Monday, October 22, 2001, Chandigarh, India






THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

India lift jr World Cup
‘Glory boys’ beat Argentina 6-1
Hobart (Australia), October 21
Propelled by a brilliant hat-trick by Deepak Thakur, India’s ‘glory boys’ destroyed Argentina 6-1 to take home the junior World Cup for the first time in the country’s hockey history.

Indian players and officials celebrate on the field after India beat Argentina in the final of the junior World Cup hockey at Hobart in Australia Indian players and officials celebrate on the field after India beat Argentina in the final of the junior World Cup hockey at Hobart in Australia.

History repeats itself
Chandigarh, October 21
They say history repeats itself. And Indian colts proved it with a shocking 6-1 win over Pan American champions Argentina in the final of the seventh Junior World Cup Hockey Tournament at Hobart, Tasmania, in Australia this morning.

Wave of joy in hockey circles
Chandigarh, October 21
Unbridled joy bordering on ecstasy swept through hockey circles here as reports trickled in about India’s marvellous title victory in the hockey junior World Cup at Hobart today. India defeated Argentina by an astounding 6-1 margin to clinch their maiden title after finishing runners-up in the previous edition.

Wi wins Volvo China Open Golf
Shanghai, October 21
South Korea’s Charlie Wi held off a spirited challenge from Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand to claim the $ 400,000 Volvo China Open by one shot after an epic final day duel.

Kenya eyeing another upset win
Cape Town, October 21
Kenya would be out to prove their comprehensive 70-run victory over India was no flash in the pan when they take on South Africa in the penultimate league match of the triangular one-day series here tomorrow.

Tour pullout may hit English cricket
London, October 21
English cricket faces bankruptcy if they pull out of next month’s tour to India because of fears over the proximity to Afghanistan, a British newspaper reported today.


Russian world champion Alina Kabaeva celebrates winning the gold medal in the individual exercises at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Madrid on Saturday.
Russian world champion Alina Kabaeva celebrates winning the gold medal in the individual exercises at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Madrid on Saturday. Compatriot Irina Tchachina won the silver behind and Ukranian Tamara Yerofeeva the bronze.
— Reuters

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China's Ling Zhong performs with the hoop during the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Madrid on Saturday.
China's Ling Zhong performs with the hoop during the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Madrid on Saturday.

Britain's heavyweight boxer Audley Harrsion lands a punch on Poland's Piotr Jurczyk in round two of their non-title heavyweight bout at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow on Saturday.
Britain's heavyweight boxer Audley Harrsion lands a punch on Poland's Piotr Jurczyk in round two of their non-title heavyweight bout at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow on Saturday. It was Harrison's third successive victory since turning professional after last year's Sydney Olympic Games. — Reuters photo

Bharati lays stone of SAI centre
Sonepat, October 21
The Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ms Uma Bharati today announced that while each state would have a sports academy for the promotion of single game during the 10th Five Year Plan, a proposal had been sent to the Union Human Resource Ministry to make it mandatory the setting up of new educational institutes to have a play ground and sports facilities along with educational facilities.

Haryana yoga championship at Sirsa
Chandigarh, October 21
The 20th Haryana State Yoga Championship and Ist Haryana State Artistic Yoga Sport Championship being held under the aegis of Haryana State Yoga Association on November 3 and 4 at Sirsa. The teams from all the districts of the state, universities and Haryana Board of Technical Education will participate.

Promod, Sanjay set new records
Chennai, October 21
A new national open mark by UP’s Promod Kumar Tiwari (hammer throw), Sanjay Kumar Rai of Railways and Pritipal Singh of Police (both in triple jump) and Soma Biswas of Railways (heptathlon) marked the concluding day of the 41st National Athletic Championship here today.

Punjab basketball champions
Indore, October 21
Punjab boys and Tamil Nadu eves lifted the 18th National Youth Basketball Championships here yesterday.

Karate championship organised
Ambala, October 21
The eighth Ambala district karate championship 2001 organised by the School of Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Shorin-Kan took place today.In subjunior boys (below 20 kg) Chaitney came first, Wasim Akram was second, Goutam and Devender were third. In 20 to 25 kg, Atin Sharma stood first, Ankit was second and Karam Goyal and Vivek Garg were third.

