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XXXI National Games, Punjab-2001

Colourful ceremony marks opening of Games

Ludhiana, November 19
Reverberating to the beat of drum, this Manchester of Punjab accorded a warm and traditional reception to 10,000-odd sportsmen and women from all over the country at a colourful and pulsating opening ceremony of the 31st National Games at Guru Nanak Stadium here this evening.

National Games emblem being exhibited at the Guru Nanak Stadium
National Games emblem being exhibited at the Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, during the inaugural ceremony of the 31st National Games on Monday.
 — Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Random anti-doping tests at Games
Ludhiana, November 19
For the first time anti-doping tests will be conducted during various events in the National Games.. 






EARLIER STORIES

 

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
 

Home Minister L. K. Advani, Union Sports Minister Uma Bharti, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Punjab ministers waving to participants at the opening ceremony of the National Games on Monday. 


School Children welcome Union Home Minister L. K. Advani and Sports Minister Uma Bharti at Guru Nanak Stadium.


The National Games flame lit up after the formal inauguration at Guru Nanak Stadium on Monday. — Photos Manoj Mahajan

Information a touch away
Patiala, November 19
Players arriving in Patiala to participate in the National Games only have to touch a computer screen to get an answer to all queries regarding various events being hosted here as well as details about the city.

Players refuse roadways bus
Anandpur Sahib, November 19
In an unsavory incident, the players from Maharashtra today refused to board a Punjab Roadways bus creating a piquant situation for the district administration. 

Punjab shooters may dominate
Chandigarh, November 19
Punjab is likely to win as many as eight to ten medals in shooting with internationals Abhinav Bindra, Manavjit Singh, Zorawar Singh in men and Sabeeha Dhillon in women vying to bring glory to their home state. 

Last-minute touches at Patiala
Patiala, November 19
After days of commotion, for preparation for the National Games, a sweet chaos prevailed today at all the four venues where the events are scheduled to be held with the organisers busy in giving last-minute finishing touches and the municipal corporation authorities launching a massive beautification drive throughout the city.

Games sidelights
The transport facilities provided by the organisers for transporting players, officials and technical delegates from their hostels and hotels to various venues may turn out to be far from perfect when the games actually begin tomorrow.

India face daunting task
Port Elizabeth, November 19

South Africa were nine wickets away from wrapping up a series victory over India after declaring on the rain-affected fourth day of the second Test today. At the close of play, which came 23 overs early due to bad light, India were 28 for one in their second innings in search of an unlikely victory target of 395. 

Greek actress dressed as a priestess releases a pigeon
A Greek actress dressed as a priestess releases a pigeon during an Olympic Flame lighting ceremony in Greece's ancient Olympia on Monday. Overcast skies prevented the lighting of the Olympic Flame from the sun's rays ahead of the XIX Salt Lake City Winter Games. — Reuters 

Zimbabwe clinch Test series
Chittagong, November 19

Zimbabwe extended Bangladesh’s dismal run in Test cricket today by posting an eight-wicket victory in the second and final Test here. 

England batsmen make merry
Mumbai, November 19

England skipper Nasser Hussain (70 off 124 balls) and allrounder Craig White (79 not out off 72 balls) helped themselves to vital batting practice as the tour opening two-day tie against Mumbai Cricket Association President’s XI ended in a tame draw at the Wankhede Stadium here today.

Kapil to train pacers for World Cup
Kolkata, November 19

Indian cricketing icon and speedster Kapil Dev is all set to return to cricket from his self-imposed exile by taking up the assignment of coaching the country’s pacers for the World Cup 2003.

Aussies cautious of Recoba’s skills
Melbourne, November 19

Coach Frank Farina has cautioned his Australian team against the scoring threat from Uruguay ace Alvaro Recoba at free kicks ahead of tomorrow’s home World Cup qualifier here.

Lennox LewisLewis wants to fight Tyson
Las Vegas, November 19

Lennox Lewis has his championship belts back. Now he wants Mike Tyson. “Since the Evander Holyfield fight (in 1999) I’ve been waiting for Tyson,” Lewis said yesterday after regaining the WBC-IBF heavyweight titles on a fourth-round knockout of Hasim Rahman.

Gurpreet determined to win glory
Chandigarh, November 19
Silver medallist of the Asian rowing meet, gritty rower Gurpreet Kaur of Chandigarh, a student of local MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, was determined to win glory for the city when she competes with the likes of Jinci Mol Verghese of Kerala, a bronze medallist in senior Asian rowing meet.

Services struggling against Haryana
Faridabad, November 19
Services failed to capitalise on the sound start their openers gave them and were struggling at 219 for six against Haryana who made 347 in their first eassy on the second day of the North Zone Ranji Trophy league match at Nahar Singh Stadium here today.

BP, Railways enter semis
New Delhi, November 19

Last year’s runners-up Bharat Petroleum downed Corps of Signal 5-3 while Railways routed Mumbai XI 5-1 to complete the semifinal line-up for the 38th Nehru-ONGC Hockey Tournament today.

GMC boxers win varsity title
Sangrur, November 19
Govt Mahendra College, Patiala, won the overall championship in the Punjabi University Inter-College Boxing Championship, which concluded at Akal Degree College, Mastuana. G.K.C. College, Damdama Sahib, got the second place.
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Colourful ceremony marks opening of Games
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Reverberating to the beat of drum, this Manchester of Punjab accorded a warm and traditional reception to 10,000-odd sportsmen and women from all over the country at a colourful and pulsating opening ceremony of the 31st National Games at Guru Nanak Stadium here this evening.

The Games, which have returned to this once-acknowledged sportsman of the country after a gap of 45 years, are the first mega sports event of the new millennium. In the absence of the State Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who sustained a hip injury in an accidental fall at Amritsar yesterday, the mantle of conducting the opening ceremony fell on the Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.

