Friday, December 13, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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100 girls report for selection
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, December 12
More than 100 girls reported on the first day of the two-day selection trials held at Sports Training Centre, Sector-18. These are being held to induct new trainees under the STC scheme of the Sports Authority of India in disciplines like athletics, basketball, hockey and volleyball. About 45 girls appeared for trials in hockey. Seven girls had come from Chattisgarh, one from Manipur, 27 from Haryana, two from Punjab, seven from Chandigarh and one from UP. Ms Ritu Pathik, Assistant Director, SAI, and in charge, STC-18, said the star hockey player of India, Ms Saba Anjum, who belongs to Chhatisgarh had also been the trainee of this centre. She said it was Saba at whose inspiration, these girls evinced interest for the trials.

Today a variety of physical tests like vertical jumps, sprints, shuttle run were conducted under various eminent sports observers.

In basketball, 25 girls reported for athletics and volleyball, 16 girls in each discipline appeared.

Harbans Singh, a national track and field coach was present on the occasion. Later he said girls which had come for the trials were high in spirits. He said in athletics, basically, it was after 14 years that one should do strenous exercises. He said it was not advisable to go in for specialised events before this age. He was of the view that interest in such centre as run by the SAI was on increase and it were nurturing good talent, thus might prove to be useful in longer run. Tomorrow the medical examinations and personal interview of all the girls will be conducted.

Swimming trials

The UT Education Department will conduct the selection trials for swimming in both boys and girls section in three age groups (under 14, under 17 and under 19) for participating in the National School Games to be held at Pune from December 26 to 30. The venue for the trials will be swimming pool, Sector 23. Boys trial will be held on December 14 at 11.30 am while for girls on December 16 at 11.30 am at the same venue.

Carrom tournament

Vijay bagged the men singles title in the Tribune Carrom tournament which concluded here today. The men doubles title went in favour of Bhupinder Singh and Anil Bhardwaj., On this occasion, a special honour was bestowed upon Mr Rajan Reikhi.

The final standings are: singles: Vijay 1, Jaspal 2, Tilak Raj 3. doubles: Bhupinder Singh and Anil Bhardwaj 1, Vinay and Harbinder Singh 2, Vijay and Monu.

Sports Day

St. Soldier Divine Public School, Sector-16, Panchkula, organised its annual Sports Day last evening on the school premises. Ms S. Jogpal was the chief guest. The Principal of the school declared the meet open. A cultural programme was organised on the occasion. Anuj Sharma and Neha Sekhri were adjudged the best athletes in boys and girls section, respectively.

Badminton team

The trials to select the Regional Sports Board badminton team will be held on December 16 at badminton hall, Sectors-42, while for the RSB Football team on December 17 at Football Stadium, Sector-17. This was stated by Mr A.S. Khokhar, Secretary, Central Civil Services Regional Board for Culture and Sports (employees based at Chandigarh). The badminton players thus selected will represent the RSB, Chandigarh, in the All-India Civil Services Badminton Tournament to be held at Gandhi Nagar (Gujarat), from January 6 to 10. The football players will represent RSB in the All-India Civil Services Football meet to be held at Bellary, (Karnataka), from January 18 to 26.

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