Sunday, October 21, 2001, Chandigarh, India






THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

JR WORLD CUP
Indians confident of winning title
Hobart (Australia), October 20
Unrestrained flamboyance of the frontline combined with disciplined defence are what would help India in their quest to clinch the hockey junior World Cup when they meet the South American champions Argentina in the final here tomorrow.

Ganguly blames batsmen
East London, October 20
After another disappointing performance, Indian captain Sourav Ganguly came down heavily on his batsmen and said it was a ‘shame’ that his team was bowled out inside the quota of 50 overs.

Crisis meeting will defuse fears: ECB
London, October 20
England’s cricket officials said today they hoped a crisis meeting next week would defuse players’ fears over touring India this winter.

Laxman to leave tomorrow
Hyderabad, October 20
Stylish middle-order bat V.V.S. Laxman today said he was pleasantly surprised by the call to the one-day side and hoped he would take the opportunity to get used to the bouncy pitches there before the start of the crucial Test series against South Africa.




EARLIER STORIES

 

Capriati, Davenport to clash in semis
Jennifer Capriati of the U.S. returns the ball to Marie-Gaiane Mikaelian of Switzerland during their quarter-final match at the Swisscom Challenge WTA tennis tournament in Zurich-Kloten on Friday.
Zurich, October 20
Newly-crowned world No.1 Jennifer Capriati set up an all-American semifinal showdown with two-time champion Lindsay Davenport, defeating young Swiss upstart Mari Gaiane Mikaelian at the $1.185 million Swisscom Challenge.

Jennifer Capriati of the USA returns the ball to Marie-Gaiane Mikaelian of Switzerland during their quarter-final match at the Swisscom Challenge WTA tennis tournament in Zurich-Kloten on Friday. Capriati defeated Mikaelian 6-4 6-2. — Reuters photo

Badal asked to stall shifting of SAI centre
Patiala, October 20
The recent decision of the Union Sports Ministry to shift the Netaji Subhas Northern Centre of the Sports Authority of India from Chandigarh to Sonepat in Haryana “is unreasonable, irrational and deplorable and calls for serious rethinking.”

Double for Gurpreet; Anil sets new mark
Chennai, October 20
Armyman Anil Kumar set a meet record and retained his title in the 100 metres, while Gurpreet Singh (Railways) scored a grand double on the penultimate of the four-day 41st National Open Athletic Championship here today.

GND University, DU qualify
Amritsar, October 20
Last year’s champion and hosts Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjabi University, Patiala and Delhi University have qualified for the semi-finals league round of the ongoing All India Inter-university (women’s) Hockey Championship being played here at the Guru Nanak Dev University campus grounds. The semi-final would start on October 22 and would continue till October 24.

Surjit Academy win; sports school beaten
Ludhiana, October 20
Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, defeated Ramesh Chander Hockey Academy, Jalandhar, 2-0 to register their second consecutive victory and storm into the final(u-17) of the Punjab State Champion Colleges Hockey Championship being organised jointly by the Aryan Club, Ludhiana and Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, in collaboration with Hockey Promotion Institute at the astro-turf ground of Punjab Agricultural University here today.

Stage set for Haryana State Games
Chandigarh, October 20
All necessary arrangements have been completed for the smooth conduct of the 17th Haryana State Games at Dronacharya Stadium, Kurukshetra. Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Uma Bharti will inaugurate the games on October 21 at 2.00 pm while Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister Haryana would preside over the opening function.

Nabha lads win hockey crown 
Subathu, October 20
A couple of brilliant saves, including four of penalty strokes by their goalkeeper helped Punjab Public School, Nabha, to win the 4th Sub-Junior Inter Public School Hockey Tournament, which concluded at Pinegrove School here today. The Nabha boys, who finished fourth last year, defeated the hosts, Pinegrove School 2-1 in the tie-breaker (4-3) after the two teams failed to resolve the 2-2 deadlock even after extra time.

SR lift basketball crown
Jalandhar, October 20
Southern Railway, Chennai, defeated Western Railway, Mumbai to claim the 25th Women’s All India Railway Basketball Championship, at Kapurthala today.

Kahlon placed joint 12th
Shanghai, October 20
Arjun Singh fired five under 67, the best card among the six Indians in the fray but compatriot Harmeet Kahlon performing consistantly was placed at joint 12th slot with a total of four under par 212 at the end of the third and penultimate round of the $400,000 Volvo China Golf Open here today.

Tejinder wins 100m sprint event
Patiala, October 20
Tejinder Singh won the 100 m sprint event in the under-20 category in the Patiala District Athletics Championships which concluded at the polo grounds here today. He was followed by Dinesh Vashisht and Sukhwant Singh in that order.

Mandi champs
Hamirpur, October 20
Mandi district are the champions in the HP inter-district football. They beat Sports Hostel, Rohroo, by 2-0 in the final here this evening.

