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Yoga camp at Sector 47
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
A yoga camp is under way at the Community Centre, Sector 47-B, here. It is being conducted by Mr Rajinder Singh, regular yoga instructor at the centre, along with Nimmi Vashisht and Rupinder Singh, under the guidance of yoga specialist Jyoti Sadhna.

On the eve of the completion of the camp on June 15, there would be a guest lecture by Dr Sudhir Kumar, MD, on the prevention of diseases through yoga and ayurveda in a systematic way at 6 pm. Another yoga camp is also being held from June 16 to 30. The focus will be on curative aspects of yoga. Progress of fitness will be observed by experts before and after the camp.


Ramesh, Amandeep to clash for boxing title
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, June 12
City pugilist Ramesh Singh made it to the final round of the below 48-kg section on the penultimate day of the 14th Senior Men Northern India Boxing Championship being played at the Sports Complex, Sector 42 here. In another 48 kg section bout, Amandeep of Punjab got the better of Bharat Singh of Delhi to have a clash with Ramesh. Otherwise Punjab boxers stole the limelight today.

The notable point in the semi-final rounds was one-sided contests in the higher weight categories Three bouts ended in RSC (outclassed) verdicts. Ashish Jerath lasted his contest in 81 kg class. Ramesh defeated Abhey Kapoor of Chandigarh and Balkar easily eliminated the challenge of Pardeep Kumar, also of Chandigarh. The most exciting and closely contested bout was that between Rajinder of Delhi and Rakesh of Punjab in the 64 kg semifinal.

In the women’s section , eight Haryana boxers and seven from Punjab advanced to the finals in their respective categories. Delhi and Uttaranchal have one boxer each in the final rounds.

Results:Men (semi-finals): 48 kg: Amandeep (Punjab) b Bharat Singh (Delhi) on pts, Ramesh Singh (Chd) b Hamanshu (HP) retd 3rd round.

51 kg: Kidar Singh (Uttaranchal) b Sunil (Punjab) on pts, Deep Chand (Delhi) b Tarun Kumar (Chd) on pts. 54 kg: Mukesh Kumar (Haryana) b Amit Singh (Utr) on pts, Kamal Dutta (Punjab) b Narinder (HP) on pts.

57 kg: Rakesh Singh (J-K) b Sarvav Verma (Punjab) on pts, Jai Parkash (Delhi) b Sanjay Singh (Uttaranchal) on pts.60 kg: Sandeep Thakaran (Haryana) b Navpreet (Punjab) on pts, Pawan Mann (Delhi) b Subodh Saini (Uttaranchal) on pts.64 kg: Rakesh (Punjab) b Rajinder (Delhi) on pts, Anil Bhugana (Uttaranchal) b Sunil Kumar (HP).69 kg: Joginder Singh (J-K) w/o, Milan Guing (Uttaranchal) b Didar Singh (Punjab) on pts. 75 kg: Goutam (Punjab) b Ravi Chand (Chd), Sandeep Kumar (Delhi) b Deepak (Uttarnachal) on pts. 81 kg: Saurav (Punjab) b Ashish Jerath (Chandigarh) RSC 1st round, Pardeep Dahia (Haryana) w/o Suresh Grewal. 91 kg: Ajay Kumar (Delhi) b Narinder (Punjab) on pts, Ramesh (Haryana) b Abhay Kapoor (Chd) RSC (outclassed) 1st round.+91 kg: Balkar Singh (Punjab) b Pardeep Kumar (Chd) RSC (O) 1st round, Jatinder (Haryana) b Ravinder Bhushan (J-K) on pts.

Women (semi-finals): 52 kg: Kulwinder Kaur (Punjab) b Rama Mehra (Chd) on pts.54 kg: Monika (Haryana) b Rajani Pawar (Delhi) retd second round, Ruby (Punjab) b Guinaj (Chd) on pts.57 kg: Pavitra (Haryana) b Neeraj Gill (Delhi) Retd Ist round, Palwinder Kaur (Punjab) b Mandeep Kaur (Chd) .60 kg: Naveeta Grewal (Punjab) bt Renu (Delhi) on pts, Purnima (Haryana) bt Deepa Rawat (Uttaranchal) on pts.63 kg: Rachna Yadav (Haryana) b Kiranjit Kaur (Chd) RSC third round.

Cricket camp

A joint cricket camp for all age groups of the Mohali Cricket Association who played in the inter-district cricket tournaments during this year will begin from June 14 at Mohali. This was stated by Mr G.S. Walia, the secretary of the association. This camp will be held under the chairmanship of Mr D.P. Azad.


Long-term sponsor needed for badminton, says Arif
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, June 12
North Indian shuttlers are tough when compared to many other Indians but they need to be more disciplined and physically conditioned so as to increase their endurance and stamina. This was the view of former chief national badminton coach S.M. Arif who was here to train the Haryana players in a two-week camp organised by the District Badminton Association, Panchkula, in the Sector 3 badminton hall.

Arif, who had coached former All-England Badminton champion Pullela Gopichand, had retired from the Sports Authority of India in January this year.

Arif was of the view that country had immense talent in this sport and what was lacking was the scarcity of shuttlecocks and less number of camps for shuttlers. He said the Badminton Association of India had, however, started organising more tournaments but they should organise at least three camps in a year. One could involve the physical conditioning of players and rest the game development.

Arif said unlike tennis, golf and cricket, badminton did not match in terms of prize money. But at present a long-term sponsor was needed for this sport to provide at least shuttlecocks.

Arif has produced a record number of badminton players at the Lal Bahadur stadium coaching centre.

On the Panchkula camp experience, Arif was all praise for the efforts put in by the organisers. He said during the past one year, they had been pressing him hard to give tips to their budding players. He said he could spare 12 days only for the camp. As many as 65 junior players in both boys and girls from Haryana attended the camp.

Arif said a schedule had been given to every player after assessing his capability. After six months he might come again to watch the progress of the trainees.

Arif has asked the badminton association to send the video analysis of the players so that their weaknesses could be pointed out. The promising players who attended the camp included Piyush Aggarwal, Sumit, Sachin Garg, Saurav, Gaurav, Anita, Gauri, Prerak Sharma, Akshit Mahajan and Kritesh.

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