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Polio no handicap for this powerlifter
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 20
Rajinder SinghFor 29-year-old Rajinder Singh, life has been an uphill task but whenever he has reached the top he has thanked God for being with him. Son of a poor couple of village Mehsampur, Phillaur, Rajinder Singh could well be the future of the nation in bench press powerlifting in India.

Afflicted with polio since he was one-year-old, Rajinder has been on the wheelchair for the past 20 years. But his handicap did not stop him from setting a new national record in bench press powerlifting by lifting 170 kg in open competition with other Indian players in the General category at Ranchi in August this year bagging the gold medal.

Having accomplished this feat, now Rajinder Singh has qualified for the World Bench Press powerlifting championship to be held at Peestani, Slovakia on December 4, 2003.
The Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, announced a grant of Rs 10,000 for Rajinder Singh at a function held here today. But Rajinder Singh is still short of Rs 65,000 to be able to go to Slovakia to represent India in the sport. The MLA has appealed to the general public and corporate houses to help Rajinder Singh and sponsor his visit. Rajinder Singh can be contacted at : 01826-237231.

Addressing mediapersons at the Phase VI community centre here where he had come to meet the Director Sports at a function, Rajinder Singh said he had been selected to represent India at Peestani Slovakia and was confident that he would break the world record in the General category. “The record of 82.5 kg is currently held by a Kazhak national but I am already practicing with 85 kg in the gymnasium at the village.” he said.

The only thing that is keeping Rajinder Singh away from the Slovakian championship is a sum of Rs 80,000. “I have arranged Rs 5,000 but I am still short of Rs 75,000. I need a demand draft of the complete amount by December 26 when the conditioning camp starts at Delhi before the Indian team leaves,” he said.

Rajinder Singh has also qualified for the Para-Olympics 2004. “I faced the same monetary problem in 2002 when I had to leave for Malaysia for the preliminary rounds of the Para Olympics but my friends managed and I was able to go. I had qualified for the Para-Olympics and would try to break the world record of 190 kg in the handicapped category currently held by an Egyptian,” he said.

Having started his career in a dusty village gymnasium, Rajinder Singh is proud of his village. “My friends and family have encouraged me. They have taught me that no physical limitation can stop you from reaching the stars if you set your mind to it. My father Rattan Singh works in a marriage music band in the village and we are a very poor family. But it has not deterred me from dreaming and giving life my best shot”, Rajinder Singh said.


Italian teacher all praise for young golfers
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, November 20
World class golf teacher, Dr Donato Di Ponziano of Italy, has told young golfers to consider themselves lucky to have got the best of golf facilities at this age. On the concluding day of the six-day national golf coaching camp at the CGA Golf Range organised by the Chandigarh Golf Association here today, he said he was impressed with the learning ability of the golfers who could take on any kind of challenge.

He said this was his second visit to Chandigarh and Indian golfers were already showing their might at the Asian level and other major international open tournaments. He was of the view that the CGA had made remarkable progress in terms of enhancing golf facilities.

The above camp began on November 15 and was attended by golf teachers Jesse Grewal, Nonita Lal Queresh , Romit Bose, Vijay Divecha, Vikram Sethi and golfers from all over India — Gurbaaz Mann, Tarun Sardesai, Gaurav Dewan, Shubham Jindal, Fatehbir Dhaliwal, Ajitesh Sandhu, Karan Singh, Jaskirat Dullet, Raghav Wahi, Amardeep Malik, Aditya Singh, Himmat Rai, Abhijit Chadha, Dilsher Sukhija, Gaganjit Bhullar, Jagteshwar Singh and Sanjay Wahi.

Each individual’s game was assessed by Dr Donato both on and off course. On course training was held at Forest Hill Golf Resort. Mr J.S. Grewal, Director, Hero Honda CGA Golf Academy, said the players were satisfied with the arrangements.

Mr J.S. Cheema, senior vice-president of the CGA and Chairman Golf Activities, said the participants were eager to attend the next camp to be conducted by Dr Donato next year.

Mr D.P. Azad distributed certificates to the participants.


Amandeep wins gold in hammer throw
Our Sports Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 20
Amandeep Kaur and Lakhwinder Singh won gold medals in hammer throw (women) and javelin throw (men), respectively, on the opening day of the Panjab University Inter-College Athletic Meet here today at the Panjab University grounds.

Pargat Singh of Government College, Ludhiana, bagged gold medal in hammer throw (men) while Harwinder Singh of DAV College, Chandigarh, won gold medal in broad jump (men).

Results: hammer throw: men; Pargat Singh (GC, Ludhiana) 1, Gurinder Pal Singh (DAVC, Chandigarh) 2, Alampreet Singh (GC, Ludhiana) 3. Javelin throw (men): Lakhwinder Singh (DAVC,Chandigarh) 1, Bikram (SGGS, Sector 26, Chandigarh) 2, Jarnail Singh (GNN,Doraha) 3. Broad jump (men): Harwinder Singh (DAVC, Chandigarh) 1, Gurtej Singh (GNC, Moga) 2, Rajvir Singh (Arya College, Ludhiana) 3. 100 metre hurdles: (men): Sarabjeet Singh (DAVC, Chandigarh) 1, Balraj Singh (GKSMGC, Tanda) 2, Jagroop Singh (SGGS, Chandigarh) 3. Pole vault: Sandeep Singh (GC, Ludhiana) 1, Kuldeep Singh (GN College, Killianwali )2, Ram Avtar (DAVC, Chandigarh) 3.