 




Tommy Haas from Germany holds the trophy after beating Max Mirnyi from Belarus in the final of the Tennis Master Series tournament in Stuttgart on Sunday. Haas won the match 6-2 6-2 and 6-2. 


Lindsay Davenport of the USA holds the trophy of the Swisscom Challenge WTA tennis tournament after defeating Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia in the final 6-3 6-1 in Zurich-Kloten on Sunday.
— Reuters photos


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India lift jr World Cup
‘Glory boys’ beat Argentina 6-1

The ‘glory boys’ in an ecstatic mood after winning the junior hockey World Cup at Hobart in Australia on Sunday.
The ‘glory boys’ in an ecstatic mood after winning the junior hockey World Cup at Hobart in Australia on Sunday. In the centre is the Indian captain Gagan Ajit Singh.

Hobart (Australia), October 21
Propelled by a brilliant hat-trick by Deepak Thakur, India’s ‘glory boys’ destroyed Argentina 6-1 to take home the junior World Cup for the first time in the country’s hockey history.

Skill, spirit and strength came to the fore as last edition’s runners-up India (they lost 2-3 to Australia in 1997 at Milton Keynes, England) took hold of the match right from the word go, their forwards creating mayhem as Argentina wilted under constant pressure.

Besides Thakur (53rd, 56th and 59th minutes), the other scorers, in what is India’s first crown at the world level since 1980 Moscow Olympics, were Jugraj Singh who hammered in two penalty corners (19th, 44th) and floodgates for India second minutes into the match.

The lone scorer for Argentina was Lucas Cammareri (43rd).

Ironically Argentina has been the nemesis of the senior Indian hockey team and now it can draw vicarious pleasure from the rout of the South American champions.

Coach Rajinder Singh was almost in tears and at a loss to describe his emotions. “What do I say now... It’s a great feeling. I am proud of this bunch and I hope we can turn this victory into something bigger at 2002 senior World Cup”.

Thakur, with a hat-trick in his kitty and who also emerged as the tournament’s highest scorer with 10 goals, said: “The team wanted a win very badly. We owed it to the nation. And thanks to the coach who has been absolutely great, we have been able to win the World Cup. It’s really unbelievable.”

India made their intentions clear when they started with five forwards and after a foray into the Argentina circle, earned their first penalty corner in the fourth minute.

Jugraj Singh flicked strongly but the Argentina ’keeper managed to push it away with his gloves.

India went ahead in the 10th minute when a move from the midfield saw Arjun Halappa sending a cross as the Argentine defence advanced. Prabhjot Singh, running in from the left flank, gave the slip and trapped the ball neatly, sending it high into the net to beat the keeper.

Argentina, resorted to some solid body tackles to disrupt the rhythm of their rivals but India still managed a penalty corner in the 16th minute which was saved by the ’keeper. But Jugraj Singh was not to be stopped for long.

In the 19th minute, he took the ball at the top of the circle early and his powerful flick stunned the ’keeper into conceding the second goal as India led 2-0.

Though both India and Argentina had a penalty corner each after this, the former managed to maintain their 2-0 lead at the break.

India returned determined on resumption, earning three penalty corners but could not beat the Argentina goalkeeper who blocked the flicks successfully.

The South Americans finally created space and after a beautiful cross from the right, found Camareri right in front of the Indian goal in the 43rd minute. Camareri’s deft deflection beat goalkeeper Devesh Chauhan to make it 2-1.

India retorted with counter-attack to earn a penalty corner and Jugraj Singh, charging out early, flicked neatly to the top left of the keeper to score the third goal for India.

Argentina had three penalty corners in succession in the 45th minute but could not control the ball properly.

After a few minutes of ball possession in the midfield, India went into a counter-attack in the 53rd minute with Prabhjot Singh speeding away. His strong shot was trapped by Deepak Thakur who flicked in for the fourth goal.

Argentina were clearly wilting now. Unable to play their fast, physical game, they were running out of ideas. It almost led to a scuffle as both the teams crowded over an infringement but the umpires broke it up early.

