score is 155 and he made the cut comfortably. Talking to the captain of the club, Mr Sandeep S. Sandhu, Kapil appreciated the playing conditions and seemed all charged up to catch up with the leaders on the penultimate day.

Gross Scores: Sanjeev Mehra 142, Gurbaaz Mann 146, Manav Das 146, Sandy Lehal 146, Saurabh Bhaguna 147, Girish IS Virk 147, Harinder Gupta 148, Simarjeet Singh 148.

Nett scores: Sanjeev Mehra 141, Sandhy Lehal 144, Saurabh Bhaguna 145, Girish IS Virk 145, Ashok Kumar 145, Manav Dass 146, Rajiv N. Dattar 146, Sachin Nigade 146, Gurbaaz Mann 146.
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Rich haul by junior boxers
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, October 3
A 17-member Indian sub-junior boxing team, consisting of 12 boxers, two coaches, one judge, one doctor and one manager returned from Germany after participating in a training-cum-competition programme held in Cottbus from September 20 to 30.

The boxers underwent a training programme for a week from September 20 and then participated in the Cottbus Nachwuchsturnier tournament in which six teams, inlcuding India, participated.

Working president of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) R S Dalal said here today the Indian pugilists gave spectacular performances to win two gold, four silver and five bronze medals-a medal for each of the boxers—and annexed the team title.

Dilip Kumar Pouri of Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) and Balbir Singh of Delhi won gold medals in the 48kg and 51kg events respectively. The silver medal winners were Surender of Haryana (67kg), Ajit Pal Singh of SSCB (67kg), Kamal Kumar of Himachal Pradesh (57kg) and Jai Bhagwan of Haryana. The bronze medals were annexed by Amardeep Gurung (SSCB), Sonu Chahal of Haryana, Jasvir of Punjab and Sanjay of SSCB and Vijender. Balbir Singh of Delhi was adjudged the best boxer.

IABF president Abhay Singh Chautala congratulated the boxers for their excellent performance and promised all help to the boxers and coaches for getting expert training-cum-exposure experience abroad, to prepare for major international events.

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Mukti Yoddha, Palmeiras in semifinals

Howrah, October 3
Mukti Yoddha of Bangladesh sailed into the semifinals of the 107th IFA Shield Soccer Championship, thrashing Tata Football Academy (TFA) 3-0 in the quarterfinals here today.

The Bangladesh team, which dominated the proceedings right from the start, forged ahead in the 44th minute of the first half, when left out Raqibul Hussein’s corner entered the net, but not before kissing the outstretched hands of TFA goalie Manas Barua.

In the second half, Mukti buttressed the tally when medio Ariful Kabir Farad latching on to a pass from Emeka, dodging past a couple of defenders banged home in the 20th minute (2-0).

In the dying minute of the second half, Mukti struck the last nail on the TFA coffin, when substitute Mirazul Rahaman slotted in a rasping left footer (3-0). Emeka unleashed three more shots, but TFA custodian Manas manned the bar brilliantly to save all the three.

TFA also got three opportunities, but their inept shooting and poor finishing cost them dearly.

Kolkata: Displaying fine ball control and typical Latin American skills, Palmeiras from Sao Paolo, Brazil, stormed into the semifinals, routing Nam Dinh from Vietnam 6-1 in a one-sided quarterfinal.

The Brazilians, who led 2-0 at half time, scored through strikers Tom (3) Chu and Cabe and linkman Celio, while Nam Dinh reduced the margin through their defender Than Phe Hien.

In the last four stage, Palmeiras will meet Mukti Yoddha.

After putting up a lacklustre performance when they were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly rated CFL Bhratri Sangha in their last league match, the Brazilians today shook off their lethargy to force an early goal. Though the slippery ground condition caused by showers before the match was not conducive to fine soccer, the Latin Americans combined well to show their fine marksmanship. UNI

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Tauqir Zia sees a boost in cricket ties

Islamabad, October 3
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Tauqir Zia has said that the election of Jagmohan Dalmiya as President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would restore and boost the Indo-Pak cricketing ties.

