Tuesday, January 29, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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City Club earn full points through EME ‘self’ goal
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 28
What City Club could not achieve during the regulation period, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (EME) Centre, Secunderabad did for them seconds into extra time play when they deflected the ball into their own goal to give the Delhi team a ‘golden goal’ 1-0 victory in the qualifying round of the 114th edition of the Durand Cup Football Tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Monday.

After a goalless full time, extra time was imposed and just off the kick off, City Club’s Sanjeev Sharma floated the ball towards the goal box, which was headed by substitute Shyam Kumar.

As the ball was sailing into the goal, EME defender, A Arjunan tried to effect a goalline save, but ended up putting the ball into his own goal, with custodian, Ratheesh Kumar beaten all ends up.

City Club, the local crowd pullers, deserved to win by at least half a dozen goals, but their forwards were in such a prodigal mood that they booted the ball wide, even when an empty goal stared at them.

Twice, City were also unlucky to miss the target very narrowly when Sunil Chetri’s shots hit the woodwork and rebounded.

In the last quarter of the second half, substitute Aftab Ashraf missed the easiest of chances when he booted wide after a cross from the right had drawn out the custodian, and only a lone defender was there to block Ashraf.

The Secunderabad boys were mostly at the receiving end, but on a couple of occasions when they managed to break through, they posed danger to the City goal.

However, their marksmen too lacked direction, and their shots went astray.

Tuesday’s fixture: Indian Air Force
XI vs Tarun Sangha (Delhi); 2.30 pm —Ambedkar Stadium.



Sunita Godara kicks off health and fitness programme
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 28
Former Asian marathon champion Sunita Godara kicked off a health and fitness programme “on natural health care and holistic life style” at the India Habitat Centre in the Capital.

The workshop was shifted to the Nehru Stadium on Monday and will conclude at the Bapu Nature Cure Hospital and Yogashram in Patparganj with workout and practical sessions on Tuesday.

The workshop at the Habitat Centre was attended by over 200 delegates and participants drawn from the general public, youth, women, corporate executives, the elderly, personnel from the Army and Police, and government representatives.

The workshop was aimed at not only to fulfil the demand for awareness on health care and holistic living, but also to mobilise the average citizen for promoting their own health, nutritional education, well-being and self-development. The several sessions addressed by eminent medical experts and sports health specialists at the workshop sent the important message of encouraging a natural holistic lifestyle, foods and behaviour. Many outstation participants included eminent personalities from Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh. Sunita herself, and her Non-Governmental Organisation Health Fitness Trust, will follow this workshop up with the major annual event, the Delhi Health Fitness Carnival Run, on April 7 at the Nehru Stadium.

The Carnival Run will include events such as 10km run (open for all), 5km run (for schoolboys and girls) and 3km walk/fun run (open to all). Entry forms are available at the Nehru Stadium Medical Centre, Gate 20. The top first to ten finishers will be given attractive prizes.



Adidas shock HDFC Bank in Teri Cup

New Delhi, January 28
Adidas shocked defending champions HDFC Bank by five wickets in the Teri Cup Cricket Tournament at the Teri Ground, Gurgaon.

Adidas required three runs from the last ball to win the match, but Vipin Bhasin blasted the ball towards the mid-off boundary to take Adidas to the victory target in great style. Vipin Bhasin, who remained not out on 73, was adjudged the man of the match. Adidas had won the toss, and decided to field.

HDFC Bank:
176 for 7 in 25 overs (Girish Sharma 41, 3x4; Rahul Kaira 40, 6x4; Virender Bhoj 26, 3x4; Vinay Kumar 25; 2x4; Rakesh Mohan 2/21; Tarun Kunzru 2/32).

Adidas: 178/5 in 25 overs (Vipin Bhasin 73 n o, 5x4, 2x6; Himanshu Chaturvedi 23, 2x4; Mukesh Sharma 21, 2x4; Yatin Dalvi 2/23).

Rajat, Rohit help Ramjas No. 2 win

Deadly bowling by Rajat Sharma (4 for 24) and a blistering unbeaten knock of 42 by Rohit Sharma helped Ramjas No 2 beat Ganga International School by seven wickets and enter the semi-final of the first Nahar Singh Vir Singh Saini Memorial Cricket Tournament (Under-15) at the Ashok Vihar ground. Rajat Sharma was adjudged the man of the match. Rajat Sharma.

Ganga International:
125 all out in 34.2 overs (Vineet 35, 4x4; Rajat Sharma 4/24). Ramjas No 2: 128/3 in 25.1 overs (Rohit Sharma 42 n o, 4x4; Brijesh Kumar 40, 5x4; Romit Gill: 2/31.



Rachel scales a new high in skydiving 
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 28
Rachel Thomas of Railways achieved a new high, to get into the Limca Book of Records, when she skydived from a height of 3,000 feet during the VIIth National Youth Festival at Hissar, organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. It was the first time that a lady skydived from a hot air balloon. Rachel Thomas, working with the Public Relations Department of Railways, flew her parachute back into the hot air balloon belonging to the Ballooning Association of India, and which was piloted by Imo Choba, and landed.

Rachel Thomas has been skydiving for the last 23 years, and has jumped from 18 different aircraft, and in 15 different countries. She has also taken part in the National Championship and is a member of the Aero Club of India.



Junior Nehru Hockey semi-final fixtures
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, January 28
Birsamunda Vidyapitha, Rourkela will take on Government Model School, Jalandhar at 1 p m in the first semi-final followed by BRC Danapur vs SGPS Academy, Sri Bhaini Sahib at 3 pm in the second semi-final of the 30 Nehru-Nestle Junior Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium in the Capital on Tuesday. The teams had topped the Super League table before setting up the semi-final clashes.



A heavy price for pig-headedness
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 28
The pig owners of Sonepat, Ganaur, Gohana and Kharkhauda towns in the district were ordered to keep the animals within their premises or face a severe action, following the promulgation of the prohibitory orders under Section 144 Cr.P.C. by the District Magistrate of Sonepat, Mr S N Roy, The civic administration swung into action and captured a large number of stray pigs within the municipal limits of the city yesterday.

According to a report, the officials of the Municipal Council, armed with a strong contingent of police, went round and captured the stray pigs.

At some places, the owners of pigs showed resistance but the police pushed them away. The seized pigs were later sent to Delhi for auction.

The District Magistrate, it may be recalled, has issued the order following public complaints that the unhindered movement of pigs in the towns of the district had resulted in frequent accidents and the creation of unhygienic condition.

Moreover, there was a growing incident of pig bites leading to serious health hazards.

According to the order, domesticated pigs should be kept in hygienic and humane conditions and not be allowed to wander about. It is important to prevent the unregulated movement of pigs within the municipal limits of the towns. The order also clarified that it would be applicable within a radius of two km of the four municipal towns in the district.

The order empowered the executive officer of the Municipal Council Sonepat and the secretaries of the Municipal Committees of Gohana, Ganaur and Kharkhauda, to make arrangements for rounding up the stray pigs within the municipal limits. The order further stated that the expenses incurred would be reimbursed from the municipal funds.

The order, it may be recalled, had given three weeks to the pig owners. The order of the District Magistrate has been welcomed by the citizens of all the four towns.


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