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Need for improving penalty corner conversion: Rajinder
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
“As all teams participating in the coming Mini World Cup at Amsteelven (Netherlands) will be equally good, we can’t afford to take any team lightly”, stated Rajinder Singh (Junior), chief coach of the Indian hockey team here today. He is in the city along with the probables attending the 20-day practice camp being held at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42.

The camp started today with the first practice session at 5.30 am. Striker Gagan Ajit Singh, Devesh Chauhan, Prabhjot Singh, Deepak Thakur and others had to practice in the absence of senior players, including Ignace Tirkey, Dilip Tirkey, Bimal Lakra, Bharat Chetri, Muthuselvan, Arjun Halappa and Raghunath, as they could not turn up till the evening.

However, they were expected to arrive late in the evening or tomorrow. Out of 26 probables, 19 have reported at the camp.

The second practice session started at 4.30 pm under the supervision of Rajinder Singh and goalkeeping coach Romeo James.

The coaches appeared confident about the performance of his players in the coming competition. “There is a need to improving penalty corner conversion, which plays the most important role in the game and the defens. There are some areas of concern which we are working upon. Hopefully, at the end of the camp we would get over our shortcomings,” said Rajinder Singh.

He pinned hopes on the drag flickers — Raghunath, Didar Singh and Navpreet Singh. About the strategy for the competition, he said, “We are concentrating equally on attacking side as well as on defense side”.



Transfers put brakes on sports activities
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, July 21
Large-scale transfer of coaches posted with the Sports Authority of India has virtually halted daily sports activities in the city and elsewhere. The victims are coaches who have produced results over the past many years and helped the city earn a name in sports.

Last Tuesday, the Director, in charge, Northern Regional Centre, SAI, Sonepat, Mr Suresh Harmilapi visited Chandigarh. He said SAI mass-scale transfer of coaches would enable the SAI to have control over them. This shows the frustration of the SAI Directorate.

Various local sports bodies officials say what is the logic in shifting a coach when his trainees are giving good results.

A few years back, the Northern Centre of the SAI here was headed by Dr Prem Chand Kashyap, a gymnastic player who had a good equation with a few gymnastic coaches. He appointed few coaches in a separate department named monitoring cell. Their job was to monitor the performance of each coach in the region on a weekly and monthly basis.

Over a period of time, the coaches working in this cell started behaving like inspectors and creating fear among the fraternity.

This led to sycophancy by some coaches who were never available at the coaching centre but tried to mark their attendance with the coaches posted in the monitoring cell.

Dr Kashyap’s autocratic style of working was not liked by the SAI corporate office and he was transferred to Kolkata.


Local hockey players making waves in big events
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
Stars are only beginning to shine on local hockey players - Rajpal Singh, Inderjit Chadha , Jaswinder Singh and Gurtejpreet Singh - who have graduated to the big league of tournaments.

The Indian hockey camp, in preparation of the eight-nation hockey tournament, scheduled to be held in Holland from August 14, is underway at the Sector 42 hockey stadium.

It’s been in and out of the Indian team for Rajpal and Chadha for the past year or two.

Rajpal had represented India in the prestigious Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament that was held in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year. He scored a goal against Pakistan in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tourney that was held in 2004.

Inderjeet Chadha, was also in the team for the Azlan Shah Cup tournament held this year, but got injured in the first match and had to undergo hand surgery. He underwent surgery at Bangalore some days back.

With bandaged hand, he was seen sitting outside the turf watching his mates undergoing practice session. When asked about the status of his injury, which is on the thumb of his right hand, he said, “I will be talking to my doctor and the status will be known after the stitches are cut on 23 rd of this month , but I cannot afford to miss the camp”.

Inderjit Chadha had played in the Indian team in the Junior World Cup in 2000 and the team remained winner. He had also participated in the Senior World Cup Hockey Test Series against Holland.

Another local probable, Jaswinder, who also played the Azlan Shah tournament, was full of confidence. “ It was a learning experience to play in the Azlan Shah Cup tournament and we worked hard to make waves at the camp held at New Delhi,”

Jaswinder had represented the Rest of India team in 2002 and performed remarkably against the Australian team in the tournament held in Hyderabad, Delhi and Chennai.

It would be a debut for another local probable, Gurtejpreet Singh, in the international circuit. He was excited to get a chance to play with seniors. “If I could not make it to the Indian hockey squad this time, even then it would have been learning opportunity for me”, he said.

Local coach Jasbir Bajwa, who had been training Inderjeet, Rajpal and Jaswinder, is all praise for them. “They had been under my coaching since 1992 when they joined the sports wing at the Sector 42 sports complex. They had been working hard and had been performing consistently,” he said.

They are equally good in their respective areas. Chadha is a sharp-minded player and is good at distribution and master in making game strategy.

“Rajpal justifies the three S which means speed, skill and score. Both of them play as forwards. Jaswinder is good at manipulating the situation at a given time. These players will be an asset to the Indian team, if all goes well”, Jasbir opines.


Information on website by August 10
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
In order to implement the Right to Information Act, 2005, the Chandigarh Administration has directed Heads of all departments to make arrangements for providing accessibility to information to the general public by August 10, 2005.

The information will be available on the official website of the Administration, an official press note said here today.

A decision to this regard was taken at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Mr Lalit Sharma, Adviser to the UT Administrator. The meeting was attended by Mr Krishna Mohan, Home Secretary, Mr S.K.Sandhu, Finance Secretary, Mr Satish Chander, Inspector-General of Police, and Mr R.K. Rao, Deputy Commissioner.

Heads of the department have been asked to designate or appoint Information Officers of respective departments so that they can disseminate information on behalf of the departments.

The departments can also place information related to their respective departments on their individual websites, if any. It is worthwhile to mention here that during the last meeting held on July 1, 2005, it was decided that every department, board, corporation and institution would maintain their duly catalogued records and forms.

In due course the departments would ensure that all records were computerised and connected through the network.


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