Saturday, October 13, 2001, Chandigarh, India






S P O R T S

India rout Kenya
Bloemfontein, October 12
India defeated Kenya by 10 wickets in a triangular one-day series match here today. After bowling out the Kenyans for a paltry 90 in 37.1 overs, the Indians raced to their target in only 11.3 overs. Earlier India ran through the batting order of the inexperienced Kenyans to bowl them out for their lowest one-day international total.

India register 3-0 win over Spain
Hobart, October 12
Riding on Jugraj Singh’s penalty corner strike and field goals by Deepak Thakur and Gagan Ajit Singh, India registered a 3-0 win against Spain to top pool “C” in the seventh Junior Men’s World Cup here today.

Soccer World Cup loses insurance cover
Cologne, October 12

The company insuring next year’s World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea has scrapped the contract and called for a new deal following the terror attacks on the USA.



Ai Sugiyama of Japan returns the ball to Rita Grande of Italy
Ai Sugiyama of Japan returns the ball to Rita Grande of Italy during their match at Shanghai's Kiwi Open women's tennis tournament on Friday. Grande won after Sugiyama retired from the game due to injury with score at 6-7 7-5 1-0. — Reuters

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RAID-DE-HIMALAYA
Hugs, smiles after last stretch
Basantpur, October 12
There were hugs and smiles as competitors finished the last stretch of Maruti Raid-de-Himalaya here today. The first vehicle in at the TC was the motor cycle ridden by Surhid Sharma at 7.27 p.m. He was followed by Dharaminder Negi. The first car was driven by Along Aier from Nagaland at 7.42 p.m.


Arjun sets sights on Hero golf title
Chandigarh, October 12
Arjun Singh of Delhi returned yet another under par round to set his sights on the title on the penultimate day of the Rs 10 lakh Hero Golf 2001 Chandigarh Open at the Chandigarh Golf Club here today. 
Arjun Singh (middle) looks at his shot at the ninth hole in the Hero Golf Tournament in Chandigarh on Friday. Rajiv Kumar (right) and K.S. Sibia are also seen. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

EARLIER STORIES

 


Army Polo Club and 61 Cavalry in action during the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Bicentenary Coronation Polo Tournament in Chandigarh on Friday. 
— Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

Polo: 61 Cavalry demolish Army club
Chandigarh, October 12
The bumpy and dusty playfield notwithstanding, the country’s top outfit, 61 Cavalry, scored at will to demolish another Services team, Army Polo and Riding Club, 10-5, to enter semifinals of the Punjab and Sind Bank Bicentenary Coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Polo Tournament at Railway Territorial Army ground here this afternoon. Earlier, Thunderbolts made short work of RVC 6-1.5

Cricket must put technology to full use
Chandigarh, October 12
The International Cricket Council should give deep thought expressed not only by the India captain Saurav Ganguly on Wednesday but by various skippers in the past to use the available technology — read third umpire — to arrive at decisions on the cricket field. 

Dalash eves win in kabaddi
Manali, October 12
The 35th district-level Tournament for school girls concluded here yesterday. In kabaddi Government Senior Secondary School, Dalash, finished first while in volleyball Senior Secondary School, Manali, got the first position.

NATIONAL SUBJR RAPID CHESS
Iswarya, Vennela in lead
Chandigarh, October 12
Iswarya Shobhana and Vennela Tata both in below 14 girls section, Raghavi N in below 12 girls section, Narender Kumar S and Gopal GN both in below 12 boys section, Rohit G. in below 14 boys section were all leading in their respective sections at the end of the second day of the National Subjunior Rapid Chess Tournament played here today at Jawahar Navodya Vidyalya, Sector 25.

Smooth sailing for top seeds
Ludhiana, October 12
The seeded players (u-13) had a smooth sailing into the next round of the Rajesh Dhir Benefit Punjab State Subjunior and Veteran Badminton Championship which began at the Shastri Indoor Hall of Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Sudhar, Chandigarh boys win
Ludhiana, October 12
Guru Hargobind Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, and Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh in the boys’ section while Government Physical College of Education, Patiala and Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Chandigarh in the girls’ section scored emphatic victories to qualify for the super league stage of the Punjab State Champion Colleges Hockey Tournament being organised jointly by the Aryan Club, Ludhiana and Surjit Academy, Jalandhar in collaboration with the Hockey Promotion Institute at the Astro-Turf ground of the Punjab Agricultural University here today.

DAV Hoshiarpur win PU b’ball title
Chandigarh, October 12
DAV College, Hoshiarpur, won the Panjab University Inter-College Inter-Zonal ‘A’ Division Basket-ball Tournament which concluded here today on the PU campus.

