Wednesday, October 17, 2001, Chandigarh, India






THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

Das, Prasad likely to play today
Port Elizabeth, October 16

The way they inflicted a 10-wicket defeat on Kenya in the previous game, tomorrow’s match against the same opponents here in the triangular one-day series should be no more than a practice game for the Indians who are on a high after two convincing victories in the tournament.

2-match suspension for skipper Odumbea
Port Elizabeth, October 16
Kenya’s woes in the triangular one-day series were compounded today when their captain Maurice Odumbe was suspended for two games for his outbursts against the umpire after the defeat to South Africa in Kimberly on Sunday.

Dalmiya: No communication from ECB 
Jagmohan Dalmiya Kolkata, October 16
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has not received any communication from the England and Wales Cricket Club so far on the proposed tour to India, its President Jagmohan Dalmiya said here today.

Irani trophy tie evenly poised
Nagpur, October 16
The Irani Trophy match between Baroda and Rest of India is poised for an interesting finish tomorrow with the latter having lost three wickets for 60 at the close of the fourth day’s play today still needing a further 213 runs for a win.

JR WORLD CUP
India have a chance to reach semis

Hobart, October 16
After going down to Australia 1-2 in a crucial pool F game yesterday, the Indians are looking at all the permutations and combinations that would keep them in the hunt for a semifinal berth in the 7th Junior World Cup Hockey Tournament.

Ruiz-Holyfield bout as scheduled
Beijing, October 16
Beijing has reclaimed the right to stage the world heavyweight title fight between John Ruiz and Evander Holyfield, the Chinese promoters said yesterday. “The fight will go on as planned in Beijing on November 25,” said Great Wall International Sports Media spokesman Zhang Xiaozhu. 



The FIFA World Cup champion’s trophy is displayed in Tokyo
The FIFA World Cup champion’s trophy is displayed in Tokyo on Tuesday, while a guard stands nearby. The trophy was put on display during a seminar of a company which is an official sponsor of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which will be played in Japan and South Korea. — Reuters

EARLIER STORIES

 
From troubled teen to world No 1
Filderstadt (Germany), October 16

From promising prodigy to troubled teen, Jennifer Capriati is finally where her talent should have taken her a long time ago - at the top. Capriati, (25), begins her reign as the new No 1 in women’s tennis today, completing a spectacular comeback from a string of personal problems that had put her career on hold for more than two years.
Jennifer Capriati of the USA smiles during a news conference
Jennifer Capriati of the USA smiles during a news conference at the women’s WTA tennis tournament in Zurich. — Reuters photo

Kolkata varsity overall champs
Kurukshetra, October 16
Kolkata University won the overall acquatics championship by securing 37 points while Calicut University won the championship in the women’s section in the All-India Inter-University Swimming (men and women), Diving (men and women) and Water-Polo (men) Championship which concluded at Kurukshetra University here yesterday.

Objections ‘due to ignorance’
Chandigarh, October 16
Mr Gurbir Sandhu, Arjuna awardee in shooting, today alleged that it must be out of ignorance about the knowledge of trap and skeet events in the new shooting range coming up at SAS Nagar that certain objections had been raised by the Director (Competitions- shooting), Mr TS Dhillon in his report submitted to the organising committee of the forthcoming National Games.

Pawandeep a medico by profession
Chandigarh, October 16
Dr Pawandeep (Tony) Singh Kohli is perhaps the only polo player in the country who is a medico by profession. 

Kapil Bhatia is Delhi Golf Club president
New Delhi, October 16
Kapil Bhatia is the new President of the Delhi Golf Club. He won by a comfortable margin against Lt-Gen. H.K. Sibal in the annual election.


Anna Kournikova of Russia reacts after loosing a point against Amanda Coetzer of South Africa at the Swisscom Challenge WTA tournament in Zurich on Tuesday. Kournikova suffered her fifth successive first-round defeat 6-0 4-6 6-3. 
— Reuters


Jackson Omweri of Kenya breaks the tape in 2:22:20 to win the Candian International Marathon in Toronto on Sunday. 
— AP/PTI

Humpy shares top spot
Hyderabad, October 16

Despite settling for a draw, junior world champion Koneru Humpy shared the top spot with IM Peter Horvath of Hungary with 6.5 points at the end of ninth round of the First Saturday GM Chess Tournament, being played at Budapest in Hungary.

Amritsar, Ludhiana, Sangrur advance
Sangrur, October 16
Holders Amritsar along with Sangrur, Ludhiana and Gurdaspur entered the semifinals in the Punjab Schools Inter District Girls (under 19) Cricket Championships in progress here.

Upset win for Sahil
Chandigarh, October 16
Sahil Arora of Punjab upset top seed Sumit of Haryana in the boys under 19 section, in the Tara Chand Memorial Prize Money Invitational Badminton Tournament at Panchkula today. 

Public school hockey at Subathu
Chandigarh, October 16
The fourth Subjunior Inter-Public School Hockey Tournament for boys will be organised by Pinegrove Public School, Subathu, from October 18 to 20, Capt Amarjyot Singh, Headmaster of the school, announced today.

Rly b’ball meet results
Kapurthala, October 16
Western Railway women defeated Southern Railway, Chennai by 63-50 in the 44 th Men and 25th Women All India Railway Basketball Championship, being played at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Stadium, here today.