Inter-college soccer

AITA tourney

Surjit hockey
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JR WORLD CUP
Indians confident of winning title

Hobart (Australia), October 20
Unrestrained flamboyance of the frontline combined with disciplined defence are what would help India in their quest to clinch the hockey junior World Cup when they meet the South American champions Argentina in the final here tomorrow.

Bouyed by a thrilling 3-2 victory against Germany in the semis, India look confident but know the folly in under-rating the Argentinians.

And nobody knows that better than coach Rajinder Singh. “I have seen them play in three-four matches here and I know they will be very tough in the final.

“They have a tendency of slowing the game down suddenly in the midfield and then getting in a field goal by cross splitting the defence. Before the defence can get a hold, they are already celebrating the goal.”

However, the Indians have also matured by reaching the final, the coach admitted. “They know they have a shot at glory - of being world champions - and they will give their best in the final.

“If we play and as always, I say, get the goals to put pressure, India will be world champions,” said Rajinder Singh who was the highest scorer of the 1981 World Cup in Bombay when India finished fifth. Rajinder Singh, a penalty corner specialist, finished as the top-scorer of the tourney.

“I hope what I couldn’t do as a player for India, I will achieve it as the coach,” he said.

Though the coach refused to divulge the strategy India would adopt tomorrow, one can safely assess that Rajinder Singh will not shuffle the team too much as he is known to keep confidence in players even if they have an off-day.

He would also want to get the goals early and ensure that at the break, India are leading.

The trump cards would be the usual - Deepak Thakur, Prabhjot Singh, Gagan Ajit Singh, Arjun Halappa, Inderjit Singh - all in the forward-line.

Of course, the Argentinian defence of Juan Gilardi, Gustavo Stepnik and Diego Avila will be keeping a special eye on Deepak Thakur who leads the goal-scorers’ list with seven goals.

The midfield, overall, has been a bit sluggish and as against Germany in the semis, India would be playing defensively trying to cut the Argentinian counter-attacks in the middle only. But if India manage to bring Halappa into the midfield and play him in a free-wheeling role, it could do wonders as the youngster has skills and the vision to relay the ball to centre-forwards.

Kanwalpreet Singh, Bikramjit Singh and Jugraj Singh will have to come up with another superb performance if they hope to carry the World Cup home. The threesome, India’s defensive wall along with goalkeeper Devesh Chauhan, will have to keep an eye on the famous Argentinian crosses that just fly into the centre of the circle.

Bikramjit Singh will have to hurry with his clearances and if India carry their semifinal form into the final, Argentina could well be in trouble.

Besides tactics, it will be good for Rajinder Singh to keep his players focussed. The Indian team is known to get carried away. The memories of the Sydney Olympics are still afresh when faced with a simple win over Poland to enter the semifinals, the Indians played awfully to draw the match.

Argentina coach Luis Ciancia said his chief worry was the Indian forward line. “I can only hope my defence keeps them out otherwise if they start firing, we all know what happened to Holland and Germany.”

But Ciancia is known to under-play his team. The South Americans seem to be happy sans the hype and if nobody notices them the better it is for their coach. After all, the important thing is to win the World Cup. Hype can follow the win.

As far as statistics go, India definitely hold the edge. In seven matches, the Indians have scored 25 goals conceding 10 while Argentina have scored 16 conceding 7.

It is India’s second consecutive entry into the final. Four years ago, in Milton Keynes, India dominated the match with 10 penalty corners and almost eight strikes in the Australian circle, yet lost the final 2-3.

This time around Rajinder Singh, his boys and millions of Indian hockey fans will not want history to be repeated.

Earlier in the day, in the matches for the classification positions, Australia beat Korea 4-1 and Spain beat Holland 3-2. Hosts Australia now meet Spain to decide for 5-6th places while Holland meet Korea to decide 7-8th positions.

In other matches, New Zealand beat France 2-0, the teams finishing 9th and 10th. South Africa beat Malaysia on strokes 7-5 to finish 11th and 12th respectively.

Scotland beat Ireland 3-2 to finish 13th and 14th while Chile beat Canada 2-1 to finish 15th with Canada ending up last in the 16-team competition. PTI
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Ganguly blames batsmen

East London, October 20
After another disappointing performance, Indian captain Sourav Ganguly came down heavily on his batsmen and said it was a ‘shame’ that his team was bowled out inside the quota of 50 overs.

“The saddest part is that we did not play five overs in the end. That’s a shame,” Ganguly said after India suffered a 46-run defeat to South Africa in the triangular one-day series match here last night.

“With 40-odd runs needed from five overs and you have no wickets in hand... that’s really a disgrace,” he said.

“This has happened for three matches running. First at Centurion (against South Africa) where we had three overs left, then at Port Elizabeth (against Kenya) where we were all out in the 41st over and then now here where as many as five overs were still to be bowled.”

