Friday, October 19, 2001, Chandigarh, India






THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

India keen to get into top gear
East London, October 18
Jolted back into action after the kick they received from lowly Kenya last night, India will be back to their full strength against South Africa in a day-night game of the triangular one-day series here tomorrow.

Saurav Ganguly writes
Worst defeat in my tenure as captain
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T has been a week of mixed fortunes for India. After two good wins at Centurion and Bloemfontein, it ended up with the worst defeat in my tenure as captain at St. George’s Park in Port Elisabeth. 

Thorpe worried over safety in India
London, October 18

England batsman Graham Thorpe says he and his team-mates are facing a tough decision on whether or not to go ahead with the tour of India.

JR WORLD CUP
Indians optimistic about chances

Hobart, October 18

“This is hockey at its toughest’’ exclaimed a jubilant Indian coach Rajinder Singh here after his team qualified for the semifinals of the 7th junior men’s World Cup hockey.

Pinegrove School hold PPS
Subathu, October 18
Hosts Pinegrove School made an impressive start in the fourth Subjunior Inter-Public School Hockey Tournament for boys which got underway here today.

10 to get Bhim Award
Chandigarh, October 18
Haryana’s highest state sports award — the Bhim Award — will be given to the 10 outstanding international sportspersons of the state for the year 1999-2000 and 2000-2001.

Tushar upsets top seed Chatwinder
New Delhi, October 18

Unseeded Tushar Liberhan stunned top seed Chatwinder Singh in all-Chandigarh affair to move into the boys under 18 semifinals of the Adidas AITA Junior Tennis Tournament here today.

NR, CR eves move into semis
Jalandhar, October 18
Northern Railway, Delhi and Central Railway, Mumbai topped their pool in close encounters to enter semifinals in women’s section of the All-India Railway Basketball Championship, being held at RCF, Kapurthala, today.



Jennifer Capriati of the USA returns the ball to Nadia Petrova of Russia
Jennifer Capriati of the USA returns the ball to Nadia Petrova of Russia during their second round match at the Swisscom Challenge WTA tennis tournament in Zurich-Kloten on Wednesday. Capriati defeated Petrova 6-3,3-6,6-2.
— Reuters



EARLIER STORIES

 

Punjab, Delhi eves qualify
Indore, October 18
Madhya Pradesh girls team stormed into the knock out rounds of the 18th National Basketball Championship for boys and girls being played here. The other major teams to qualify yesterday for the knockout round in the girls section were Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Chhatttisgarh, Delhi, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Ramaswamy pips Sunil in a thriller
Mumbai, October 18
Wild card Ajay Ramaswamy pipped former national champion Sunil Kumar Sipaeya 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) while former Davis Cupper Prahlad Srinath shocked third seed Jerzy Jurek Stasiak of Australia 6-4, 6-4 on way to the men’s singles semifinals of the $ 10,000 ITF-Futures Tennis Circuit here today.

World doubles meet postponed
Bangalore, October 18
Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association president S.M. Krishna today confirmed that the World Doubles Championships would be postponed in view of the prevailing global situation, thus ending the uncertainity over staging the prestigeous event in the city between November 7 and 11.

Bhiwani pugilists win overall trophy
Faridabad, October 18
Bhiwani won the overall trophy of the 29th Haryana State Junior Boxing Championship which concluded at Sector12 Sports Complex here last evening. Parvinder of Bhiwani was declared ‘best boxer’, while Shailender Yadav was adjudged the ‘best loser’ of the tournament.

Wrestling meet
Chandigarh, October 18
The 11th Baba-e-Panj Peer Memorial Wrestling championship will be organised by the Gill Wrestling Association at Dayapur village on the Phillaur-Nawanshahr road on November 11 and 12, Mr Sandhu Warianvi, organising secretary of the meet said today.
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India keen to get into top gear

East London, October 18
Jolted back into action after the kick they received from lowly Kenya last night, India will be back to their full strength against South Africa in a day-night game of the triangular one-day series here tomorrow.

Suffering a humiliating 70 run defeat with their reserves in action against Kenya at Port Elizabeth yesterday India will be keen to get themselves back into top gear before the the final at Kingsmead, Durban, on October 26.

