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Cycling a perfect remedy for numerous diseases
Neelam Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
It’s one mode of transport that has virtually no drawback in a city like ours! Bicycles are the perfect answer to reverse the trend of increasing heart attacks and hypertension, only if the residents decide to see their cycles as the physical therapy rather than a mere rustic mode of travel which hasn’t been able to keep pace with the fast changing times.

Some facts

  Cycling just four miles a day for five days a week can reduce the risk of heart attack by 50 per cent.

  Merely 10 minutes of cycling is equal to 30 minutes of brisk walk.

  Regular cyclists have same fitness levels as those 10 years younger to them.

  Cycling also fights diabetes, some cancers, strokes, obesity and respiratory diseases. 

While the health experts mince no words in doling out scary figures that every third death occurring in the city is due to heart attack and every second person above the age of 30 years is suffering from high blood pressure, what they forward as a solution is simple yet strenuous exercise of regular bicycling.

“Our city with a population of around 13 lakh already has six lakh vehicles on its roads. The increasing vehicular traffic is making city residents physically inactive, which, in turn, is the single most cause of cardiovascular diseases. No wonder the lifestyle diseases are going to be the biggest burden on the city in the coming years,’’ says Dr Rajesh Kumar of the PGI.

To promote cycling as a physical activity with its numerous health benefits (primarily for a healthy heart), PGI’s community medicine department in collaboration with the UT administration has included it as a major health activity in its ongoing Chandigarh Cardiovascular Disease Prevention project.

Colourful pamphlets are being prepared to `market’ cycling in the city, school children are given a series of lectures to make cycling popular once again and cycling expeditions are being organised regularly as fun activity.

Phrases like ``cycling gives you strong, flexible, gorgeous legs or ``starting the day with a ride to school or work makes you alert, confident and able to deal with stress,’’ were included in the attractive handouts given to the visitors of the ‘Healthy heart exhibition’ which concluded at PGI yesterday. All this painstaking work was undertaken, so that the residents start valuing bicycle, for its cost effectiveness or for its “other’’ qualities.

“In our times, students used to cycle their way to colleges and university. But now take a round at the parking places of city colleges and cycles are a rarity,’’ stated a doctor, pointing to the unused rows of cycle parking at places like Panjab University.

Meanwhile, PGI, in association with the Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association, PGI is also organising various cycling activities under its “Be Bicycling’’ project. The activities are scheduled for the last week of all the months till January next.



400 examined at medical camp
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 10
As many as 400 patients were examined at a free medical camp for gynae and orthopaedic patients at Amar Hospital, Sector-70,here today. Gynaecology camp was organised by Dr Kamla Kaushal, Head of the Department of Gynaecology and Dr Rimpi Malhotra, Consultant Gynaecologist at the Amar Hospital. Free orthopaedic camp was organised by Dr Mohinder Kaushal and Dr Lalit Kaushal. Free bone mineral density test was also conducted for the patients suspected to be suffering from osteoporosis.



25 SAI coaches transferred
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, July 10
Sukhwinder Singh Bawa who had coached international cricket star Yuvraj Singh is among those 25 coaches of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) posted at Chandigarh who have been transferred to various other SAI centres in the region.

However, 10 new coaches have been given Chandigarh posting that too either at Sports Coaching Centre, Sector 18 (girls) and DAV School Coaching Centre, Sector 8 (boys). The above move has been resented by a large section of the coaches community of the SAI. But it might not affect the sports in the longer run barring few centres which would be devoid of any new coach. Bawa was earlier posted at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, coaching centre and had worked in the city for more than eight years. He is being relieved from Chandigarh with immediate effect so as to join Sports Coaching Centre, Hisar.

IP Nagi, football coach, who was shown to be posted at the monitoring cell, regional office, but he was actually posted at St Johns’ High School, Sector 26 since April 2002, is also among transferred. Interestingly, the said school was enjoying services of Mr Nagi without paying him any extra emoluments as he was drawing entire salary from the SAI. Few of the local schools had earlier protested to the SAI for putting a coach just for this school while ignoring other centres in the city. Nagi used to coach boys of St John’s School only which was not in tune with the policy of the SAI.

At Patiala, one of the former Ranji Trophy player whose son has also played for India was allegedly running a cricket academy in someone else’s name. He had also managed to stay his posting several times. Now is being transferred to Delhi.

Some of the above factors combined with lack of accountability, posting at one place for more than 10 years and the practice of claiming credit for any sports achievement by the SAI in conflict with state Sports Department coaches compelled the corporate office to devise a different strategy.

It may be recalled that the corporate office of the SAI, Delhi, had communicated through its regional office at Sonepat to relieve more than 700 coaches all over India with around 25 from Chandigarh with immediate effect. The coaches were posted at various schools, colleges, universities and on deputation with the Sports Department, Chandigarh Administration.

Few of the affected coaches said the order issued by regional office was also little harsh stating that official would be given his July salary at the new place of posting and all coaches stands transferred and relieved with immediate effect.

There are exceptions also like the gymnastic coach Rajinder Sharma who was posted at Chandigarh Sports Department at DAV College Coaching Centre, Sector 10, had proved his mettle by showing results. He had earlier served at Subathu (Himachal Pradesh).