Three minutes later, in the 56th minute, Thakur took off down the left, just inside the circle and his patent reverse shot beat the keeper hands down.

Another infringement led to frayed tempers as India’s Vikram Pillay and Argentina’s Lucas Rey were shown yellow cards.

India kept attacking with the defence now trying to overlap and come up. Kanwalpreet Singh advanced in the 59th minute and his powerful hit from just outside the midfield line, was trapped by Thakur on top of the Argentina circle. Swinging around, he let fly a stunner that tore into the net for the team’s sixth goal and his own hat-trick.

With 10 minutes remaining, India had a few chances but they concentrated on keeping Argentina away with some good defensive work and excellent ball possession.

Earlier in the day, Germany beat England 5-1 to finish third. Spain finished fifth beating Australia to sixth place with a 2-0 win while South Korea beat The Netherlands 3-2 to finish seventh. PTI
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History repeats itself
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
They say history repeats itself. And Indian colts proved it with a shocking 6-1 win over Pan American champions Argentina in the final of the seventh Junior World Cup Hockey Tournament at Hobart, Tasmania, in Australia this morning.

In the first World Cup played at Versailles in 1979, when India played Argentina in their last classification game, the former won by an identical 6-1 win. But that game was for fifth and sixth position. And 22 years and six editions later, the two met again, this time for the top classification — the gold medal — game. India triumphed with the same margin again.

The countrymen in general and hockey fans in particular are jubilant over India’s first-ever title triumph in this under-22 tournament. Perhaps even the hardcore patriot would not have expected the margin to be so big. But coach Rajinder Singh, Olympian, who worked hard on these boys deserves all appreciation.

After quitting active hockey following a knee injury in early 80s, Rajinder Singh Sr, as we all in hockey call him, has worked hard in training youngsters, both as SAI coach and also a member of the national panel of coaches of the Indian Hockey Federation. A top penalty corner shooter himself, Rajinder has been known for his fighting qualities.

He has proved his worth once again. India, which virtually looked out of competition after it played a 2-2 draw with Argentina in its first game of the round two at Hobart. It was Pan Americans who brought them back in reckoning by shocking the defending champions Australia 2-1 in their last league encounter. Elated at elimination of Australia, electrified Indians put in a little extra in their energies to defeat the Netherlands 4-3 in their last round two league encounter to march into the last four stage.

And in the semi-finals, they ran into the toughest team of the tournament, Germany, who since the inception of the tournament in 1979, have always been a medal winner. A silver in the first, saw them extending their supremacy over the trophy in the next four editions. In the 1997 World Cup, when India fell to Australia in the last hurdle, Germans, like this time, took the bronze.

This is for the second consecutive time that no European team could make it to the final.

For India, the progress in the Junior World Cup has been amazing. In the first three editions, they had to contend with fifth position. In the fourth World Cup, for which they organised the Asia-Oceania Zone qualifying tournament, they failed to make it to the main tournament. In the sixth edition, they were second.

The triumph at Hobart also assures them an automatic place in the next Junior World Cup and saves them from the rigmarole of playing through the qualifying tournament. After the 1975 World Cup, the 1980 Moscow Olympics and the 1998 Asian Games, it has been first major triumph for India in any FIH or major hockey tournament.

It is not only a big win in the final, Indians ran the highest tally in the tournament, scoring 31 goals and conceding 11. It is after a long time that Indians were scoring field goals as Deepak Sonkhla, the tournament’s highest scorer with a hat-trick in the final, scored all his 10 goals in the run of play. Jugraj Singh scored seven penalty corner goals to prove that Indians were no more a pushover in this type of conversions.

Prabhjot Singh scored all five field goals while skipper Gagan Ajit Singh scored two.

Meanwhile, there have been jubiliations and celebrations all over the country. The Union Chemicals and fertilizers Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, who is also the President of the Punjab Olympic Association, has complimented coach Rajinder Singh, skipper Gagan Ajit Singh, and all members of the Indian team on their “historic triumph” and said that their big win has proved that “hockey was alive and kicking in India”.

The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, also congratulated the Indian team on its big triumph.