Punjabi University dominate
Ludhiana, October 12
Harjot Singh of Punjabi University, Patiala, was in the limelight as he clinched two gold on the third day of the All-India Inter-Varsity Cycling (men and women) Championship at the velodrome of the Punjab Agricultural University here today.

State school gymnastics championship
Ambala, October 12
The Deputy Commissioner of Ambala, Mr D.D. Gautam, today inaugurated the 36th Haryana State School Gymnastic Championship at War Heroes Stadium, Ambala Cantonment.

DAV College champs
Amritsar, October 12
DAV College, Jalandhar, won the state-level Maharaja Ranjit Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament defeating Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, by one goal here on Friday.




 

India rout Kenya

Bloemfontein, October 12
India defeated Kenya by 10 wickets in a triangular one-day series match here today.

After bowling out the Kenyans for a paltry 90 in 37.1 overs, the Indians raced to their target in only 11.3 overs.

Earlier India ran through the batting order of the inexperienced Kenyans to bowl them out for their lowest one-day international total.

Ajit Agarkar took four wickets for 27 runs while Anil Kumble claimed three for 14 as the Kenyans were bundled out for 90 runs in 37.1 overs.

Kenya’s previous lowest was 103 against South Africa in Nairobi in 1996. The Kenyan total was also the second lowest by any team against India after the 87 by Pakistan in Sharjah in 1985.

It was a pathetic display by the Kenyans whose troubles started in the second over of the innings when Agarkar uprooted the stumps of Ravindu Shah.

That started a collapse none of the Kenyan batsman were able to avert. They were tottering at 50 for seven at the halfway stage and from that perspective the lower order batsmen did well to add 40 more runs.

Tony Suji was the top-scorer for Kenya remaining unbeaten on 18. Other notable contributions came from Collins Otieno (Obuya) who made 16 and his brother Kennedy Oteino (Obuya) who was the fifth man out for 14.

But, it was the Indian bowlers’ day as they totally outwitted the opposition and forced them into commiting mistakes. As many as five batsmen were trapped leg before wicket and another four were clean bowled.

Agarkar started in an inspired burst claiming two wickets in his first two overs after the Kenyans elected to bat on what looked like a good batting track.

He bowled Shah with an inswinger that went between the bat and pads and uprooted the stumps of David Oteino (Obuya) in his next over with a sharp yorker. Both the batsmen failed to open their account.

But the biggest setback to the Kenyans came when their most experienced batsman Steve Tikolo was caught behind off Agarkar for just one. Tikolo attempted a wide slash but only managed to get a thin edge and wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta took a regulation catch.

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Kenya:

K. Otieno lbw b Kumble 14

Shah b Agarkar 0

D. Otieno b Agarkar 0

Tikolo c Dasgupta b Agarkar 1

Odumbe lbw b Kumble 6

Odoyo lbw b Kumble 12

M. Suji lbw b Agarkar 1

T Suji not out 18

C. Otieno lbw b Harbhajan 16

Kamande b Srinath 5

Ochieng b Srinath 3

Extras: 14

Total: all out in 37.1 overs 90

FOW: 1/4, 2/5, 3/13, 4/25, 5/41, 6/44, 7/50, 8/73, 9/86, 10/90.

Bowling: Srinath 7.1-1-13-2; Kumble 10-4-14-3; H. Singh 5-1-18-1; Agarkar 10-3-27-4; Ganguly 5-0-15-0.

India:

Sehwag not out 55

Dasgupta not out 24

Extras 12

Total 91 for no loss in 11.2 overs

Bowling: ochieng 3-0-16-0, T. Suji: 1.2-0-19-0, M. Suji: 3-1-18-0, Odoyo: 4-0-34-0. PTITop

 

India register 3-0 win over Spain

Hobart, October 12
Riding on Jugraj Singh’s penalty corner strike and field goals by Deepak Thakur and Gagan Ajit Singh, India registered a 3-0 win against Spain to top pool “C” in the seventh Junior Men’s World Cup here today.

India dominated the early part of the game without looking dangerous but a penalty corner in the sixth minute for an obstruction gave India an early opportunity in the match. Jugraj Singh made no mistake as his shot found the left corner of the net.

The early goal stung the Spanish team into action and they slowly started to gain more possession of the ball and move into the Indian circle constantly. The Indian defence was up to the task and admirable battle for supremacy in the mid-field was unfolding in the clearing rain with no team finding it easy to dominate. The Spanish team could not convert either of their two penalty corners in the first half and Indian’s went to half time with a 1-0 lead but with no team seeming to have an upper hand.