Despite the Kenyan pyrotechnics last night, this is the last game of any consequence in the league and that too only to check out the respective strengths of the two teams who look far closely matched than had been anticipated before the start of the competition.

Venkatesh Prasad, Reetinder Sodhi and Harvinder Singh will again sit out on the bench as Javagal Srinath, Ajit Agarkar and Virender Sehwag take their original spots in the team.

India seem to have offloaded the reputation of being poor players on bouncy tracks and their batting has largely been impressive.

They began with a record total of 279 for five posted at Wanderers and then whacked Kenya by 10 wickets in only 11.3 overs and in between posted a competitive 233 against the South Africans before getting bundled out by the Kenyans for 176 last night.

Skipper Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar remain pillars of strength and there always is Rahul Dravid to fall back upon in crisis though on this tour youngsters like Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag are providing cameo contributions.

Agarkar is a bowler rediscovered and threatening to make a meaty contribution with the bat sooner than later. Srinath, after his initial waywardness for which he received a scathing criticism from his skipper, is now getting back into the groove.

With spinners Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh striking the right notes in tandem and youngsters pulling their weight, the team seems to have acquired the right balance in every department of the game.

The visitors’ fielding has been an eye-opener on this tour and after that early let off to Herschelle Gibbs by Ganguly himself at Centurion in the lung opener, the Indians have hardly made a mistake in the field.

The reverse is true of the hosts who dropped no less than seven catches by the time their first three games were through and their reputation as an outstanding fielding side has taken a knock.

To add to their worries is the question mark over the fitness of opener Gary Kirsten who missed the game against Kenya at Kimberley because of a thigh strain but is expected to be fit tomorrow.

South Africa’s bowling, too, is struggling to settle down and in a desperate bid, fast bowler Mornantau Hayward has been drafted in the one-day squad, leaving out Andre Nel who has been asked to go back and play the first class matches to iron out his rhythm and pace worries.

Hayward had struck a nasty blow on Ganguly’s right index finger for Nicky Oppenheimer’s XI in the tour opener at Randjesfontein and had also got Tendulkar out in his very first over. But then he pulled out of the South Africa A team against the visitors at Benoni because of a viral fever. 
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Saurav Ganguly writes
Worst defeat in my tenure as captain

IT has been a week of mixed fortunes for India. After two good wins at Centurion and Bloemfontein, it ended up with the worst defeat in my tenure as captain at St. George’s Park in Port Elisabeth. It was a top effort in Centurion against South Africa from the team. Defending 233 was not easy, but our bowlers bowled superbly. Bhajji and Anil bowled a fantastic line and kept the South Africans under constant pressure. They hardly bowled any loose deliveries and the ball that got Jacques Kallis was an absolute beauty. It’s a dream ball for any off-spinner and it totally foxed Kallis who is probably the best player of spin in their team.

Agarkar has also been the pick of our bowlers as he has bowled well right through the series. He looks confident and is bowling at a brisk pace and a tight line. His confidence with the ball has also reflected in his batting and fielding and he has started looking like a good all-rounder in the one-day format of the game.

Our fielding has also been outstanding especially on that night in Centurion. The catches of Agarkar and Yuvraj to dismiss Boucher and Klusener were top drawer as catches that go that high are not easy in the night lights, especially when the ball has got wet with the dew.

We have two games to go before the finals at Durban. We play South Africa tomorrow at the Buffalo Park in East London. Our defeat against Kenya yesterday has given us a good wake-up call. It has opened the eyes of all those who were complacent and take opponents lightly. I hope it brings back the fire in all the boys which unfortunately was missing yesterday.

We have not decided on the composition of the side but will probably go with the same side that played in Centurion. The form of our middle order has been a bit of a worry. They are all good players and it’s time they picked themselves up.

We will be selecting the Test side in a couple of days. The performance of the players at the Irani Trophy game must have been closely watched by the selectors. It’s good to see Laxman back in form after the injury. He has maintained his record of scoring a 100 every second game in domestic cricket. Zaheer and Ashish Nehra have been declared fit. We will probably be at our full strength which would be a great boost, especially when you play a quality side like South Africa. Our focus at present will be on the next two one-day matches where we really need to lift our game. The South Africans will be coming hard at us especially after their defeat at Centurion. (Gameplan)
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Thorpe worried over safety in India

London, October 18
England batsman Graham Thorpe says he and his team-mates are facing a tough decision on whether or not to go ahead with the tour of India.

