Tuesday, July 30, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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200 donate blood at camp
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 29
As many as 200 devotees of Sant Nirankari Mission attended a blood donation camp organised by the mission in Patel Nagar Nirankari Satsang Bhavan in West Delhi yesterday.

The blood donation camp was inaugurated by Mr Ramakant Goswami, MLA and Secretary to the Delhi Chief Minister. Inaugurating the camp, Mr Goswami complimented the organisers for the arrangements and appreciated the enthusiasm among the donors.

He said there was hardly any other service to humanity as noble and virtuous as the donation of blood. Further, he lauded the philanthropic services being extended by Sant Nirankari Mission to mankind and appreciated the blood donors.

The camp was organised in ideal hygienic conditions, laying emphasis on the pre-donation and post-donation care under the expert supervision of a blood collecting team from the Indian Red Cross Society.


St. George College sail into soccer semis
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, July 29
St. George College, Mussorrie pounded Shri Ram School, Gurgaon 5-0 to enter the senior division semi-final of the Bro Mahony Inter-School Football Tournament, organised by Mount St. Mary’s School, Delhi Cantonment, at its own ground in the Capital on Monday.

St. George College, who led by a handsome 3-0 margin at half time, got their goals through Neerab Tuladhar (2), Dinesh Thapa, Gaurab Thapa and Issac.

Hosts Mount St. Mary’s School also qualified for the semi-final when they beat Vasant Valley School, Delhi by 3-1. Mount St. Mary’s led by 2-0 at the break. Sushant Rana, Kunal Gambhir and Divanshu Nayyar scored a goal each for Mount St. Mary’s while Ashok Sahir netted the consolation goal for Vasant Valley in the 10th minute of second half.

Tagore International School came from behind to beat St. Columba’s School 2-1 and made the last four grade. After a goalless first half, Tagore International forged ahead in the 23rd minute when Rojistone found the mark.

St. Columba’s School equalised in the 25th minute of second half through Vineet George. George Anupam scored the match winner for Tagore International in the 28th minute.

Fancied Saini School, Rewari completed the semi-final line-up when they crushed Don Bosco School, Delhi 7-0. Saini School, who led by four goals at the interval, completely dominated the match and got their goals through Joginder (three, no hattrick), Manish (2), Hemant and Mehash.

In the semi-final matches of the junior division to be played on Tuesday, St. Columba’s School will take on Gyan Bharti at 9 am while Modern School, = Barakhamba Road will meet Don Bosco School at 10.15 pm.

In the senior division semi-finals, Mount St. Mary’s will meet St. George College at 12 noon while Saini School will clash against Tagore International School at 1.30 pm.



WCAI recommends Sunita’s name for Dronacharya Award
M. S. Unnikrishnan

New Delhi, July 29
The Women’s Cricket Association of India (WCAI), in a very appropriate gesture, is learnt to have recommended the name of veteran lady cricket coach Sunita Sharma’s name for the Dronacharya Award. The Arjuna and Dronacharya Award Selection Committee, headed by badminton ace Prakash Padukone, reportedly held its first meeting in the Capital on Monday.

With someone of the calibre and integrity of Prakash Padukone heading the Arjuna and Dronacharya Awards Selection Committee, sportspersons and coaches with the right credentials, hope to get their just rewards this time around. And WCAI general secretary Anuradha Dutt has shown the right approach by recommending the name of the one and only lady cricket coach’s name for the prestigious Dronacharya Award.

In a very commendable gesture, Ms Anuradha Dutt has recommended Sunita Sharma’s name to the awards selection panel in glowing terms: “Ms Sunita Sharma, who is the first Indian woman cricket coach, is a very dedicated, sincere and hard working professional. She has produced several outstanding players at the national as well as international level, who have brought laurels to the country, particularly to women’s cricket in India. Her achievements as a cricket coach as well as sports administrator are extra-ordinary. An untiring person, Ms Sharma believes in total commitment and inculcating a never-say-die approach in her trainees”.

Sunita Sharma has one time or the other played pivotal roles in moulding the cricket talent of India players like present captain Anjum Chopra, Anju Jain, Shashi Gupta and Mani Mala.

Sunita has also coached over 20 women cricketers who have represented Delhi State and the Combined University team in various national tournaments/championships. Sunita has also conducted about 25 coaching camps for international as well as national level players, both at the senior as well as junior levels, from 1975 to 1990.

India’s trend-setting women cricketers like Shanta Rangaswamy, a former Indian women’s team captain, Diana Edulji, another former Indian captain and Padma Shree award winner, Gargi Banerjee, Anjali Pandharkar, Sandhya Aggarwal and Subhangi Kulkarni, have all attended the national camps conducted by Sunita Sharma under the aegis of the WCAI.

A recipient of the Syed Millennium Award and the Uttranchal Sports Award, Sunita Sharma is otherwise known for coaching many a talented male player, including Indian wicket-keeper-cum opening batsman Deep Das Gupta.

Those talented boys who have come out of her famous coaching centre at the National Stadium are legion. They include Deep Das Gupta, Rohit Sharma, Rakesh Raman Jha, Haninder Dhillon, Gautam Gopal, V Arvind, Sumeet Dogra, Ajay Verma, Raj Kapoor, Vishal Sharma, Kesar Chowdhary, Subhash Chaudhary, Ashok Pal Singh, Pradeep Man and Prashant Yadav, among others.

This talented Sports Authority of India senior coach has also conducted innumerable coaching camps, and also accompanied the women’s cricket team as its coach in Test and one-day international matches.