With the sole exception of Nagaland, the remaining 28 States and Union Territories besides Services are participating in these Games which will continue at 21 venues in five different cities until December 1. The actual competitions will start tomorrow.

The Union Home Minister, Mr Lal Krishan Advani, who was at his briefest best, congratulated all the participants for an “excellent marchpast” before formally declaring the Games open amidst a burst of colour and releasing of hundreds of colourful balloons.

The cultural component of the opening ceremony, which lasted about 45 minutes, had the massive Guru Nanak Stadium reverberating not only to the beat of the drum, but also to some absorbing and pulsating folk music from playing of algozas, chimtas, sarangi, bagdu and even been — all traditional musical instruments.

The cultural ensemble, comprising 600 college and school students and 500 traditional folk artistes, not only presented a glimpse of the rich heritage of this border State but also made the occasion special and festive with some traditional dances, including gidha, bhangra, gatka and jhoomer.

And the spillover of the celebrations of the bicentenary of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh was evident from the gatka display by a group of traditionally attired Nihang Sikhs. Members of the cultural troupe, from the age group of six to 90, had not only some segments of the audience but a substantial number of participants thumping their beat to the beat of drum and Punjabi folk music.

It was Punjab’s State singer, Hans Raj Hans, who had set the evening on fire with his classical touch to the theme song of the Games written by Mr Gurbhajan Gill, a local Punjabi poet. The only jarring part of the otherwise well organised ceremony was some unnecessary long introductions .It lasted half an hour more than it should have.

Though a majority of the participants wanted to have a close view of the “cultural programme”, by sitting close to the sidelines of the football field, there were many gaps in the stadium as the turnout in the public and students stands was certainly less than expected. As usual, the VIP stand was overflowing and many of the invitees had to watch the whole programme sitting on the stairs on an otherwise pleasant and a little chilly evening. Among those who sat through the ceremony on the stairs was none other than Mrs Nirmal Milkha Singh while her husband, the Flying Sikh, was lighting the Games flame at the cauldrom.

Impressed by the cultural programme Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa announced a cash award of Rs 5 lakh to all the participants.

The Home Minister arrived four minutes in advance setting in motion the ceremony.

His arrival marked the ushering in of hundreds of school children carrying colourful balloons. The Organising Committee had requisitioned the services of veteran Hindi commentator Jasdev Singh for the ceremony.

The frontrunners of the march past were 62 Punjabi youth, who sporting traditional Punjabi dresses with pink vests, perhaps wanted to give the message that the new millennium belongs to them. Perched on the roof of the adjoining Lal Bahadur Shastri Indoor Stadium were 12 policemen in ceremonial dress. With Andaman and Nicobar Islands taking the lead in the march past, other States and UTs in alphabetical order followed. Running around throughout the ceremony for last minute checks and controls was a missionary police officer, Sham Sunder Juneja, who gave up his police job to dedicate himself to training of road users of tomorrow.

The main cynosure of all eyes were a number of sportsmen and women of yesteryears. Some of them — Olympians and gold medalists of Olympics — marched in tendem with athletes while six others — all Hockey stalwarts — Balkrishan, Haripal Kaushik, RS Bhola, Keshav Dutt, Tarlochan Bawa and Grehnandan Singh — brought in the Olympic flag which was hoisted by none other than wrestler Leela Ram and Sikh Regiment centre’s proud Hardial Singh, a great Indian forward of the 50s and 60s.

Then hurdler Jagdev Singh brought the flame to the Stadium and he handed it over to boxer Kaur Singh and hockey player Pargat Singh . They in turn passed it on to willy centre half Ajit Pal Singh and spinning maestro Bishen Bedi. Then it was the turn of Kamaljit Kooner (Nee Sandhu) before Charanjit Singh and mountaineer Manmohan Singh Kohli did some running with it.

Kartar Singh and Bahadur Singh were the next runners with the torch before handing it over to the ultimate runners — Milkha Singh and Prem Chand Dogra. And when Milkha climbed the stairs to the cauldrom, there were some problems as splints of fire flew across giving the Flying Sikh a scare. He came back unscathed after litting the flame.

Ramandeep Singh Grewal, a local boy, who led India to the Asian Games gold in 1998, took the oath on behalf of all participants while Mrs Surinder Dhir, a former volleyball player and who retired as Deputy Director of Sports, took the pledge on behalf of the conduct officials.

Mr Suresh Kalmadi, the IOA chief, wanted to use the occasion to impress upon the NDA Government for clearance to holding of the inaugural Afro-Asian Games in New Delhi from March 24 to April 1 where, he said, 95 nations were expected to participate.
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Random anti-doping tests at Games
Vimal Sumbly & Anil Datt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
For the first time anti-doping tests will be conducted during various events in the National Games, which began here today. The sampling for the tests would be done at random, “just as a deterrent against doping”.

Disclosing this at a press conference here today, the President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Mr Suresh Kalmadi, said the issue was discussed at the annual general body meeting of the IOA held at Delhi yesterday.

He said the IOA, in coordination with the Sports Authority of India, decided that to prevent the use of prohibited drugs about 500 random tests would be conducted. Responding to a question on the small number of tests to be conducted compared to 10,000 players participating in the Games, Mr I. S. Bindra, general secretary of the organising committee said: “It is neither feasible nor desirable to test each and every player”. He pointed out that even in international events anti-doping tests were conducted on random basis. Referring to the cost factor, he said, one single test costs Rs 20,900.

The IOA has already circulated the list of the drugs prohibited by the International Olympic Committee has been circulated among all the sports organisations and coaches. Besides, Mr Bindra said awareness campaign had already been launched among the players, cautioning them against the use of banned drugs.