“I have enjoyed very cordial relations with Jaggu (Jagmohan Dalmiya) when he was the President of International Cricket Council and now as the head of the Asian Cricket Foundation. Our views are similar on many issues,’’ Zia said exuding confidence that his election would help in improving cricketing relations between the two countries.

The PCB hoped that the two cricket boards would continue to enjoy excellent relations as before, The News reported today quoting Zia.

“It is appropriate to expect that not only the cordial relations between the two boards would reach a new level, but Dalmiya’s election would also help the entire continent,’’ he added.

Congratulating Dalmiya, the PCB Chairman also warmly praised the services of former BCCI President A.C. Muthiah for his efforts in forging a closer co-operation between the two countries on the cricketing issues. UNI
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Laxman submits fitness letter

Hyderabad, October 3
India’s ace batsman VVS Laxman who underwent a surgery on his right knee sent his medical fitness letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today.

Laxman landed in the city yesterday from Sydney where he underwent the surgery. The Hyderabadi said that he was ‘battle fit’ for the South African Test series.

“I was fit enough to play in the one-day games. But, Dr Johnson, who attended on me, said my knee was not still good enough.” UNI

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India take on Canada in opener

Hobart (Australia), October 3
Runners-up India will take on Canada in their opening match of the 16-nation 7th Junior World Cup Hockey Championship starting here from October 9.

This is the first time that 16 teams will feature in the Junior World Cup. The previous six editions of the championship had field of 12 teams.

The teams have been divided in four pools of four teams each.

India are placed in pool ‘C’ while defending champion and host Australia are in pool ‘A’.

Following are the pools;

Pool ‘A’: Australia, Chile, England, Ireland.

Pool ‘B’: Holland, S. Korea, France, South Africa.

Pool ‘C’: India, Canada, Scotland, Spain.

Pool ‘D’: Germany, Argentina, Malaysia, New Zealand.

Top two teams from each pool will qualify for the next round. The eight teams will be divided in two group of four teams each-’E’ and ‘F’. UNI
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Nadia, Rohit lift titles
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 3
Nadia Saini and Rohit Verma both from Sirsa once again proved their supremacy when they captured the sub-junior title in girls and boys sections respectively, on the penultimate day of the third Haryana State Ranking Table Tennis tournament played here today both clinched the cadet section titles in their respective section yesterday.

In the final played today, Rohit Verma got the better of Satish of Sirsa in 9-11,11-7,11-3,11-9. Third place in the above section was claimed by Dev Saini, brother of Nadia also playing from Sirsa who overpowered Kuldeep of Karnal 11-8,6-11, 11-7, 11-3.

In girls final, Nadia had little difficulty in disposing of Sidhi of Sirsa at 5-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8. In a match for third place, Poonam of Rohtak downed Richa of Sirsa at 11-3,11-9,13-11.

In the boys semi-final, Satish defeated Kuldeep of Karnal at 11-5,11-3, 11-6 while Rohit beat Dev Saini at 13-11,11-6,11-4.

In girls semi-final, Nadia beat Richa of Sirsa at 11-3,11-5,11-3 while Sidhi overwhelmed Poonam in a thrilling five-game tie by 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9. Match in the Junior section final will be played tomorrow morning while those of men and women final will be played in the afternoon.
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Gorkha Brigade win
Our Sports Reporter

Nabha, October 3
Gorkha Brigade, Lucknow, walloped Patiala XI 4-0 in the 26th Gurdarshan Memorial Football tournament match played at the Ripudaman College grounds here today.

The match, which was played on a soggy turf due to overnight rains, never rose to the level of an intense contest. Midfielder Tilak Shilai drew first blood when he received a sharp pass from Bhushan Tamang from the left flank and after dribbling the ball through a maze of defenders Tilak Shilai drew out the custodian to gently tap the ball home.

The spotlight was once again on Tilak Shilai when he rose above the defense to head the ball into the goal leaving the defense shellshocked. Towards the fag end of the match, the Lucknow boys tended to relax a bit and still during this period they managed to add two more goals through Naren Rai, who did not have to make much effort to score off a cross, and Bhushan Tamang who scored of a penalty. In the second match of the day Punjabi University, Patiala, boys routed SRC, Ramgarh, 4-0. The scorers for Punjabi university were Charan Lal, Amandeep Singh.
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Sanjay Kumar’s team wins Kashmir golf

Srinagar, October 3
Lucknow’s Sanjay Kumar and his team won the pro-am as professional golf returned to the valley after a gap of 12 years with the beginning of the Sher-e-Kashmir Open at the Royal Springs Golf Club course here today.