With her kind of credentials and achievements as a coach, it was only natural that the WCAI chose to recommend her name for the coveted Dronacharya Award.. Come rain or shine, Sunita would rarely miss her coaching classes. She has transformed the desolate National Stadium cricket ground into a much-sought after one. And unlike some other coaches, she only admits talented boys and girls without looking into their social standings. No wonder, most of the cricketers she has moulded into star players belong to modest background.

It would be a triumph for women’s cricket, which, incidentally is looking up in the country, if Sunita Sharma is bestowed with the Dronacharya Award. It’s not yet celebration time, as the Dronacharya Award is bestowed on a coach only after a lengthy deliberation, but in Sunita’s case, the odds weigh so heavily in her favour that the Dronacharya Award in her feather will be a well-merited reward.

A coach with a sort of midas’ touch, she has manfully survived to carve out a niche for herself in a field totally dominated by male coaches. May her tribe grow!


ESPN-Star sweep cricket rights
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, July 29
ESPN Star Sports have acquired the exclusive cricket telecast rights for all international cricket from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and England for a period of five years, from 2003 to 2008.

The multi-Cricket Board deal will enable ESPN Star Sports to bring 805 additional days of top quality international Test and One-Day International cricket matches for viewers across India. ESPN Star Sports now hold rights to a phenomenal eight out of ten Test-playing nations, including Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies, England, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Only India and Sri Lanka are missing from the list. With the acquisition of the cricket rights from five international cricket boards, ESPN Star Sports will exclusively showcase to the Indian viewers a feast of 110 Test series and one-day series, including an unbeatable 17 India-playing Test and One-Day International cricket series till 2008. According to the agreement, ESPN Star Sports, for their respective markets, will have exclusive rights for cable and satellite television, terrestrial television, SMATV, enhanced television and radio and will offer the flexibility for ESPN Star Sports to reach to the millions of cricket fans across multiple platforms. The five-country rights will help ESPN Star Sports feature 119 Test matches and 210 one-day internationals, including 203 days of cricket from Australia, covering tours by India (three tours), Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan, England, Zimbabwe and New Zealand; 145 days of cricket from South Africa, covering tours by India, Australia, England, New Zealand, West Indies, Pakistan and Zimbabwe; 207 days of cricket from England with tours by India, Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh; 120 days of cricket from New Zealand, covering tours by India,

Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe; 130 days of cricket from Zimbabwe, covering tours by India, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies, England, New Zealand and Bangladesh.

“ESPN and Star Sports offer the most comprehensive cricket coverage showcased on any sports channel in India. With this acquisition, the networks will now be able to showcase more live international cricket than the entire competition put together. The acquisition of cricket rights of the five cricket boards is another step in our commitment to bring to our viewers the best and most relevant sports programming from across the world”, said Manu Sawhney, managing director of ESPN Software India. ESPN Star Sports had earlier signed an exclusive marketing and programming partnership with Sachin Tendulkar whereby the batting ace will promote ESPN and Star Sports and join the channels on air in exclusive programming that will treat Indian cricket fans to Sachin in a new role on television. The channel’s commentary team includes Sunil Gavaskar and Geoffrey Boycott, along with Ravi Shastri, Navjot Singh Sidhu and ace commentators Harsha Bhogle.



Karan stars in Young Friends’ win
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, July 29
A fine knock of 84 runs by Delhi under-14 player Karan Rai and an equally brilliant 79 by Ishan Bakshi helped Young Friends Club defeat St. Marks School, Meera Bagh, by seven wickets in a last-ball victory to enter the semi-final of the first Prabhu Dayal Memorial Under-15 Cricket Tournament at the Ashok Vihar ground in the Capital.

In a thrilling finish, Young Friends needed three runs off the last ball to win the match, but Anand hit a boundary to settle the issue without any hiccup. In a nail-biting finish his match-winning boundary made a roar in the ground. It’s one of a sensational win of Young Friends.

Karan Rai was declared the Man of the Match. Ishan Bakshi was adjudged the best batsman while Luv Shorey got the best bowler award.

Scores: St. Marks School, Meera Bagh: 228 all out (Harish Kumar 76, 8x6, 4x4; Hanshit Singh 47, Sumit Salwal 31, Nipun Malhotra 30, Luv Shorey 3 for 45).

Young Friends: 228 for 3 in 35 overs (Karan Rai 84, Ishan Bakshi 79, Ashwat Kumar 48, Harish Kumar 2 for 53).



Taekwondo Championship
Our Sports Reporter

Rohtak, July 29
Rohtak emerged the best team in the Haryana State Junior Taekwondo Championship, which concluded at Kurukshetra on Sunday. According to the chief coach of Rohtak District Taekwondo Association Parmod Kaushik Arya, five contestants from the district clinched gold medals whereas another three bagged silver. Amit (Vishwakarma School), Manish (P. T. School), Satish (Jat college), Sohan Lal (Aryan school) and Ashish Dhankar (Vivekanand School) emerged gold medallists.

He said that all the medal winners of Rohtak district were selected for the Junior National Taekwondo Championship to be held in Kerala from 15 to 18 August.



Locked buildings to be put to use: Goel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 29
The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and MP from the Chandni Chowk constituency, Mr Vijay Goel, has come up with a novel project of utilising the unutilised and locked buildings for public utility projects in his constituency.

The minister said, “The buildings lying unutilised and locked in the walled city of Chandni Chowk for the past so many years will now be utilised for the public utility projects.” Mr Goel told this to a group of officers of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) after visiting the narrow bylanes of the walled city.

He said that instead of these buildings being used as storehouses to dump garbage they could be used for public utility purpose. He also directed the officials concerned to rectify problems with regard to streetlights besides urging the Delhi Jal Board and Delhi Vidyut Board officials to take immediate steps to ensure them supply.

He added that he had been regularly visiting the Ajmeri Gate fountain park every Wednesday to take part in Janata Adalat.

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