Rain continued to fall lightly as the second half started with the Indians trying to force the pace. Once again the Indians made the most of their chances and prolific goal scorer Deepak Thakur scored with a firm hit into the right corner of the goal in the 41st minute.

India’s skipper Gagan Ajit Singh finally got his first goal of the tournament in the 50th minute to put India 3-0 up.

The Spanish team tried its best to come back into the game but the Indian defence held out gamely, even though Jugraj Singh was injured in the 53rd minute.

In the dying minutes of the match, Spain forced two penalty corners — 60th minute and 65th minute, but could not beat the Indian defence.

Umpires took control as the team got involved in several tackles — giving Esteban Alberto of Spain and Viren Rasquinha of India yellow cards for their play.

India emerged 3-0 winners in their first real test at the seventh Junior men’s World Cup hockey in Hobart. India thus topped Pool C and will play a runner up team in their next round of matches.

“We took most of our chances while the Spaniards fail to convert theirs,’’ said a relieved Indian coach Rajinder Singh after the match.

“We have achieved our first aim of topping the pool and now we enter the tough stage of competing with the best teams,’’ said the Indian coach after the victory.

Earlier Scotland beat Canada 3-1 to finish third in the group with Canada taking the last spot. UNI
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Soccer World Cup loses insurance cover

Cologne, October 12
The company insuring next year’s World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea has scrapped the contract and called for a new deal following the terror attacks on the USA.

“The reason (for cancelling the contract) is that the dangers for security are much higher since the attacks on September 11,” said Mr Ingo Koch, spokesman for the main insurers for the finals AXA-Colonia.

Mr Koch said that his company wanted to meet with the governing body of world football FIFA to re-evaluate the security risks for the finals which will involve 32 teams next June.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter speaking on the sidelines of a meeting in Prague said he had been informed of the AXA decision yesterday.

“The company involved (AXA) is no longer in a position to insure security at the World Cup finals,” he said.

“We have one month to find new insurance cover, which of course is going to be more expensive. It’s a new challenge for us,” he added. AFP
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RAID-DE-HIMALAYA
Hugs, smiles after last stretch
Roopinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Basantpur, October 12
There were hugs and smiles as competitors finished the last stretch of Maruti Raid-de-Himalaya here today. The first vehicle in at the TC was the motor cycle ridden by Surhid Sharma at 7.27 p.m. He was followed by Dharaminder Negi.

The first car was driven by Along Aier from Nagaland at 7.42 p.m.

The famous stretch from Kingal to Basantpur, allows very fast motoring. It provided a good spectacle for the local Himachali crowds who lined up along the roadside to see the event that has become an annual fixture on their calendars for the last three years. This was Day 8 of the Raid-de-Himalaya, on which there were 12 four-wheeled vehicles and 17 motor cycles left.

The first stage of today’s event was cancelled, making the competitors run about 100 km. The vehicles then proceeded on a transport stage to Shimla.

Yesterday a 470 km run over tarmac road over the Taglang La at 5,328 meters above sea level, the second highest motorable pass in the world was the highlight as the Raid de Himalaya made a run from Manali from Leh.

The competitive stage started at Upshi and closed at Pang.

The competitive stage of Sarchu to Darcha, was cancelled and from Pang came the long transport back to Manali. Most competitors and others arrived near midnight at Manali.

Raid-de-Himalaya arrived back at Shimla from Manali after traversing a new route from the Pandoh Dam and up into areas never run before by any motor sport event.
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Arjun sets sights on Hero golf title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
Arjun Singh of Delhi returned yet another under par round to set his sights on the title on the penultimate day of the Rs 10 lakh Hero Golf 2001 Chandigarh Open at the Chandigarh Golf Club here today. The 31-year-old golfer extended his overnight four-stroke lead by two to finish the day at 11-under 205. His nearest rival, Rajiv Kumar of Chandigarh, is six strokes behind. But thereafter there are competitors lined up after every stroke.

Local golfer Rajiv Kumar retained his overnight second position with a tally off five-under 211. Rajiv’s city-mate Harmeet Kahlon was tied-third with Kolkata’s Basad Ali and amateur golfer, Chandigarh’s Gurbaaz Mann, at four-under 212. K.S. Sibia, yet another local pro, was placed fifth at three under 213 while the Tour’s top-ranked golfer Mhow’s Mukesh Kumar occupied the sixth position at two-under 214.

Thrice winner and defending champion Amritinder singh saw his dreams of returning a fourth straight win suffer a severe blow when he slipped to tied-22nd spot with a tally of 221. Amritinder played to 75 today.