Meanwhile, a large number of Olympians and international players, including Sukhvir Singh Grewal, Gurdishpal Singh, Pargat Singh, Hardeep Singh Grewal, Jagdeep Singh Gill, Ramandeep Singh, Devinder Singh Garcha, Gurmail Singh, Surinder Singh Sodhi, Lieut-Col Harcharan Singh, Col Balbir Singh, Tarsem Singh, Mukhbain Singh and others have also congratulated Indian team on its title triumph at Hobart.

Mr S.S. Saini of the Punjab Hockey Association, Mr Rajdeep Singh Gill and Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal of Punjab Basketball Association and several others have also congratulated Indian team on its fine success.
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Wave of joy in hockey circles
Amardeep Bhattal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
Unbridled joy bordering on ecstasy swept through hockey circles here as reports trickled in about India’s marvellous title victory in the hockey junior World Cup at Hobart today. India defeated Argentina by an astounding 6-1 margin to clinch their maiden title after finishing runners-up in the previous edition.

The wave of joy was understandable. Most of the boys who represented India at Hobart are household names in the city as they have been playing in the All-India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament every year. However, what added to the festive spirit was the fact that at least two players, Inderjit Chaddha and Rajpal, belong to Chandigarh and have honed their skill on the city soil. Moreover, the team coached by international Rajinder Singh, also received expert tips from former international Narinder Singh Sodhi, who incidentally is from Chandigarh and is an active member of the Rock Rovers Club. In fact, Sodhi, Rajpal and Inderjit Chaddha had been representing Chandigarh XI in the All-India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament till a few years back. Another familiar face in the junior World Cup at Hobart was umpire Satinder Sharma of Chandigarh, who officiated in the tournament and is one of the few international umpires of India.

“It was fantastic,” said veteran Olympian Dharam Singh, while talking to The Tribune. “The team gave a good performance throughout the tournament and it augurs well for Indian hockey. These boys are the future of India. The margin of victory suggests that the team has the capacity to deliver. The way our team moved from bottom to top is indeed praiseworthy,” said Dr Dharam Singh, who himself led India to glory many decades back.

The secretary of the Chandigarh Hockey Association, Mr Yash Vohra, expressed similar feelings.”It is a wonderful victory. The boys have done India proud. The win was possible due to the emphasis on attack and India emerged unscathed out of crunch situations mainly due to this strategy. Today’s victory should serve as a springboard for achieving higher success in the senior World Cup scheduled to be held at Kuala Lumpur next year. I hope and pray that Indian hockey does get much-needed sponsorships now that the boys have proved their worth,” said the elated Vohra.

International umpire Rajinder Gandhi also described India’s victory as an outstanding feat. “The margin of victory in today’s final against Argentina is by itself a record,” said Rajinder Gandhi while singling out the forwardline for special praise.

Mr SS Saini of Ropar Hawks and Mr B.M. Singh Narang of Rock Rovers were also all praise for the team, which they said deserved all accolades for the marvellous achievement.

Anirudh Gupta adds from Ferozepore: A wave of joy spread here after India’s victory over Argentina in the final of the 7th junior hockey World Cup in Australia today. Local residents were happy over India’s victory as the captain of the winning team, Gagan Ajit singh, belongs to this backward border district. People from all sections of society reached his residence to congratulate his family members, especially Ajit Singh Olympian, the joyous father of Gagan Ajit Singh.

Hardeep Singh Dhillon, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ferozepore Range, who is also the president of District Hockey Association visited the residence of Gagan Ajit Singh to congratulate Gagan’s family. Many other prominent citizens also greeted to Ajit Singh.
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Jubilation in Patiala
Ravi Dhaliwal

Patiala, October 21
A wave of jubilation swept the city as news of India’s stunning win in the junior World Cup reached hockey lovers this afternoon.

The common refrain among hockey Olympians and sports administrators was that before the World Cup began, it was yet another quest for regaining lost identity, and the team completed its mission in superb fashion.

The victorious squad had in its ranks three Patiala-based boys — Sydney Olympian Deepak Thakur, Sarbjot Singh and Dilbagh Singh — all of whom practice at the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) Centre of Excellence here and turn out for Patiala Hockey Union (PHA) in the domestic circuit.

