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Subhash Stadium to have nursery for wrestlers
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 5
Bowing to the pressure of the young wrestlers’ demand for a wrestling nursery in the town, the sports and youth welfare department of the state has sanctioned a nursery and it will be opened at Subhash Stadium during this year.

This information was given by Deputy Director Sukhbir Singh of the department during a meeting of the wrestling instructors, Akhara owners and prominent wrestlers of the district here today. He informed that initially the nursery would be allotted 10 seats but these would be increased at the later stage.

Besides, he said, the department had sanctioned 15 wrestling mats for different wrestling nurseries in the state and one additional mat would be given for the nursery in local Subhash Stadium.

Exhorting the private akhara owners to avail the benefits of the department’s mat scheme for promotion of wrestling, Mr Singh said that they would be required to pay only 25 per cent cost of the mat and remaining 75 per cent cost would be borne by the department.

He also gave details of the incentives being given to the sports persons, which included cash awards job reservations in government and semi-government services, training allowances and many other facilities.

In the meeting, when the akhara owners demanded wrestling coaches for the akharas to train the young wrestlers, Mr Singh agreed to send the coach at least once in a month in each akhara and also advised them to bring their akhara wrestlers in Subhash Stadium every week so that their wrestlers could have trial practices with the wrestlers of the nursery.

It is also relevant to point out that a wrestling nursery was opened in Subhash Stadium many years back. But due to obvious reasons, it was shifted to Kharkhoda – a tehsil headquarter of the district, last year and its seats were also reduced from 25 to 15. However, the shifting of the nursery invited sharp criticism not only from the young wrestlers, but also from the wardens and general public of the areas around the town. Moreover, number of young wrestlers refused to attend the nursery at Kharkhoda and they all urged the government to either shift back the nursery from Kharkhoda or open a new one in the town.


Punit Bisht hits century
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 5
An unbeaten knock of 154 by Puneet Bisht and deadly bowling by Ashish Kapoor (5 for 46) helped Madras Club defeat Ekta Club by 179 runs in an A-I Division match of the DDCA League at the Yamuna Complex ground.

Scores: Madras Club: 353 for 3 in 40 overs (Punit Bisht 154 n o, Varun Sharma 79, Varun Sood 36, Bharat Grover 37 n o). Ekta: 174 all out in 32.3 overs (Gurpreet Singh 34, Shashi Bhushan 32, Ashish Kapoor 5 for 46, Ashok Punia 3 for 31).

G G Dutt defeated Ministry of Health and Family Welfare by 27 runs in an A-I Division match at the University ground.

Scores: G G Dutt: 206 for 9 in 40 overs (Brijesh Roy 53, Ankit Kalra 51 n o, Vikas Chandan 31, Sandeep Kumar 3 for 42).

Ministry of Health: 179 all out in 36 overs (Surender Dogra 34, Ankit Bhargava 6 for 25, Amit Sharma 2 for 23, Anish Aggarwal 2 for 37).

National Stadium Cricket Centre defeated Delhi Administration by four wickets in a Super A Division match.

Scores: Delhi Admn: 132 all out in 33.2 overs (Kapil Kumar 47 n o, Shashi Ranjan 2 for 27, V Arvind 2 for 8).

National Stadium: 135 for 6 in 26 overs (Tariq-ur-Rehman 35, Ravikant Sharma 29, Subhash Chander 2 for 30).

Daryaganj beat Youngsters Club by 15 runs in a Super A Division match at the Mohan Meakins ground.

Scores: Daryaganj: 223 all out in 40 overs (Kshitij Kumar 83, Jagdish Singh 33, Jitender Solanki 3 for 32).

Youngsters: 208 all out in 38.2 overs (Sunit Sharma 57 n o, Sunil Rawat 53, Pramod Bhati 1 for 27, Kapil Mehta 2 for 50).


Saroya rules the track
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 5
J P Saroya of Punjab Zone ruled the track for the third consecutive day as he added two more golds in the 21st All-India PNB Inter-Zone Sports Meet at the Karnail Singh Stadium on the third day on Friday.

Saroya, who had won the 800 m and 1500 m titles on the first two days, accounted for the gruelling 5000 m and 10,000 m races for men. He clocked 18:15.9 in the 5000 m event, with Som Dutt of Himachal Zone and A S Yadav of Northern Zone accounting for the silver and bronze, respectively. In the 10000 m, Saroya posted a time of 40:19.6 minutes. Som Dutt and A S Yadav finished second and third.