DAV School in final
Chandigarh, October 16
D.A.V. School Chandigarh stormed into the final of the Parle -G Cup and will play LRD Sr Sec. School, Jalandhar at PCA Stadium, Mohali tomorrow. 

Cricket tourney
Patiala
MES XI defeated the Power Club, Rajpura, by 34 runs in the inaugural Anoop Memorial Cricket Tournament league match played at the MES ground here today.

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Das, Prasad likely to play today

Port Elizabeth, October 16
The way they inflicted a 10-wicket defeat on Kenya in the previous game, tomorrow’s match against the same opponents here in the triangular one-day series should be no more than a practice game for the Indians who are on a high after two convincing victories in the tournament.

Despite a marked improvement in their performance against South Africa on Sunday, the Kenyans would need something close to a miracle to upstage India tomorrow.

And though captain Saurav Ganguly sounded the customary “we are not taking them lightly”, the fact remains that the Indians would take this opportunity to give their reserve players the much needed match practice ahead of tough battles against South Africa.

Ganguly has already confirmed that Punjab allrounder Reetinder Singh Sodhi and Railways paceman Harvinder Singh would be given a chance tomorrow. Indications were that Shiv Sunder Das and Venkatesh Prasad, two players who have not quite performed according to expectations, may also be afforded another opportunity.

Except for Virender Sehwag, who, Ganguly yesterday said, would be rested after two good shows in the tournament, it was not yet decided who would be the others to be left out of tomorrow’s match.

Ganguly has ruled out either Sachin Tendulkar or himself sitting out to give opportunity to others. Yuvraj Singh, who is still to fully recover from a viral fever, and Javagal Srinath and Ajit Agarkar are the likely candidates to be rested though a final decision was yet to be taken.

With the trio of Ganguly, Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, all of whom are in good nick, playing tomorrow, the Indians should not have much worries in their batting department. Sodhi is no novice with the bat and wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta has also shown good skill and temperament as a batsman.

The last two matches have proved the effectiveness of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh on these pitches. They are certain to play tomorrow and would be the greatest headache to the Kenyans.

Harvinder Singh has a nice action and brisk pace and he would be out to make an impression to cement his place in the side. During his short international career, Harvinder has been slightly inconsistent and it is this tag that the young fast bowler would be keen to do away with.

Even with the changes, the odds are heavily tilted in favour of India and while it would be too much to expect Kenya to pull off a victory tomorrow, they would do well to put up a competitive display and further improve on their performance.

The Indians once again have an opportunity to pick up a bonus point though Ganguly said he was mainly concerned with winning the match. “We have played some good cricket in the last few weeks. But it would be too early to predict anything in this game,” he said.

The Kenyans have shown some talent in their batting, especially in their previous game where three of their players scored half centuries. Captain Maurice Odumbe and Steve Tikolo, two of the most experienced campaigners, are solid batsmen and it was good to see Ravindu Shah and Thomas Odoyo also display attacking batting against the high class pace bowling of the South Africans.

The Kenyans have lost early wickets in all their matches so far and this is one area they will have to work upon.

Bowling is another area of concern for the Kenyans. Their spinners like Collins Obuya and Brijal Patel have done far better than the medium-pacers and it would not be surprising if they go into tomorrow’s game with a predominantly spin attack.

Kenya’s relatively good performance against South Africa has raised the interest in tomorrow’s day-night match with more than 5000 tickets having already been sold — a marked improvement from the last match between the two teams at Bloemfontein where the spectators could literally be counted on fingers.

Port Elizabeth is reputedly a sports-friendly city and spectators turn out in large numbers for any contest — a reason why it has been given a chance to host a semi-final of the 2003 World Cup.

The wicket has a bit of grass on it but the Indians were more concerned about the bumpy outfield at the St George’s Park. The outfield really looks rough and it would not be to the liking of the fielders standing in the deep.

Teams (from):

India: Saurav Ganguly (capt), Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Jacob Martin, Yuvraj Singh, Shiv Sunder Das, Reetinder Singh Sodhi, Deep Dasgupta (wk), Ajit Agarkar, Venkatesh Prasad, Javagal Srinath, Ajit Agarkar and Harbhajan Singh.

Kenya: Kennedy Otieno, Ravindu Shah, Steve Tikolo, Maurice Odumbe, Thomos Odoyo, Martin Suji, Tony Suji, David Obuya, Collins Obuya, Jimmy Kamanade, Brijal Patel and Peter Ongondo. PTI
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Tendulkar back on top

London, October 16
Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who returned to international cricket in South Africa after missing the tour of Sri Lanka with a toe injury, has reclaimed the top spot in Price waterhouse Coopers One-Day International ratings from Australian run-machine Michael Bevan.

Tendulkar, with 781 points, overtook Bevan who has 775 points. Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, who along with Tendulkar has forged the world’s best opening pair, has jumped six places to move into sixth place along with Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar with 734 points.

Vice-captain Rahul Dravid is the third Indian in the top fifty occupying the 21st place with 630 points.