The secretary of the PHA, Prof Gursewak Singh, was a overwhelmed with joy. He remarked “In the cold sentimental world of sport, what matters is the outcome. The Indian played brilliant hockey throughout and the labour they had put in at the long training camps at Bangalore and at other centres has now borne fruit.” However, Prof Gursewak Singh, who at present is serving as the Indian Hockey Federation senior vice-president, was sore that Doordarshan nor any other foreign sports channel took no pains to telecast live an event of such magnitude.

Harmik Singh, who skippered the Indian team in the 1972 Munich Olympics and who is the paternal uncle of Indian skipper Gagan Ajit Singh was overjoyed the moment he heard of India’s win. He said “No nation has such a shining Olympic record as India with eight gold medals, each of which etched a fascinating era of skill and style. Harmik is a senior SAI coach at the NIS here.

Ms Rupa Saini, who led the Indian women’s team in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, was overjoyed. When contacted, she said: “I am simply astounded by the margin of India’s win. When the team reached the final, I was optimistic that we were in with a chance to garner the gold. Our victory over the Germans in the semifinals made the boys a confident lot.”
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KPS Gill praises Indian team

New Delhi, October 21
Indian Hockey Federation chief KPS Gill on Sunday said the success of the junior team in the junior World Cup lay in their ability to adapt themselves to adverse weather conditions and play quality hockey against every side. “Everyone whom I met after the match spoke of the very high standards the Indians displayed during the final.... The most important thing was the self-confidence they displayed and the will power,” Mr Gill said.

Sports Minister Uma Bharati congratulated the Indian team for winning the junior World Cup in Hobrat. “This young team has a bright future and I am very confident they will bring back the lost glory of Indian hockey and to that effect the government and sports ministry will give all help,” she said in a statement. PTI
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Wi wins Volvo China Open Golf

Shanghai, October 21
South Korea’s Charlie Wi held off a spirited challenge from Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand to claim the $ 400,000 Volvo China Open by one shot after an epic final day duel.

India’s Harmeet Kahlon earned a share of fifth place with Thai veteran Boonchu Ruangkit. American Andrew Pitts carded a closing 69 to finish third on his own on 11-under-par 277 to finish five shots behind Wi Japan’s Sushi Ishigaki who trailed Wi by one after the third round stumbled to fourth place after a 74.

Wi coolly holed a winning 10-foot birdie on the par five 18th to prevail at Shanghai Silport Golf Club. He won $ 72,000 and earned invitations to two lucrative tournaments at next month’s Volvo Masters in Spain and the 2002 NEC invitational. He finished with a bogey-free 68 for a four-day total of 16-under-par 272. UNI

TNS adds from Chandigarh: Harmeet, who was lying at 11th position after three rounds with scores of 72+71+69, shot a final round of three under par 69 for a final score of seven under par 281. In the final round Harmeet had birdies on the 1st, 4th, 7th, 8th and the 10th holes. This was the best finish so far by Harmeet in the Asian PGA Tour. 
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Kenya eyeing another upset win

Cape Town, October 21
Kenya would be out to prove their comprehensive 70-run victory over India was no flash in the pan when they take on South Africa in the penultimate league match of the triangular one-day series here tomorrow.

Kenya have been improving with every match after the 10-wicket thrashing they received from India earlier in the tournament and South Africa are in for a tough competition tomorrow.

The hosts have already confirmed their place in the final and tomorrow’s game is inconsequential for them, but it is a great opportunity for the Kenyans who will be tied on points with India if they manage another upset victory. India and Kenya would then have to battle it out in the last game at Paarl on Wednesday.

However, despite the marked upswing in Kenya’s fortunes, South Africa start firm favourties in the match. Fresh from a fine 46-run win against India in East London on Friday, the hosts will be using the opportunity as a good practice game ahead of the final in Kingsmead, Durban, on October 26.

South Africa have been the most consistent performers in this tournament and have played as a well knit unit with every player contributing to the team.

The strength of the South African side is exemplified in Boeta Dippenaar, a reserve who played the last two matches because of injury to regular opener Gary Kirsten. Making maximum use of the opportunity that came his way, Dippenaar slammed 70-plus knocks in both the matches.

