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Noida to have a complete sports sector
Our Correspondent

Noida, April 11
Noida is all set to finally make its only sports complex a part of the Commonwealth Games to be held in 2010 for which Rs.300 crore will be spent to enhance the facilities already existing in the sports complex located in Sector-21. Spread over 62 acres, the complex will have courts for badminton, squash, table-tennis, a gymnasium, hockey ground, football ground, cricket stadium etc.

“We are looking at converting Sector-21A into a complete sports sector where in addition to the existing stadium, there will be facilities for hockey, football and a host of indoor games”, explains Chairman and CEO Vinod Malhotra.

“A design plan to upgrade the stadium to the level of world class cricket stadium is being worked out by the architects. We have also sought the expertise and assistance from the Delhi development Authority (DDA) in maintaining and managing the complex on the lines of the Sri Fort sports stadium”, adds the Noida Authority chief.

A sports trust has been constituted comprising of officials of the Noida authority as well as eminent citizens. Membership or pay-and-play option will be offered to residents to ensure maximum use of the sports facilities.

At present, cricket matches can be held at the stadium by paying a fee of Rs. 5,000 per day with a cash deposit of Rs. 10,000. For other sports like lawn tennis, volleyball, basketball and skating a daily fee of Rs. 500 is being charged.

The proposed complex is expected to be operational by the end of May 2004. Coaches for every sport will be available and an affordable fee structure is being worked out for the residents to use the complex.

A swimming pool is also a part of the plans in the next phase in which another Rs 500 crores is budgeted for recreation and sports facilities on the outskirts of the township. The Uttar Pradesh irrigation department has been requested for a feasibility report to explore the facility of water sports on the Yamuna river front.

“The idea is to develop Noida into a sports hub. The Sports Authority of India is also being approached for holding some events of the commonwealth games here,’’ says Malhotra.

The sports plans of the authority have elicited a positive response from the residents, long dependent on private institutions, which charge exorbitant fees for sports activities. Soon Noida is likely to throw up many a talented sportsperson who will take the city to great sporting heights!


Indo-Pak cricket series mend broken friendships
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 11
The resumption of the cricket series between India and Pakistan has generated tremendous goodwill among the people of the two countries, and the lucky ones from India, who were privileged to have watched either the One-Day International or Test matches, have only tales of unmatched hospitality and kindness to narrate.

Well-known film personality Suresh K Chopra, who is also the senior vice-president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), has been completely hooked to the large-hearted Pakistani hospitality ever since his return from Lahore, after watching the fourth ODI match.

Mr Chopra says he along with Rajeep Sardesai of NDTV and television personality Mandira Bedi were awe-struck on landing at the Allama Iqbal Airport in Lahore as the grandeur of the airport, built with top quality granite stones, bowled them over as soon as they touched the Pakistani soil.

He said the Indian visitors were given “VIP attention” and the visa formalities were completed at breakneck speed. The warmth with which the Pakistani officials treated the Indian visitors at the airport touched the soft chord of everyone.

Mr Chopra said whichever spot the Indians visited at Lahore, they were given a warm and affectionate welcome.

Mr Chopra said he was given a “selective seat” at the Fazal Mahmood Box at the Gadaffi Stadium, befitting his stature as a top official of the DDCA, though the stadium itself was bursting at its seams. All these facilities were extended without really asking for it.

Mr Chopra said he was also privileged to meet Pakistan team coach Javed Miandad and former Test player Intikhab Alam. He said Javed Miandad was full of praise for the ODI series and requested him to convey a message to the people of India that the people of Pakistan wanted a “return series” immediately to keep up the healthy cricketing ties between the two neighbours.

Mr Chopra hoped that the resumption of the cricket ties between India and Pakistan would open a new window of friendship between the two countries to consolidate the goodwill gained from the on-going series. He said the people of Pakistan seemed to be not much bothered about who emerged victories in the cricket series. They were happy that the series have brought together long lost friends, and mended broken friendships.


Ropar School knock out Loni Road
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 11
Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Ropar drubbed Guru Harkrishan Public School (GHPS), Loni Road 6-1 to sail into the semi-final of the second All-India Sahibzada Ajit Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament at the National Stadium on Sunday. Ropar knocked in three goals in the first half.

Deepak Sharma, who scored three goals, stole the spotlight while Ravinder Singh, Ranjodh Singh and Balwant Singh scored a goal each. Pankaj pulled off the lone goal for Loni Road GHPS.

In the second match, Khalsa College Senior Secondary School, Amritsar defeated Doabha Khalsa School, Jalandhar 2-1, to make the semi-final grade.

Gurvinder struck a field goal in the fourth minute to put Amritsar in the lead. Manpreet Singh equalised for Jalandhar in the 58th minute when he converted a penalty corner.

Gagandeep Singh hit home the match-winner for Amritsar in the 67th minute.

Lyallpur Khalsa School, Jalandhar defeated GGS Khalsa School, Sarhali (Amritsar) 7-2 to enter the last four stage. The teams were locked 2-2 at the interval.

Baljinder Singh, Vikhramjit Singh. Jalwinder Singh, Jatinder Pal Singh, Varinderjit Singh, Sanjay Kumar and Sanjeev Kumar netted the goals for Lyallpur. Manbir Singh and Dilbagh Singh accounted for Amritsar’s goals.

Monday’s fixtures (semi-finals): Khalsa School, Ropar vs GHPS, India Gate (2.20 pm); Lyallpur vs Khalsa School, Amritsar (4.30 pm)—National Stadium.