In bowling, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who demolished South Africa at Centurion Park last week has leapfroged to 15th place from 26th with 653 points. PTI
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Hayward in squad

Port Elizabeth, S. Africa Oct 16
Fast bowler Mornantau Hayward has been added to the SA squad for their one-dayer against India, due to be played on Friday. 

Squad: Shaun Pollock, Mark Boucher, Herschelle Gibbs, Gary Kirsten, Jacques Kallis, Neil Mckenzie, Jonty Rhodes, Boeta Dippenaar, Lance Klusener, Justin Kemp, Nicky Boje, Makhaya Ntini, Charl Langeveldt, Mornantau Hayward. ReutersTop

 

2-match suspension for skipper Odumbea

Port Elizabeth, October 16
Kenya’s woes in the triangular one-day series were compounded today when their captain Maurice Odumbe was suspended for two games for his outbursts against the umpire after the defeat to South Africa in Kimberly on Sunday.

And when he was going for the official hearing with match referee Ahmed Ebrahim this morning, Kenyan manager Mahmood Querishey, accompanying him, suffered a heart attack.

Querishey was given “sorbetrate” by Indian manager Mahendra Kumar Bhargava, a timely help as the attending doctor on Kenyan manager later described.

Odumbe would miss tomorrow’s day-night match against India here at St George’s Park and also not play against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town on October 22. He would now be available to the Kenyans only against india in the final league game at Paarl on October 24.

After Sunday’s match, Odumbe had referred to umpire Dave Orchard as the “one gentleman out there who was not friendly towards us.”

“If a bowler asks an umpire to move back a bit from his position and is told ‘I did not come here to listen to your bullshit’ then you know you’re up against it. I will put that in my report to the match referee,” Odumbe had said.

Though Odumbe did not name Orchard, he said the umpire he was referring to was not standing at the end from which he (Odumbe) was bowling.

Odumbe said his team was also met with a similar blunt response when asking about no-ball calls.

Orchard refused to comment because he was bound by International Cricket Council rules. He referred queries to Zimbabwean match referee Ebrahim.

Orchard and Ebrahim were engaged in an earnest conversation after the game. Ebrahim said he would study the captains’ reports and take the matter from there.

The irony of it all was, Odumbe was given lift after the hearing by umpire Orchard himself! PTI
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Dalmiya: No communication from ECB

Kolkata, October 16
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not received any communication from the England and Wales Cricket Club (ECB) so far on the proposed tour to India, its President Jagmohan Dalmiya said here today.

The tour might also be cancelled in the wake of the ongoing US-Afghan war, he said.

Asked to comment on a statement made by ECB Chairman Lord MacLaurin that there would have to be a definite improvement in the situation for the tour to go on, Mr Dalmiya said: “It would not be appropriate for me to say anything until we hear from the ECB officially.’’

However, Mr Dalmiya said he would soon be leaving for Kuala Lumpur to attend the meeting of the ICC where he would be able to discuss the issue with the ECB officials.

The statement of ECB Chairman Lord MacLaurin which appeared in a section of the press said, “an England side in India is a very high-profile side. The tour is on at the moment but there would have to be definite improvement in the situation for the tour to go on’’. UNITop

 

Irani trophy tie evenly poised

Nagpur, October 16
The Irani Trophy match between Baroda and Rest of India is poised for an interesting finish tomorrow with the latter having lost three wickets for 60 at the close of the fourth day’s play today still needing a further 213 runs for a win.

Baroda, who conceded a slender 13-run first innings, have set a target of 273 for the victory. Baroda were all out for 285, 12 minutes before tea interval.

Rest of India were unlucky as at least two of the three umpiring decisions of catches behind the wicket were doubtful.

In the first over umpire Suhas Fadkar gave the Rest of India opener Akash Chopra out caught behind by wicketkeeper Nayan Mongia off Rakesh Patel. He was surprised and waited for a few seconds before walking back to the pavalion. Chopra scored four runs.

In the next over, Irfan Pathan’s (sr) delivery went to the wicket keeper kissing Binayak Mane’s gloves to be given caught behind by umpire Ramaswamy after a careful thought. He had scored just two runs. Mane’s looked surprised at the decision.

Left hander Hrishikesh Kanitkar, who came in ahead of captain V.V.S. Laxman, was striking the ball well in the gaps. However, a deliery from Irfan Pathan (Jr) caressed Kanitkar’s left thigh and went to keeper Nayaan Mongia who came rushing with his appeal for a catch. Again umpire Suhas Fadkar raised his finger.

SCOREBOARD

Baroda (1st innings): 318

Rest of India (1st innings): 331

Baroda (2nd innings):

S. Parab c and b Yohannan 3

Williams c Ratra b Singh 83

Mongia c Mane b Singh 52

R. Parab c Ratra b Kanitkar 15

Arote c Kanitkar b Mohanty 22

Jadhv lbw b Mohanty 42

U. Patel c and b Singh 6

R. Patel lbw b Sanghvi 6

Buch c Chopra b Sanghvi 2

Pathan Jr b Yohannan 32

Pathan Sr not out 0

Extras (b-5, lb-3, nb-14) 22

Total (105.4 overs) 285

Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-124, 3-156, 4-184, 5-192, 6-199, 7-224, 8-229, 9-269, 10-285.