Mr Kalmadi said general body of the IOA also appealed the Government of India to give its green signal for organising the Afro-Asian Games in the month of March 2002. He said the IOA was prepared for the event. Although the government had approved the organising of the games, the cabinet subcommittee had withheld its nod for security reasons after the September 11 attacks, he said.

Arguing the case, Mr Kalmadi said several developments had taken place which made the organising of the Afro-Asian Games feasible. He pointed out that the National Games were being organised in a border state of Punjab, the English cricket team had come to India, the Salt Lake games were being organised in the USA so there was no reason to delay the Afro-Asian Games any further. The IOA chief said all the preparations had already been finalised. He thanked the Union Minister of State for Sports, Ms Uma Bharati for helping in setting up the required infrastructure for the Games.

Other major decisions taken at yesterday’s general body meeting included the IOA affiliation to Olympic associations of the three-newly created states of Uttaranchal, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh with Mr Rajiv Mehta, Mr R. K. Anand and Mr Balbir Juneja appointed as respective presidents. Besides the IOA has given recognition to eight other sporting federations of the country.

The Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, who is also the working chairman of the organising committee said Games were basically being organised for promoting Olympic sports. He promised a remarkable show and thanked the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal for his interest and cooperation in organising the Games.

The minister said it would be a mega show with about 10,000 players and 3,000 officials participating.
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Information a touch away
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 19
Players arriving in Patiala to participate in the National Games only have to touch a computer screen to get an answer to all queries regarding various events being hosted here as well as details about the city.

The information regarding the city, the events and the venues, besides others, has been put under different headings on the giant computer screen. Players have to touch only the required heading and the information is there for them.

This unique touch screen computer labelled ‘information kiosk’ has been installed at the entrance of Polo Grounds here, which the athletes can access to know the detailed fixtures as well as other information about the state and the city.

This is the first time that such a ‘kiosk’ has been installed at any Games venue for the benefit of sportspersons, disclosed local organising chairman Jasbir Singh Bir. He said the kiosk had been installed by the local committee keeping in mind the needs of sportspersons and had been developed by Algorithmic Solutions, Patiala.

The main purpose of the kiosk is to make latest information about the Games available to the sporstmen at the earliest, said committee organising secretary Rahul Gupta. He said besides details of the various centers as well as fixtures, the touch screen would also reveal the latest medal tally as well as the results collected from the other centers on a day-to-day basis.

Mr Gupta said besides this the touch screen could be accessed for information regarding Punjab as well as Patiala. The kiosk has detailed information about the city, covering all places of tourist interest, markets, teen hangouts, cinemas and hotels. It also covers the prominent schools and colleges of the city as well as the important landmarks.

The guest sportspersons seem to be impressed by the information available, with many saying a detailed map of the city had helped them to get around to various places, specially the handicrafts bazar in the old city area as most of the women players want to take back parandis, juttis and embroidered suits from Patiala.

Meanwhile a media centre has also been inaugurated at Polo Grounds. Giving details about the media centre, Shiv Dular Singh Dhillon said six computers had been installed at the centre alongwith internet connections to facilitate journalists’ coverage of the Games. He said besides this a scanner and printer had also been installed at the centre. Mr Dhillon said the Telecommunication Department had also installed an STD facility at the centre.
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Players refuse roadways bus
Lalit Mohan

Anandpur Sahib, November 19
In an unsavory incident, the players from Maharashtra today refused to board a Punjab Roadways bus creating a piquant situation for the district administration. About 60 players from Maharashtra, who had come to Anandpur Sahib to participate in the 31st National Games, created a scene, when they were asked to board the state transport bus, which was arranged by the district administration, for taking them to Ludhiana for the opening ceremony of the Games.

The players led by their coaches complained against the condition of the bus, which was being offered to them and alleged that their players would not be able to perform to their potential if they travelled in the bus. The district administration officials led by the ADC, Mr Krishan Kumar, and the SDM, Anandpur Sahib, Mr Paramjit Singh, failed to pacify the players.

The administration ultimately yielded to the adamant attitude of the players, who were given a private bus about one hour after the players from all the other states had left.

The ADC while talking to newsmen later lamented the ‘unsporting’ attitude of the Maharashtra players. He said the administration had arranged some private buses due to shortage of state transport buses. After three private buses had left, it was felt that there were enough state transport buses for rest of the players. So the Maharashtra players were asked to board the state transport buses. Since the district administration was managing on a limited budget provided by the organising committee, they could not afford to arrange private buses for all the players.

Meanwhile, the arrangements for organising fencing, judo, netball and taekwondo events have been completed at the martial arts academy here. Fencing competitions, in which 200 players from 14 states will participate will start tomorrow after the inauguration by the Food and Civil Supply Minister, Punjab, Mr Madan Mohan Mittal.

The team and individual fencing competitions would be held in epee, foil and saber categories.

The international players who will take part in fencing competitions include N.A. Mathew (Kerala), A. Deepak, Chitranjan Mithai and Manglamba (Manipur), Vikramjit Singh and Parmvir Singh (Punjab), Gangadhar and Laxmikant (Karnataka) and Vijay Kumar (Uttar Pradesh). In the girls category international players are Saravjit Kaur (Punjab), Yashoda, Prathibha and Rukmani (Karnataka) and Geeta Devi and Usha Rani (Manipur).
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Punjab shooters may dominate
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, November 19
Punjab is likely to win as many as eight to ten medals in shooting with internationals Abhinav Bindra, Manavjit Singh, Zorawar Singh in men and Sabeeha Dhillon in women vying to bring glory to their home state.

The SAS Nagar shooting range is now fully ready to host the shooting events of the national games.