There was not one occasion today when Arjun Singh looked out of control. The Delhi Golf Club pro played sensible yet aggressive golf finishing the day with a not too jazzy but a very effective one under 71. “I decided at the start of the day that I would carry on with my game plan. So I used the driver a lot and attacked the course pretty much like I did on the first two days,” he said. “However, though I made a lot of regulations like yesterday, I didn’t hit it as close. This affected my putting. Else I would have played to four or five under,” he said.

Arjun started the day steadily paring all the holes on his front-nine. Birdies on the 11th and 13th sandwiched the first of two bogeys on the 12th. “I hit a bad tee shot,” he said with reference to his first bogey. Another bogey on the16th preceded his third birdie on the 17th.

Rajiv Kumar, who along with KS Sibia was more responsible for the large crowd following the leader-group than Arjun’s presence, had a rather inauspicious start to his round. I three-putted the very first hole of the day and that put me off,” he said. “However, the bogey on the 6th was even more demoralising,” added the golfer who missed a simple two feet putt on that hole. Two-over at the half-way stage, the 22-year old recovered well with birdies on the 10th, 11th and 13th. he then missed a five feet birdie on the 14th which was followed by a bogey on the following hole where he found the green-side bunker. The 14th was the turning point. Had I birdied that hole, the deficit between Arjun and me would have reduced to two-strokes. Finishing his round pretty much as he started it, with a bogey contributed to his returning a card of one-over 73. “This is golf. Anything can happen here. I am still hopeful of causing an upset”, added the youngster with a touch of optimism.

Gurbaaz Mann, considered one of the longest hitters in the country today, brought in the day’s best card with his five-under 67 placing him at four-under 212, three strokes ahead of second placed Girish Virk. Vikramjit Singh was placed third at 224.

Scores (after 52 holes): 205 Arjun Singh (65, 69, 71); 211 Rajiv Kumar (71, 67, 73); 212 Harmeet kahlon (70, 72, 70) and Basad Ali (74,67, 71); 213 K.S. Sibia (67, 72, 74); 214 Mukesh Kumar (72, 72, 70); 215 Ranjit Singh (74, 72, 69) and Amandeep Johl (72, 70, 73); 216 Gaurav Ghei (75, 73, 68) and Yusuf Ali (73, 70, 73); 217 Rohtas Singh (72, 74, 71), Vinod Kumar (70, 75, 72), Rahil Gangjee (72, 70, 75) and pappan (69, 71, 77).

Amateurs: 212 Gurbaaz Mann (73, 72, 67); 215 Girish Virk (70, 73, 72); 223 Vikramjit Singh (77, 69, 77).
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Polo: 61 Cavalry demolish Army club
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
The bumpy and dusty playfield notwithstanding, the country’s top outfit, 61 Cavalry, scored at will to demolish another Services team, Army Polo and Riding Club, 10-5, to enter semifinals of the Punjab and Sind Bank Bicentenary Coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Polo Tournament at Railway Territorial Army ground here this afternoon. Earlier, Thunderbolts made short work of RVC 6-1.5

With four of five players with highest handicap of plus five here, the proceedings today provided exciting moments with Maj Manoj Dewan (61 Cavalry) and Dhruvpal Godara stealing the limelight with some brilliant individual performances.

True, 61 Cavalry, which started with a 0-2 deficit as Army Polo 7 Riding Club with a total team handicap of plus 5 was pitted against plus 8 handicap of their opponents . According to rules, difference in the team handicap multiplied by number of chakras — four in case of this tournament— and divided by six gives the goal handicap to the weaker team or team with a smaller handicap. But 61 Cavalry not only cleared this deficit but drew level at 3-3 before the end of the second chakra. And in the third, 61 Cavalry, who are playing without their star Commanding officer, Col Bhawani Singh (with an individual handicap of plus 5), went on a scoring spree, getting across the goal bars at either end at almost minute a goal speed to race to a comfortable 8-4 lead in the penultimate chakra.

Conserving their mounts for tomorrow’s semifinal, the Cavalry men, understandably took the things easy in the last chakra but not before taking their score to double figures. In fact, Lieut-Col J.S. (Pinka) Virk, who displayed his brilliance in patches, led his team — Samir Chaudhary, Ajay Ahlawat and Manoj Dewan — extremely well though he had the misfortune of breaking his stick once.

The Army Polo and Riding Club led by international stalwart Angad Kalam (plus 5 handicap) drew ample support from K.S. Gill, young AS Bathh and Dafedar Bhawani Singh but failed to contain the Cavalry men. Maj SS Kashyap and Samir Sahag were the umpires. Col Harpartap (Horsey) Grewal was the third umpire for both the games.

