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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

Batting let team down, says Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly
Kolkata, August 3
Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly today admitted that batting had let his team down in the final of the Asia Cup in Colombo, but asked all to keep faith in the side which had put up a spectacular display in the past few years.

India move up

Flintoff most gifted allrounder today: Richards
Andrew FlintoffLondon, August 3
Though Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff is yet to match Ian “Beefy” Botham’s flair to turn a Test match on its head, West Indies cricket legend Viv Richards anointed the former as the most gifted allrounder in contemporary cricket.

Lee to play warm-up matches in India
Sydney, August 3
Australian speedster Brett Lee's rehabilitation process after a five-month injury lay-off begins with two warm-up matches in India next week.

Tamada puts Japan in final
Jinan, China, August 3
Keiji Tamada snatched a superb extra-time winner as
10-man Japan twice came from behind to beat Bahrain 4-3 and reach the Asian Cup final on Tuesday.

A young Chinese supporter cheers during China's semifinal match against Iran at the Asian Cup in Beijing
A young Chinese supporter cheers during China's semifinal match against Iran at the Asian Cup in Beijing on Tuesday. China beat Iran 4-3 in a penalty shootout to set up a title clash with Japan.
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Croatia's Karolina Sprem serves to Canada's Maureen Drake during their first round match at the Rogers Cup in Montreal
Croatia's Karolina Sprem serves to Canada's Maureen Drake during their first round match at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Monday. Sprem defeated Drake 6-2, 6-1. —Reuters

 

EARLIER STORIES
 

Ireland defeat India, level series
New Delhi, August 3
Barely 12 days before their Olympic opener against defending champions Holland, India suffered a stunning 2-3 defeat against minnows Ireland in the second match of the three-Test series at Cologne, Germany last night.

Malleswari determined to better Sydney performance
Karnam Malleswari
New Delhi, August 3
Karnam Malleswari is determined to better her bronze-medal finish at Sydney in 2000 by achieving something greater at Athens. Malleswari will be competing in the 63kg category in the Olympic weightlifting competition. She had competed in the 69kg category at Sydney, and settled for the bronze after losing out in the gold hunt, narrowly.

Graphic: India's balance sheet

Shuttlers keen to make a mark
New Delhi, August 3
They may not be hot medal prospects in the Athens Olympics, but Indian shuttlers are hoping against hope to make a mark in the competition with a spirited performance.

Athletes resort to drugs in hunt for glory
London, August 3
As long as athletes have sought to run faster, jump higher or throw further than their opponents the more unscrupulous have resorted to dubious means. Greek athletes at the ancient Olympics ate sheeps’ testicles to raise their testosterone level. Others combined wine with strychnine, a poison used as a stimulant in small amounts.

Satinder Sharma for Olympics
Chandigarh, August 3
Satinder Sharma, an international grade-I hockey umpire, who is an officer with the State Bank of India and member of the local Rock Rovers Hockey Club, will be leaving for Athens via Rome on August 5 to join the elite group selected by International Hockey Federation for supervising hockey matches in the forthcoming Olympic Games commencing on August 13.

Paul ScholesScholes quits international football
London, August 3
Manchester United's England midfielder Paul Scholes has quit international football, the premier league club said on Tuesday. Scholes, 29, who has spent his entire career at United, has 66 England caps, scoring 14 goals. "This is a decision I have not taken lightly, I have been considering retiring from international football for a while now," Scholes told United's official website in a shock announcement.

Punjab’s Amandeep outboxes Nilesh
Hisar, August 3
Pigeons were set free and balloons released to mark the opening of the 51st Senior National (Men) Boxing Championship at Mahabir Stadium here today. As many as 325 boxers of 38 teams are participating in the event.

Punjab shooting from Aug 6
Chandigarh, August 3
The Punjab State Rifle Shooting Association will conduct the 40th Punjab State Shooting Championship from August 6 to 8 at the Shooting Range Complex, Phase -VI, SAS Nagar, Raja K.S. Sidhu, Hony secretary general, Punjab Police Shooting Association said today.

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Batting let team down, says Ganguly

Kolkata, August 3
Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly today admitted that batting had let his team down in the final of the Asia Cup in Colombo, but asked all to keep faith in the side which had put up a spectacular display in the past few years.

Ganguly, who returned here from Colombo via Chennai this afternoon, told reporters at the NSC Bose International Airport that despite the best efforts of bowlers, lacklustre showing by batsmen led to the 25-run loss against Sri Lanka in the Sunday final.