The Surrey player said the US reprisal attacks on Afghanistan were making it difficult for the safety of the England sqaud to be guaranteed.

Thorpe also backed other top sportsman, including the six Chelsea players who refused to travel to Israel and Australian rugby league star Brad Fittler — over their “understandable” fear of travel.

“I would be very surprised if any player in this current climate said he would be happy to go to India,” he told The Mirror. “It is very difficult to provide 100 per cent safety at the moment.

“The players will have to sit down and make a decision as a body. Lots of sports sides are showing a reluctance to travel and this is understandable.” AFP
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JR WORLD CUP
Indians optimistic about chances

Hobart, October 18
“This is hockey at its toughest’’ exclaimed a jubilant Indian coach Rajinder Singh here after his team qualified for the semifinals of the 7th junior men’s World Cup hockey.

“Today is a much needed rest day for us as we have to regroup all our physical and mental energies to focus on our semifinal clash against Germany tomorrow,” said Singh.

Judging from the results of the second round matches, Dutch coach Offerman was perhaps right in his assessment that, “Germany looks to me the most likely team to win the cup with Argentina the only team capable of causing an upset”.

Germany have had a dream run throughout the tournament winning all their matches in the tough second round. Germany beat Spain 2-1, Korea 7-3 and England 3-2 to be the only team to score the maximum 9 points in the second round pool fixtures.

Indian coach Singh, however, was optimistic about India’s chances in their semifinals against Germany. “Our game plan against the Netherlands was to attack and when we did that we played wonderfully,” said the Indian coach. “If we can repeat the same thing tomorrow I see no reason why we cannot even beat Germany,” said the optimistic Indian coach.

“Of course its going to be our toughest test as I feel Germany are definitely one of the best teams,” said Singh on the eve of the semifinal clash tomorrow in Hobart.

German coach Uli Furstner, meanwhile, was not willing to comment on tomorrow’s match. Furstner only repeated what he has been saying throughout the tournament. “A good horse only springs as high as it needs to” referring to the fact that the German side has done all that is required to win. The obvious reference was that the Germans could play even better if required to. The Indian coach retorted by saying, “they will definitely have to be their best to beat us”.

Meanwhile, Argentine coach Alex Verga said, “I am a very happy man as my team qualified for the semifinals”. This is the first time that an Argentine men’s team has made it to the semifinals in a world hockey tournament.

“I am not going to make any prediction about our semifinal against England as I have already won two excellent matches in the last two days against the Netherlands and Australia and cannot ask for more,” said Verga on his team’s chances to reach the final.

Meanwhile, the English team which was the first to arrive in Hobart were very happy that everything had worked out well for them till this stage.

“Our first aim was to make it to the semifinals and we have done that,” said Richard Mantell, the penalty corner expert in their team.

In tomorrow’s semifinals India play Germany and Argentina play England to decide who will qualify for the final to be played on October 21 at the Tasmanian Hockey Center in Hobart. UNI
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Pinegrove School hold PPS
Tribune News Service

Subathu, October 18
Hosts Pinegrove School made an impressive start in the fourth Subjunior Inter-Public School Hockey Tournament for boys which got underway here today. After playing an exciting 1-1 game with Punjab Public School, Nabha, they beat Yadavindra Public School, SAS Nagar, 2-1, in their second league encounter . In all six matches were played on the first day today.

Randeep Bajwa, inside-left of Pinegrove School, scored the first goal in the opening minute. Amrao Singh, left out of PPS, equalised in the fourth minute.

The second match of pool B was played between Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, and St Stephen’s School, Chandigarh, which also ended in a 1-1 draw. Bhupinder Singh, centre-forward, scored the first goal of the match for YPS in the 19th minute while centre-forward Kunwar Yuvraj levelled the scored in the 38th minute.

The Lawrence School, Sanawar, won their first pool “A” match convincingly against Bishop Cotton School, Shimla, 4-0. Maninder Singh, right-out, put Sanawar ahead in 15th minute.

Other three goals were scored in the second half. Harman Sethi, centre-forward scored the second goal in the 33rd minute of the match while Akash Singla, left-out and Karan Horra, right-out put Sanawar in a comfortable position by scoring goals in the 35th minute and the last minute of the match.