Though RVC started with a half goal handicap against Thunderbolts, yet it could not break the impregnable defence of its opponents. Thunderbolts were served well by Dhruvpal Godara, AS Randhawa, Ajit Singh and Shailendra Singh while Maj Shailendra Singh, Maj S.S. Kashyap, Dafedar Bajrang Singh and Maj Atul Gupta represented RVC. Vishal Singh and Vikram Sodhi supervised this game.
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Cricket must put technology to full use
Abhijit Chatterjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
The International Cricket Council (ICC) should give deep thought expressed not only by the India captain Saurav Ganguly on Wednesday but by various skippers in the past to use the available technology — read third umpire — to arrive at decisions on the cricket field. Even in the past the Indian captain has been insisting that the help of the third umpire should be sought when the umpires on the ground are unsighted or are otherwise unable to arrive at a decision whenever an appeal is made by the fielding side.

At the moment the third umpire is asked to adjudicate matters relating to runouts, stumping and also to declare whether a ball has crossed the ropes or whether a fielder has touched the ropes while fielding a ball. In all other matters it is the field umpires who have the final say. What Saurav wants is the issue of close-in catches or where there are doubts whether the ball has touched the ground should be referred to the third umpires so that the replays can be watched closely before a final decision can be given. On more than one occasion, and very recently in the second one-day match against South Africa at Pretoria, the Indian skipper himself has had a raw deal at the hands of the umpire.

There was a time when cricket was a game for gentlemen. There were no neutral umpires, no false appeals, batsmen walked when they were out and there was no sledging on the grounds. And there have been instances in the past when batsmen have been recalled by the fielding captain even when they had been declared out by the umpire. But that is a thing of the past.

Now the game has become so professional that no team is willing to give any quarters. But one thing has not changed in the law books of the game: the benefit of doubt is still with the batsman. But modern-day umpires, not even the neutral ones, are not willing, at least in most cases, to give this benefit of the doubt to the batsmen as per rules.

Under such circumstances it would be worthwhile for the ICC to consider whether technology could be put to more extensive use to help the umpires on the ground. With a former chief of the ICC, Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya, now at the helm of affairs of the BCCI, the plea of the Indian captain can be followed up by the Indian board at the next meeting of the international body.

Cricket is becoming more and more a spectator game with lights, coloured clothing, white balls , extensive TV coverage et al. The international body must give a thought how to give the players a fairer deal at the hands of the umpires as they combat it out like the gladiators of old.
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Dalash eves win in kabaddi
Our Correspondent

Manali, October 12
The 35th district-level Tournament for school girls concluded here yesterday. In kabaddi Government Senior Secondary School, Dalash, finished first while in volleyball Senior Secondary School, Manali, got the first position.

In khokho Government High School, Bharain, were declared first. In badminton Government Senior Secondary School, Sainj, were the winner. In basketball Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sultanpur, (Kulu) were first.

Mr Maheshwer Singh, MP, presided over the closing function of the tournament.
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NATIONAL SUBJR RAPID CHESS
Iswarya, Vennela in lead
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 12
Iswarya Shobhana and Vennela Tata both in below 14 girls section, Raghavi N in below 12 girls section, Narender Kumar S and Gopal GN both in below 12 boys section, Rohit G. in below 14 boys section were all leading in their respective sections at the end of the second day of the National Subjunior Rapid Chess Tournament played here today at Jawahar Navodya Vidyalya, Sector 25.

In under 12 boys section: Narender and Gopal were both leading at four points each followed by Revanth CG at 3.5 points, Adithya B. at three points. The points position of other players in this section was, Vineeth-3, Jain Shrenhik-3.5, Shubham 3, Karthikeyan 3, Naveen Kanna 3, Souparna Ghosh 3, Dasari Sai 2.5, Premnath-2.5, Saravanakrishnan-2.5, Kush Mukesh kumar-2.5, Phanindra-2, Sankalp-2, Sumit Suhas-2, Prateek-2, Neeraj-2, Tejdeep-2, Abhyudaya-2,Mohit-2, Ravi-2, Karan-2, Sandeep V-2, Namra-2.

In below 12 girls section, the point position at the end of today’s round was: Raghavi-4, Sivasankari-3.5, Meenu-3, Rajdarshani-3, Anjanaa-3, Kiran Monisha-3, Bhakti-2.5, Sudharshana-2, Nayna.K-2, Dhara Gupta-2.5, Shradha Mohanan-2, Irol Melisa-2, Pallavi Dutta-2, Pallavi Maiya-2, Sandhya G-2, Fajra PA-2.

The under-14 girls section point position was: Iswarya Shobhna-3, Vennela Tata-3, Madana Sree-2, B. Latha-2, Raja Surya-2, Suchandra Chakrapadh-2, Swati Raj Purohit-2, P Uthra-1.5.