Asked if he would impress upon the Indian cricket board to have one squad which could play both the triangular series in Holland and the Champions Trophy in England, Ganguly said, “I have to talk to the BCCI. I have just returned. I don’t know what the BCCI’s policy is or whether it is possible to do so.

“I also have to see what time frame the ICC has set for team selection for the Champions Trophy.”

About the recurring injury problem of players, Ganguly said “It is because players play and that is why they get injured.”

Asked if there would be any conditioning camp before the triangular series in Holland, the Indian skipper said “it all depends on time availability.”

To a question if not using two spinners in the Asia Cup final affected India’s prospects, he said, “I used three spinners as besides Harbhajan, Sehwag and Sachin also played like specialist spinners.”

He, however, reiterated that there was no point in losing faith in his side as his boys had won matches all around the world putting up a spectacular performance in recent years.

“We need to have faith in the players and they need to retain their focus. I am sure we will be soon back to our winning ways,” Ganguly said. — PTI 

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India move up

LONDON: A runners-up in the just-concluded Asia Cup tournament has lifted India to the number five position above Pakistan in the International Cricket Council championship table. India, starting the tournament at sixth place, got one point from the tournament to finish with 106 points, as per the latest ratings released by the ICC on Monday.

World champions Australia continued to top the list with 137 points, followed by New Zealand (117), Sri Lanka (116) and South Africa. Victory in the Asia Cup elevated Sri Lanka to the third place in the ratings with South Africa sliding down the table following disappointing results in last year’s World Cup and a heavy series defeat in New Zealand. — PTI

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Flintoff most gifted allrounder today: Richards

London, August 3
Though Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff is yet to match Ian “Beefy” Botham’s flair to turn a Test match on its head, West Indies cricket legend Viv Richards anointed the former as the most gifted allrounder in contemporary cricket.

The Mirror quotes Richards, named one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the 20th Century, as saying that consistency holds the key to Flintoff’s claim of greatness.

The raw ingredients are there, and he is an individual who can lift people’s spirits in the manner he plays, but Flintoff is still a long way from the achievements of a Beefy.

“...I do believe Flintoff is now possibly the most gifted allrounder in the modern-day game. When I look at him, I see an abundance of talent and a guy who can certainly achieve lots more.

“He brings power, timing and instinct to the party, and when an individual possesses those attributes, it gives a captain many gifts to work with,” he said.

“We are beginning to see what Flintoff can do with the bat, and in the Caribbean he was a big enough force with the ball to give batsmen of Brian Lara’s calibre a going-over,” Richards added.

Meanwhile, showering praises on his former Somerset colleague Botham, with whom he played for a decade, Richards said, “When you analyse Beefy’s career, you are looking at a unique force. He was special because he could lead 10 other guys back from the dead and take on a team by himself. And he didn’t just do it once - he was consistently the difference between winning and losing, and he won a Test series against Australia almost on his own.

“Players of Beefy’s charisma come along maybe once in a lifetime, and at this stage I would say England will not get another one,” he stated.

“He could change the course of a game in one session with the bat and, even if you take away all his Test runs, he was still a world-class swing bowler in his own right. But of course, you would expect me to say that after playing with Beefy for 10 years in county cricket and against him for even longer at Test level,” added Richards. — UNI 

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Lee to play warm-up matches in India

Australian speedster Brett Lee runs during a training session in Sydney
Australian speedster Brett Lee runs during a training session in Sydney on Tuesday. — AP/PTI photo

Sydney, August 3
Australian speedster Brett Lee's rehabilitation process after a five-month injury lay-off begins with two warm-up matches in India next week.
Lee was named in the Australian team for the tri-series in Holland and also the ICC Champions Trophy after he missed much of the action owing to a second operation on his left ankle.

Sydney Morning Herald quotes Damien Fleming, head bowling coach at the Centre of Excellence, as saying that Lee ran a risk of a recurrence of the injury by travelling to India with the academy's young side for two matches next week.

Lee will also seek the help of former India spearhead Javagal Srinath during his stay in India.

Talking about Lee's fitness, Flemming said, ''I saw him at the weekend, and the most pleasing thing is (his deliveries) are definitely coming through with pace and bounce and a little bit of an away swing and his ankle is not giving him any pain.''

