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CFA-42 emerge soccer champs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
Chandigarh Football Academy, Sector 42, defeated St Stephenís Football Academy, Sector 45, 2-1 in a well contested match in the finals of the 3rd Kanwar Harbans Lal Memorial Football Tournament held at football ground, Sector 17, here, today.

Jashanpreet of St Stephenís opened the account in the 24th minute of the play when he converted a corner kick.

At the lemon break, Stephenís were leading by one goal. But in the second half, CFA-42 boys played strategically and their break came in the shape of Rinku in the 74th minute.

Maintaining the pressure, it was again the coordination of CFA-42 lads that enabled Rinku to again dispatch the ball into the net in the 77th minute of the play.

This sealed victory for the CFA, Sector 42. Rinku was declared man of the match, while Jashanpreet was declared player of the tournament.



Transferred coaches heave sigh of relief
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, November 8
The coaches working with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in the northern region who were served transfer orders in July have heaved a sigh of relief with the transfer of Secretary, Youth Affairs and Sports, Meenaxi Chaudhary and Northern Office Regional Director Suresh Harmilapi a few days back.

Ms Chaudhary has joined as Chief Secretary, Haryana, while Mr Harmilapi has been transferred to Sonepat, the northern centre of the SAI.

Both had reservations on considering cases of re-adjustment of coaches who had been transferred in July.

One of the coaches, on the condition of anonymity, alleged that the transfer of 746 coaches all over the country was the handiwork of SAI secretary B.K. Sinha, former Regional Director, North SAI, P.C. Kashyap and Regional Director North Suresh Harmilapi.

One of the coaches alleged that the mid-session transfer had led to uprooting of coaching centres, as at many places no replacement was given by the corporate office of the SAI. Another coach said it was Dr Sinha who had taken the Secretary Sports, Government of India, in confidence and carried out the transfers.

In Chandigarh alone, a number of UT Sports Department coaches and SAI coaches had been transferred. As a result, trainees here have been doing without a soccer coach at the football stadium, Sector 17. Also the soccer coach on the Panjab University campus was given transfer orders and now trainees had to train without a coach.

Similarly, the city did not have a badminton coach. The corporate office of the SAI did not take time in transferring coaches who had been giving good results.

Sukhinder Bawa, who has coached cricketers Yuvraj Singh and upcoming bowler V.R.V. Singh, was also given transfer orders for Sonepat.

Interestingly at Sonepat, where the northern office of the SAI was shifted early this year, has no proper grounds and infrastructure.



Rowing eligibility terms amended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
The eligibility criteria to participate in Chandigarh Junior Rowing Championship have been amended.

As per the latest information received from the Rowing Federation of India today, all oars boys/girls born on or after January 1, 1987 instead of January 1, 1988 will be eligible for the Chandigarh State Junior Rowing Championship for Men and Women Championship, to be held at the Lake Club on November 9.

The following events will be conducted in the championship:

1. Single scull (1 x) (open for men and women)

2. Double scull (2 x) (open for men and women)

3. Coxless pairs (2-) (open for men and women)

4. Coxless fours (4-) (open for men and women).



Inter-school cricket meet
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 8
The sixth edition of the Parle Cup, the Punjab inter-school cricket tournament for boys under-17, will start in November/December here.

Thirty-four teams from six cities ó Amritsar, Jalandhar, Patiala, Ludhiana, Mohali and Chandigarh ó will participate in the tournament.

The matches will be played by the teams in their respective cities. The winner of each city will come here and play on league basis.

The winners, runners-up and best performers will be awarded with cash prizes along with kits, bags and uniforms.

Twenty budding cricketers will be selected from the tournament for a seven-day coaching camp, where the training will be imparted by renowned cricketers.

The tournament will be held under the aegis of the Punjab Cricket Association.



Win for Guru Nanak academy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
A fine batting performance by Shubham Mahajan (42 off 57) enabled Guru Nanak Cricket Academy-36 to beat Guru Harkrishan School, Sector 38, by 32 runs in a pool B match of the Ist Under-12 St Johnís Cricket Trophy at St Johnís High School, Sector 26, here today.

Brief scores: Guru Nanak-36: 126 for 6 in 25 overs (Shubahm 42, Jaskaran 37, Harpreet 1 for 11, Anmol 1 for 12)

Guru Harkrishan-38: 94 all out in 24 overs (Amrinder 24, Anmol 24, Arjun 3 for 11).

Tomorrow, a match will be played between Stepping Stones, Sector 37, and Guru Harkrishan, Sector 38, at the same venue at 1 pm.


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