In the just concluded Punjab State Shooting Championships, Abhinav was able to score 591/600 in the 10 metre air rifle event, despite the fact that some technical modifications were still required to be done when he shot. That was a big achievement. Similarly in the women’s section, Sabeeha in the same event was able to muster 388/400, thus underlining the spirit these shooters possess.

Now if we talk of medal prospects, then Abhinav in his individual event and together in the team event along with fancied Jaspreet Dhaliwal and Sukhmanpreet will certainly bring home a medal. In women’s air rifle, Sabeeha will face a strong challenge from Olympian and more than 14 years older Anjali Ved Pathak. But in the team event, with Sabeeha Jasmeen Brar and Navdeep Dhillon, in the Punjab squad a medal should be within reach. In air pistol also, the Tomar sisters could bring some medals.

Then Punjab clay pigeon shooters Manavjit, Zorawar Singh, Harisimran, Birinder Sodhi and Ronjan can bag nearly five medals.

The good news from the shooting range was that the much-awaited trap machines which were being serviced after 12 years have now been finally repaired.

An expert said that still a lot needed to be done at the range, but the shooters competing in these games were all trained ones, so there should not be any problem in the tournament.

The presence of Jaspal Rana, Anjali Ved Pathak, Anwar Sultan, Abha Dhillon among others will be a treat to watch for the budding shooters.

The air rifle event which was to be held on November 27 will now be conducted on November 22.

The schedule for the shooting events will be as, November 20 — training day for all shooters; November 21 — free pistol, air rifle men; November 22 — free rifle prone men, air rifle women: November 23 — trap 75 birds; air pistol men, standard rifle women; November 24 — Trap 50 birds, final in sports pistol women; November 25 — training for skeet, standard rifle men, centre fire pistol; November 26 — skeet 75 birds, air pistol women, standard pistol men; November 27 — remaining events of skeet.
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Last-minute touches at Patiala
Ravi Dhaliwal

Patiala, November 19
After days of commotion, for preparation for the National Games, a sweet chaos prevailed today at all the four venues where the events are scheduled to be held, with the organisers busy in giving last-minute finishing touches and the municipal corporation authorities launching a massive beautification drive throughout the city.

The action in the boxing ring commences at Polo Grounds tomorrow. Gymnastics and Kabaddi events also kick off tomorrow afternoon at the indoor gymnasium and the YPS stadium, respectively.

The municipal corporation has ensured 100 per cent streetlighting on all roads leading from the hostels of the State College of Education and Government Physical College of Education to various venues. All fountains in the city have been made functional and instructions have been passed on to the Boat Club authorities in the Rajindra Lake to provide free boat rides to all participants. Signboards have been installed at various places in the city, particularly on roads leading to the venues.

Mr K.S Kang, Commissioner of the corporation and President, Punjab Archery Association said the corporation would be throwing a civic reception for the participants on the evening of November 27 within the precints of the corporation office. An additional staff of 130 sweepers had been deployed at various hostels where the participants had been lodged.

Although three boxing rings have come up at Polo Grounds they were yet to be ‘activated’ till the time of filing of this report.

Keeping in view that boxing can cause serious injuries, the organisers have been careful to provide extra medical facilities at Polo Grounds. The Chief Medical Officer, Mrs Inderjit Kaur said teams of doctors, particularly comprising dentists and orthopaedicians, would be on duty during the bouts. In case of serious injury, arrangements have been made at the local Rajindra Hospital.

Meanwhile, the NIS authorities have clarified that they were not charging the technical delegates lodged in their hostels. Summing up the state of prepardness, a senior official of the regional committee quipped. “The National Games, in totality, symbolises the essence and efficacy of resilience, of flexibility, the supermacy of spirit, which sport is all about. We will come out of this test of fire with flying colours.”

Boxing is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and will continue till 8 p.m. The weighting-in and medical of the pugilists will be held from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The kabaddi matches will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. till 4 p.m. Gymnastics are slated to begin tomorrow at the multipurpose indoor gymnasium at Polo Grounds from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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Games sidelights
Our Sports Reporter

The transport facilities provided by the organisers for transporting players, officials and technical delegates from their hostels and hotels to various venues may turn out to be far from perfect when the games actually begin tomorrow. Today evening women boxers from Jharkhand, who wanted to travel to Punjabi University campus to catch up with their coach and manager, had to be brought to Polo Grounds in an ambulance of the Punjab Systems Health Corporation in the absence of any transport facility.

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Doordarshan personal have installed five cameras in the indoor gymnasium where the gymnastic events will be in progress from tomorrow. The semifinals and final bouts of boxing are also slated to be held in the newly renovated gymnasium once the preliminary bouts end at Polo Grounds.

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Teams from as many as 28 state units, including the services squad, had arrived in the city till evening. Haryana squad has the maximum number of 136 participants, including 80 men and 56 women. Karnataka, Rajasthan, Tripura, and Bihar contingents have no women competitors. Sikkim squad, which arrived today morning, is the smallest with just 5 participants, including 1 women competitor.

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The presidents and secretaries of various national sports federations (NSFs) will be provided with cars for their transportation. Functionaries from the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation, Gymnastic Federation of India, Kho-Kho Federation of India, Kabaddi Federation of India, Indian Weightlifting Federation and the Archery Association of India are expected to be in the city for the Games.
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India face daunting task

Port Elizabeth, November 19
South Africa were nine wickets away from wrapping up a series victory over India after declaring on the rain-affected fourth day of the second Test today.

At the close of play, which came 23 overs early due to bad light, India were 28 for one in their second innings in search of an unlikely victory target of 395. Deep Dasgupta was 22 not out with Rahul Dravid on three.