Meanwhile, Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said Lee had made a full recovery.
— UNI

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Tamada puts Japan in final

Japan's Keiji Tamada celebrates after scoring his team' fourth and deciding goal against Bahrain
Japan's Keiji Tamada celebrates after scoring his team's fourth and deciding goal against Bahrain during extra time in Jinan on Tuesday.

Japan's Keiji Tamada fights for the ball with Bahrain's Faisal Abdulaziz
Japan's Keiji Tamada (right) fights for the ball with Bahrain's Faisal Abdulaziz.
— Reuters photos

Jinan, China, August 3
Keiji Tamada snatched a superb extra-time winner as 10-man Japan twice came from behind to beat Bahrain 4-3 and reach the Asian Cup final on Tuesday.
Tamada capped a two-goal performance with a fine solo effort three minutes into the first extra period, beating three defenders before slipping the ball past Bahrain goalkeeper Ali Saeed.

Hosts China or Iran, playing in Beijing later on Tuesday, await Japan in Saturday’s final.

Holders Japan, who had midfielder Yasuhio Endo harshly sent off in the 40th minute, had been heading for a shock defeat until a dramatic late equaliser from defender Yuji Nakazawa.

Substitute Duaij Naser thought he had scored the winner for Bahrain in the 85th minute, only for Nakazawa to rescue Japan with a diving header in the last minute of normal time.

Bahrain stunned Japan after just six minutes, A’ala Hubail latching on to a pass from Talal Yusuf to beat Japan goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi with a low shot on the turn.

But Japan hit back three minutes into the second half, substitute Koji Nakata climbing to head in a Shunsuke Nakamura corner.

Tamada then put Japan in front in the 55th minute with a fierce left-foot shot.

However, Hubail equalised for Bahrain in the 71st minute, sliding the ball past Kawaguchi after a defensive error from Nakata had presented the ball to Sayed Mahmood Jalal, sent off himself during extra time for striking Nakamura in the face.

Japan reached the semi-finals after beating Jordan in a controversial penalty shootout at the weekend.

Fortune favoured Japan again in Jinan as Hubail amazingly missed an open goal late in extra time that could have forced penalties. — Reuters

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Ireland defeat India, level series

New Delhi, August 3
Barely 12 days before their Olympic opener against defending champions Holland, India suffered a stunning 2-3 defeat against minnows Ireland in the second match of the three-Test series at Cologne, Germany last night.

With this win, Ireland levelled the series 1-1, having lost the first match 0-2. Gagan Ajit Singh scored both the goals in the opener.

For the Indians who are here for the last three weeks preparing for the Olympics, it was a shocking defeat. The three-match series was arranged at the last minute by the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF).

The Indians who had beaten Ireland 2-0 in the first match, gave an uneven display and allowed their lowly rivals to dominate the proceeding, according to information received here.

Though India took a lead in the match, Ireland levelled the score through Gordon Elliot before going in to the breather.

India had their second lead after that but Ireland again equalised through Justin Sheriff and then Mark Irwin wounded the board to take the game away from their fancied opponents. — UNI

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Malleswari determined to better Sydney performance
M. S. Unnikrishnan

New Delhi, August 3
Karnam Malleswari is determined to better her bronze-medal finish at Sydney in 2000 by achieving something greater at Athens. Malleswari will be competing in the 63kg category in the Olympic weightlifting competition. She had competed in the 69kg category at Sydney, and settled for the bronze after losing out in the gold hunt, narrowly.

Malleswari feels that by competing in 63kg at Athens, she has a better chance of lifting a medal. In Sydney, too, she had intended to participate in 63kg, but had gained in weight, and was fielded in the 69kg category.

She felt that she could have done better in Sydney, had she competed in 63kg. “But I could not shed weight to the desired level in a short period”, Malleswari explained.

The first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal is confident that if she lifts 137kg in clean and jerk and around 110 kg in snatch, she will have a bright chance of vying for a medal.

“But it all depends on the given day’s form and performance”, she avers. Malleswari will compete on August 18, and is confident of giving it her best shot. She trained hard for 51 days at Belarus under the watchful eyes of her personal coach, Taranenko, and is ready for the big contest.

She has a late starter for the Olympic preparations. After Sydney, Malleswari had taken time off to have a baby, and devote time to her family. Later, she was dogged by a knee injury, and fared poorly in the World Championship in Paris last year, finishing 12th.