In the under-14 boys section, the point position was: Rohit G. -4, Akshay Raj Kore-3 plus, Sidharth-3, Deepan Chakarvorthy-3, Nisam KM-3, Kunche Nikhlesh Kum-3, Debayan Majumdar-2 plus, Sunil Rangarajan-2 plus, S.Yashwas-2 plus, Varun Ramakanth Yada-2 plus, Praveen Prasad, Samarth, Kunal, Chevli, Nikhil Batra, Akshay G, Shravan Shrikanth and Akshay G. and Rahul Manohar (all two points each).

A total of eight rounds will be played in under 12 boys section , seven each in under 12 girls and under 14 boys event while five rounds in under 14 girls section.Top

 

Smooth sailing for top seeds
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 12
The seeded players (u-13) had a smooth sailing into the next round of the Rajesh Dhir Benefit Punjab State Subjunior and Veteran Badminton Championship which began at the Shastri Indoor Hall of Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

In the girl’s section, top seed Shruti Bansal of Ropar made mince meat of Shaveta from Sangrur 7-0,7-0 and 7-1. Second seed Sanya Sareen from Amritsar faced no challange from Dapleen Kaur of Ropar 7-2,7-0 and 7-0 .

In the boy’s u-13, fourth seeded Abhishek of Amritsar scored an easy victory over Mohit of Nawanshahr 7-1,7-1and 7-4.

Earlier, Mr Raminder Singh, Additional Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, inaugurated this four-day championship in which more than 150 shuttlers were participating .

First day’s results: Boys U-13:- Aslam of Sangrur b Gautam of Jalandhar 7-1,6-8,7-3,7-0. Gurdeep of Sangrur b Navjot of Amritsar 7-2,0-7,7-4,7-3 . Kaushal of Jalandhar b Seerat of Ludhiana 7-1,7-5,8-6. Avish of Jalandhar b Tarun of Ropar 7-5,7-5,7-4. R. Bhanot of Nawanshahr b Abhinav 7-2,7-0,7-1. Anand of Jalandhar b Pritpal 7-2,7-0,7-0 . Jagvir of Hoshiarpur b Love of Jalandhar 7-3,7-2,7-1. Rahul of Jalandhar b Sagar of Hoshiarpur 7-3,7-2,7-3. Sukhpreet of Ludhiana b Nitin of Moga 7-1,7-2,7-2. Abhishek of Amritsar b Mohit of Nawanshahr 7-1,7-1,7-4. Ashutosh of Ludhiana b Rahul of Jalandhar 7-0,7-0,7-2. Mahip of Ropar b Kanav of Jalanhdar 7-0,7-0, 7-0. and Tarun of Nawanshahar b Puneet of Patiala 7-4,7-4,7-4.

Girls U-13 :- Sanya of Amritsar b Dapleen Kaur of Ropar 7-2,7-0,7-0. Komalpreet of Patiala b Neha of Amritsar 7-0,7-3,7-1.
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Sudhar, Chandigarh boys win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 12
Guru Hargobind Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, and Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh in the boys’ section while Government Physical College of Education, Patiala and Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Chandigarh in the girls’ section scored emphatic victories to qualify for the super league stage of the Punjab State Champion Colleges Hockey Tournament being organised jointly by the Aryan Club, Ludhiana and Surjit Academy, Jalandhar in collaboration with the Hockey Promotion Institute at the Astro-Turf ground of the Punjab Agricultural University here today.

In the first match, Guru Hargobind Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, Ludhiana blanked Government Barjindra College, Faridkot 3-0. After a barren first half, Hanspal Singh put Ludhiana college ahead in the 47th minute through a superb field goal. In the very next minute they earned a penalty corner which was successfully converted by full-back Sukhdeep Singh. With just three minutes to go for the long hooter, Gurvinder Singh scored a field goal (3-0) to seal Faridkot college’s fate.

The second match (women) was played between Government College for Women, Ludhiana and Government Physical College of Education, Patiala in which the latter proved their supremacy by emerging victorious 5-1.

Local girls went into the lead in the second half (39th minute) through Harpinder Kaur. Five minutes later, Raj Rani of Patiala restored parity. Monica Rani struck in the 52nd minute to make it 2-1 and immediately Bharti Prashar found the target to enhance the lead to 3-1. In the 62nd minute, Gurinder Kaur sounded the board to make it 4-1 and a few seconds before the long whistle Manjit Kaur struck a blow to wrap up the issue 5-1.