Olympian Ajitpal Singh took the salute from the teams in a smart march past and declared the tournament open. The march past was led by Zubair Ahmed, Head Boy of the school.

In the second match, Pinegrove School beat YPS, Mohali 2-1. Mohit Dhama, inside-right of the home team scored the first goal in the 2nd minute. Bhupinder Singh, centre-forward of YPS in the 13th minute scored the equaliser. Kashish Bhan, centre-forward, scored the decisive goal for the home team in the 42nd minute.

In their second match BCS, Shimla, defeated St Soldier Divine Public School, Panchkula, 2-0. Sourabh Singha, centre-forward scored the first goal in the 25th minute while Nishant Sood, outside-right doubled the score in the 44th minute.

In the last league match of the day, Lawrence School, Sanawar, and Army Public School, Dagshai, figured in a goal-less draw.
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10 to get Bhim Award
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
Haryana’s highest state sports award — the Bhim Award — will be given to the 10 outstanding international sportspersons of the state for the year 1999-2000 and 2000-2001. Babu Parmanand, Governor of Haryana, will distribue the awards on October 24 at Daronacharya Stadium, Kurukshetra, on the concluding day of 17th Haryana State Games being organized by Haryana Olympic Association.

Stating this here today, Dr B.K. Sinha, Director, Sports, Haryana, said that the Bhim Award for the year 1999-2000 would be given to Shamsher Singh (kabaddi) of Sonepat, Yashpal Saulanki (judo) of Hisar, Balwinder Kaur (hockey) of Kurukshetra Sunita Dalal (hockey) of Rohtak and Amir Singh (volleyball) of Kurukshetra while the Jetender Kumar (boxing) of Rohtak, Ram Mehar Singh (kabaddi) of Bhiwani, Inderpal Singh (rowing) of Yamunanager, Naresh Kumar (wrestling) of Bhiwani and Gurpreet Kaur (hockey) of Kurukshetra had been selected for Bhim Award for the year 2000-2001. Each Bhim Awardee would get Rs 50,000 in cash along with a bledger, tie and plaque of Bhim.

Besides Bhim Awards four international gold medallists of Haryana, Satish Yadav (judo) of Hisar, Anil Kumar (westling) of Hisar, Joginder Singh (kabbadi) of Sonepat and Badal (kabbadi) of Faridabad would be honoured with the cash award of Rs 12,000/- each one international silver medallist Yashbir (kabaddi) of Faridabad would be given Rs 11,000/- cash award while six international bronze medallists of Panchkula would receive Rs 10,000/- each. Fifty six national gold medallists in various games would also be honoured with Rs 8000/- cash.

Dr Sinha further said cash awards of Rs 10,67,000 would be distributed to the outstanding sportspersons of the state. Cash awards of Rs 14,89,000/- had already been distributed at district headquarters to 244 silver and bronze medal winners.
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Tushar upsets top seed Chatwinder

New Delhi, October 18
Unseeded Tushar Liberhan stunned top seed Chatwinder Singh in all-Chandigarh affair to move into the boys under 18 semifinals of the Adidas AITA Junior Tennis Tournament here today.

Tushar Liberhan piped citymate Chatwinder 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

Completing the semifinal lineup were 2nd seed Somdev Devvarman (TN), 3rd seed Parantap Chaturvedi and 4th seed Divij Sharan (both from Delhi).

Devvarman made short work of local player Varun Giri 6-1, 6-2, Parantap Chaturvedi ousted eight seed Prashant Vijay (TN) 6-3, 7-5 while Divij Sharan humbled Lalit Mann 6-3, 6-0.

In girls 18 section, first four seeded players made it to the last four.

Top seed Ankita Bhambari (Delhi) accounted for 7th seed Sandra Sashidharan (Ker) 7-5, 6-1, second seed Kartiki Bhat (Mah) overpowered eight seed Mansi Modi (AP) 6-4, 6-1, third seed Sanaa Bhambari made short work of fifth seed Parul Goswami 6-2, 6-2 in all-Delhi affair. Fourth seed Sandri Gangotri (AP) routed Olexandra V (Dli) 6-0, 6-2.