Malleswari will have company of Pratima Kumari in the 63kg category.

Former world champion Kunjarani Devi is considered as a potential medallist in the 48kg category while Sanamacha Chanu (53kg), who finished fourth at Sydney, is all keyed up to give an improved show at Athens.

Malleswari and Pratima will have to tackle a tough challenge from lifters of Ukraine, Belarus and Bulgaria, while Kunjarani will have to ward off the challenge of lifters from China, Thailand, Belgium and Myanmar.

In the 63kg category, China are not fielding any lifters, which is a blessing in disguise for Malleswari and Pratima. China are expected to field lifters in the 48kg, 58kg, 69kg and plus 75kg weight categories.

Wrestling Federation of India officials feel that Kunjarani is well-positioned to bag a medal, as she has been peaking in the right manner to hit the jackpot in Athens. “Lesser the weight, better the chance of our winning a medal”, observed an official.

The women weightlifters, presently training at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here, will leave for Athens on August 6.

Meanwhile, the official sponsors of the Indian contingent, Sahara India Parivar, accorded a warm reception to the Indian contingent at a glittering function in the Capital.

A majority of the contingent attended the function, and were presented with mementoes by Sahara Airlines chief U.K. Bose on behalf of Sahara chairman Subrata Roy.

Indian Olympic Association President Suresh Kalmadi and Secretary-General Randhir Singh said the Indian contingent would be provided free board and lodging and air tickets by the hosts, thanks to the help extended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Kalmadi said the important thing was to participate and gain experience as winning and losing should not be viewed as the be-all and end-all of everything.

Randhir Singh said the IOC had already sanctioned over Rs 1.5 crore, including Rs 70 lakh for the hockey team, for the Indian players’ Olympic preparations. Randhir, a member of the IOC, has played a key role in getting financial help from the IOC.

A former Asian shooting champion and a five-time Olympian, Randhir feels that India have a bright chance of winning more than one medal in shooting.

He said Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had been shooting very well in double trap, and his recent success in Italy portended to a bright show in Athens.

Randhir Singh said if any of the eight shooters did well in the beginning, it would have a catalytic effect on others, who too would raise their level of performance to enter the medal bracket, adding that “there is no stage fright for Indian shooters anymore”.

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Shuttlers keen to make a mark

New Delhi, August 3
They may not be hot medal prospects in the Athens Olympics, but Indian shuttlers are hoping against hope to make a mark in the competition with a spirited performance.

If for first-timer Nikhil Kanetkar, representing the country in the Olympics is in itself a “dream come true”, Sydney Olympics veteran Aparna Popat wants to grab this opportunity with both hands. “I never thought I will qualify for the Olympics,” Kanetkar told reporters here last night.

“I came close to qualifying last time as well but was terribly disappointed after failing to make the grade. But this time it’s so far so good for me as I would be playing against the best of the best in the games,” said the 25-year-old player, who became the third Indian shuttler to secure a berth after Aparna and Abhinn Shyam Gupta.

While Aparna gained direct entry, both Gupta and Kanetkar qualified after some of those in the draw pulled out at the last moment. Kanetkar’s entry was confirmed just a fortnight ago on July 18.

Did the last-moment entry affect his preparations in any way?

“Certainly not, since we play almost throughout the year. Moreover, I did some special training in the past few months hoping that lady luck may smile on me this time,” he said.

Aparna, who has some Olympic experience, having featured in the Sydney Games, is all focused about the job on hand. “I did not expect a place in Sydney but this time around was sure. So I am much more prepared than last time. I think I have a chance.” — PTI

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Athletes resort to drugs in hunt for glory
John Mehaffey

London, August 3
As long as athletes have sought to run faster, jump higher or throw further than their opponents the more unscrupulous have resorted to dubious means.
Greek athletes at the ancient Olympics ate sheeps’ testicles to raise their testosterone level. Others combined wine with strychnine, a poison used as a stimulant in small amounts.

Doping as a term appeared in an English dictionary in 1889 and as a scientific aid to performance in 1935 when German scientists isolated the male sex hormome testosterone, the key ingredient in increasing muscle strength.

Testosterone was injected into Nazi troops to increase their aggression and fed to German athletes at the 1936 Berlin Olympics where stimulants in the form of amphetamines were also in use.

State-sponsored doping began in earnest after World War II when the eastern bloc communist nations gave sport a prominent place on the ideological battlefield.