Sanjay, led his team comprising SDS Jamwal, Aizaz Murtaza and Arshad Kar to victory by tallying 107 points.

Rohtas Singh and his team of Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, captain Katoch and G.M. Khandey also aggregated 107 points, but were beaten to second place by the better back-nine score of Sanjay’s team on the count-back.

The winners tallied 57 points compared to 54 by Rohtas Singh’s team. UNI
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Cricket trials
Our Sports Reporter

Rohtak, October 3
The trials for the selection of Haryana team for the BCCI’s under-14 cricket tournament will be held at 9.30 am here at Sat Priya Coaching Centre on October 7. According to Mr Ranbir Singh Mahendra, secretary, Haryana Cricket Association, players born on or after September, 1 1987, will be eligible for the trails.
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 SPORTS BRIEFS


Australia's Lleyton Hewitt (R) talks to motorcycle riders Loris Capirossi (C) of Italy and Carlos Checa of Spain during Wednesday's round of the Japan Open tennis tournament in Tokyo.
Australia's Lleyton Hewitt (R) talks to motorcycle riders Loris Capirossi (C) of Italy and Carlos Checa of Spain during Wednesday's round of the Japan Open tennis tournament in Tokyo. The world grand prix riders made an appearance in front of the Japanese crowd before heading to Motegi, where they will take part in a grand prix race. — AP/PTI

SRI LANKA TO PLAY 1-DAY SERIES IN PAK
COLOMBO:
The Sri Lankan cricket board has agreed to send its national team to play three limited-over internationals in Pakistan later this month, the cricket board’s media spokesman said on Wednesday. The final decision on the tour would be taken after discussions with the sports and foreign affairs ministries. Local newspapers reported on Wednesday that the Pakistan Cricket Board had invited Sri Lanka after New Zealand called off their tour due to heightened security concerns over the September 11 terrorist attacks in the USA. New Zealand Cricket recalled the Black Caps, who were headed for Pakistan, from Singapore over safety concerns arising from military buildup around Pakistan’s neighbour Afghanistan. The Pakistan board was facing an acute financial problem following the cancellation of the one-day and Test series against New Zealand. The PCB also lost money when India refused to participate in the Asian Test Championship in August and did not play the match against Pakistan in Lahore. AP

AZHAR’S CASE
HYDERABAD:
Former captain Mohammed Azharuddin, challenging life ban imposed on him by the cricket board for his alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal, on Wednesday said his charges against former BCCI President Dr A.C. Muthaiah and the board’s inquiry commissioner Madhavan cannot be sought to be withdrawn as these constitute ‘the core of the case’. Azhar’s senior counsel T. Jagdeesh, during prolonged arguments in a city civil court on the writ petitions filed by Muthaiah and Madhavan, seeking striking down of certain averments in the main petition filed by the former captain, said Azhar’s charges against the duo constitute essential elements of the case and cannot sought to be struck down. Reiterating that the method of inquiry commissioner was ‘malicious, illegal and arbitrary and biased in favour of the BCCI’, he said the case ceases to exist if these charges were asked to be withdrawn by Muthaiah and Madhavan, both defendants in the case. PTI

BODYBUILDING MEET
BANGALORE:
A four-member Indian team will battle out for the honours in the Nabba Mr Universe 2001 Bodybuilding championship to be held at Charney le Macon, France, from October 5 to 6. The team: Ashish Sakharkar (Maharashtra), Roshan Ferrao (All-India Electricity Sports Control Board), N. Rajendra (Karnataka) and Shodan Rai (Karnataka). Manager cum judge: S. Chandra Mowli. The team will leave for Paris on Thursday, National Amateur Bodybuilders Federation general secretary S. Chadra Mowli said in a press release here on Wednesday. UNI
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