Friday, May 31, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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IHF nominates medical adviser
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 30
The Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) has nominated its medical adviser Dr Ravinder K Tuli to join the Indian men’s hockey team for the four-nation tournament, to be played in Adelaide and Melbourne (Australia) from May 30 to June 9, as the doctor-cum-manager.

Dr Tuli is the senior consultant and head of the department of Holistic Medicine at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals in New Delhi. This department is dedicated to total health and well-being of an individual—body-mind-spirit—by natural means.

The appointment of Dr Tuli as the manager-cum-team doctor for the four-nation tournament is a clear indication that the IHF is giving a lot of importance to the fitness of the players, and for faster and more efficient methods of curing common ailments and injuries suffered by the players, which is achieved by conditioning the mental an spiritual aspects in overall management of health and training of the team.

The handpicking of Dr Tuli by the IHF comes in the wake of a spate of injuries suffered by the Indian sportspersons and the recent loss of Test series by the Indian cricket team, which is being largely attributed to lack of mental strength amongst the players.

The incidence of injuries to sportspersons is assuming large proportions, and cricketers are not the only sufferers. Hockey players, footballers, athletes, weightlifters, tennis and badminton players too have been prone to injuries, affecting the career of many a talented sportsperson.

Tennis star Leander Paes and shuttle champion Pullela Gopichand have had to miss many an important tournament due to recurring injuries, and their loss of form has indeed been a loss to the nation.

According to specialists, an injury, if it takes prolonged time to heal, causes “deconditioning” from which often a sportsperson never fully recovers. Besides, each injury leaves certain mental and physical scars, restricting the sportsperson’s future capabilities.

Experts, therefore, aver that the healing methods used to cure these injuries must be highly efficient, very quick and ensure total recovery. In view of the prevailing strict dope-control regulations, it would be better if the treatment is natural and devoid of the use of any pharmaceuticals.

Experts said while modern medical gadgets have improved the diagnostics and surgical interventions have improved tremendously, they have made only limited contribution in efficient cure or prevention of ailments amongst sportspersons.

To achieve the objective of efficient, quick and complete recovery from injury or sickness among sportspersons, the need for Holistic Medicine measures aimed at mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, beyond just the physical measures of modern medicine, are rapidly gaining world-wide awareness.

Holistic Medicine is an integration of the ‘science’ of modern medicine with the ‘art’ of various traditional systems of health.

It comprises a synergy in the various life force management modalities like acupuncture, yoga, meditation, relaxation, visualisation, reiki, pranic healing etc, to effect natural and harmless cure of the injuries and sickness amongst sportspersons in a fraction of time with all the above advantages. And Holistic Medicine is also totally “dope-free”.


SAI to observe ‘No-Tobacco Day’ today
Our Sports Reporter

New Deli, May 30
The Sports Authority of India (SAI), in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the World Health Organisation (WHO), will organise a programme to commemorate the World No-Tobacco Day on Friday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at 6.30 pm.

SAI secretary K Narsimha said similar programmes will be organised in Bangalore and Guwahati. He said the objective of the programme is to generate mass awareness/campaign against the use of tobacco, especially amongst the youth and to send out the message that “sports and tobacco do not go hand-in-hand”.

To mark the occasion, a colourful programme will be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which will also include a mini race. An appeal will also be made by eminent sportspersons and other dignitaries against the ill effects of tobacco and an “Oath” will also be taken against the use of tobacco. A skit on smokers vs non-smokers by the Indian Body Builders and a dance drama on abuse of tobacco will also be held.

According to WHO, tobacco use is responsible for an estimated eight-lakh deaths every year in India. The theme and slogan for this year’s World No Tobacco Day is “Tobacco Free Sports—Play it Clean”. The theme seeks to highlight the dangerous association between tobacco and sports..