Top seed Kartiki Bhat (Maharashtra) and second seed Sanna Bhambari will fight it for the title in the girls u-14 category.

Kartiki made it to the final as her rival Aeshita Dwivedi (Dli) conceded the tie after trailing 0-2 in the first set due to inujury.

Sanaa crushed third seed D. Tejaswami 6-1, 6-1 in other semifinal. In boys 14 quarter finals, sixth seed Sanam K. Singh (Chandigarh) surprised 2nd seed M. Vinod (TN) 6-1, 6-1.

Top seed Rupesh of Bengal blanked Maharashtra’s Janmal Manikala 6-0, 6-0, Sumit P. Gupta (UP) beat fifth seed R. Parivel (TN) 6-3, 7-6(3), third seed Vivek Shokken (Delhi) overcame Vijit Sehgal 7-6(6) 6-2.

In boys u-18 doubles semifinals, top seed pair of Somdev/Vikram Menon beat Divij Sharan/Wirk Ganguly 6-3, 7-5.

Second seed Parantap Chaturvedi/P. Vikas beat Chatwinder Singh/Jitin 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. UNI
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NR, CR eves move into semis
A Correspondent

Jalandhar, October 18
Northern Railway, Delhi and Central Railway, Mumbai topped their pool in close encounters to enter semifinals in women’s section of the All-India Railway Basketball Championship, being held at RCF, Kapurthala, today.

At the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Stadium, RCF, Northern Railway (NR) defeated Eastern Railway (ER) in a close finish by 62-59. In he first quarter NR given lead of 17-9. Eastern Railway replanned their strategy in the second and third quarter. Their tight defence, foiled many attempts of NR and prevented them from shooting freely. ER succeeded in reducing the margin by regular attempts at the NR’s basket to (46-49). Rekha Chaudhary, shooter of ER, equalised in the last minute (59-59). Shooter of Northern Railway, Prabhjot came back and fired a three pointer to lead her team to victory in the dying minutes of the game.

Women of Central Railway, Mumbai will meet Southern Railway, Chennai and Western Railway will play Northern Railway, Delhi (NR) in the semifinals. CR narrowly made their way by defeating SCR by a narrow margin of 45-40. WR beat NFR by 82-50 and SR outclassed NER by 52-19 in a one-sided match WR and CR have topped the pool.

In the men’s section, the hosts RCF lost to DLW by 78-85. During the first quarter, DLW were leading by 30-24. RCF defenders held a strong defence in the second quarter and its shooters, Rajinder Bhatia, Balbir Singh and Sukhdev Singh played brilliantly to achieve a lead of 51-44. The next quarter brought an excellent show by the shooters, Mihir Panday and Sandeep Yadav of the DLW. They shot cleanly and made baskets regularly. RCF got a bit complacent and lost their lead. RCF shooters tried their best to equalise but the brilliant defence of DLW saw them through in the end.

Men’s section witnessed holders Western Railway, Mumbai (WR) defeat Integral Coach Factory, Perambur (ICF) by 71-52 to top the pool, SCR beat RDSO by 64-44 to top pool B, Southern Railway outplayed Northeast Frontier Railway, Guwahati (NFR) by 52-59 and Central Railway defeated Southern Railway to decide the clashes for the quarterfinals.
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Punjab, Delhi eves qualify

Indore, October 18
Madhya Pradesh girls team stormed into the knock out rounds of the 18th National Basketball Championship for boys and girls being played here.

The other major teams to qualify yesterday for the knockout round in the girls section were Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Chhatttisgarh, Delhi, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

In the boys section, the major teams to gain an entry in the knockout round were Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Haryana.

In the matches played yesterday, in girls section, Rajasthan defeated Chandigarh in an enthralling match, (24-19) with Kavita Saini being the architect of Rajasthan’s victory netting 11 valuable points for the team. Captain Navneet Kaur’s effert of 15 points proved shart for Chandigarh.

In the other match played in the girls section, the newly formed state of Uttaranchal ousted Assam in a one-sided match, (40-16). Sanghvi Malhotra with 16 points and Neha Rathor with 18 points were the main scorers for Uttaranchal while quick T. Datta of Assam notched eight points for Assam.

