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Chandigarh thrash Jharkhand
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, December 23
Hosts Chandigarh thrashed Jharkhand by 10-0 in Format II match in the All-India Football Federation Under-14 Soccer Festival being hosted by the Chandigarh Football Association under the technical supervision of the AIFF at the Punjab Engineering College ground in Sector 14 here today.

In the one-sided 70-minute-duration match, Harpreet Bedi and Vikram of the Chandigarh territory scored at will. Both strikers netted five goals each. However, Vikram had the distinction of registering the first three-in-a-row feat in the soccer festival. Chandigarh were also awarded a green card.

Earlier, under Format I, the duration of each match was 30 minutes.

Skill tests were conducted in penalty shootout. Teams from all 23 states and Union Territories competed in the skill tests. A team comprised a goalkeeper and two defenders. After preliminary round matches, Sikkim and Chandigarh qualified for the final. The Sikkim team consisting of goalkeeper Sujan Ray and defenders Kamal Pradhan and Dawa Shipra outplayed hosts Chandigarh team consisting of goalkeeper Manjit Singh and defenders Vikas Gulia and Baljinder Singh. Chandigarh boys, however, displayed their prowess.



Gulf paddlers keen for exposure
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, December 23
For their parents and institutions spending money may not be problem, but for them exposure in sports is always a big desire. Studying in Indian schools located in the Gulf region, which are affiliated to the CBSE, they feel that specialised coaches need to be provided to them. Far away from their homes, the paddlers are here all the way from the Gulf to flex muscles in the CBSE National Table Tennis meet, which concluded yesterday at Sector 23 TT hall.

With excitement writ large on their faces, they displayed their talent while playing in the meet. Schools affiliated to the CBSE in the Gulf region and Saudi Arabia have separate cluster division in sports and they take part in the CBSE National Sports meet wherever held in India.

The players in under-14, under-16 and under-19 age groups, both boys and girls, had converged on Chandigarh, thanks to their respective schools which have borne their entire expenditure. Mohammad Ghouse from Jubail, Saudi Arabia, says it was really great on the part of their school management, led by Chairman, Syed Imtiaz Ahmed and principal Mazhar Yaqub, for bearing whole expenditure for sending them to India for the sports meet.

Their physical education teacher, Ms Ishrath Saini, said the team was from International Indian School, Jubail, which had taken part in under-14 girls, boys and under-16 boys section.

Ghouse Mohiuddin, who have come from Jeddah as Manager says, by taking part in Indian sports meet, their players get enough exposure.

The sports head of the FAIPS DPS School, Kuwait, Sayeed Ur Rahman, said their school gave preference to tennis, swimming and football, apart from other regular sports. He said their school remained winner in under-14 girls’ section in the Gulf region and by bringing the children here, they attain a lot of match temperament which they might not get playing in Kuwait only.

Adil Akhtar Khan a sports teacher from Ideal Indian School, Doha (Qatar), said they had brought children in under-16 boys and they had done well in the tournament.

The sports teacher of the Indian School, Muscat, R.S. Pathyarch, who have brought boys and girls in the under-14 section said, they had accorded priority to a few sports disciplines such as, basketball, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, athletics, swimming.

Ms Ragini Vaishnav, sports adviser to the Indian schools in Oman, says they have come all the way from Nagpur where children had taken part in the CBSE National badminton meet. Ragini, who is with Department of Pharmacology in Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, said the tournament was nicely organised by the management of DAV Public School, Sector 8, with good food, effective transport system and better accommodation.

The TT teams from Indian High School, Dubai, and DPS, Sharjah, had also taken part in the meet.



City cops do well in shooting
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 23
Shooting team of the Chandigarh Police won one gold medal and two bronze medals in the 49th All Indian Police Duty Meet (shooting competition)-2005.

A spokesman of the Chandigarh Police said that in all 32 teams of states police, para military forces and other police organisations participated in the meet held at Guwahati from December 12 to December 17.

Constable Gurdev Singh won a gold medal in prone position in 300 m service rifle three position match, Head Constable Karamveer Singh won a bronze medal in kneeling position in 300 m service rifle three position match. Constable Karanjit Singh won a bronze medal in the kneeling position in the 200 yards service rifle match. The team was led by ASI Parminder Singh.

UT Inspector-General of Police Satish Chandra gave commendation certificates along with cash reward of Rs 1500 to the gold medallist and Rs 1000 each to the bronze medallists.


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