In another girls’ section encounter, Government College , Sector 11, Chandigarh, proved too good for Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh, whom they drubbed 7-0 after leading by 3-0 at half time. Beant and Sunita scored a brace each. The other scorers were Jyoti, Mandeep and Rama.

In the last match (boys) Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh, defeated Government Mohindra College, Patiala 3-0. Chandigarh lads established 2-0 lead at lemon break. The scorers were Manmohan Singh (3rd minute), Vikramjit Singh (13th minute) and Gurpreet Singh (62nd minute).
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DAV Hoshiarpur win PU b’ball title
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 12
DAV College, Hoshiarpur, won the Panjab University Inter-College Inter-Zonal ‘A’ Division Basket-ball Tournament which concluded here today on the PU campus.

The second place in this section went to Panjab University Campus, while Government College for Women, Ludhiana finished third. The fourth position went to Government College for Girls, Sector 42.

In the league matches played today, PU Campus, Chandigarh, outplayed GCG-42 57-40 and DAV College, Hoshiarpur beat GCW, Ludhiana 70-35. 
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Punjabi University dominate
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 12
Harjot Singh of Punjabi University, Patiala, was in the limelight as he clinched two gold on the third day of the All-India Inter-Varsity Cycling (men and women) Championship at the velodrome of the Punjab Agricultural University here today.

In the 4000 mt individual pursuit, Harjot Singh took 5:37.91 secs to win a gold. Jadhav Swapnil of Pune University and Harsimran Singh of Panjab University, Chandigarh, finished second and third respectively.

Harjot Singh timed 13:34 secs to win his second gold in 1000 mts sprint. Calicut University’s Asif Ahmed and Inderpreet Singh of Panjab University bagged silver and bronze respectively.

Defending champions (men’s section), Punjabi University, Patiala continued their dominance sweeping all three golds which were at stake today.

In the 4000 mt team pursuit, the quartet of Paramvir Singh, Jatishmahodeep Singh, Jarnail Singh and Harjot Singh took 5:22.05 secs to finish ahead of teams from Pune University and Kerala University.

In the women’s section, Punjabi University won two gold while the third one went to Pune University. In 3000 mt individual pursuit, Patil Sonali of Pune University with timings of 4:54.37 secs took the gold.

The team of Rasan Billing, Jaswinder Kaur, Nisha Rajput and Ashpreet Kaur representing Punjabi University, Patiala took 4:49.27 secs to clinch the gold, silver went to Panjab University, Chandigarh and bronze to Kerala University.
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State school gymnastics championship
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 12
The Deputy Commissioner of Ambala, Mr D.D. Gautam, today inaugurated the 36th Haryana State School Gymnastic Championship at War Heroes Stadium, Ambala Cantonment.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Gautam said that sports equipment of international standard worth Rs 50 lakh would be set up at the gymnasium hall in the next two months. He said the district administration was making efforts at providing sports opportunities, specially to the school and college students.

Mr Gautam said that in the past two months, state-level table tennis, Haryana junior hockey and Haryana swimming competitions were held in Ambala. He said that in December, the national school gymnastic championship would be held here.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mahinder Kumar, said that to encourage sports, the state government had prepared a new sports policy so that players could achieve national and international standards. He said that gymnasts from Ambala had achieved success in various sports meet.

About 500 gymnasts from Ambala, Bhiwani, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Hisar, Jhajjar, Kurukshetra, Mahendragarh, Rohtak, Rai, Sonepat and Yamunanagar were participating in this gymnastics meet.Top

 

 

DAV College champs
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 12
DAV College, Jalandhar, won the state-level Maharaja Ranjit Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament defeating Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, by one goal here on Friday. Teams from different colleges of the state participated in the tournament organised by Border Hawks Club. 

Mr Gulzar Singh Ranike, State Minister for Agriculture, gave away the prizes. Mr Ranike announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh to the club from his discretionary quota.
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Kangra Badminton Association
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, October 12
The following have been elected office-bearers of the newly-formed Kangra District Badminton Association: Chief Patron: Mr Prabodh Saxena, Deputy Commissioner; Patrons: Mr Sanjay Kundu, SSP, Mr S.S. Guleria, ADM, Mr S.L. Anand; President: Dr D.S. Katoch; General Secretary: Prof M.R. Sharma; Senior Vice-President: Mr Ramesh Sehgal, Mr Satish Chaudhary; Treasurer: Mr Pankaj Sharma; Joint Secretary: Mr Atul Bhardwaj.Top