Bhupinder and Dinesh Kumar both football coaches had also shown creditable achievements but now are transferred. But do city would have affect with the transfer of coaches. When talked to few local sports personalities, most of them were of the view that since the SAI posting was of all-India nature, so the concerned coaches should not have any hesitation. But in certain genuine cases like medical grounds and in case of females, there could be genuine reasons.

Though it might not affect the sports in the longer run barring few centres which would be devoid of any new coach. There has been strong resentment among the coaches fraternity that this is unjust, as it will further take sports in the city towards deterioration.



Vikas wins TT title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Vikas Sharma clinched the winners’ title in men’s category beating Munish Bhardwaj on the final day of the Bhawan Hawk’s 11th Bhavan Vidyalaya Chandigarh State (1st Ranking) Table Tennis tournament being held at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here, today.

Munish Bhardwaj took the lead at 11-9 but Vikas proved to be tough for him in the next two games and lost at 9-11, 11-13. Munish came back with full confidence and won the next game in a well decided manner at 11-5 but the next deciding games were in Vikas’s favour at 11-7, 11-8.

It was a one sided affair tie in the women’s singles finals, Nadia Saini simply thrashed Meghna at score of 11-7,11-6, 11-7, 11-7.

Today’s results:

Men’s singles final: Vikas Sharma (AG Punjab) bt Munish Bhardwaj (PU) 9-11, 11-9, 13-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8

Women’s singles final: Nadia Saini (NPS-18) bt Meghna (SH-26) 11-7, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7

Junior Girls’singles final: Nadia Saini (DAVPS-8) bt Sunandha Mahindra (DAVP-8) 11-5, 5-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-6.



ICLCL win cricket series
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
A five-wicket haul for 26 runs by medium pacer Surinder Singh Baijee helped ICL Certifications Limited, Panchkula, to register victory by six wickets on Chandigarh Sports Journalists XI in first fixture of the three-match series at the DAV College, Sector 10, here today.

Sports journalists batted first and posted 112 all out in 19.1 overs. All-rounder Kamleshwar made a breezy 27 with the help of one six and one four. The other contributors were Subhash Rajta (3), Umesh (10), Varinder (5), Gagan Sethi (4) and Sanjeev (9).

Chasing a target of 113 for victory in allotted 20 overs, the ICL Certifications Limited (ICLCL) achieved the target in 18.2 overs. At one stage ICLCL were three down for 44 before Rajesh (28 not out) and Manoj (23) were associated in 82-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Earlier, Sanjeev Chadha (17) and Ranjit Bajaj (5) put on 16 runs before Bajaj was bowled by Umesh.

Former Test all-rounder Yograj Singh distributed the prizes. Baijee was adjudged the best bowler and Rajesh the best bastman. Kamleshwar was declared the best all-rounder.

Brief scores: Chandigarh Sports Journalists XI: 112 in 19.1 overs (Umesh 10, Kamleshwar Singh 27, Sanjeev 9, Aseem Bassi 8, Rajesh not out 10, Surinder Singh Baijee 5 for 26, Labbi 2 for 10).

ICLCL XI: 113 for 4 in 18.2 overs (Sanjeev Chadha 17, Jai Kapil 16, Rajesh 28, Manoj 23, Umesh 1 for 22, Kamleshwar 1 for 20). 



Junior hockey meet in October
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The Mohali-based Sahibzada Ajit Singh Sports Club would organise junior hockey championship in October this year at the Sector 42, Hockey Stadium, here. This was announced by Mr Jasbir Singh, chairman of the club, at a press conference here.

“In the championship the players of under-16 group will take part. It would be an open championship in which top-level clubs, hockey teams of the region and some foreign teams will participate,” said Mr Jasbir Singh.

Earlier, the club had successfully organised the Sahibzada Inter-Academy Hockey Tournament at the stadium last year.

The club will also constitute the ‘Player of the Year’ award, which consists of a trophy and a cash prize. The purpose is to motivate the players and to promote the game, added Mr Jasbir.



Rajiv outplays Pala Ram
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 10
Rajiv Rattan ousted Pala Ram 6-1 while Kaushal prevailed over Pintu Kumar 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Punjab Health System Corporation Open Tennis Tournament in Phase VI here today.


Singles (first round): Sohan Negi bt Jitender Singh7-6 (5); R N Srivastava bt Varun Kumar 6-2; Rajiv Ratan bt Shallu 6-1; Pintu Kumar bt Ravinder Negi 6-1; Harjit Singh bt Navraj Singh 6-4; Mahesh Kumar bt R S Saggu 6-2.

Semi-finals: Rajiv Rattan bt Pala Ram 6-1; A K Kaushal bt Pintu Kumar 6-4.

Doubles Semi-finals: Jitender Singh / Sohan Negi bt Pala Ram / A K Kaushal 7-6 (0); Rajiv Ratan / Pintu Kumar bt Mahesh Kumar / Ravinder Negi 6-1.

Rajiv Rattan will face A K Kaushal in the men’s singles final tomorrow.



Nitin wins chess championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Nitin of DAV College, Sector 10, emerged as champion by scoring 6.5 out of 7 in the Chandigarh under-25 chess championship which concluded at St. Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here today.

Rohit Chodha bagged the second position scoring 6 points. Both players will represent Chandigarh for the forthcoming National Youth Chess Championship which is scheduled to be held at Aurangabad, Maharashtra, from July 16 to 22.


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