Bowling: Mohanty 17-5-57-2, Yohannan 19.4-2-70-2, Sarandeep Singh 36-14-75-3, Sanghvi 25-8-62-2, Kanitkar 8-2-13-1.

Rest of India (2nd innings):

Chopra c Mongia b Patel 4

Mane c Mongia b Pathan Sr 2

Laxman batting 26

Kanitkar c Mongia b Pathan Jr 21

Mongia batting 6

Extras (nb-1) 1

Total (for 3 wkts, 24 overs) 60

Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-6, 3-46.

Bowling: R. Patel 7-1-17-1, Irfan Pathan Sr 5-1-15-1, V. Buch 7-3-18-0, Pathan Jr 5-1-10-1. PTI
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JR WORLD CUP
India have a chance to reach semis

Hobart, October 16
After going down to Australia 1-2 in a crucial pool F game yesterday, the Indians are looking at all the permutations and combinations that would keep them in the hunt for a semifinal berth in the 7th Junior World Cup Hockey Tournament.

Though India have a match in hand against Netherlands which they have to win, they also must wait for Argentina to beat Australia which seems a little unlikely since the Aussies, after their win against India, are a confident lot.

India have only one point from two matches and lie at the bottom of the pool with Argentina leading with four points after a superb 3-2 verdict against the Netherlands.

Australia have three points with Netherlands also on three. If Argentina beat Australia then the Latin Americans will top the pool with seven points and if India beat the Netherlands then India will go up to four points which would place them second in the pool and in the semifinals.

But if Argentina and Australia play a draw, then India will have to score a big win against the Dutch so that the goal average is healthier than that of Australia, since India and the hosts will then be on four points each.

The key is Argentina beating Australia and India getting the better of the Netherlands.

Coach Rajinder Singh was still despondent after yesterday’s defeat. “The more you think about it, the more helpless one feels. I am an optimist but I just can’t think of how many chances we missed.

“Deepak (Thakur), Gagan (Ajit Singh), and Prabhjot (Singh) had enough in the circle to close the match. And now we sit on the edge, our fate hanging on beating the Netherlands and Argentina defeating Australia.”

The Indian performance in the first round had almost made them the favourites but the draw against Argentina and yesterday’s defeat have set off a debate as to how India manage to lose matches they dominate so completely.

Against Australia they had penetrated the circle at least a dozen times. Even by the law of averages, they should have scored at least three goals.

Though Australia had more penalty corners in the first half, India were almost camping in the Australian circle. Even in the second half, India enjoyed possession and more control over the match. Yet they couldn’t score more than Jugraj’s single penalty corner conversion while Australia showed fine opportunism in slotting in two goals.

Argentina beat Holland

Earlier in the day, Argentina took a giant step towards a semifinal placing beating Holland 3-2. They had earlier held India to a 2-2 draw.

Holland are on three points after beating Australia in their first match and now play India in their last pool match tomorrow.

It were the Dutch who opened the scoring in the fourth minute, Timo Bruinsma picked up a cross in the circle and then with a reverse shot beat the Argentine goalkeeper.

Two minutes later, Argentina equalised when Lucas Cammareri trapped beautifully and with just the goalkeeper in front, picked a spot in the right corner to flick in.

Argentina took the lead in the 20th minute after a superb run by Villa Rodrigo. Picking the ball from the left of the midfield, he ran unchallenged dropping defenders behind and then with the keeper in front, flicked it in.

Holland had a penalty corner in the 32nd minute and after defending it cleanly, Argentina counter-attacked superbly. Alejandro Pasquali trapped the ball and with a turn beat the keeper on the right. At the break, Argentina led 3-1. PTI
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Ruiz-Holyfield bout as scheduled

Beijing, October 16
Beijing has reclaimed the right to stage the world heavyweight title fight between John Ruiz and Evander Holyfield, the Chinese promoters said yesterday.

“The fight will go on as planned in Beijing on November 25,” said Great Wall International Sports Media spokesman Zhang Xiaozhu. “This comes as the result of our talks with (US promoter) Don King.” China seemed to bid farewell to its first professional world title bout after cable television broadcaster HBO asked King to move it to the USA because of travel fears arising from the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington.

But Great Wall, facing heavy financial losses and intense pressure from business partners, ticket holders and Chinese newspapers, said it used legal channels to challenge the decision to shift the Holyfield-Ruiz fight.

“We have been negotiating with him (King) through our lawyers in America ever since they announced it was going to be moved to the USA” Zhang told Reuters. “To do that was in violation of our contract.”

“He admitted this was his problem and expressed his apology.”

The fight was postponed less than two weeks before its originally scheduled date of August 5 - a neck injury to Ruiz was the official reason.

Mr Zhang said the rescheduling of the fight for China would be made official within days through a joint statement from King and Great Wall. The return to Beijing of World Boxing Association (WBA) title holder Ruiz and four-time world champion Holyfield would raise questions over the deal between King and HBO.

HBO was due to pay King $ 5 million for the broadcast rights for the rescheduled fight in the USA but had never spoken directly to Great Wall and was not due to broadcast the original bout in Beijing, according to Mr Zhang.

This time could be different, he said. “We think Don King’s company may be trying to persuade HBO to come to China to broadcast,” said Mr Zhang. “As far as I know they are still interested.”