South Africa declared their second innings closed on 233 for five having scored 362 in their first. India made 201 in their first innings.

India need to win to keep the three-match series alive after South Africa won the first Test in Bloemfontein by five wickets.

The home side resumed on 211 for five, but all but 2.3 overs of the morning session were lost to rain while the second session’s action was restricted to 4.3 overs.

That prompted the declaration with Jacques Kallis on 89 not out and Shaun Pollock on 55 in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 94. Kallis faced 229 balls and hit six fours and a six, while Pollock’s runs came off 80 balls and also included six fours and a six.

India were one for nought just five balls into the innings when Shiv Sunder Das sparred at a wide delivery from fast bowler Shaun Pollock and was caught behind by wicketkeeper Mark Boucher for a duck.

South African captain Pollock set attacking fields in the 18 overs India faced before the enforced close and his bowlers responded by keeping to a tight line and length.

Pollock led by example in taking one wicket for five runs off seven overs, four of which were maidens, while fast bowler Kallis conceded just one run from his five overs.

Only 25 overs could be bowled today after the game was interrupted thrice as rain continued to play hide and seek.

Chances appeared bleak for india as they have to face 98 overs tomorrow, weather conditions permitting.

Controvesies raging round allegations of ball tampering by their top bat Sachin Tendulkar and five others for showing dissent and excessive appealing, only added to the already overflowing cup of miseries of the visitors who are 0-1 down in the three-Test series.

Scoreboard

South Africa (Ist innings): 362

India (Ist innings): 201

South Africa (IInd innings):

Gibbs b Agarkar 12

Kirsten c Laxman b Srinath 5

Kallis not out 89

McKenzie c Dasgupta b Srinath 2

Dippenaar c Sehwag b Harbhajan 28

Klusener c Sehwag b Harbhajan 29

Pollock not out 55

Extras (b-3 lb-3 nb-7) 13

Total (for five wickets) 233

FOW: 1-14 2-22 3-26 4-91 5-139

Bowling: Srinath 17-9-28-2, Agarkar 23-3-71-1 Ganguly 5-0-17-0, Tendulkar 4-0-10-0, H. Singh 20-2-79-2, Kumble 9-0-22-0.

India (IInd innings):

Das c Boucher b Pollock 0

Dasgupta not out 22 Dravid not out 3

Extras: (lb-1 nb-2) 3

Total: (for 1 wkt, 18 overs) 28

FOW: 1-0.

Bowling: Pollock 7-4-5-1, Hayward 6-0-21-0 (nb-2), Kallis 5-4-1-0. ReutersTop

 



Match referee clears Sachin

Port Elizabeth, November 19
The controversy surrounding batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar alleged tampering the ball on the third day of the second cricket Test against South Africa yesterday blew over with match referee Mike Denness of England clearing him of any wrongdoing today.

Match referee Denness found nothing wrong in Tendulkar clearing the seam with his fingers.

Yesterday, the match referee had asked for the tapes which showed Tendulkar cleaning the seam of the ball with his fingers. PTITop

 

Zimbabwe clinch Test series

Chittagong, November 19
Zimbabwe extended Bangladesh’s dismal run in Test cricket today by posting an eight-wicket victory in the second and final Test here.

Bangladesh were shot out for 301 in their second innings, losing their last six wickets for 74 runs, before lunch on the fifth and final day at the Aziz stadium.

The tourists, needing 11 to win, lost opener Dion Ebrahim and skipper Stuart Carlisle off successive balls in seamer Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s opening over, but the target was too small to deny them victory.

Bangladesh have lost six of their seven matches since gaining Test status last year, salvaging the lone draw in the first Test at Dhaka last week when rain washed out play on the last two days.

Zimbabwe, denied a victory at Dhaka, clinched the two-Test series for their third win in four matches against the cricketing minnows.

Bangladesh, made to follow-on 291 runs behind, suffered a blow when opener Javed Omar (80) was trapped leg-before by Travis Friend off the day’s first ball.

The remaining Bangladeshi batsmen failed to put up any resistance as the lower order tumbled after the hosts had begun the final day on a promising 227 for four.

Off-spinner Douglas Marillier did most of the damage, bagging four of the six wickets to fall on the final day to finish with a career-best four for 57.

The 23-year-old spinner, with just one wicket in his previous two Tests, began by removing Mohammad Ashraful for 10.

Ashraful was involved in a 37-run stand for the sixth wicket with skipper Naimur Rahman.

The Bangladesh captain contributed a defiant 28 before being trapped leg-before by Marillier, who was well supported by part-time left-arm spinner Grant Flower.

Flower kept the pressure from the other end and finished the innings with his fourth wicket when he had wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud caught by Ebrahim for 12.

The rival teams now begin a three-match one-day series with the first international here on Friday.

SCOREBOARD

Zimbabwe (1st innings): 542-7 decl.

Bangladesh (1st innings): 251

Bangladesh (2nd innings): overnight 227-4):

Omar lbw b Friend 80

Sahariar lbw b Olonga 40

Bashar c sub b G. Flower 76

Islam c Gripper b G. Flower 1

Khan b G. Flower 2

Ashraful c Gripper b Marillier 10

Rahman lbw b Marillier 28

Mashud c Ebrahim b G. Flower 12

Haque c and b Marillier 0

Mortaza st A. Flower b Marillier 0

Sharif not out 24

Extras (b-2, lb-16, w-1, nb-9) 28

Total (all out, 126.4 overs) 301

Fall of wickets: 1-73, 2-195, 3-201, 4-203, 5-227, 6-264, 7-267, 8-267, 9-267.

Bowling: Friend 25-7-53-1, Brent 25-6-56-0, G. Flower 38.4-18-64-4, Olonga 15-5-31-1, Marillier 19-4-57-4, Gripper 4-2-22-0.