 
 SPORTS BRIEFS

JORDAN'S COMEBACK
AUBURN HILLS:
Basketball superstar Michael Jordan made his long-awaited comeback to a rousing reception here on Thursday, but he lasted just 17 minutes and ended up on the losing side. Comeback king Jordan did manage to score eight points during his time on the court as his Washington Wizards lost to the Detroit Pistons in a sell-out exhibition game. Despite the presence of the man acknowledged as the world’s all-time great basketball player, the Wizards lost 95-85. AFP

KARNATAKA ON TOP IN BSNL VOLLEYBALL
CHANDIGARH:
Karnataka reigned supreme in both men’s and women’s sections when they clinched titles in the All-India BSNL, Volleyball Tournament here on Friday at sports complex, Sector 46. In the final, Karnataka outplayed MTNL (Delhi) 27-25, 25-14, 25-23 while in women’s section they defeated Tamilnadu eves at 25-15, 25-10, 25-04. In this five day meet, a total of 16 men’s and seven women’s teams took part. Mr S.C. Choudhary, Chief General Manager (Punjab Telecom Circle) was the chief guest. Also present were Mr N.S. Gill, CGM HP Telecom Circle and Mr R.C. Vaish, PGMT, Chandigarh. OSR

BOXING TEAM
CHANDIGARH:
A six-member Indian boxing team will take part in the International Tammer Boxing Championship to be held from October 18 at Tempere (Finland). The national boxing coach, Mr G.S. Sandhu said the four-day boxing meet would be a good exposure for the Indian pugilists to prepare themselves for the other big international tournaments. The team: Mohd Ali Omar, Suresh Singh, Ramanand, Dirjai Shashi, Harpreet Singh and Harpal Singh; Coaches-S Petar (Bulgaria) and Shiv Singh ( SAI). Doctor: Dr Shree Nath Caprihan. OSR

AR SCHOOL WIN TITLE
PATIALA:
Atma Ram Kumar Sabha (ARKS) School beat Government Multipurpose School by five wickets to annex the title in the Parle-G inter-school cricket tournament which concluded at the Dhruv Pandove stadium here on Friday. Brief scores: Multipurpose school: 181 all out (Amit Kumar 51, Sonu Mandora 70, Ravinder Singh 20, Pavittar Singh 4 for 24, Tejinder Singh 1 for 25, Sunil Deegia 1 for 21, Ankur Jund 1 for 20). ARKS School: 185 for 5 ( Ankur Jund 62 n.o, Rahul Sharma 44, Tarun Kapoor 18, Amit 1 for 25, Sonu Mandora 1 for 25). OSR

NO-TRUST MOTION AGAINST LELE
BARODA:
Voting on the no-confidence motion against Baroda Cricket Association Secretary Jaywant Lele will take place on Sunday, BCA president Chirayu Amin said on Friday. As the ballot papers for conducting the polls were not kept ready by Lele at the specially convened general body meeting of BCA on October 8, it was decided to take up voting on no-confidence motion on Sunday, Amin said. Two of the controversial office bearers — Pradeep Desai and treasurer Ramesh Dalvi — had tendered their resignations on October 8. Amin said that those who attended the meeting on October 8 will be allowed to vote on October 14, provided they can furnish member identity card along with another government recognised identity card. PTI

PUNJAB ADVANCE
BHOPAL:
Defending champions Punjab and BSF advanced to the finals of volleyball and basketball respectively in the 50th All-India Police Championship here on Friday. In the semi-finals on the penultimate day of the tournament, Punjab defeated CRPF in volleyball by 3-2 and Haryana in basketball by a huge margin of 64-30. In a one-sided encounter, BSF drubbed host Madhya Pradesh in volleyball by 3-0 and CRPF in basketball by 77-52. Displaying sueriority, last year’s handball winner CRPF and runner-up CISF moved into the final by upsetting Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab in the tough semifinals respectively. Defending kabaddi champion Haryana made it to the final by trouncing Punjab by 43-35. However, last year’s runner-up BSF was upset by CRPF by 26-10 in the second semi-final. UNI

HUMPY SLIPS
HYDERABAD:
Junior world champion Koneru Humpy slipped to the third spot after losing to WGM Hoang Th Trong (Vietnam) in the sixth round of the GM Chess Tournament being played at Budapest. Tasting the first defeat in the the 11-round tournament, Humpy has now four points and is behind IM Horwart Peter (Hungary) with five points and IM Jakab Attile (Hungary) with 4.5 points. The following is the points position after the sixth round: Howart Peter (Hungary) 5 points, Jakob Attile (Hungary) 4.5, Koneru Humpy (India) 4, Hoang Th Trang (Vietnam) 3.5, Todorovic Goran (Yugoslavia), Fogarasi Tibor (Hungary), Kosanovic Goran (Yugoslavia) and Husari Satea (Syria) all three points each. PTI
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