Because Don King already owned the broadcast rights for Europe and North America and Great Wall the rights for Asia under their original agreement, HBO would not come into conflict with the mainland television monopoly, said Mr Zhang.

“Chinese Central Television might use HBO’s signal...but provide its own commentary,” he said.

Great Wall, which lacked the pay television and die-hard fan base which help to make title fights profitable elsewhere, originally had a tough time with cash-strapped state broadcasters, venue managers and corporate sponsors.

Despite asking for more than $ 1 million for domestic television broadcasting rights, the company said it ended up selling them to Central China Television (CCTV) for only $ 50,000 and 13 minutes of advertising time.

But after the cancellation erupted into a Chinese media row over the return of ticket and advertising proceeds, Great Wall appeared ready to swallow its expected losses in order to save “face”.

“We’re fighting to carry out our original plan,” said Zhang. Reuters
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From troubled teen to world No 1

Filderstadt (Germany), October 16
From promising prodigy to troubled teen, Jennifer Capriati is finally where her talent should have taken her a long time ago - at the top.

Capriati, (25), begins her reign as the new No 1 in women’s tennis today, completing a spectacular comeback from a string of personal problems that had put her career on hold for more than two years.

“It feels great. I haven’t really digested it yet — I think I’ll have to see it on paper first,” Capriati said after it became clear that she would dislodge Martina Hingis from the No 1 ranking.

Hingis lost the top spot when she sprained her right ankle and had to quit during a semifinal on Saturday against Lindsay Davenport at the Porsche Grand Prix.

Hingis needed to beat Davenport to stay at No 1, which the 20-year-old Swiss player held for 209 weeks, the last 73 in a row.

By the time she became No 1, Capriati was no longer in the tournament, having lost in the quarterfinals.

The complicated computer ranking system rewards consistency over a year and Hingis is losing points she earned last year when she won four events — including Filderstadt — in a strong end to the season.

With Hingis going through the worst slump of her career-13 tournaments without a title, no Grand Slam since the 1999 Australian Open and perhaps facing an injury lay-off — and with Capriati having the best year of her career, the American looks likely to finish the year ranked No 1.

“I am proud to be able to come back from everything that’s happened in my life, and just to enjoy tennis and play this well,” Capriati said. “I think it shows everybody that it’s never too late to realise your talent, or your dream. If you think positive and believe in yourself, good things are going to come.”

Good things began early for Capriati.

At 14, she became the youngest Grand Slam semifinalist ever at the 1990 French Open; the youngest player ever to win a match at Wimbledon; and the youngest player ever to crack the top 10 that October, still 14.

Following her 1991 US Open semifinal run, she reached her initial career-high of No 6, to hover around that mark for two years before dropping out of the tour in 1993 with problems that included drugs and shoplifting. In between, she won the 1992 Olympic gold medal, beating Steffi Graf in the Barcelona final.

Capriati returned to the rankings in April 1996, at No 103. She improved steadily to finish the year at No 24. There was little success after that and in April 1998, she was ranked as low as No 267.

But Capriati won her first tournament in six years in Strasbourg, France, in May 1999, rekindling her career. She finished 1999 ranked No 23.

At the 2000 Australian Open, she reached her first Grand Slam final in nine years and moved back into the top 20.

It was in Australia again this year where Capriati’s comeback began to peak. Ranked No 14, she became the lowest-seeded player in women’s pro history to win a Grand Slam and she moved back into the top 10 for the first time in seven years. AP
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Kolkata varsity overall champs
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, October 16
Kolkata University won the overall acquatics championship by securing 37 points while Calicut University won the championship in the women’s section in the All-India Inter-University Swimming (men and women), Diving (men and women) and Water-Polo (men) Championship which concluded at Kurukshetra University here yesterday.

Pankaj Rathi of Barkatullah University, Bhopal, and V.Remya of Calicut University, were declared the best swimmers in the men’s and women’s sections respectively.

In the men’s section Delhi University and Barkatullah University got the second and third positions by securing 34 and 30.5 points, respectively, while in the women’s section Kolkata University and Delhi University were placed second and third respectively.

Kolkata University won the men’s diving title while Mysore University emerged triumphant in the women’s section Sanjay Mondal of Kolkata University was adjudged the best diver in the men’s section while Luxmi H.D. of Mysore University was declared the best diver in the women’s section.

Kerala University annexed the first position in the All-India Inter-University Water-Polo (men) Championship while Kolkata University and Pune University secured the second and third positions, respectively.

The Haryana Finance Minister, Prof Sampat Singh, gave away the prizes.

The results:

Men’s section: 200 metres individual medley: 1. Pankaj Rathi (Barkatullah) 2:25:96, 2. Jaydev (Gujarat) 2:26:12 and 3. Sudhir Tokas (Delhi University) 2:31:30.

100 metres back stroke: 1. Sandeep Tokas (Delhi University) 1:05:96, 2 Madav Sundh (Panjab University) 1:06:12 and 3. Pankaj Rathi (Barkatullah) 1:06:95.

50 metre free style: 1. Somakmarker (Kolkata), 2. Bharat Suchdev (Delhi University) and 3. Devaasheesh Majoomdaar (Delhi University).