The other batsmen, especially Herschelle Gibbs and Jacques Kallis, are also in cracking form and South Africa should not have much problems in reaching a good total.

Their bowlers are certain to give headaches to Kenya with Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini, Lance Klusener, Andre Nel and Kallis making a formidable attack.

There had been a marked decline in the South African fielding standards in the earlier part of the tournament, but the hosts seemed to have got over that problem in their match against India at East London.

Kenya would once again be going into the match without their captain Maurice Odumbe who has been handed a two-game suspension.

But with confidence oozing from their victory over India, the rest of the team looks quite well equipped to give the South Africans a run for their money. Ravindu Shah and Thomas Odoyo have scored successive half-centuries in the last two matches while the opening blues also seem to have taken care of with the coming good of Kennedy Obuya in the match against India. Kenya’s batsmen have been able to score 229 and 246 in the last two games and they would be hoping for a similar performance tomorrow.

Joseph Angara was a revelation in the last game and has suddenly become the frontline bowler for the Kenyans though Odoyo and Martin Suji too would have to chip in with special performances with the ball. The bowlers gave a very good example of wicket-to-wicket bowling, without trying to attempt anything outlandish, and there is no reason why they can’t do to the South Africans what they did to India a few days back.

Teams (from):
South Africa:
Shaun Pollock (capt), Gary Kirsten, Boeta Dippenaar, Herschelle Gibbs, Neil McKenzie, Jonty Rhodes, Lance Klusener, Nicky Boje, Mark Boucher, Jacques Kallis, Makhaya Ntini and Andre Nel.

Kenya: Steve Tikolo (capt), Kennedy Obuya, Ravindu Shah, Thomas Odoyo, David Obuya, Collins Obuya, Joseph Angara, Martin Suji, Tony Suji, Jimmy Kamande and Kenneth Obuya. Umpires: Ian Howell and Dave Orchard

Match referee: Ahmed Ebrahim. PTI
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Tour pullout may hit English cricket

London, October 21
English cricket faces bankruptcy if they pull out of next month’s tour to India because of fears over the proximity to Afghanistan, a British newspaper reported today.

English cricket officials are due to meet the 16-man touring party on Tuesday to make a final decision on whether the three-Test tour should proceed in the light of the US-led military campaign in which Britain is playing a high-profile role.

The Sunday Telegraph reported that under new regulations brought in by the International Cricket Council in Kuala Lumpur last week England face a fine of at least £ 1.4 million ($ 2 million) and compensation claims from India if they cancel the trip. The report said the total financial penalty could be £ 7 million ($ 10 million).

The president of the Indian cricket board, Jagmohan Dalmiya, has also threatened that if England pull out, India will reciprocate by cancelling their tour to England next year. The Sunday Telegraph said its own poll of the England squad had shown that six were reluctant to tour.

England all-rounder Craig White said on Friday the risks of going to India were too high, while captain Nasser Hussain and senior batsman Graham Thorpe said the players would have to make up their own minds.

Hussain told the newspaper: “I’m getting worried about the state of mind my team’s going to be in...It’s going to be very difficult to get the players out of their rooms and not to have a siege mentality. India’s a beautiful place but it’s hard enough to tour without these things going on.”

The England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tim Lamb said on Saturday: “We’re confident that 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.

“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.” AFP
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Bharati lays stone of SAI centre
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 21
The Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ms Uma Bharati today announced that while each state would have a sports academy for the promotion of single game during the 10th Five Year Plan, a proposal had been sent to the Union Human Resource Ministry to make it mandatory the setting up of new educational institutes to have a play ground and sports facilities along with educational facilities.

The Union Minister, who was addressing a largely attended public meeting shortly after laying the foundation stone of the Ch Devi Lal northern Regional Centre of Sports Authority of India (SAI) at Joshi Chauhan village along the National Highway No. 1 near Rai in Sonipat district, said that it would be the first such regional centre of SAI in the northern part of the country. She appreciated the gesture of the village panchayat for making available about 100 acre land for this prestigious project.

The Union Minister said that the sports academies to be set up in each state would lay stress on promotion of traditional games like kabaddi and wrestling. She said that after passing class 5th the young promising players would be provided opportunities to compete in sports competitions at block and district level and the outstanding players would be absorbed by the academies.