India were bowled out for 236 in 44.4 overs in reply to South Africa’s total of 282 for four and Rahul Dravid remained unbeaten on 71.

“What can Dravid do when he doesn’t have batsmen to stay with him,” Ganguly, who himself played a sterling knock of 85 from 95 balls with six fours and four sixes to earn the man of the match award, said.

However, the Indian captain, who was caught by Jacques Kallis at the long-on boundary off Nicky Boje while trying for a big six, felt he should have stayed a bit longer. “I think I should have batted through instead of taking Boje head on,” he said.

Ganguly dismissed suggestions that his shot against Boje was an act in desperation as Dravid was finding it hard to score runs initially.

“I was never in pressure because Dravid was not getting his runs at the other end. When a wicket falls and against a bowling of this calibre you would expect a new batsman to (take time to) settle down.”

He was also unperturbed by the South African ploy to bowl short pitched deliveries at him. “I don’t see anything wrong in their approach. If you are a fast bowler and you don’t use your speed then there must be something wrong in your approach.”

But he did express his displeasure with the three run-outs in the Indian innings. “Okay, Shiv Sunder Das was unlucky... but the other two run-outs (of Ajit Agarkar and Deep Dasgupta) were inexplicable as they were easy singles in them.”

Coach John Wright said run-outs were becoming a headache for the Indian side. “It is a simple matter of calling loudly and judging the run perfectly - unfortunately we don’t seem to be getting over the problem.” PTI
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Crisis meeting will defuse fears: ECB

London, October 20
England’s cricket officials said today they hoped a crisis meeting next week would defuse players’ fears over touring India this winter.

England are set to play three Tests in India before Christmas and return for a five-match one-day series in January. But with military action taking place in Afghanistan, several of England’s senior players have voiced doubts over safety.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has invited the British High Commissioner to New Delhi, Rob Young, to address players and management early this week to clarify the situation on the sub-continent.

“We’re confident we’ll be able to persuade the players that the situation in India is not quite as serious as certain people have been led to believe,” ECB chief executive Tim Lamb told BBC.

“We do understand that players are apprehensive as this is a difficult and delicate situation, but that’s why we’ve called a meeting.

“We can’t force people to get on the plane but the meeting will hopefully make them more confident about going to India.”

ECB sought reassurances on safety from their Indian counterparts at the International Cricket Council conference in Kuala Lumpur.

And they met Foreign Office officials in London before confirming the tour would go ahead, though neutral venues were also discussed by ICC as an option should the situation escalate.

“There is no reason why the tour should not be on,” said Lamb. “But it’s our job to convince them it’s safe.” England all-rounder Craig White was the first to break ranks yesterday, insisting the risks were too high, while captain Nasser Hussain and senior batsman Graham Thorpe said the players would have to make up their own minds.

“The situation is that if there’s going to be retaliation, there’s no way they can guarantee our safety,” White told BBC Sport Online.

“I just think it’s a bit close to where it’s going off. I have got a wife and two kids and they don’t want me to go.” AFP
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Laxman to leave tomorrow

Hyderabad, October 20
Stylish middle-order bat V.V.S. Laxman today said he was pleasantly surprised by the call to the one-day side and hoped he would take the opportunity to get used to the bouncy pitches there before the start of the crucial Test series against South Africa.

“It would be a challenge to play the one-dayers....I hope I will live up to the expectations,” Laxman, who is leaving for Mumbai tonight from where he will take a flight for South Africa on October 22, told PTI.

Laxman admitted he was taken by surprise because he was only expecting to be included in the squad for the three-match Test series starting on November 3 at Bloenfontein.

“In a way it would be a very good experience to play the one-dayers before the Test series as it gives me adequate time to adjust to the bouncy tracks of South Africa,” he said.

Rattled by the failure of its middle-order bat, the team management yesterday asked the cricket board to fly Laxman immediately so that the 28-year-old right-hander could join action in the remaining one-dayers.

Laxman, who led Rest of India from the front to a glorious win against Ranji champions Baroda last week, said his first target would be to be a member of the title-winning team in the ongoing triangular series.

“I feel sorry I missed the deadline but it was doctor’s advice I could not have ignored,” Laxman said. PTI
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Capriati, Davenport to clash in semis

Pete Sampras from the United States grimaces during his match against Max Mirnyi from Belarus at the Tennis Masters Series tournament in the Hanns Martin Schleyer indoor arena in Stuttgart on Friday.
Pete Sampras from the USA grimaces during his match against Max Mirnyi from Belarus at the Tennis Masters Series tournament in the Hanns Martin Schleyer indoor arena in Stuttgart on Friday. Sampras lost the match 6-4 6-2.

