Thursday, July 17, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Vijay Goel asks SAI to publish ‘white papers’
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, July 16
Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel has suggested that a road map to open new centres of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) should be drawn up and prioritised, keeping in view the actual requirements, availability of the sports persons, and willingness of the State Governments to provide land and seed money.

He also suggested the SAI to publish ‘white papers’ on sports related issues like sports science, sports medicine, doping etc.

Mr Goel, who visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and held discussions with senior officials of the SAI, also suggested the need to draw up a list of priority sports, keeping in view the achievements of the Indian sportspersons in recent years in international competitions, popularity of the game, especially in the rural areas, and the cost involved in popularising the sport.

The minister also emphasised the need to popularise and provide the necessary facilities to indigenous sports. He also stressed the need to step up talent search so that youngsters could take up sport as a serious profession, and not as a passing avocation.

Mr Goel advocated the participation of the private sector in the talent hunt to make available the best sports persons for the country at a relatively young age.

The Minister also took note of the maintenance of the stadiums and observed that the maintenance, both inside and outside, should be carried out in a better manner. He, however, praised the role being played by the SAI for unearthing and nurturing sports talent to enable them to graduate into national and international levels.

He said the SAI was playing a dominant role in not only talent search, but also in promoting a sports culture in the country.

However, he pointed out that the SAI was not getting enough media mileage for the good work done by it. Mr Goel directed the officials to streamline the training facilities for the trainees, and make available modern training equipment to them, particularly in the rural areas of the country, so that they are groomed in the right manner.

He exhorted the SAI officials to undertake ‘preventive maintenance’ of the buildings, and for the optimum utilisation of the covered and uncovered spaces in the various stadia for the furtherance of sports.


Randhawa aims to take it hole by hole
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, July 16
Jyoti Randhawa has a simple plan as he prepares his date with history on the eve of the 132nd British Open Golf Championship, which starts at the Royal St. George’s course in Sandwich, England, on Thursday.

The Indian ace, who has been rewarded with a direct entry into the oldest golf championship in the world by virtue of winning the Asian PGA Tour Order of Merit crown, appeared excited about his chances after playing several practice rounds ever since reaching the venue last week.

“I am looking forward to playing here and am hoping for a much better finish than what I managed at St. Andrew’s”, said Randhawa. He added that he would benefit immensely from that experience. It is difficult to take out the fact that you are playing the British Open, but I am going to try and treat this as just another tournament and will take it hole by hole during the next four days”.

Randhawa has been paired with Denmark’s Anders Hansen and American John Rolling. “Seeing the Indian flag fluttering high at a British Open venue has filled me with a great sense of pride. I am highly motivated at the moment and my game is geared up for the tournament”, said Randhawa, who has proved himself to be quite an expert on links course by finishing sixth in the $ 5 million Dunhill Links Championship last year.

“The Royal St George’s course is much more forgiving than what I thought it would be. But the ball is running on the fairways and there are several humps on them that can deflect the best shots into the roughs. You get some funny bounces, but that is fine as you get some good ones and you get some bad ones”, he added.

Randhawa said he would love to finish at the top ten, but was looking forward to the Open as an opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the best names in the world.


Air Force ground Banga Darshan
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, July 16
Indian Air Force, Palam grounded Banga Darshan with an emphatic 5-0 victory in a Group A preliminary league match of the Delhi Soccer Association A Division League Championship at the Ambedkar Stadium on Wednesday.

In a lop-sided match, Air Force flew into a 2-0 lead at half time. Inside-right Kalyan Pal drew out the rival defence to blast the ball home nine minutes into the match.

Three minutes later, R Adhikari consolidated the lead with a stiff shot.

Kalyan Pal was back on his scoring mode on resumption, when he got the third goal of the team in the 45th minute.

Outside left C H Feroz struck home the fourth goal in the 50th minute while Kalyan Pal scored his third goal, and Air Force’s fifth, in the 55th minute, to complete the scoring.

Delhi veterans defeat Nav Jyoti Nepal

In another match, Delhi Veterans defeated Nav Jyoti Nepal 2-0. After a barren first session, Veterans forged ahead through inside-left Madan Lal, who hit the target immediately after resumption. Ashish cemented Veterans’ lead when he scored the second goal in the 58th minute.

Thursday’s fixtures: B Division: Paschim Heroes vs Shakti (3.45 p m); Rohini vs South India (5 p m)—Ambedkar Stadium.

A Division: Glorious vs State Bank of India (3.45 p m); Frontiers vs Panchkuian Club (5 p m)—Nehru Stadium East ground.


Rajpreet helps R P Academy win
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, July 16
Rajpreet Singh struck a strokeful 86, laced with nine boundaries, to help R P Academy beat Mayapuri Cricket Club by three wickets to record their second successive victory in a Triangular Series at the Gargi College ground.

Scores: Mayapuri Club: 172 for 6 in 35 overs (Joel Trinidad 82, 2x6, 7x4; Saurav Srivastava 56, 7x4; Ajay Kumar 3 for 41, Rajpreet Singh 2 for 33).

R P Academy: 173 for 7 in 34.2 overs (Rajpreet Singh 86, Ashok 32, Rahul Bhardwaj 3 for 24, Neeraj Sehgal 3 for 35).


Jaskirat takes lead
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New Delhi, July 16
Jaskirat Singh Dullet led the A category in the 15-17 age group with a score of 68 on day one of the Northern India Junior and Sub-Junior Golf Championship at the Army Golf Course.

A total of 126 golfers in the 9 to 18 years age group are taking part in the tournament. Jaskirat Singh put on a fine show to lead the field followed by Himmat Singh Rai, who was second with a score of 76 strokes.

Ajeetesh Sandhu led with a score of 76 in the B category (13-14 years). Rahul Bakshi was ahead in the C category for boys in the 11-12 years age group. Quarter Master General of the Army Headquarters, Lt. Gen. Krishan Pal, inaugurated the championship.

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