Saturday, January 26, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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State-of-the-art sports centre for northern region
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 25
The Union Secretary of Sports and Youth Affairs, Mr S S Sharma, laid the foundation stone of the northern region sports centre, named after Chaudhary Devi Lal, former Deputy Prime Minister at Chauhan Joshi village about 13 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, a havan yajna was held on the occasion. Mrs Anita Chaudhary, Commissioner, Rohtak Division, Mr B K Sinha, Director Sports, Haryana, Mr Naresh Gulati, Commissioner Sports, Haryana, Mr S N Roy, Deputy Commissioner, Mr Dev Raj Diwan and Mr Suraj Mal Antil, both MLAs, were among those present on the occasion. Mr Sharma disclosed that Rs 100-crore project would be completed in phases within about three years. This would be a major sports centre in the northern region and would help national and international sportspersons.

Mr L M Goel, Chief Secretary, Haryana, disclosed that the centre was being constructed with the financial assistance of the Central Government in the memory of Mr Devi Lal who, he said, was the messiah of Haryana people.

The sportspersons of national and international repute would be trained in the centre and given an all-out assistance by the government.

Mr Goel said that the state government had allotted 100 acres for this purpose and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) would take control of it. Out of it, more than 83 acres had already been handed over to the SAI by the state government.

The Chief Secretary said that the state government had taken a series of measures for the construction of main gate, besides erecting barbed wires, construction of roads, laying of water and sewerage pipelines and erecting transmission lines to provide electricity in the centre. This centre, he said, would have hockey, volleyball, basketball and kabaddi grounds. Arrangements for wrestling, taekwonda, judo, table tennis and karate events would also be made in the centre.

According to Mr Goel, the centre would have 100-bed hostel, administrative block and swimming pool.


Jamia lift Zakir Husain Trophy
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 25
Jamia Millia Islmia annexed thee glittering Zakir Husain Trophy for the first time when they defeated hosts Zakir Husain College via tie-breaker 4-3 in the final of the 15th Zakir Husain Memorial Football Tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Friday.

After scoring a goal each in the regulation period, the teams went into the tie-breaker shootout to settle the issue. Jamia Milia forged ahead in the 35th minute of first half when M M Babbar headed the ball in. Zakir Husain equalised in the 75th minute when Kuldeep Tariyal’s long-ranger sneaked into the net.

Tariyal and Ravinder Mohan Bisht were the scorers of Zakir Hussain during the tie-breaker while Innocent, Elson and Dinesh found the mark for the winners.

Dr Gurdeep Singh, Sports Officer, Association of Indian Universities, gave away the prizes.


Uma honours Sita Gussain

New Delhi, January 25
Ace woman hockey player Sita Gussain was honoured by Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Uma Bharti in the Capital on Friday. Sita Gussain, who was attending the Women’s National Hockey Camp in Patiala, came to Delhi to receive the cash award of Rs 5,000 instituted by the Castrol Hockey Year Book. Men players Devesh Chauhan and Dilip Tirkey, who were also picked for the award, however, could not make it to Delhi as they are attending the national camp in Chennai, in preparation for the World Cup Hockey Tournament to be held in Chennai from February 24 to March 9. Former India captain Ajit Pal Singh was also honoured at the function to launch the Castrol Hockey Year Book. Indian Hockey Federation president KPS Gill was also present at the function. Author of the book K Arumugam said the book consisted of two sections—one dealing with ‘Global Glory’, encompassing all the major international hockey tournaments like World Cup qualifiers, Junior World Cup, Champions Trophy and the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and the Sydney Olympics, and the other dealing with ‘Inside India’, on Indian hockey, with profiles etc. OC



Deep Singh stars for Pine Retreat
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 25
Deep Singh slammed a brilliant unbeaten 55 with six fours to help Pine Retreat beat Meridien by seven wickets in the Inter-Hotel Cricket Tournament at the Siri Fort ground in the Capital on Friday. Scores: Meridien:122 in 29.2 overs (Jasbir Singh 22, Baljinder 18, Raghubir Krishali 3/15, Naresh 2/13). Pine Retreat: 123/3 in 18.4 overs (Deep Singh 55 n o, Vikram Kashyap 27, Arvinder 2/38).


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