Women’s Section: 200 metres individual medley: 1. V. Remya (Calicut) 2:43:79, 2. Devyaani (Kolkata) 2:46:42 and 3. Santna Pattra (Kolkata) 2:48:25.

100 metres back stroke: 1. V.Remya (Calicut) 1:16:92, 2. Samita (Amrawati) 1:17:62 and 3. Meeta Malik (Kolkata) 1:17:78.

50 metre free style: 1. Raj Shree (Kolkata) 0:29:60, 2. Sumi (M.G. University) 0:30:29 and 3. Nandita (Pune University) 0:30:50.
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Pawandeep a medico by profession
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 16
Dr Pawandeep (Tony) Singh Kohli is perhaps the only polo player in the country who is a medico by profession. He was here in the city to participate in the inaugural Punjab and Sind Bank Bicentenary Coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Polo Tournament.

Dr Kohli, who started his sports career as a cycle polo player at Patiala, switched to horse-riding and polo in 1982, when his father, Mr Tarlochan Singh, was appointed Press Secretary to the then President of India, Giani Zail Singh.

Since then, Dr Pawandeep Singh, has not looked back. With a handicap of two goals, he has travelled and played in various countries, including Italy last year where he represented the country.

He has played against King of Brunei twice.

In Chandigarh, he was one of the two umpires for the semi-finals and the final game. Besides, he played in an exhibition match between Punjab and Sind Bank and Thunderbolt.

Dr Kohli is perhaps the only civilian to have led Delhi Army Polo Club.
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Objections ‘due to ignorance’
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 16
Mr Gurbir Sandhu, Arjuna awardee in shooting, today alleged that it must be out of ignorance about the knowledge of trap and skeet events in the new shooting range coming up at SAS Nagar that certain objections had been raised by the Director (Competitions- shooting), Mr TS Dhillon in his report submitted to the organising committee of the forthcoming National Games. Sandhu, also the President of the Punjab Rifle Association, was talking to newspersons late today evening after visiting the proposed venue of shooting at Phase VI, SAS Nagar.

Gurbir was critical at how the ‘sabotage operations’ were being carried out by certain vested interests in the holding of the shooting events of 31st National Games at the SAS Nagar. He said the range having been given final go-ahead only in late July this year, was being completed in a record time. He was astonished to know about the report and reached here to meet the chairman, organising Committee IS Bindra to apprise him the true picture.

Gurbir informed that as per International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) rules, the range was being built and with meagre budget. But he said this was enough to host the National Games events which include 10 metre for air weapons( both pistol and rifle), 25metre (pistol) and 50 metre(rifle events)and the trap, skeet events. He said Phillaur was being projected by some people for their personal gains. The range was being made by taking every technical aspect into consideration.

Sandhu said since less than three acres of land had been allotted, trap and skeet ranges were proposed at a closer distance which in any case was more than 10 metres. He confirmed that the shooting range will be inaugurated on November 10 by any top dignitary. Definitely, the National Games shooting events would be held at SAS Nagar, he added.Top

 

Kapil Bhatia is Delhi Golf Club president
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, October 16
Kapil Bhatia is the new President of the Delhi Golf Club. He won by a comfortable margin against Lt-Gen. H.K. Sibal in the annual election.

Ashok Malik, a veteran golfer, is the new captain. He triumphed over sitting incumbent, Rajesh Dhingra by nine votes to six. The three government nominees were conspicuous by their absence.

The Bhatia-Malik team is excellent and they should be able to promote and popularise golf activities in Delhi in particular and northern India in general. If Bhatia is resourceful and will help professionals get sponsors, Malik has the experience for the club to embark on “Happier days”.

Both Bhatia and Malik have several innovative schemes and plans which they will spell out soon.

An Arjuna Award winner in 1963, Malik hails from a great Indian golfing family. His father, I.S. Malik, and his uncle, H. S. Malik, were exceedingly popular on the links in India and abroad. Winner of the national title on five occasions in 1958, 1960, 1963, 1967 and 1969, Ashok Malik was associated with the Tiger Sports Management for a while. He is mainly instrumental for the Tiger management functioning professionally for the benefit of pros.

The 13-member management committee team of the DGC is: Ajay Chadha, Johnny Suri, Ramesh Kohli, Ashok Malik, Guna Talwar, Rattan Lal Malhotra, Sham Duggal, Prem Sachdev, Deepak Narang, Bhai Swinder Singh, Vinod Wazir, Adm Kailash Kohli and Manjit Singh.
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Humpy shares top spot

Hyderabad, October 16
Despite settling for a draw, junior world champion Koneru Humpy shared the top spot with IM Peter Horvath of Hungary with 6.5 points at the end of ninth round of the First Saturday GM Chess Tournament, being played at Budapest in Hungary.

The 14-year-old Humpy drew her ninth game with IM Tibor Fogarasi of Hungary. Humpy, playing with black pieces, agreed for a draw after 28 moves. She has to win both the last two rounds in order to get her second GM men’s norm.

Humpy faces IM Attila Jakab (5.5) of Hungary in the 10th round and GM Goran Todorovic (4.5) of Yugoslavia in the last round of the tournament, according to her website www.koneruhumpy.com.