Zimbabwe (2nd innings):

Ebrahim b Mortaza 0

Gripper not out 11

Carlisle c Akram b Mortaza 0

G. Flower not out 0

Total (for 2 wkts, 2.4 overs) 11

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-0

Bowling: Mortaza 1.4-1-10-2, E. Haque 1-0-1-0. AFP
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England batsmen make merry

Mumbai, November 19
England skipper Nasser Hussain (70 off 124 balls) and allrounder Craig White (79 not out off 72 balls) helped themselves to vital batting practice as the tour opening two-day tie against Mumbai Cricket Association President’s XI ended in a tame draw at the Wankhede Stadium here today.

Replying to hosts’ first innings score of 373 for five declared off 90 overs, England made 370 for five off 90 overs when the play was called-off by the two umpires.

Hussain and Graham Thorpe (45 off 83 balls) added 111 runs for the fourth wicket in 28 overs and then retired out soon after tea to give Mark Ramprakash and White a feel of the Indian wicket.

Ramprakash (58 not out off 97 balls) and White were in good nick as they added 139 runs for the unbroken sixth-wicket stand before play ended.

Earlier in the day, left handers Mark Butcher (33 off 104 balls) and Marcus Trescothick (60 and off 68 balls; 6x4, 3x6) put on 89 runs for the opening wicket in 22.3 overs before the home team tasted success.

Trescothick, who was in an attacking mood, top edged a sweep shot off spinner Ramesh Powar to the only centurian in the match Vinod Kambli at short mid-wicket.

Soon after that, new man Michael Vaughan was caught by wicketkeeper Abhijit Shety off left-arm spinner Nilesh Kulkarni for two. The visitors were soon 121 for 3 after the other opening batsman Mark Butcher was run out for 33.

Both Hussain and Thorpe were lucky to survive close chances during their century stand. Hussain was dropped twice while Thorpe got a reprieve once.

When on 40, Hussain was dropped at forward short leg by Bhavin Thakkar off Powar with the team’s score on 155 for three. After he added a run he was again dropped by Kulkarni at mid-off off leg spinner Sairaj Bahutule.

Bahutule was the unlucky bowler again when Thorpe was dropped by Kulkarni at mid-on running backwards when the batsman was on 12.

However, both survived to put on a century partnership. Trescothick reached his half century with a six off Kulkarni, who went for 36 runs off his last two overs.

Hussain too hit a six off Powar to reach his fifty but the most attacking of the England batsman was Craig White, who hit seven fours and five sixes in a 103 minute stay at the wicket facing just 72 balls.

Ramprakash’s 58 came off 97 balls and he played the anchor role to perfection.

Kambli, who made 109, won the Man of the Match award while England off-spinner Richard Dawson was declared the best bowler and his skipper the best batsman.

Hussain said later he was satisfied with his team’s performance and was looking forward to the three-day tie against the Board President’s XI to be played from November 22 to 24 at Hyderabad.

“I think our batsman enjoyed playing here but I think we will have to tighten-up our bowling a little bit,” he added.

Scoreboard

Mca President’s XI (1st innings): 373 for five decl.

England (1st innings):

Butcher run out 33

Trescothick c Kambli b Powar 60

Vaughan c Shetye b Kulkarni 2

Hussain retired out 70

Thorpe retired out 45

Ramprakash not out 58

White not out 79

Extras (b-4, lb-2, nb-17) 23

Total (for 5 wkts, 90 overs) 370

Fall of wickets: 1-89, 2-91, 3-121, 4-232, 5-232.

Bowling: Mhambrey 8-0-20-0, Salvi 11-0-55-0, Kulkarni 28-3-138-1, Powar 28-5-76-1, Bahutule 10-1-47-0, Kambli 5-0-28-0. PTI
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Kapil to train pacers for World Cup

Kolkata, November 19
Indian cricketing icon and speedster Kapil Dev is all set to return to cricket from his self-imposed exile by taking up the assignment of coaching the country’s pacers for the World Cup 2003.

“The next World Cup is barely 15 months away and we have started preparations for the tournament. The efforts have received a shot in the arm with Kapil Dev agreeing to take up the training of the pace bowlers,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Jagmohan Dalmiya said here today.

“Bowling is one department where we must focus for the tournament keeping in mind that the 2003 World Cup will be held in South Africa where conditions and wickets favour the pace bowlers. He was one of the best pace bowler of his time, specially so because of his rich hauls on the docile and dead tracks of the sub-continent. We are happy that he has agreed to return to his cricketing ways,” he said.

Mr Dalmiya said Kapil was one of the fittest players in his days and so his advice on fitness to the youngsters would be valuable, specially “as we see that the bowlers are becoming very injury prone these days”.

“We have many great players, but few icons and he is one of them. We are extremely happy to be able to persuade Kapil to return to Indian cricket,’’ Mr Dalmiya said, adding that the decision was reached during the prolific all-rounder’s short visit to the city on Saturday.

Answering to a query on how was Kapil persuaded back, Mr Dalmiya said: “His first love has been cricket always. When he was convinced that his country needed him he decided to put aside his personal grievances.”

After the betting scandal that took Indian cricket by storm Kapil Dev had said he would not return to cricket as though it had given him much but taken a lot more. UNI
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Aussies cautious of Recoba’s skills

Melbourne, November 19
Coach Frank Farina has cautioned his Australian team against the scoring threat from Uruguay ace Alvaro Recoba at free kicks ahead of tomorrow’s home World Cup qualifier here.

With goals likely to be at a premium in an anticipated tight two-leg series, the Inter Milan virtuoso could be pivotal in getting Uruguay to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1990.