Sohan Singh of Punjab Zone heaved the hammer to 33.71 meters to lift the gold. O P Redy of Northern Zone and Rajinder Dutta of Uttaranchal annexed the silver and bronze. Ravneet Singh of Punjab clocked 1:01.7 secs to win the 400 m race. Tehal Singh of Punjab and R K Dogra of Himachal took the second and third position. Uttaranchal Zone beat MP Zone 3-1 and Western Zone beat Gujarat 3-0 in table tennis to set up the title clash.

Following are the other results: Badminton quarter-finals (men): Punjab b East UP Zone 3-0, MP Zone b Bihar 3-0, Northern Zone b West UP 3-0 and Delhi b Central UP 3-1.

In the women’s section, Neeru Chauhan of Delhi Zone emerged winner while Sweety Kalia of Punjab and Bimal Jass of Northern finished second and third.. In carrom, defending champions Western Zone defeated Bihar Zone 3-0 and Delhi beat West UP 2-1.


Suman Sharma is asst. manager
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 5
Former North Zone woman cricketer Suman Sharma has been appointed the assistant manager of the Women’s Cricket Association of India XI’s match against West Indies to be played at Kanpur on March 6, according to Delhi Women’s Cricket Association secretary Anuradha Dutt.

Virender, Sant Ram shine

An all-round display by Virender Bhoj (3 for 24 and 63 n o) and deadly bowling by left-arm spinner Sant Ram (3 for 9) helped HDFC Bank defeat Tecnovate by nine wickets and entered the semi-final of the fourth Turf Corporate Cricket Tournament at the Guru Gobind Singh College ground.

Virender Bhoj received the man of the match award, Farhan Khan got the best batsman prize and Sant Ram collected the best bowler award.

Scores: Tecnovate: 128 for 9 in 25 overs (Farhan Khan 30, Virender Bhoj 3 for 24, Sant Ram 3 for 9).

HDFC Bank: 130 in 15.1 overs (Virender Bhoj 63 n o, Vinay Kumar 30 n o).

Citi Bank move up

Citi Bank defeated Kuehne and Nagel by 52 runs in the Reebok Cricket Tournament at the Palam ground.

Scores: Citi Bank: 218 all out in 25 overs (Diwakar Pundir 81, Jagdish Salwan 36, Gaurav Shukla 28, Ritesh Chopra 4 for 32, Cyril Varghese 3 for 30, Brijender Rawat 2 for 25). Kuehne and Nagel: 166 all out in 23 overs (Ponit Sharma 31, Ritesh Chopra 22, Kaustav Ganguly 2 for 15, Jagdish Salwan 2 for 22).

Najafgarh Cup Cricket

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A dab hand at boxing, he dabbles in tourism now
A. Gulati

Rohtak, March 5
Joginder Pal Parmar who ruled the boxing ring and donned the university colours to become the first guy to win an inter-university gold medal for Hissar Agriculture University some three decades ago, is seen in a reversal of role these days.

A diploma holder from the National Institute of Sports from Patiala in boxing, Joginder Singh after getting recognition as ‘progressive farmer’ among the farming fraternity of the region, is making frantic efforts to develop seven and a half acres of his land as a spot for tourists’ attraction in a small village Samar Gopalpur, some eight miles from Rohtak.

Once developed fully, the place is expected to offer unforgettable time to the holidayers amidst glimpses of folk culture of the region.

A bantam weight category boxer in his youth, Joginder Pal told the NCR Tribune that the state government has rendered recognition to his efforts by identifying his ‘Bani Khera’ complex as a spot of ‘Farm Tourism’—a new concept in Haryana..

A visit to the complex site gives the impression of the zeal that drives Joginder Pal towards performing this massive task.

The conversion of fisheries pond owned by Pal into a small lake has already started attracting the winged visitors. The presence of some migratory birds was a cause of sheer joy to the people.

The plants and trees surrounding the site have given shelter to numerous birds whose chirping in the morning and evening adds melody to the rhythm of rural life.

Divulging details of his plans, Joginder Pal disclosed that he proposes to construct 10 rooms besides three cottages entirely on traditional pattern equipped with all mod cons.

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