Other results: IM Peter Horvath beat Todorvic Goran (4), Husari Satea of Syria (5) beat Spassov Liuben (2.5) of Bulgaria. UNI
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Amritsar, Ludhiana, Sangrur advance
Our Sports Reporters

Sangrur, October 16
Holders Amritsar along with Sangrur, Ludhiana and Gurdaspur entered the semifinals in the Punjab Schools Inter District Girls (under 19) Cricket Championships in progress here.

In the first quarterfinal, Amritsar thrashed Mansa in a one-sided match. Batting first Amritsar scored 125 runs for the loss of five wickets in 20 overs.

Priyanka was top scorer for Amritsar scoring 35 and remained not out. Saroj and Bharthi scored 19 and 14 runs respectively. Amandeep took two wickets for Mansa.

In reply Mansa were bundled out for 31 in 12 overs. Ranjit took three wickets while Soni and Gagan took two wickets each.

Sangrur defeated Muktsar in the second quarterfinals. Sangrur, who batted first scored 166 runs for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. Sonia and Manvi scored 30 and 28 runs, respectively. Amarjit took two wickets.

In reply, Muktsar could score only 46 runs. Manvi and Raman took 4 and 3 wickets, respectively. Last year’s runner-up Ludhiana got walk over from Moga in the third quarterfinal.

In the last match of the day Gurdaspur defeated Faridkot. Batting first Faridkot were all out for 78 runs. Parvinder was top scorer with 30 runs. Renu and Sonia took three wickets each.

In reply Gurdaspur scored 79 runs for the loss of five wickets. Jyoti scored 17 for the winners, while Kiran took three wickets.Top

 

Upset win for Sahil
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 16
Sahil Arora of Punjab upset top seed Sumit of Haryana in the boys under 19 section, in the Tara Chand Memorial Prize Money Invitational Badminton Tournament at Panchkula today. Sahil won at 6-8, 1-7, 8-7, 7-5, 7-5.

In other under 19 matches of the day, Vikas and Peeyush Aggarwal of Haryana overpowered their respective opponents Puneet Bansal of Chandigarh and Rohit of Punjab at 7-3, 7-4, 6-8, 6-8, 7-5 and 0-7, 7-3, 7-5, 7-3, respectively.

In men’s section, Ranveer of Rajasthan also upset the top seed Harvinder of Punjab 7-1, 3-7, 7-1, 7-2 while in another tie, Ashish of Delhi also managed to down fancied Rohan Kapoor of Punjab at 2-7, 4-7, 7-5, 7-3, 7-2.

In women’s section, Heena of Punjab beat Monica of Haryana in five games by 7-2, 5-7, 7-3, 3-7, 7-4. Isha Sharma of Chandigarh outplayed Preetika of Haryana by 7-0, 2-7, 7-5, 7-2.Top

 

Public school hockey at Subathu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 16
The fourth Subjunior Inter-Public School Hockey Tournament for boys will be organised by Pinegrove Public School, Subathu, from October 18 to 20, Capt Amarjyot Singh, Headmaster of the school, announced today.

He said eight teams from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh would participate in the three-day tournament. Lawrence School, Sanawar, hosted the first two editions while the last one was organised by Pinegrove School.

Capt Amarjyot Singh said the participating teams had been divided into two pools. Lawrence School (Sanawar), Army Public School (Dagshai), St Soldier Divine Public School (Panchkula) and Bishop Cotton School (Shimla) have been placed in pool “A” while Punjab Public School (Nabha), Yadavindra Public School (SAS Nagar), St Stephen’s School (Chandigarh) and hosts Pinegrove Public School (Subathu) are in pool “B”.
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Rly b’ball meet results
A Correspondent

Kapurthala, October 16
Western Railway women defeated Southern Railway (SR), Chennai by 63-50 in the 44 th Men and 25th Women All India Railway Basketball Championship, being played at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Stadium, here today.

In the second match in the women’s section, South Central Railway, Secunderabad (SCR) lost to Northern Railway, Delhi (NR) by 50-55 in a close contest.

North Eastern Railway, Gorakhpur (NER), whipped North Frontier Railway, Guwahati (NFR) in a one-sided affair by 41-16. In the fourth match between Eastern Railway, Calcutta (ER) and Central Railway, Mumbai (CR) the latter defeated ER by 59-47.

In the men’s section of the championship, CR outclassed NFR by 65-21. The second match was a low scoring one in which Southern Railway, Chennai (SR) defeated Railway Board, Delhi by 36-17. In the next match Integral Coach Factory, Chennai (ICF) defeated Metro Railway, Calcutta in a well-contacted match by 43-34. Northern Railway, Delhi (NR) lost to Research Design and Standards Organisation, Lucknow (RDSO) by 53-70.

In a lop-sided affair when Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi (DLW) outplayed Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, Chittaranjan (CLW) by 86-33. CR defeated RB in another low-scoring game by 38-22. In the other matches, SCR beat DCW by 70-40 and NER defeated NFR by 53-27, respectively.
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DAV School in final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 16
D.A.V. School Chandigarh stormed into the final of the Parle -G Cup and will play LRD Sr Sec. School, Jalandhar at PCA Stadium, Mohali tomorrow.