Yevgeny Kavelnikov of Russia grimaces during his semifinal match against Max Mirnyi of Belarus at the Tennis Masters Series indoor tournament in Stuttgart on Saturday.
Yevgeny Kavelnikov of Russia grimaces during his semifinal match against Max Mirnyi of Belarus at the Tennis Masters Series indoor tournament in Stuttgart on Saturday. 
— Reuters photos

Zurich, October 20
Newly-crowned world No.1 Jennifer Capriati set up an all-American semifinal showdown with two-time champion Lindsay Davenport, defeating young Swiss upstart Mari Gaiane Mikaelian at the $1.185 million Swisscom Challenge.

Capriati, playing in her first tournament since overtaking Martina Hingis for the world’s top ranking, looked more solid than in her previous match, downing the gritty 17-year-old Swiss 6-4 6-2 yesterday.

Earlier, Davenport rallied back from a sluggish start to overcome Slovak qualifier Daniela Hantuchova 3-6 6-1 6-1.

On the other side of the table, fourth-seeded Jelena Dokic defeated eighth-seeded Silvia Farina Elia of Italy 6-4 7-6(3) to secure her place in the round of four, where she will take on fifth-seeded Nathalie Tauziat of France.

Tauziat, making her 16th and last appearance at the tournament, eliminated compatriot and ninth seed Sandrine Testud 7-6(4) 7-6(4).

Capriati and Davenport last met in February at the semifinal of Scottsdale, where Capriati won 6-4 6-7(4) 6-1.

“It’s been awhile,” Capriati said. We’ll probably feel each other out a bit at first. It should be a good match.

“I’ll have to try and serve well and make her run, make fewer errors and expect more winners.”

Capriati, the world No.1 and the Australian and French Open champion, is the tournament favourite on paper.

Davenport, on the other hand, has looked strong in recent weeks. The winner of five tournaments this year — albeit no Grand Slams — Davenport reached the finals in three of her last four events, winning two of them. Added to that is her strong record in Switzerland, where she won back-to-back titles in Zurich in 1997 and 1998 and the tournaments in nearby Lucerne in 1993 and 1994.

“Obviously it will be a good match, Jennifer is American like me and you always love to play the best players,” Davenport said.

Despite welcoming the new world No.1 on to their court, the crowd was staunchly in Mikaelian’s corner, the only Swiss player remaining and a surprise qualifier for the quarterfinals, with upset victories over seventh-seeded Elena Dementieva and Russia’s Tatiana Panova.

But the pressure of the hopeful crowd weighed heavily on the youngster’s shoulders.

The Swiss displayed her first signs of nerves this week, double-faulting twice just minutes into the match, losing her serve for the first time of the tournament.

But she seemed to quickly regain control of herself, immediately breaking back.

Showing maturity beyond her years, the 17-year-old saved three break points at 2-2 and another at 3-3. But she was unable to recover from a 0-40 disadvantage at 4-4, saving just one break point then sending the ball wide to hand the American the crucial break.

In her opening serve the following set, Mikaelian’s concentration seemed to slip, the Swiss sending three shots into the net to give the American a 40-15 lead. She only clung to her serve after saving three break points.

But the American got ahead next time, breaking Mikaelian at 1-1 and 30-40 when the Swiss player once again failed to get the ball across the net. Capriati then broke again to go 5-2.

The Swiss had the opportunity to catch up when the American botched a drop shot, sending the final game to deuce. But a combination of talent and luck gave Capriati the win, the American taking the advantage before a backhand shot deep from the base line hit the top of the net and dribbled onto Mikaelian’s side of the court. AP
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Badal asked to stall shifting of SAI centre
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 20
The recent decision of the Union Sports Ministry to shift the Netaji Subhas Northern Centre of the Sports Authority of India from Chandigarh to Sonepat in Haryana “is unreasonable, irrational and deplorable and calls for serious rethinking.”

Accusing the Akali-BJP-led Punjab Government of not protecting the interests of sports in the state, Mr Brahm Mohindra, former Industries Minister, Punjab, has categorically blamed the state for not giving the required land for the regional SAI centre, in any town of Punjab. He said the regional centre was established more than a decade back and covered Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh.

He said at present the northern centre was being housed in the Sector 42 sports complex which was allotted by the UT Administration. Mr Mohindra, president of the Punjab Fencing Association, said the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala, of the Sports Authority of India, with a vast area under its hold, basically catered to the academic activities of SAI and was also the hub centre for holding camps at the national level. He said the regional office at Patiala would be more suitable to sportsperson officials as the city was ideally located. Moreover, facilities like sports sciences centre, trained staff and other aspects related to sports were available at Patiala. Mr Mohindra said a few years back, there was a reported move to shift the centre to Patiala but was abandoned. Mr Mohindra said Sonepat was unsuitable since it was only at 30 to 40 km from Delhi where the head office of SAI was housed. He said there seemed to be some political motive and also an attempt to siphon off the money in the name of the new centre by the present Haryana Government.