The South Americans, forced to make a hurried trip across the Pacific straight after clinching fifth place in the Conmebol group last week, have lost key forward Dario Silva with a shoulder injury, exerting extra pressure on 25-year-old Recoba.

Recoba is likely to play just behind either Venezia striker Federico Magallanes or Lecce’s Javier Chevanton before 96,000 Australian fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where he is lethal, especially at dead-ball situations. AFP
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Lewis wants to fight Tyson

Las Vegas, November 19
Lennox Lewis has his championship belts back. Now he wants Mike Tyson.

“Since the Evander Holyfield fight (in 1999) I’ve been waiting for Tyson,” Lewis said yesterday after regaining the WBC-IBF heavyweight titles on a fourth-round knockout of Hasim Rahman.

The 36-year-old Lewis might not have to wait much longer.

“HBO is committed to making a Lewis-Tyson fight,” HBO president Ross Greenburg said. “We will negotiate with our brethren at Showtime.”

Tyson congratulated Lewis for recapturing the title.

“He said he wants me,” Tyson said. “Well I really look forward to it.”

Lewis has a multifight contract with HBO, while Tyson is tied to Showtime.

“We already have had many discussions with Showtime and now it is time to make it happen,” Greenburg said.

Making it happen probably would be easier without Don King, who promoted Saturday night’s rematch at Mandalay Bay.

Rahman has a multifight deal with King, but Lewis had a contract with the promoter only for Saturday’s match.

Lewis called King “a truly great promotor,” but Tyson has said he would not fight again for King. He and King are suing one another.

In boxing, however, yesterday’s enemies are today’s friends, especially when megabucks are involved.

The 35-year-old Tyson, a former undisputed champion, is expected to fight Ray Mercer on January 19 at a site to be determined. The match has not been announced officially.

John Ruiz is the WBA heavyweight champion, and will defend his title in a third bout against Holyfield on December 5 at Foxwoods Resort Casino at Ledyard, Connecticut. Lewis had become undisputed champion by outpointing Holyfield, but was stripped by the WBA for not giving Holyfield a rematch.

A Tyson fight would be a mandatory WBC title defence for Lewis. Lewis appeared headed for a Tyson bout when he was upset by Rahman on a one-punch knockout in the fifth round on April 22 in South Africa.

Lewis admittedly took Rahman too lightly in that fight. Not this time. “When we went to camp, everybody was focussed and they kept me focussed,” Lewis said.

The first two rounds were a battle of jabs. Lewis then hurt the 24-year-old Rahman with a couple of rights to the head in the third, and shook him with another right 20 seconds into the fourth round.

The end came at 1:29 of the fourth, when Lewis landed a left hook and crashing right to the jaw that dropped Rahman flat on his back. He struggled up at the count of nine but fell again and refree Joe Cortez signaled the fight was over.

“He couldn’t handle my movement,” Lewis said. “I gave him different looks.”

Rahman’s championship reign of 209 days was the shortest in heavyweight history — four days shorter than that of Leon Spinks, who won and lost in fights with Muhammad Ali. AP
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Gurpreet determined to win glory
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, November 19
Silver medallist of the Asian rowing meet, gritty rower Gurpreet Kaur of Chandigarh, a student of local MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, was determined to win glory for the city when she competes with the likes of Jinci Mol Verghese of Kerala, a bronze medallist in senior Asian rowing meet. The 17-year-old Gurpreet is taking part in single scull event in 500 m and 2000 m. Gurpreet shot into limelight in 1999 when during the national junior meet she won first place in single scull. Later at the sixth Asian Junior Rowing championship she was the proud winner of bronze medal — a unique achievement for this young girl who took to rowing in 1998.

Early this year, she was in Germany where she competed in the world junior rowing meet. Then at the seventh Asian junior rowing meet in China, she won a silver medal. Gurpreet, belonging to a middle class family, said the coaching in Germany was very helpful as during the training camp, their weaknesses and faults were rectified through audio-visual aids which proved very useful.

She disclosed that in India the Chandigarh course was very good and ideally located. She was all praise for her coaches both at Chandigarh and during the camps.

Meanwhile, the lake was all dressed up for the rowing competitions going to begin from tomorrow for four days. Three lanes will be used while the events being organised were: men’s and women’s single scull, double scull, coxless pair and coxless fours in 500 metres and 2000 metres.
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Services struggling against Haryana

Faridabad, November 19
Services failed to capitalise on the sound start their openers gave them and were struggling at 219 for six against Haryana who made 347 in their first eassy on the second day of the North Zone Ranji Trophy league match at Nahar Singh Stadium here today.

Resuming at their overnight score of 275 for eight, the reaming two Haryana wickets added 72 runs to their total to make it healthy 347. The host lost their ninth wicket at 290 when Narwal (21,5x4) was bowled by Hari Prasad.

A.Mishra (23,3x4) and Nitin Aggarwal (30,5x4) were put on 53 runs for the last wicket before Nitin was trapped leg before by Nadkarni.

Services were given a flying start by opener P.M.S. Reddy (77,15x4) and K. Chawda (33,5x4) as they scored 103 runs for the first wicket but after the departure of Chawda who was caught by Shafiq Khan off Vidyut Shivaramakrishnan, the procesion began. Vidyut also dismissed Reddy 19 runs later.

Services lost three more wickets in the space of 36 runs and were down 158 for 5.

5-wkt haul by Sandeep

Bilaspur: Sandeep Sharma and Shakti Singh bowled inspired spells for Himachal Pradesh but could not prevent Delhi from taking a vital first innings lead on the second day of their North Zone Ranji Trophy match here today.

Sandeep claimed five wickets and Shakti four as Delhi were bowled out for 228 in their first innings for a 61-run lead over Himachal Pradesh’s total of 167.