In the boys section, Tamil Nadu defeated Chandigarh (92-62) in an engrossing contest. Though Tamil Nadu were leading by 18 points in the first quarter, the second quarter witnessed a complete turnaround. Chandigarh boys netted 21 points in form of 7 three pointers thus forcing Tamil Nadu to struggle. UNITop

 

Ramaswamy pips Sunil in a thriller

Mumbai, October 18
Wild card Ajay Ramaswamy pipped former national champion Sunil Kumar Sipaeya 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) while former Davis Cupper Prahlad Srinath shocked third seed Jerzy Jurek Stasiak of Australia 6-4, 6-4 on way to the men’s singles semifinals of the $ 10,000 ITF-Futures Tennis Circuit here today.

In the quarterfinal duel between two wild cards, Ramaswamy played a solid baseline game to overpower Sipaeya in a match which lasted 2 hours 18 minutes while Srinath took 1 hour 24 minutes to dispose of the Aussie.

In the other quarterfinals, top seed Eyal Erlich of Israel drubbed lucky loser Tomas Janda of Czech Republic 6-1 6-3 in 43 minutes while unseeded Rohan Bopanna sidelined giant-killer and compatriot Saurav Panja 6-1, 6-2 in just 38 minutes. PTITop

 

World doubles meet postponed

Bangalore, October 18
Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA) president S.M. Krishna today confirmed that the World Doubles Championships would be postponed in view of the prevailing global situation, thus ending the uncertainity over staging the prestigeous event in the city between November 7 and 11.

Under the current situation, the World Doubles Championships will be postponed. It will not be possible to stage the event in the present circumstances (with American forces bombarding Afghanistan), Chief Minister S.M. Krishna told UNI here.

Mr Krishna said Association of Tennis Professionals Chief Executive Mark Miles was yet to respond to the KSLTA’s request on rescheduling of the event. “He has not got back to us on the alternate dates. The ATP decides the schedule and they have to intimate us”, he added.

A fortnight ago, Mr Krishna had said that Mr Miles had promised to confirm to the KSLTA on rescheduling the event in the wake of the prevailing global scenario. UNI
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Bhiwani pugilists win overall trophy
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 18
Bhiwani won the overall trophy of the 29th Haryana State Junior Boxing Championship which concluded at Sector12 Sports Complex here last evening.

Parvinder of Bhiwani was declared ‘best boxer’, while Shailender Yadav was adjudged the ‘best loser’ of the tournament. Bhiwani were overall champions earning 46 points, while Rohtak and Hisar district earned second and third spots with 29 and 26 points, respectively.

Other results are as follows.

Light flyweight: 1 Sonu 2 Satyawan Flyweight: 1 Atulesh (Hisar), 2 Kapil (Bhiwani), Bantamweight: 1 Bijender (Bhiwani), 2 Pawan (Panipat), Featherweight: 1 Surjit (Hisar), 2 Surender (Rohtak), Lightweight: 1 Vikram (Rohtak), 2 Rakesh (Faridabad). Lightwelter: 1 Vivek (Hisar), 2 Bhupinder (Rohtak) Welterweight: 1 Parvinder (Bhiwani), 2 Dinesh (Rohtak). Light middle: 1 Vikram Dhull (Hisar), Middleweight 1 Vijay Chauhan (Rohtak), 2 Navin (Bhiwani). Light heavy: 1 Vinod (Bhiwani), 2 Rajesh (Fatehabad). Heavyweight: 1 Joginder (Bhiwani), 2 Ravi Panghaal (Rohtak), Super heavy: 1 Ravinder (Bhiwani), 2 Jagjit (Rohtak).

Prizes were given by Mr Shekhar Dutt, Director, Sports Authority of India.
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Wrestling meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
The 11th Baba-e-Panj Peer Memorial Wrestling championship will be organised by the Gill Wrestling Association at Dayapur village on the Phillaur-Nawanshahr road on November 11 and 12, Mr Sandhu Warianvi, organising secretary of the meet said today.

M Sandhu Warianvi said top wrestlers of the country were expected to participate in this prestigious event which is organised in accordance with the FILA rules with certain relaxations.