Dr Uton Muchtar Rafei, regional director, WHO for the South East Asia Region, in his message to commemorate the No Tobacco Day, has observed that while sports enhance healthy living and agility, tobacco impedes sporting excellence and health; all sports, whether amateur or competitive, celebrate life whereas tobacco only causes disease, disability and death; tobacco is a “gateway” dug that leads to the use of stronger and addictive drugs like cocaine and steroids, which negatively affect performance and ruin the lives of sportspersons.

Joining WHO in this campaign of “tobacco free sports” are some of the best sportspersons from the region, including cricketing legend Roshan Mahanama from Sri Lanka, cricketer Afram Khan and swimmer Mohammed Mosharaf Hossain Khan from Bangladesh, shooter Jaspal Rana and cricketer Virender Sehwag from India, basketball coach from Bhutan Kamal Lam Dorji, tennis champion Angelique Widjaya and body builder Ade Rai from Indonesia, athlete Baikuntha Manandhar and taekwondo trainer Sabita Rajbhandari from Nepal, footballer Mohamed Kaleem from Maldives, Wushu player Khine Khine Maw, footballer Hein Zeyar Kyaw and weightlifter Swe Swe Win from Myanmar, boxer Wincham Polrit, tennis player Tammarine Tanasukam and football player Theerathep Winothai (Leesaw) from Thailand. Tobacco free events are being organised all over the world. The recent 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games in the United States were among the first. The FIFA World Cup 2002 in Korea and Japan will “kick off” the World No Tobacco Day celebrations.


Samsad slams 171 for ONGC
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 30
Captain Samsad Rizwan blasted a rapid-fire unbeaten century knock of 171 runs to steer Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) to a 62 runs victory against Madras Club in the 26th Lala Raghubir Singh Hot Weather Cricket Tournament at the Modern School ground in the Capital on Wednesday.

ONGC won the toss and decided to make the first use of wicket. Captain Rizwan Samsad showed the way with a blistering batting performance to score an unbeaten 171 off just 95 balls with 26 boundaries and seven sixes. Amit Sharma contributed 32 and Mohd Saif scored 25 as ONGC amassed 308 for six wickets in the stipulated 40 overs.

In reply, Madras Club folded up for 246 runs in 36.5 overs, despite a quick 97 by Rajinder Singh (Dara). Amit Bhandari, Samsad Rizwan and Mithun Minhas bowled exceedingly well to bog down the Madras Club batsmen. Samsad Rizwan was adjudged the Reebok man of the match for his excellent all-round performance. DDCA general-secretary Sneh Bansal gave away the prizes.

Scores: ONGC: 308 for 6 wickets in 40 overs (Rizwan Samsad 171 n o, 26x4, 7x6, 95b; A. Sharma 32, 4x4, 32b; Mohd Saif 25, 4x4, 18b; Vikas Vij 3 for 57; A. Singh 1 for 45). Madras Club: 246 all out in 36.5 overs (Rajinder Singh 97, 7x4, 5x6, 78b; P. Bhist 36, 3x4, 1x6; Hemant Dogra 26, 4x4, 1x6; Amit Bhandari 3 for 38; Samsad Rizwan 2 for 30; Mithun Minhas 2 for 25). Thursday’s fixture: Sports Journalists vs Modern School Staff; 7.30 am.


DLTA to hold State Ranking Summer Circuit Tennis tourneys
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 30
The Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) will organise Delhi State Ranking Junior Summer Circuit Tennis Tournaments during the summer vacation at the DLTA courts in R K Puram and the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) courts at Mathura Road.

The Summer Circuit is meant to give an opportunity to local junior players for tournament participation.

A DLTA spokesman said such tournaments shall form the basis for Delhi State ranking for juniors.

He said DLTA plans to make the Summer Circuit Ranking Tournaments a regular feature in Delhi’s tennis calendar.

The DLTA will host events in the boys under-12, under-14 and under-16 and girls under-14 and under-16 events from June 17 to 21. At the NSCI courts, matches will be held in the boys under-12, under-14 and under-16 and girls under-14 and under-16 events from June 24 to 29.

The junior circuit will be held after the Satellite tournaments.

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