She was all praise for the number of incentives being given to the sports persons by the Haryana Government.

KURUKSHETRA: An impressive march past was conducted by contingents of sports teams drawn from all 19 districts of the state.

Lord Krishna’s chariot leading the contingents and beating of nagaras, trumpets and shankhs marked the occasion.

Each contingent was led by warriors attired in typical costumes of mahabharta battle style.

The three-day sporting extravaganza will witness 4500 players in action in various disciplines.

Among others who spoke on the occasion included Abhey Chautala, president of Haryana Olympic Association (HOA), state transport minister Ashok Arora and HOA General Secretary M.S. Malik. PTI
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Haryana yoga championship at Sirsa
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
The 20th Haryana State Yoga Championship and Ist Haryana State Artistic Yoga Sport Championship being held under the aegis of Haryana State Yoga Association on November 3 and 4 at Sirsa. The teams from all the districts of the state, universities and Haryana Board of Technical Education will participate.

Stating this here Mr Dharam Vir, president, Haryana State Yoga Association, said competitions in sub jr boys (8-14 yrs) and girls (8-12 yrs), junior boys (14-20 yrs) and girls (12-18 yrs), senior boys (20-30 yrs) and girls (18-25 yrs), elderly men (30-40 yrs) & women (25-40 yrs), veteran men (40-50 yrs & above 50 years) and veteran women (40-50 & above 50 years) would be conducted as per the rules and regulations laid down by Indian Yoga Federation. In each age group a maximum of three competitors of either sex from each district/unit would be allowed to participate. Free board and lodging will be provided by Sirsa District Yoga Association.

The main attraction of the competition would be the yoga sport championship organised on the pattern of rhythmic gymnastic and arobic sports. In this competition each competitor will perform six most difficult yoga asanas of different types on music tunes. In this championship each unit will enter two boys and two girls between junior and senior age groups.
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Promod, Sanjay set new records

Chennai, October 21
A new national open mark by UP’s Promod Kumar Tiwari (hammer throw), Sanjay Kumar Rai of Railways and Pritipal Singh of Police (both in triple jump) and Soma Biswas of Railways (heptathlon) marked the concluding day of the 41st National Athletic Championship here today.

The championship also witnessed a grand golden double by Anil Kumar (Services) and Kavitha Pandya (Rlys).

Railways continued to dominate the track and field events and collected the overall titles securing 148 points in men’s and 176 points in women’s sections. Services (107 pts) and Tamil Nadu (66 points) finished runners-up in women.

Tiwari proved to be the only athlete to improve his own marks in successive meets. He had set a new mark in the Lucknow inter-state championship last month surpassing Virender Poonia’s mark of 67.41m with a throw of 68.98m.

In the finals today, Tiwari started with a foul and then touched the hammer at 68.82m in his next attempt. PTI
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Punjab basketball champions

Indore, October 21
Punjab boys and Tamil Nadu eves lifted the 18th National Youth Basketball Championships here yesterday.

In the boys’ section, the match between Punjab and Andhra Pradesh was closely contested, as both levelled at 44-44, 81-81 and 84-84. Later on Andhra committed a mistake and a foul was awarded against it.

Punjab captain Snehpal Singh exploited the situation by converting the opportunity to basket and win the match 84-86 at the last moment.

Snehpal Singh scored 19 points and Mandeep Singh scored 28 for Punjab. For Andhra P.J. Dhanik netted 26 while M.V. Babu scored 24.

In the girls’ section, Tamil Nadu won the title defeating Chhattisgarh 54-43.

While, P. Anita scored 21 points, E. Amla contributed 13 points for Tamil Nadu’s victory. PTI
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Karate championship organised
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 21
The eighth Ambala district karate championship 2001 organised by the School of Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Shorin-Kan took place today.

In subjunior boys (below 20 kg) Chaitney came first, Wasim Akram was second, Goutam and Devender were third. In 20 to 25 kg, Atin Sharma stood first, Ankit was second and Karam Goyal and Vivek Garg were third. In 25 to 30 kg, Devinder came first, Amit Saini was second and Dilip Singh and Nipun were third. In 30 to 35 kg, Shankey Tom finished first, Gourav was second and Pankaj and Ashish were third. In 35 to 40 kg, Amit was first, Archit Srivastava second and Lalit came third.