The hosts were 25 for two in their second innings when the stumps were drawn for the day.

At one stage, Delhi, who resumed at their overnight 69 for one, were seven wickets down for 142 and in danger of being shot out within the Himachal total.

But Sohail Rauf, who remained unbeaten on 58, and Rahul Sanghvi added 70 runs for the eighth wicket to take Delhi past the Himachal score and also the 200-run mark. Top

 

BP, Railways enter semis

New Delhi, November 19
Last year’s runners-up Bharat Petroleum downed Corps of Signal 5-3 while Railways routed Mumbai XI 5-1 to complete the semifinal line-up for the 38th Nehru-ONGC Hockey Tournament today.

In the semifinals, scheduled for tomorrow, Bharat Petroleum will take on Air-India, Mumbai, while Punjab and Sind Bank will face Railways.

Railways and Indian Airlines were tied with four points each in pool ‘B’ but the former piped Airlines on better goal difference.

Railways scored seven goals, conceding three in their two outings while Airlines had six goals for and three against.

Bharat Petroleum topped pool’C’ with six points having won both their matches.

In a fast-paced match Bharat Petroleum led 2-1 at half time.

Corps of Signals took the lead in the sixth minute through N.S. Salaria. The lead lasted for 17 minutes as Bharat Petroleum drew parity as Amar scored off a penalty corner (1-1). UNI
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GMC boxers win varsity title
Sports Correspondent

Sangrur, November 19
Govt Mahendra College, Patiala, won the overall championship in the Punjabi University Inter-College Boxing Championship, which concluded at Akal Degree College, Mastuana. G.K.C. College, Damdama Sahib, got the second place. Gagandeep Singh of Akal Degree College, Mastuana, was declared the best boxer. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, MLA, gave away the prizes.

The results all finals: Lt. Fly Wt — Swarna Singh (SUS, Sunam) b Randip Singh (GMC, Pta). Fly Wt — Surjit (Damdama Sahib) b Pritpal (S.D. College, Barnala). Bantam Wt — Tara (GPEC, Pta) b Birdavinder (ADC, Mastuana). Feather Wt — Gurpreet Singh (GMC, Pta) b Sarabjit (SUS, Sunam). Light Wt — Gagandeep (ADC, Mastuana) b Harvinder Singh (DBC, Dhuri). Light Welter Wt — Malkit (GPEC, Pta) b Vikramjit (GMC, Pta). Welter Wt — Barinder (GMC, Pta) b Amandeep (RC, Sangrur). Lt Middle Wt — Satnam (GKC, Damdama) b Amandeep (RC, Sangrur). Middle Wt — Gursharan (GPEC, Pta) b Kulwant (TDP, Rampura). Lt. Heavy Wt — Narinder (DB, Dhuri) b Harinder (SD, Barnala). Heavy Wt — Kuldeep (Damdama Sahib) b Gurwinder (GMC, Pta). Super Heavy Wt. Rupinder (SUS,Sunam) b Mandeep (GPEC, Pta).Top

 
 SPORTS BRIEFS

INJURED O’CONNOR TO RETURN HOME
ADELAIDE:
Injured New Zealand fast bowler Shayne O’Connor has lost his battle to play in the second Test against Australia starting on Friday and will be sent home, the team’s management announced on Monday. O’Connor aggravated a tendon in his right knee during last week’s drawn first Test in Brisbane but stayed on tour in the the hope it might improve enough for him to play the second Test. New Zealand manager Jeff Crowe said in a statement released on Monday that O’Connor’s knee had improved but not enough to allow him to play in Hobart so it had been decided to send him home. Reuters

RAFTER FOR SCAN
SYDNEY:
Patrick Rafter might resort to a computerised bone scan in hopes of determining the cause of arm problems that were still plaguing him as the run-up to next week’s Davis Cup final heats up. The Queenslander, who will team with Lleyton Hewitt in singles for the Aussie attack against France from November 30 at Melbourne Park, will put his chronically troubled right arm under the scanner if doctors believe they can learn more about its soreness. The 28-year-old is keen to possibly wrap up his career with a Davis Cup trophy after missing his nation’s last triumph two years ago in France as he recovered from shoulder surgery. DPA

ASIAN GAMES
KUALA LUMPUR:
Malaysia — the runner-up to Qatar in the bid to host the 2006 Asian Games — may get another chance at it because of current international security jitters, a news report said on Monday. An official from Malaysia’s bidding team, told the Sun daily newspaper because of current security worries in the Gulf region it may be deemed unsafe to host the games in Qatar. “Although Malaysia and Qatar were finalists (after India pulled out), the decision will be taken by the member countries of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA),” the official was quoted as saying. If security problems are prolonged, it could also affect the economies of the region, and Qatar may not be a safe haven to host the games, the official said. “The 2006 Games is still far away. There could be peace by then or the current problems could prolong. The OCA will monitor the situation and take decisive steps.” DPA

PUNJAB B'MINTON
SANGRUR:
The Punjab State Senior Major Ranking Badminton Championships for men and women will be held at Amritsar from December 2 to 4. According to Mr Rajinder Kalsi, Honorary Secretary, Punjab Badminton Association. OSR

RAILWAYS BEAT RAJASTHAN
JAIPUR:
Railways completed the formalities on the last day of their Central Zone Cooch Bihar Trophy match against Rajasthan winning by 10 wickets here today. Resuming their innings at 104 for seven, the hosts managed to add just 11 more runs setting an easy target of 12 runs for Railways. The two teams which have eight points each from four matches, however, failed to qualify for the knockout stage.
Brief scores: Rajasthan: 145 and 115 Railways: 249 and 12-0. PTI
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