200 metre (women): Harpreet Kaur (GN Khalsa for Women, Ludhiana) 1, Harpreet Kaur (GTB Khalsa College for Women, Dasuya) 2, Kirandeep Kaur (SGGS Khalsa, Mahilpur) 3. Broad jump (women): Harpreet Kaur (GN Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana) 1, Narinder Pal Kaur (Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana) 2, Daljeet Kaur (GCG, Sector 11, Chandigarh) 3. Hammer throw (men): Amandeep Kaur (GGSC, Chandigarh) 1, Kamaljit Kaur (GKSM Government College, Tanda) 2, Ramandeep Kaur (Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana) 3.

Inter-school meet

More than 3,000 children drawn from 67 primary government schools of Chandigarh are taking part in the three-day UT inter-school (Primary) sports meet which began on Thursday at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19.

The meet was inaugurated by Mr D.S. Mangat, DPI, Schools, UT.

Mr Mangat hoisted flag and witnessed the march past by the participating teams.

The programme began with a gymnastics demonstration comprising pyramid formation and aerobic exercises by students of the host school. Mr Mangat applauded the efforts made by Ms Saroj Gupta, Principal of the host school, in holding the meet.

Results: Three-legged race: girls: Veena and Aarti (Government High School, Sector 41) 1, Kulbir and Seema (Government Primary School, Palsora Colony) 2, Reena and Divya (Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 20) 3. Three-legged race: boys: Mohammad Salim and Vijay (Government Primary School, Sector 46) 1, Sanjeev and Aamir (Government Primary School, Burail) 2, Gurpeeet and Sanjay (Government Primary School, Palsora) 3.

Kabaddi: girls: GHS-11 beat GPS, Nehru Colony, Kajheri, while GPS, Colony Number 5, defeated GSSS, Dhanas. Boys: GPS, Mauli Complex, beat GHS-25 while GPS, Makhan Majra defeated GHS-7.

Kho-kho: GPS-46 beat GPS, Burail, while GPS-33 defeated GPS,Mauli Complex.


CBSE hockey tourney concludes
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, November 20
The Fifth CBSE National Hockey Tournament in under 14, under 17 section for both boys and girls today came to a close this evening at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41.

Mr Chandersekhar, Inspector-General of Police, Punjab and Senior Vice-President of the Indian Hockey Federation was the chief guest. He gave away trophies to the winners. He also applauded the efforts of the participating teams in showing excellent hockey.

Mr D.S. Bedi, Director-Principal of the hosts school, thanked all those present and said the position of hockey was improving and hoped that these players would strive to serve the country also.

The final results were as: under 14: boys: SGGGJ, Khalsa Academy, Amritsar 1, Mayo College, Ajmer 2, St John’s International, Chennai 3. Girls: Maharaja Agarsein Girls, Sirsa 1,Vidya Devi Jindal School, Hisar 2, Lawrence School, Ooty 3.

Under 19; Ganga International School, New Delhi 1,Shah Satnam Ji Boys School, Sirsa 2, JKG Public School, Gaziabad 3.

Girls: Maharaja Agarsein Girls Senior Secondary School,Sirsa 1, Vidya Devi Jindal school, Hisar 2, White Eagle School,Devpur 3.

Asian Draughts Championship

Karan Rampal, representing India and a student of Satluj Public School,Sector 4, Panchkula, today gave a tough fight to J. Usenov of Kazakhstan and Z. Hossain of Bangladesh on the second day of the Asian Draughts Championship being held today at Lake Club, Sector 6. Earlier, Mr Leo Springer, propaganda and promotion in charge, World Draughts Federation arrived this morning to supervise the championship and promote the sport in this part of the country.

In another tie, G.Ganjaragal and D. Erdenebileg of Mongolia drew 1-1, both are the world junior medal holders.

K. Rampal lost in the second, third round, while in the fourth round, he was up 2-0 against R. Garg also of India. Rampal was losing in the fifth round to Z.Hossain of Bangladesh 0-2. In all, there will be nine rounds as per the FMJD rules.

Netball tournament

Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, outplayed Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, by 11-4 in the girls section of the UT Inter School Netball tournament played here today at the GMHS-28. In other matches of the day, IS Dev Samaj School, Sector 21, lost to PML SD Public School, Sector 32 (2-6) while GMHS-28 got the better of IS Dev Samaj-21 by 12-05 while St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, beat GMHS-41 by 5-1.

In the UT Inter School Fencing meet, Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, girls won the titles in Foil and Sabre event.


Inter-sector athletic meet results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Various events were held on the fourth day of the 23rd Inter-Sector Athletic Meet being organised by the ITBP in Chandigarh. The results are: 20 km walk: Chander Dev (HP), Krishan Chand (L&C), Major Singh (Ghl).

Shotput: Sultan Singh (L&C); Rakesh Kumar (L&C); Manjit Singh (Ghl).

800 m: Om Pakash (J&K-I); Vijay Milan (HP); Sanjay Kumar (L&C).

Decathlon: Mahavir Singh (L&C); Paramjit Singh (J&K-I); Nand Lal (Trg).

2,000 m steeple chase: Channinder Kumar (HP); Govind Singh (Ghl); Shammi V.P. (J&K-II).

Pole vault: Parkash Singh (J&K-II); V. Suresh Babu (Ghl); Chander Dev (HP).

100 m: Dhruv Devrari (L&C); N Chouba Singh (L&C); Lakhi Bohra (Kmn).

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