Mr Mohindra said, what was surprising was that the Punjab Government appeared to be hand in glove with its counterpart, Haryana, and the interest of the state was being shelved. He said the biggest sports complex at SAS Nagar was being constructed by the Punjab Urban Development Authority and a few years back, a move was initiated by certain SAI officials to shift the centre to SAS Nagar but the state government showed its inability in this respect also and as a result the sports centre was being taken away from this region. He said it must be the clever plan on the part of SAI officials at Delhi to have another centre near Delhi. He cited how the sportspersons, officials from distant places like Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh would find it difficult in having access to the new northern centre, SAI at Sonepat.

Mr Mohindra said even according to media reports, there was a proposal to shift the centre to the new Marshal Arts Academy at Anandpur Sahib which was being constructed with Central Government funds. He said the state government was on one side spending heavily on the forthcoming national games, the vital decisions like above were being left out.

He said in the present circumstances, if at all there was any need to shift the centre, then it could be shifted to NIS, Patiala where enough space could be given for the offices of SAI. Mr Mohindra urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to use his good offices to stall the present transfer of the SAI centre to Haryana and instead stress upon the Union Government to shift it to Patiala where every infrastructure was readily available.
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Double for Gurpreet; Anil sets new mark

Chennai, October 20
Armyman Anil Kumar set a meet record and retained his title in the 100 metres, while Gurpreet Singh (Railways) scored a grand double on the penultimate of the four-day 41st National Open Athletic Championship here today.

Anil Kumar, who hails from Kerala, had a good start and forged ahead of Anand Menezes (Rlys) near the 50m mark. He then accelerated to become a clear winner by the 85m mark itself. Anil, who clocked 10.47 seconds, thereby erased his 10.50 secs mark set in 1999 in the Bhopal nationals. Menezes and Ajay Raj Singh (Police) came second and third, respectively.

Anil had timed 10.21 secs in the Bangalore national circuit meet in July last year, but it is yet to be ratifed by the athletics federation.

Gurpreet, who won the 110m hurdle gold yesterday, annexed the 400m hurdles, though he returned a poor timing of 54.53 secs in the qualifying round of the event. His team-mate Visakamani had the best time of 53.26 secs.

But the final turned out to be a different story altogether. Gurpreet, running in lane seven, kept up a good pace and in the home stretch, surged ahead of Visakamani to win in 51.8 secs. The women’s 400m hurdles was won by Sahebani Oram (Rlys) with a time of 59.12 secs. Babita (UP) and roseline Arokia Mary (TN) claimed the silver and bronze, respectively.

Kavitha Pandya (Rlys) won the women’s 100m in 11.90 secs which is far below her best. PTI
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GND University, DU qualify
Our Sports Reporter

Amritsar, October 20
Last year’s champion and hosts Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjabi University, Patiala and Delhi University have qualified for the semi-finals league round of the ongoing All India Inter-university (women’s) Hockey Championship being played here at the Guru Nanak Dev University campus grounds. The semi-final would start on October 22 and would continue till October 24.

The first semi-final match on October 22 would be presided over by Mr. Arvind Chopra, MD Hind Samachar group of newspapers. Mr Cedric D’ Souza, Indian hockey team coach, will also grace the occasion.

Holders Guru Nanak Dev University outplayed Pune University 10-0 in a one-sided quarter-final match. Kamaldep and Baljit (Jr) scored 4 goals each, Sandeep (Jr) consolidated the lead with 2 more goals. Kamaldeep scored her first fine field goal in the eighth minutes. She scored other goals in 37th, 40th and 48th minutes. Baljeet (Jr) scored in 32nd, 38th, 43rd and 50th minute whereas Sandeep (Sr) added two goals in 13th and 57th minutes.

In an another quarter-final match of the day Punjabi University defeated Kurukshetra University by 3-1 goal. Manjeet Kaur of Punjabi University scored the first goal at the very outset of the match in second minute followed by another goal in 38th minute by Monika Rana. Kurukshetra’s Meenu opened the account by scoring the first goal for her side in 41st minute to reduce the margin but their fate was sealed by Jasdeep by scored third goal in 50th minute in favour of Punjabi University, Patiala.

In the third quarterfinal match, Delhi University pipped last year’s losing semi-finalist Ranchi University by 2-1 goal. Anju of Delhi University scored the first goal in the 10th minute followed by another goal by Pooja in the 14th minute. Ranchi University scored its solitary goal through Rajni Byala by converting penalty stroke in 50th minute.

In the pre-quarter math played here last evening, MG University Kottayam defeated Panjab University Chandigarh, via tie-breaker by 2-0.
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Surjit Academy win; sports school beaten
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 20
Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, defeated Ramesh Chander Hockey Academy, Jalandhar, 2-0 to register their second consecutive victory and storm into the final(u-17) of the Punjab State Champion Colleges Hockey Championship being organised jointly by the Aryan Club, Ludhiana and Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, in collaboration with Hockey Promotion Institute at the astro-turf ground of Punjab Agricultural University here today.