Parle Trophy Cricket from April 19
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 11
The Parle Champions Trophy Cricket Tournament will be played among the six champion schools, who were winners of the Parle Cup Inter-School Tournament for boys under-17, held in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Punjab and Delhi.

An official of the tournament committee said to have six winning teams from these centres compete at one venue in order to determine the champion school is not only an excellent competitive opportunity, but also the realization of a dream. He said the Champions Trophy will be held from April 19 to 24 in Mumbai at the Police Gymkhana and Parsee Gymkhana grounds.

The teams participating in the Champions Trophy are Santhome High School (Chennai), Salwan Boys School (Delhi), DAV School, Amritsar (Punjab), Ramakrishna Junior College (Hyderabad), Frank Anthony School (Bangalore) and Rizvi High School (Mumbai).

Pahari Dhiraj advance

Pahari Dhiraj defeated Rehman Club by 63 runs in an A-I Division match of the DDCA League at the University ground.

Scores: Pahari Dhiraj: 211 for 5 in 35 overs (Virat Kohli 76 n o, Sandeep Rawat 62, Bhupender Lingwal 31, Dhiraj Kumar 2 for 32).

Rehman Club: 148 all out in 25.1 overs (Israr Ahmed 32, Sanjay Singh 3 for 19, Sandeep Rawat 3 for 23).

Kishan Ganj beat J N Golden by four runs in an A-I Division match at the University polo ground.

Scores: Kishan Ganj: 228 for 8 in 35 overs (Abhishek Kumar 89, Aman Sharma 36, Anuj Jain 3 for 49, Sahil Arora 2 for 30, Rahul Agarwal 2 for 38).

J N Golden: 224 for 5 in 35 overs (Hemant Singh 80, Anuj Jain 43 n o, Sahil Arora 30, Abhishek Kumar 3 for 28).


Shastri Club move into semi-final
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 11
Deadly bowling by leg-spinner Amit Mishra (5 for 25) and Prem Prateek (3 for 18) helped Lal Bahadur Shastri Club defeat Delhi Blues by nine wickets and entered the semi-final of the fifth ARBDM Cup Cricket Tournament at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Amit Mishra was named the man of the match.

Scores: Delhi Blues: 88 all out in 38.2 overs (Tarun Gupta 42, Amit Mishra 3 for 25, Prem Prateek 3 for 18). L B

Shastri Club: 92 for 1 in 10.2 overs (Gautam Gambhir 60, N R Gupta 30).

Ravindra Academy in final

An all-round display by Chander Thapa (3 for 35 and 46) enabled Ravindra Academy beat West Delhi Academy by two wickets and entered the semi-final of the West Delhi Under-12 Cricket Tournament at the Hari Nagar Sports Complex ground. Chander Thapa was named the man of the match.

Scores: West Delhi: 197 all out in 38.2 overs (Gurvinder Singh 43, Kabir Sethi 33, Ishan Kumar 30, Chander Thapa 3 for 25, Prateek Kumar 3 for 28).

Ravindra Academy: 198 for 8 in 39.4 overs (Chander Thapa 46, Gautam Kumar 33, Madur Jain 45, Supreet Singh 3 for 20, Manjot Singh 3 for 23).

VSPK Under-17 Cup Cricket

The VSPK Under-17 Cup Cricket Tournament will be held from April 13 to May 2 at the Roshnara Club ground. Eight teams will participate in the tournament. West Delhi will take on Gyan Bharati in the opening match.


Ganga to meet Union Academy in Joshi hockey final
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 11
Ganga School defeated Guru Harkrishan Public School (GHPS), Shahdara 2-0 to enter the final of the inaugural D P Joshi Memorial Inter-School Under-19 Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium on Sunday. In the second semi-final, Union Academy defeated DAV, Rohini 8-0.

Praveen opened the account for Ganga School in the 15th minute and Yudhvir added the second goal, off a penalty corner, in the 58th minute.

In the second match, Vikas Sharma struck three goals for Union Academy in the 41st, 45th and 48th minutes. Dinesh Verma and Devendra Chauhan scored a brace each while Alok Sharma accounted for one goal.

Sunil of Ganga and Bharat of Union Academy were adjudged Nirula’s man of the match.


Deepak Rai bowls Inborn to victory
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 11
A devastating spell by left-arm medium pacer Deepak Rai, who claimed seven wickets for 17 runs off eight overs, enabled Inborn Cricketers defeat F.S. Cables by seven wickets in the 14th All-India Om Nath Sood Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce ground, Pitampura. Deepak Rai was presented the Pepsi man of the match award by chief guest Uday Gupte.

Scores: F.S. Cables: 72 in 19.2 overs (Akhil 18, Rahul Arora 15, Deepak Rai 7 for 17, Ravi Dalal 2 for 4).

Inborn Cricketers: 75 for 3 in 12.3 overs (Arun Choudhary 27 no, Prashant Yadav 17 n o, Wasim Raja 15, Sandeep Jain 3 for 23).

Monday’s fixture: I.G. Stadium vs South Delhi Colts.


Sonnet Club win

New Delhi, April 11
Sonnet Club beat Gyan Bharati by two wickets in the Under-15 Cricket Tournament at the Yamuna Sports Complex ground.

Scores: Gyan Bharati: 147 all out in 37.2 overs (Ishan Bakshi 57, Naman Khanna 17, Yogesh Nagar 3 for 25, Prnay Chakravarti 3 for 29). Sonnet: 149 for 8 in 38.1 overs (Shobhit Kaushik 40, Sahil Kher 32, Luv Shairee 4 for 28, Ajay Chauhan 2 for 23). OSR

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