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Olympic fever yet to catch on
Swarleen Kaur

Chandigarh, August 13
Even as the Olympic Games opened with a grand ceremony in Athens today, the Olympic spirit is yet to grip the city residents. Unlike cricket which evokes high passion, the international sports event has still not created any waves in the city.

A quick survey of the market showed that goods with the Olympic logo were yet to catch the fancy of the public. City shopkeepers are keeping their fingers crossed. They are waiting for the Olympic fever to catch on.

Says H. Kathuria, owner of sports goods shop in Sector 17:” We have not received catalogues from the companies regarding goods bearing the Olympic logo. I am eagerly waiting for the launch of the goods. Unlike the cricket mania during which I recorded high sale of T-shirts bearing the Indian logo, Olympics have not whipped up any passion.” But he is quite hopeful. “As soon as I receive the company logo I will be the first one to make goods bearing Olympic logo”, he said.

Similarly the sale of television sets in the market is yet to pick up.

According to Mr Girish Sharma, sales manager of an electrical goods shop, in Sector 35,” The sale of television sets is yet to pick up. “The poor performance of Indians in previous Olympics is one of the factors responsible for the low excitement among city residents,” he said.

Mr Inderjeet Sethi, sales manager at on electrical appliances shop in Sector 8 said: “There is no major impact of the Olympics on the city. During the last India- Pak series our TV set sales increased by 50 percent but we are not expecting the same during the Olympic Games,” he said.

But Mr Satish Gupta, owner of a home appliances shop in Sector 22 has high expectations. “We are offering mega draw schemes to woo the customers. Many promotional schemes have been launched already. I expect the sale of TV sets and other electrical goods to go up”.

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St Soldier’s school triumph
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 13
St Soldier’s International Senior Secondary School, Sector 28, defeated Sacred Heart School, Sector 26 (B team) by one goal to nil in the Chandigarh Subjunior Girls Football championship that began here today at Shivalik Public school, Sector 41. The lone goal was scored by Tanya. In another tie, St Stephen’s School, A team, beat St Stephen’s junior team by 2-0. In the third match, Sacred Heart school, Sector 26 (A team) beat Government Model School, Sector 10 by 2-0.


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Aishwarya, Arshdeep win titles
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 13
Aishwarya Arora of DAV Public School, Sector 8, and Arshdeep of Patiala won their respective titles in the cadet section (below 12) on the opening day of the Prof RS Mehta Memorial Open Table Tennis Tournament which began here today at Sector 23 TT hall.

In the girls final, Aishwarya downed Barbie Nagpal also of the same school 8-11, 11-9, 13-11, 6-11, 11-9. In the boys final, Arshdeep proved too good for Gursewak also of Patiala with the score being 11-13, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8.

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Coach invited by President
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 13
Mr Om Prakash, AGM (Sports) with Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation Limited, Panchkula, and a renowened volleyball coach, has been invited by the President of India for the Independence Day function at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.

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