After a barren first half, Surjit Academy boys went into the lead through left-in Joga Singh in the 51st minute. Eight minutes later Joga Singh again found the target to enhance the lead. The winners failed to capitalise on two penalty corners they earned whereas Ramesh Chander Academy wasted four penalty corners.

In another fixture of the boys section, State School of Sports, Jalandhar, went down fighting 1-2 against Namdhari Hockey Academy, Bhaini Sahib. With this loss, second in a row, the Jalandhar lads made their exit from the championship.

After surviving some anxious moments in the first half, State School of Sports, Jalandhar, drew first blood in the 47th minute. Left-in Parmeet Singh scored a field goal to put his side ahead. But their joy was shortlived as right-half Ajmer Singh of Namdhari Academy in the 50th minute converted a penalty stroke to restore parity. In the 57th minute, Sher Singh of Bhaini Sahib sounded the board to make it 2-1.

State School of Sports, Jalandhar earned five penalty corners which went abegging while Namdhari Academy got as many as 10 penalty corners but could not make use of these opportunities.

Earlier, in the first match (boys section), DAV College, Jalandhar scraped past Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, 1-0. DAV College players went into an early lead (9th minute). And they managed to hang on to this lead till the long whistle.

In the last match, Guru Hargobind Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, Ludhiana, prevailed over Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh 1-0. The lone goal was scored by right-in Gurwinder Singh in the 68th minute.

Both, DAV College, Jalandhar and Guru Hargobind Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, have played two matches each and won one and drew one to secure berths in the super league. The remaining matches of this championship will be played at Jalandhar.
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Stage set for Haryana State Games
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
All necessary arrangements have been completed for the smooth conduct of the 17th Haryana State Games at Dronacharya Stadium, Kurukshetra. Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Uma Bharti will inaugurate the games on October 21 at 2.00 pm while Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister Haryana would preside over the opening function.

Stating this here today, Mr M.S. Malik, Gen Secretary, HOA and Chairman of Games conduct committee, said that all athletic events, badminton and hockey (women) competitions would be conducted at Dronacharya Stadium, wrestling and archery competitions would be conducted at Geeta Nekatan School, Kurukshetra while basketball (women), gymnastic (men, women), hockey (men), handball (men, women), lawn tennis (men-women), volleyball (men-women), boxing, football (women), weight-lifting and swimming competitions would be organised in the sports complex of Kurukshetra University.

The competitions in football (men), basketball (men), kho-kho (men-women), kabaddi national style (men-women) and kabaddi (circle men-women) would be conducted at Regional Engineering College, Kurukshetra, modern triathlon competitions in Braham Sarovar whereas judo, table tennis and fencing competitions would be organised in community centre of KUK.

Giving further details, HOA Director and Competition Director of the Games H.S. Bhadu said that 476 technical officials had been deputed to conduct the competitions in 22 sports disciplines. The entries of 3905 participants from all the districts of the state had been received who will contest for 477 gold medals, 477 silver medals and 501 bronze medals at the stake.

Mr Bhadu also said cycling had been included for the first time in these games which would be conducted on G.T. Road starting from Pipli upto Karan Lake, Karnal and back. The competitions would be held in 70 km, 40 km and 30 km race.
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Nabha lads win hockey crown 
Tribune News Service

Subathu, October 20
A couple of brilliant saves, including four of penalty strokes by their goalkeeper helped Punjab Public School, Nabha, to win the 4th Sub-Junior Inter Public School Hockey Tournament, which concluded at Pinegrove School here today. The Nabha boys, who finished fourth last year, defeated the hosts, Pinegrove School 2-1 in the tie-breaker (4-3) after the two teams failed to resolve the 2-2 deadlock even after extra time.

Gurjinder Singh, center forward of the PPS, managed an early lead in the 3rd minute. Mohit Dhama, inside-left of the home team ,who played a good game, equalised the score in the 14th minute. After 1-1 in the first half, Randeep Singh playing as center half, put the home team ahead in the 40th minute but the lead was terminated by Sumeet Singh, right out of PPS in the last minute. Extra time remained scoreless.

In the penalty shoot-outs Harsimran Singh and Gurjinder Singh of Nabha were successful in dodging the goalkeeper while Kashish Bhan was the only scorer for the home team. Pinegroves were unlucky not to maintain their winning spree in the tournament. After remaining unbeaten for 18 consecutive games in the last three years, it was their first defeat. Last year, their final had ended goalless but they lost the trophy on goal difference. This time it was penalty shootout that deprived them of the top honours.