With the stakes raised a search began for a synthetic drug which would reproduce the effects of testosterone. This ended in 1955 when John Ziegler, physician for the US weightlifting team, developed the first anabolic steroid.

Steroids served a legitimate medical function. Patients with wasting diseases were revitalised by drugs which stimulated the synthesis of protein, the key ingredient of muscle, bone and skin.

But their attractions to those seeking a quick fix were obvious.

Athletes, whether subjected to a state-controlled regime as in the Soviet Union or East Germany, or acting independently in the west, found they could train longer and recover quicker when using steroids.

Those gripped by the Californian cult of the body beautiful were able to resculpture themselves, often with extreme and grotesque results.

Amphetamines, which stimulate the nervous system and ward off fatigue, became immensely popular for all sorts of pursuits, including sport, study and long distance lorry driving.

At the 1960 Olympics, Danish rider Knut Jensen collapsed and died as a result of a combination of nicotinic acid and amphetamines.

In 1967 Britain’s Tommy Simpson died during a brutal climb in the Tour de France. A vial containing an amphetamine was found on his body.

During the 1960s steroids permeated the Olympics, with significant effects in the throwing events. They were also widely used in American football, a sport of controlled aggression.

Responding to a danger threatening to distort their sport, the world governing athletics body banned steroids in 1975, two years after a test had been developed by Briton Raymond Brooks.

Crucially, though, tests were conducted only during competitions. Any athlete with any sense, or with access to intelligent advisers, realised that the benefits of the strength gained by steroids came during pre-competition training and simply stopped taking drugs well before championships.

Drug-taking proliferated during the 1980s in both men’s and women’s athletics events. Women benefited even more than men from steroids because testosterone radically changed their bodies, sometimes with alarming effects.

It was not until Canadian Ben Johnson tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol after winning the 1988 Seoul Olympic 100 metres final that the magnitude of the problem became apparent to the world at large.

In 1989, the International Association of Athletics Federations introduced random testing. World records in 12 women’s Olympic events remain unchanged since that date.

Since Johnson there have been major drug cases in swimming when seven Chinese swimmers tested positive for steroids at the 1994 Asian Games and four years later in the Tour de France when the Festina team were expelled after customs officers discovered a car full of drugs. — Reuters

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Satinder Sharma for Olympics
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
Satinder Sharma, an international grade-I hockey umpire, who is an officer with the State Bank of India and member of the local Rock Rovers Hockey Club, will be leaving for Athens via Rome on August 5 to join the elite group selected by International Hockey Federation for supervising hockey matches in the forthcoming Olympic Games commencing on August 13.

Prior to the Olympics he will attend a four-day international hockey umpires camp at Rome. Earlier Satinder Sharma distinguished himself by officiating as a hockey umpire in the senior and junior World Cup, Champions Trophy, Olympic Qualifiers and Four-Nation International Tournament at Amsterdam, Holland. He is among the 12 top hockey umpires and the only one from the subcontinent to have achieved the distinction of being included in the elite group.

While congratulating Satinder for the achievement, Mr YP Vohra, secretary, Chandigarh Hockey Association, said he had done the club and association proud by joining the elite group.

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Scholes quits international football 

London, August 3
Manchester United's England midfielder Paul Scholes has quit international football, the premier league club said on Tuesday.
Scholes, 29, who has spent his entire career at United, has 66 England caps, scoring 14 goals. "This is a decision I have not taken lightly, I have been considering retiring from international football for a while now," Scholes told United's official website in a shock announcement.

"I started my England career in 1997 and have enjoyed seven years of great football, playing in the best competitions, with some of the best players, under the best managers."

England coach Sven Goran Eriksson has always hailed Scholes as one of England's world class players alongside David Beckham and Michael Owen. He made his England debut under Glenn Hoddle in a 2-1 friendly win over South Africa at his home ground of Old Trafford in May 1997 and went on to be a key player in the 1998 World Cup.

He also scored in Euro 2000 before going over three years without an international goal, finally breaking the jinx in England's 4-2 Euro 2004 group stage win over Croatia.

England were beaten on penalties by Portugal after a 2-2 extra time draw in the quarter finals, proving to be Scholes' last match.

"Euro 2004 was fantastic but afterwards I felt the time was right for myself and my family to make it my last England appearance," he said.