In the first semi-final at DAV School, Sector 8, DAV School routed Sacred Heart , Ludhiana by nine wickets.

Brief scores: Sacred Heart, Ludhiana: 56 all out in 20 overs ( Dineshveer 28, Prashant Bahuguna 4 for 16, Naresh Kumar 3 for 17. D.A.V. School, Chandigarh : 57 for 1 in 9.2 overs ( Vijay Kumar 31 not out and Harjit Singh 15)

In the second semi-final at PCA Stadium, Mohali, LRD Sr Sec School, Jalandhar, defeated ARKS, Patiala, last year’s winners by six wickets

Brief scores: A.R.K.S: 151 all out in 45 overs (Tarun Kapoor 21, Sandeep Kumar 24, Shiv Kumar 19 , Rahul 3 for 24, Rahul Sharma (Jr) 3 for 26, Rahul Sharma (Sr) 2 for 22). LRD Sr Sec School, Jalandhar : 153 for 4 in 45.1 overs (Saravjit Singh 46, Gurdeep 22 and Rahul Sharma (Sr) 45, Shiv Kumar 2 for 45.Top

 

 

Cricket tourney

Patiala
MES XI defeated the Power Club, Rajpura, by 34 runs in the inaugural Anoop Memorial Cricket Tournament league match played at the MES ground here today.

Brief scores: MES XI: 133 for 9 (Manjeet Singh 63, Rajinder China 23, Satish 3 for 30, Rajinder 2 for 35)

Power Club, Rajpura: 99 all out (Bindu Sehgal 39, Rupesh Kumar 34, Pardeep 4 for 14, Yuveraj Singh 2 for 6) In an other match, the Factory XI defeated the Army Institute of Law by 32 runs.

Brief scores: Factory XI: 143 for 4 (Sunny 46, Kailash 50, Amit Gupta 2 for 32, Sunil Thakur 2 for 30)

Army Institute of Law: 111 for 6 (Sunil Kumar 41, Sandeep Gill 27, Hardeep Singh 3 for 22, Rajpal 2 for 14)

Fencing meet

Parambir Singh Dhaliwal has been selected in the Indian squad which will to take part in the World Fencing Championships to be held at Nimes (France) from October 26 to November 1.

Parambir Singh, also represented the country in the Asian Championships held in Bangkok in August last year. Other fencers selected for the championships are A. Deepak Mithai (Manipur), N.A Mathew (Kerala) and Rohit Gangadhar (Karnataka).

Dhruv Pandove cricket

Patiala scored 248 against Chandigarh on the first day of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament Match (under-19) for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy played here today.

Brief scores: Patiala: 248 all out (Shivkaran 49, Gautam Mandora 49, S.P Singh 42, Rupeetinder Singh 34, V.R.V Singh 4 for 44, Vipul Sharma 2 for 84, Amardeep Singh 2 for 71)

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 SPORTS BRIEFS

CRONJE VERDICT
Hansie Cronje PRETORIA:
Former South Africa captain Hansie Cronje will on Wednesday learn whether his appeal against a life ban from the game has been successful. Justice Frank Kirk-Cohen will begin delivering his judgment in the Pretoria High Court at 10 a.m. (1.30 p.m. IST) and the verdict is expected to take about an hour to be delivered. Cronje was banned for life by his former employers, the United Cricket Board of South Africa, after admitting to taking over $ 130,000 in bribe from illegal bookmakers to influence the course of matches. Reuters

ZAHEER’S FITNESS
Zaheer Khan MUMBAI: The cricket board on Tuesday said a player’s fitness could be decided only by BCCI-appointed experts and any claims made by individual players or their doctors made no difference. Denying media reports about left-arm medium pacer Zaheer Khan’s fitness, BCCI executive secretary Sharad Diwadkar told PTI here that only board secretary Niranjan Shah, who is away attending the International Cricket Council meetings in Kuala Lumpur, will decide the date and venue for the fitness test for both Zaheer Khan and fellow left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra. PTI

E. BENGAL TRIUMPH
KOLKATA:
Fancied East Bengal warded off a spirited challenge from India subjuniors to script a 3-2 victory and clinch the title in the inaugural edition of the under-19 National Football League here on Tuesday. The home team were under pressure in the opening session but shrugged off their lethargy after the lemon break to keep their reputation intact in a keenly contested encounter at the Howrah Municipal Corporation Stadium. PTI

HAMIRPUR HOCKEY
HAMIRPUR:
A two-day Hamirpur District Hockey Championship will be held here from October 20th. This was stated here today by Mr Sushil Dogra, newly elected general secretary of the association. He said the selection of the district team for the state level championship would also be made on basis of this championship. Cash prizes of Rs 3100 and Rs 2100 would also be given to the winners and runners-up teams. The association also elected Mr Suresh Handa and Mr Sushil Dogra as president and general secretary, respectively, for the next team. OC

KV HOCKEY MEET
BANGALORE:
Jammu, Delhi, Jabalpur and Chandigarh scored victories in the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghathan National Hockey Tournament here today. Fourteen regions are participating in the tournament. The followings are the results: Jammu b Jaipur 3-1; Delhi b Chennai 7-0; Jabalpur b Patna 1-0; Chandigarh b Hyderabad 5-0. UNI
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