Earlier in the first semifinal, the home team served well by left inner Mohit Dhama, stormed into the finals defeating Lawrence School, Sanawar, 2-1. Pinegrovians made the Sanawarians play defensive game from the very beginning of the match. But left out of Sanawar, Akash Singla, dodged the host team goalkeeper to put his team ahead in the 29th minute. Dhama broke through the Sanawar defense and hit the target in the 35th minute. In the 49th minute, Dhama converted the efforts of the team into the winning goal from left corner of the goal post.

In the second semi-final Punjab Public School beat Bishop Cotton School, Shimla 2-1.Center half Navdeep Singh got the lead for the Nabha team in the 15th minute, which was equalised by the Cottonian captain Abhilekh Virdi in the 21st minute, playing as left-extreme. Right out of PPS, Sumeet Singh, made the issue safe for his team in the 36th minute by pushing the ball home from the right corner.

Cottonians avenged their defeat in the league match by beating Sanawarians 2-0 while playing for the third position in the tournament. Right out Abhilekh Virdi opened the account in the 22nd minute. Sourabh Singha, center forward, scored the second goal three minutes before the end of the game.

Pinegrovian skipper Kashish Bhan was adjudged the best player of the tournament.

Mr Sanjay Murthy, Deputy Commissioner, Solan, who was the Chief Guest for the closing ceremony gave away the prizes. 
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SR lift basketball crown
A Correspondent

Jalandhar, October 20
Southern Railway, Chennai, defeated Western Railway, Mumbai to claim the 25th Women’s All India Railway Basketball Championship, at Kapurthala today.

Western Railway started on an impressive note as they got the lead in the first quarter. They got complacent later in the game and lost their lead. Both teams played a fast-paced game with good co-ordination. Some clean baskets were made by the teams. By half time Southern Railway were leading by 27-23. The match continued neck-and-neck, B.S. Shyla and Renjini Jose of SR, Chenna displayed very good and scored clean basket whereas Shiba Maggon’s and Ivy Cherian’s performance went in vain. In the end Southern Railway showed their superiority and won the garne 65-54.
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Kahlon placed joint 12th

Shanghai, October 20
Arjun Singh fired five under 67, the best card among the six Indians in the fray but compatriot Harmeet Kahlon performing consistantly was placed at joint 12th slot with a total of four under par 212 at the end of the third and penultimate round of the $400,000 Volvo China Golf Open here today.

Korea’s Charlie Wi rolled in a spectacular 30-foot birdie on the last hole today to earn a one-shot lead heading into the final round.

Arjun, who had a miserable three over par 75 second round, displayed better form to total three under par 213 (71, 75, 67) while Amandeep Johl returned two under 70 for an aggregate of 213 (71, 72, 70) to be placed at joint 17th place.

Kahlon hit three under par 69 for 212 (72, 71, 69) for 12th place. Delhi’s Vivek Bhandari shot two under par 70 to total one over par 217 (75, 72, 70) to be at joint 34th. UNI
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Tejinder wins 100m sprint event
Our Sports Reporter

Patiala, October 20
Tejinder Singh won the 100 m sprint event in the under-20 category in the Patiala District Athletics Championships which concluded at the polo grounds here today. He was followed by Dinesh Vashisht and Sukhwant Singh in that order.

Other results: Boys (u 20) — 1500 m: Nirmal Singh 1, Sandeep Singh 2 and Ganga Ram 3. Long jump : Tejinder Singh 1, Balwinder Singh 2 and Sukhwant Singh 3. Discus throw: Bhagwant Singh 1, Paramjit Singh 2 and Balwinder Singh 3. Shot put: Bhagwant Singh 1 and Paramjit Singh 2. Boys (u 18) — 100m: Parveen Kumar 1, Sukhdev Singh 2 and Balwinder Singh 3. 400m: Manpreet Singh 1, Gagandeep Singh 2 and Jaswinder Singh 3. 1500m: Parminder Singh 1, Gurdeep Singh 2 and Varinder Singh 3. Long jump: Sukhdev Singh 1, Gurinderpal Singh 2 and Amandeep Singh 3. Javelin throw: Gurkirat Singh 1, Sukhwinder Singh 2 and Gurjeet Singh 3. Boys (u 16) — 100m: Japinder Singh 1, Maninder Singh 2 and Jaspreet Singh 3. 400m: Maninder Singh 1, Kamaldeep Singh 2 and Ravideep Singh 3. 2000m: Tara Singh 1, Kulwinder Singh 2 and Pardeepinder Singh 3. Long jump: Harjinder Singh 1, Gurbir Singh 2 and Manjeet Singh 3. Shot put: Atinder Singh 1, Hashanjit Singh 2 and Surinder Singh 3. Boys (u 14) — 100m: Manjeet Singh 1, Tejinder Singh 2 and Maghar Singh 3.