"I would like to thank everyone at England for the wonderful years I had playing for the team and all the experience I gained. I wish them all the best and good luck for the future."

Scholes has been a prolific scorer from midfield for United since making his league debut in 1994.

He grew up in the same United youth side as fellow England internationals Gary Neville, Phil Neville, David Beckham and Nicky Butt. The Neville brothers signed new five-year contracts last month but Beckham was sold to Real Madrid last year and Butt signed for premier league rivals Newcastle United last week. —Reuters

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Punjab’s Amandeep outboxes Nilesh
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 3
Pigeons were set free and balloons released to mark the opening of the 51st Senior National (Men) Boxing Championship at Mahabir Stadium here today. As many as 325 boxers of 38 teams are participating in the event.

In the first bout, Dipak Roy of Bengal defeated Basanta Singh of Manipur, while in the second bout, Amandeep Singh of Punjab beat Nilesh of Maharashtra.

Boxers of 11 weight categories will vie for the 44 medals during the boxing meet which will continue till August 8. Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala was to open the event, but he could not make it. In his absence, Indian Amateur Boxing Federation president Abhey Chautala inaugurated the function.

Firecrackers were burst and a cultural programme was presented by students. Mr D.S. Dhesi, Commissioner, Youth Welfare and Sports Department, Haryana, welcomed the players from various states.

The teams taking part in the championship and Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, BSF, CISF, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Assam Rifles, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Pondicherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

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Punjab shooting from Aug 6
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 3
The Punjab State Rifle Shooting Association will conduct the 40th Punjab State Shooting Championship from August 6 to 8 at the Shooting Range Complex, Phase -VI, SAS Nagar, Raja K.S. Sidhu, Hony secretary general, Punjab Police Shooting Association said today.

Competitions will be held in rifle and pistol events in national rules (NR) and International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) categories. This competition will be conducted for men and women in senior, junior and sub-junior groups.

Entries will be accepted up to August 6 (12 noon).

The shooters to represent Punjab state in the XIVth All-India G.V. Mavlankar Shooting Championship to be held at Coimbatore from September 5 to 16 will be selected from amongst those who attain the minimum qualifying score (MQS) in the state championship.

Entries for GV Mavlankar meet will be accepted at the range on August 8 alongwith fees/photographs/ DoB certificates.

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 BRIEFLY

Coach convicted of sex charges
MELBOURNE:
From rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in sport, Gavin Hopper must now contemplate a jail sentence after the tennis coach and confidante was found guilty of nine sexual charges by an Australian court.
A former mentor to Grand Slam champions Monica Seles and Iva Majoli and leading men Mark Philippoussis and Tommy Haas, Hopper was late on Monday found guilty of charges relating to a teenage girl who attended a school where he taught. The jury at the Victorian County Court found the 48-year-old guilty of three counts of indecent assault and six of gross-indecency.— Reuters

Dist shooting
Patiala:
Amritpal Singh won the .22 standard rifle prone event in the mens section in the 12th Patiala District Shooting Championship which concluded at the SAS shooting range on Tuesday. Meetpal Singh stood second while Sukhwinder Singh was third.
Other results: .177 peep sight air rifle (men): Jogeshwar Singh Ghuman, 1, Jashanbir Singh Kaleka, 2. .177 air pistol (women) : Sumanpreet Kaur, 1, Paramjit Kaur, 2, Amanpreet Kaur, 3. .177 air rifle (junior men): Karanbir Singh Mokha, 1, Dushyant Gahlawat, 2. .177 air rifle (sub-junior men): Gurnadvir Singh Kaleka, 1, Pilkit Sabharwale, 2. — OSR

Henin for Athens
BRUSSELS:
Women’s world number one Justine Henin-Hardenne will compete in the tennis event at this month’s Olympic Games, she said on Tuesday.
Henin-Hardenne has not played since the French Open in May, having been sidelined by a viral infection. The 22-year-old said on her website that she had made ‘’considerable progress’’ in the past two weeks and had resumed full training. Henin-Hardenne lost in the second round of the French Open and did not play at Wimbledon. —Reuters

Kulu, Chamba win
MANDI:
In the inaugural matches Kulu defeated Sirmaur by 2-0 and Chamba defeated Hamirpur by 2-0 in the five-day HP State Inter District and Open Badminton Championships that started here on Tuesday.
Representing nine districts of the state, over 120 district school teams are taking part in the U-19 (boys and girls) championships. — TNS

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