Thursday, May 9, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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She spells success in roller hockey
Tribune News Service

Medha Saini
Medha Saini: India’s hope in roller hockey.

Faridabad, May 8
Medha Saini, a teenage skater from Faridabad, has proved her skills on the skating ring several times. Her passion, spirit and involvement have made her synonymous with the upcoming game of roller hockey in the country.

A plus two student of DAV Public School, Sector 14 here, she is awaiting her board examination results as well as preparing for the `Women’s World Roller Hockey Championship’ for this year. She is a member of the National Roller Hockey Team. Although she started playing the game only at the age of 14, she picked up well and made her mark at national and international levels. Skating is no new game for her family. Her younger sister, Khusboo Saini, a plus one student, is already a national sensation in skating. But Medha opted for roller hockey and proved her mettle. Starting with the State Roller Skating Championship in 1999, she had already participated at the national level and helped Haryana claim gold in 2000. She got selected in the national team the very next year and took part in Ninth Asian Roller Skating (Hockey) Championship held in Taiwan in October 2001. She also helped her state to win top honours in the 39th National Championship at Vishakhapatnam last year. With Mr John David as her coach, she is busy these days preparing for the forthcoming World Championship scheduled to be held in Belgium later this year.



K S Rana hits 167 for Delhi Audit
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 8
A rapid-fire knock of 167 by K S Rana propelled Delhi Audit to a massive 117 runs victory against Rajanigandha in a Super A Division match of the DDCA League at the PGDAV College ground in the Capital.

Batting first, Delhi Audit scored 288 for 3 in 35 overs, powered by the brilliant knock of Rana and an equally dashing unbeaten 66 by Raju Sharma.

Rajanigandha, chasing Audit’s huge total, could not tackle the bowling of Satish Salwan and Ramesh Negi and folded up for 171.

Salwan claimed 4 for 31 while Negi had a haul of 2 for 23.

Scores: Delhi Audit: 288 for 3 in 35 overs (K S Rana 167, Raju Sharma 66 n o, Vishal Rajput 2 for 63).

Rajanigandha: 171 all out in 26.4 overs (Mohsin Khan 49, Sonu Nigam 39, Satish Salwan 4 for 31, Ramesh Negi 2 for 23).

Umesh Sood bereaved

Ramesh Sood, younger brother of Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) president Umesh Sood, passed away on Wednesday morning due to cardiac arrest. The 54-year-old Sood is survived by his wife. He was cremated at the Lodhi Road crematorium. A large number of soccer players and officials were present during the cremation.



Percept enters the golf arena

New Delhi, May 8
Percept, hitherto famous for netting cricket stars in its fold, has now entered the fast expanding and lucrative golf arena by picking up the majority stakes in the Tiger Sports Marketing (TSM), the golf management company.

The Percept strategy is to be part of the popular golf circuit and TSM was a convenient choice. Percept’s move of entering into a joint venture with TSM in the golf business will create an ideal platform for both the companies to work in synergy and exploit its tremendous potential. Managing director of Percept Shailendra Singh said: “This decision will open a world of opportunities in sporting events, especially golf. With a huge potential in terms of corporate events, promos, professional events, sponsorship etc, we believe golf will be the fastest growing sport in India in the year to come”. “In five years of our association with the PGAI (Professional Golf Association of India), TSM has helped spread the awareness about the Indian Golf Tour and make it the richest domestic sport in the country”, said a TSM official. Percept, after associating extensively with cricket (Sahara Cup, Sahara India Cricket Team) and soccer (Kargil benefit matches). OSR


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