Girls (u 20) 100m: Balwinder Kaur 1 and Simarjit Kaur 2. Long jump: Balwinder Kaur 1 and Simarjit Kaur 2. Girls (u 18) — 100m: Manjinder Singh 1 and Sukhjinder Singh 2. Discus throw: Antargurpreet Kaur 1 and Manjinder Kaur 2. Girls (u 16) — 100m: Gurjinder Kaur 1 and Kirandeep Kaur 2. 400m: Beant Kaur 1 and Kirandeep Kaur 2. Shot put: Manjinder Kaur 1 and Rajvinder Kaur 2. Discus throw: Manjinder Kaur 1, Rajvinder Kaur 2 and Gurpreet Kaur 3. Girls (u 14) — 100m: Harjeet Kaur 1 and Jatinder Kaur 2.

AMBALA

Meet begins

The first Sushil Kumar Memorial Roller Skating Championship was inaugurated by the Air Officer Commanding, Air Commodore V.R. Iyer, at the Air Force Public School today.

Nearly 200 children in different age groups are participating in the two-day championship. Air Commodore Iyer says organising district-level championships enthuses the children and encourages sports.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mahinder Kumar, says the championship is being organised in the memory of young IAS officer Sushil Kumar Aggarwal. He says Sushil Kumar was the president of the Roller Skating Association and under his able leadership the sports had been encouraged throughout the state.
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Mandi champs
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, October 20
Mandi district are the champions in the HP inter-district football. They beat Sports Hostel, Rohroo, by 2-0 in the final here this evening.

In the first semifinal match, Mandi district beat Shimla by 4-0, while in the second semifinal, Sports Hostel, Rohroo, beat Una by 1-0. HP Parliamentary Secretary, Mrs Urmila Thakur, who was the chief guest on this occasion, gave away prizes to the winners and runners-up.
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Inter-college soccer
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 20
Govind National College, Narangwal, bagged the Panjab University Inter-college ‘B’ division men football championship for the current year. BAM College, Garhshankar secured second place. The results of the matches played today: GNC Narangwal b BAM Khalsa College, Garhshankar 2-0( half time 1-0). Scorers: Buta Singh (30th minute) Satinderjit Singh (81st).
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AITA tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 20
The qualifying rounds of the AITA ranking tennis tournament for boys and girls in below 14 and 16 sections began at Tennis Stadium, Sector 10 here today. The boys section had a draw of 32 players while for girls it was of 16. The main draw matches will begin from October 22.
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Surjit hockey

Jalandhar, October 20
The 18th Surjit Singh Hockey Tournament will by held here from November 3 to 12.

The tournament this year will be held at the newly laid Astro-Turf at Surjit Hockey Stadium here, Surjit Hockey Society president K. Siva Prasad, said at a press conference today. PTI
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 SPORTS BRIEFS

SANIA MIRZA GOES DOWN FIGHTING
HYDERABAD: India’s Sania Mirza went down fighting in the final when she lost to top-seeded Matea Mezak of Croatia 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 2-6 in the grade II Hong Kong Open Junior Girls Championship which concluded at Hong Kong on Saturday. In the 150-minute final Sania could have won the first set but missed some easy volley when she was leading 4-3 and led 40-15 and allowed her opponent to break her serve. Mezak, who is Sania’s doubles partner, took control of the situation and won three games in a row to win the first set at 6-4. In the second set, both the players held their serves and the set went in tie-breaker in which Sania won 7-6(7-3). UNI

SANTOSH TROPHY
MARGAO:
All the Santosh Trophy matches will be held at three venues in Mumbai from November 1 to 17 after arrangements at Nagpur were found unsatisfactory. In all 32 teams will participate in the tournament to be played on league-cum-knock out basis, All-India Football Federation secretary Alberto Colaco said here on Friday after releasing the draw. PTI

GAGAN AJIT SINGH
PHAGWARA:
The Shiromani Akali Dal Panthic Morcha will honour with a gold medal Gagan Ajit Singh, captain of the Indian hockey team currently playing in the Junior World Cup Hockey Championship. Mr Jaskaran Singh, general secretary, SAD (A), a constituent of the Panthic Morcha, said here on Saturday that a function would be held at Ferozepore to honour Gagan Ajit, son of Olympian Ajit Singh, on his return, irrespective of whether the Indian team won or lost in the final. Morcha stalwarts, including Mr Sirmanjit Singh Mann, president SAD (A), and Mr Dhyan Singh Mand, vice-president and former MP, would attend the function among others, according to Mr Jaskaran Singh. OC

LANGER HURT
BRISBANE:
Australia top-order batsman Justin Langer was forced to retire hurt on Saturday after a bouncer from Andrew Bichel struck him on the helmet during an inter-state match in Brisbane. Langer, resuming on his overnight score of nine for Western Australia against Queensland, left the ground unaided. Reuters
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