In sub junior girls (40 to 45 kg) Rupali was first and Navneet Kaur came second. In 25 to 30 kg Garvita was first, Jyoti second and Divya Sethi was third. In 20 to 25 kg Navjot was first and Snigdha was second.

In junior boys 30 to 35 kg, Prince Kumar came first, Abhinav was second and Charanjeet came third. In 35 to 40 kg, Gaurav finished first, Manpreet was second, Navjot and Bhupinder were third. In 45 to 50 kg boys, Dinesh was first, Gagan Sodhi was second and Rajinder Yadav was third.

Roller skating championship: First Sushil Kumar memorial roller skating championship concluded at Air Force Public School this evening.

Overall championship was won by the Convent of Jesus and Mary, Ambala Cantt. Up to six years girls, Sakshi Sharma was first and in boys, Devanshu was first. In 6-8 years girls, Pawani Nath was first and in boys, Aman Sharma stood first. In 8-10 years girls, Radhika Dhawan was first and in boys, Ishan and Mohit were toppers. In 10-12 years girls, Devangana came first and in boys Pujan bagged first prize. In 12 to 14 years girls, Sonali Jain was first and in boys, Pankaj and Anupam came first. In above 14 years girls, Avani Raj came first and in boys, Anshu Singla finished first.

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 SPORTS BRIEFS

GOLD MEDALLIST TESTS POSITIVE
BOGOTA (COLOMBIA):
Maria Isabel Urrutia — a weightlifter who won Colombia’s first Olympic gold medal in Sydney — has tested positive for drugs and was suspended from competing for two years, authorities said. The results, released on Friday, were from a drug test Urrutia took during an August competition in Cali, which she won. The results revealed the use of the stimulant ephedrine and nandrolone —an anabolic steroid popular among weightlifters —said Alberto Ferrer, director of Colombia’s Olympic committee. The two-year suspension will prevent Urrutia from competing in both national and international events. AP

KABAEVA LIFTS TITLE
MADRID:
Russia’s Alina Kabaeva retained her all-round title at the world rhythmic gymnastics championships on Saturday after holding off compatriot Trina Tchachina. The pair led Russia to the team gold on the first two days of the competition and justified their tag of clear favourites as they dominated the all-round contest. Tchachina led after the first exercise as her hoop score bettered Kabaeva’s on the rope. Reuters

EASY FOR DE BRUIJN
EAST MEADOW (USA):
Triple Olympic champion Inge De Bruijn of The Netherlands cruised past her rivals here yesterday at the inaugural Sprint Cup to win two events. The 28-year-old four-time world record-holder captured victories in the 50-metre butterfly and freestyle competitions with times of 26.22 sec and 24.73 sec. Great Britain’s Zoe Baker broke the European record in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 30.78 seconds in her preliminary heat. On the men’s side, Ed Moses, who won two medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, a gold in the 4x100 medley and silver in the 100 metre breaststroke, took the 50m breaststroke while setting an American record of 26.92 sec. He also became the first US swimmer to be timed under 27 sec. AFP

TENNIS QUALIFIERS
CHANDIGARH:
Taskeen Bains and Gungeet Bains, made it to the main draw of the under-14 and under-16 sections in the AITA Ranking Tennis Tournament at tennis stadium, Sector 10, here on Sunday. The players who have qualified are (boys under-14): Harkamal Preet, Krishna K, Vijayant Malik, Sanjog Kapoor, Viraj Gandhi, Jaishel Patel, Simmer Veer Singh, Rajiv Yadav. Under 16: Ardaman Sidhu, Rajkanwar Singh, Gurdit Singh, Harneet Singh, Paras Thakur, Krishna K, Izreek Singh, Simmer Veer Singh. Girls-under 14: Taskeen Bains, Alipt Sandhu, Jilke Nelord, Gungeet Bains. Under 16: Taskeen, Jaya Watwani, P Tohan and Alipt. OSR 
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