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BFI chief for developing basketball at grass roots
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 9
“Basketball is emerging as one of the key disciplines in Punjab as the state team won two gold and two silver medals in last four National Games along with 13 medals in last 14 years in national championships”, said Mr R.S. Gill, Additional Director General of Punjab Police and president, Basketball Federation of India, in an interaction with The Tribune.

Elaborating further, he asserted that at present Yadwinder Singh, Jagdeep Singh and Talwinder Singh of the state were representing India in the senior team along with seven boys and one girl in various age groups. Punjab have overtaken all other states in the last 13 national championships bagging 65 medals in comparison to 31 and 30 medals managed by states at number two and three positions, respectively.

To get better results in Olympics and other reputed international events, Mr Gill stressed on the need to develop the game at the grass-root level. “For the purpose we have been organizing the inter-district and inter-state championships at regular intervals along with the camps for preparation.”

Mr Gill, who is also president of Punjab Basketball Association, claimed to have prepared 200 more courts in rural areas during his term of 14 years as office-bearer of the association. Besides, floodlights have been installed at the 25 per cent of the total centers of the state to provide more time to practice to sportspersons.

“To motivate players, who brought laurels to the state and country, we organize special functions to honour them with mementoes and cash awards,” Mr Gill added.

Revealing his objectives for improvement of the game, Mr Gill said: “To have indoor basketball stadiums with world-class facilities in every district headquarters along with at least four training centres in each district and government jobs for players who make a mark, are our top priorities and we hope to achieve these very soon”.



Amanpreet does Punjab proud
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, May 9
Amanpreet Singh has done Punjab and India proud when he romped home with two gold medals in the 10 metre air pistol event in the International World Cup competitions in the Junior section which conducted at Suhl, Germany, last evening. Amanpreet won the individual gold medal by scoring 581/600. In the team championship, Amanpreet was helped by his two other colleagues — Ronak Pandit who shot 572/600 and Amit Kumar who shot 564/600. The total team championship score was 1717/1800.

According to Raja K.S. Sidhu, secretary-general of the Punjab Shooting Association, this was Amanpreet’s first exposure to any international competition. Sidhu said the score 581/600 which Amanpreet shot to win the gold was a superb achievement. It was his father, Mr Sewak Singh, a Hawaldar with Punjab Police who is also a shooter posted at Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, who wanted his his son to go great guns in this sport.

In this meet, the Indian team could garner two more bronze medals each in air rifle (junior men) and junior women, respectively.

Amanpreet has also been selected by the National Rifle Association of India for the Olympic Hopes Shooting meet to be held at Plzen (Czech Republic) from May 30 to June 5. Amanpreet will also attend a national camp at Delhi prior to the above meet.


The Chandigarh Gymnastics Association will hold selection trials to select the UT team for the third Senior National Trampoline and Acrobatics championship to be held at Thane (Maharashtra) on May 29 and 30.

The trials will be held on May 11 at the ITBP gymnasium hall, Behlana. According to Mr Inderjit Singh, joint secretary of the CGA, the participants should report Mr Samir Deb, gymnastics In charge and those born on or after December 31,1992 are eligible.



Unbeaten 127 by Sumit Dhiman
Tribune News Service

Sumit Dhiman of Chandigarh District, who scored 127 not out in the ongoing under-17 ML Markan Inter-District Tournament at PCA Stadium in Mohali.
Sumit Dhiman of Chandigarh District, who scored 127 not out in the ongoing under-17 ML Markan Inter-District Tournament at PCA Stadium in Mohali. — A Tribune photograph

Mohali, May 9
An unbeaten knock of 127 off 135 balls by Sumit Dhiman enabled Chandigarh District to score victory over Minor District in the Under-17 M L Markan Cricket Trophy at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here today.

Chandigarh started their innings on a bad note as their opener Himanshu was run out on the very first delivery. With the help of 127 by Sumit and 67 by Vishal Raj, Chandigarh managed to put on 325 for 7 in 60 overs.

Chasing the target Minor Districts were bundled out at 156 runs in 60 overs. Sandeep Bhatacharya of Chandigarh wrecked Minor’s innings with five wickets for just 43 runs.

Brief scores: Minor Districts (Ist innings) 85 all out in 57.4 overs.

Chandigarh (Ist innings) 325 for 7 in 60 overs (Vishal Raj 67, Sumit Dhiman 127 n o, Vaibhav 52 n o).

Minor Districts (IInd innings) 156 all out in 60 overs (Gurbej 57, Karan 41, Sandeep Bhatacharya 5 for 43).



Mohali CC lose
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 9
Superb bowling by Ajay Bhardwaj (6 for 22) assisted ICL Certifications Limited (Blue) to beat Mohali Cricket Club (MCC) by 7 wickets in the XI th Bathany Cup League Cricket tournament here today.

MCC made 139 for 9 in 25 overs. ICL XI achieved the target in 24 overs. In another match Kalsi XI routed Paragon Cricket Club, Mohali by 97 runs.

Brief scores: MCC 139 for 9 in 25 overs (Dinesh 34, Naman 26, Aman 24, Ajay Bhardwaj 6 for 22, Sanjay Ahuja 2 for 17).

ICL XI 143 for 3 in 24 overs (Vaneet Chawla 58 n o, Gaurav Gambhir 54 n o, Aman 2 for 29).

KCC 162 for 7 in 25 overs (Nikhil Diwedi 56, Saurav 41, Parminder 2 for 24, Harminder 2 for 29). PCC 64 all out (Harpreet 19, Baljit Kalsi 3 for 17, Varun 3 for 11).


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