The competitions will be held for Hind Kesri (above 85 kg category), Sher-e-Hind (up to 85 kg category), Aftab-e-Hind (up to 75 kg) and Sitara-e-Hind (up to 65 kg category). There will be attractive prizes for winners in all the events. Prizes will include gold bracelets of various weights besides the cash prizes.
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 SPORTS BRIEFS

OSTERMEYER DEAD
ROUEN:
Former double Olympic champion Micheline Ostermeyer of France, one of the outstanding athletes in the immediate post-World War II period, died here yesterday. Ostermeyer was one of the stars of the 1948 Olympic Games in London where she won the gold medals. AFP

AFC SEEKS AIFF'S EXPLANATION
KOLKATA:
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has asked the All-India Football Federation to clarify the grounds on which it declared East Bengal as the “winners” in the 107th IFA Shield tournament, which concluded here recently. The Indian Football Association (IFA), organisers of the tournament, declared the Kolkata giants “winners” last Friday after scratching Palmeiras of Brazil, for their “indisciplined” behaviour in the final played here at the Salt Lake Stadium. The AFC asked the AIFF last Tuesday to send reports of the IFA Shield final. The AIFF secretary Mr Alberto Colaco has written to the IFA seeking detailed reports of referee P. Bhaskar and match commissioner N.K. Krishmurthy. UNI

CHANDIGARH LOSE
BHOPAL:
Delhi continued the winning march and moved to the next round in the 13th Junior National Baseball Championship here today. On the third day of the tournament being played at BHEL Piplani Parade Ground on league-cum-knock out basis, Delhi crushed Orissa in a one-sided match in girls category by 10-0. Playing excellent strokes, Tanya scored two runs for the victor. In another league encounter (girls), Kusum and Swati’s two run each helped Haryana to beat Chandigarh by 9-3. Punjab boys also advanced to the next round by dubbing Daman and Diu by 14-4 in the league. UNI

HUMPY WINS TITLE
HYDERABAD:
Woman Grandmaster Koneru won the first Saturday GM Chess Tournament in Budapest by setting for a draw with GM Todorovic Goran (Yugoslavia), netting the highest of 7.5 points. International Master Peter Horvath and IM Jakab Attile (both Hungary) finished a close second with 7 points each. Humpy missed the chance to get her second men’s GM norm as she fell short by half point in the 11 round tournament. The 14-year old garnered 7.5 points with five wins, five draws and one loss. PTI

MARADONA’S SURGERY
BOGOTA:
Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in Colombia in preparation for a celebrity game in Argentina next month, his doctor said. The surgeon, who operated on Maradona on Tuesday night, said the former World Cup star was still on track to play in the november 10 tribute match in his honour. AP

KINNAUR WIN
HAMIRPUR:
The Himachal Pradesh Inter-District Open Football Championship started here today. Mr Ishwar Dass Dhiman, Education Minister, declared the meet open. Kinnaur beat Shimla by two goals to nil in the opening match. In the second match, Hamirpur got a walkover against Kangra. The selection of HP team for the National Football championship will be done on basis of this championship, according to the organisers. TNS

CRICKET TRIALS
ROHTAK:
Trials to select of Haryana cricket team for the forthcoming BCCI’s under-22 tourney will be held here at Satpriya Coaching Centre on October 21 at 9.30 a.m., according to Mr Ranbir Singh Mahendra, secretary, Haryana Cricket Association. Players born on or after September 1, 1979 are eligible for the trials. OSR

GAYATRI BAGS DOUBLE
CHANDIGARH:
Gayatri of Delhi bagged double crown in both women singles and double events while Tarun also of Delhi annexed the men’s title in the singles event of the VIIth Tara Chand Memorial Badminton Tournament which concluded here this evening at Panchkula. The other winners in various section are:
Boys: U-10: Akshit Mahajan (Haryana); girls: Anuradha ; U-13: boys-Adhiraj Neogi (Har). Girls-Kannupriya (Har). Boys U-16; Sumit Dahiya (Har) girls-Anita (Har). Boys U-19 : Sandeep Men doubles: Chanderdeep and Navdeep (Punjab): Women doubles; Gayatri and Samarika (Delhi). TNS

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AMBALA:
The 8th Ambala district karate Championship will be organised by School of Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Shorin-Kan Karate Dojo at DAV College, Ambala City on October 21. Entries may be submitted to Mr Jiwan Ratta at community centre, Sector 7, Ambala City on October 19, a statement said.
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