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Support pulse polio campaign, says Mayor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 4
A meeting regarding the pulse polio immunisation campaign 2006 was held under the chairmanship of the Mayor, Mr Surinder Singh, here today.

The meeting was attended by the Director, Health Services, UT, Dr Inderjeet Kaur Walia, councillors and representatives of various non-government organisations at the auditorium of the Department of Family Welfare, Sector 22.

At the meeting, the Mayor appealled to all participants to support the implementation of the programme. Dr Walia briefed the gathering about the campaign, while the District Family Welfare Officer, Dr Kavita Talwar, thanked various departments involved in the campaign for their support.

Meanwhile, students and staff of Government Model High School, Sector 29-A, organised a rally to generate awareness about the pulse polio drive here today. The Headmistress of the school, Ms Shobha Kapoor, flagged off the rally. As many as 400 students along with teachers. Dr Sanjay Singla and staff of ESI Dispensary, Sector 29, took part in the rally.



Krishan shines in Gulzar wrestling tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 4
Krishan Kumar of the Gulzar Singh Akhara, Mohali, was conferred with the title ‘Aftab-e-Club’ and given a cash reward of Rs 4,100 under the 70 kg category during the Gulzar Gold Cup Inter Club Wrestling competition held at Sarda Sarvhitkari Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, here today. The Gulzar Singh Akhara, Mohali, is conducting the competition.

Krishan Kumar, a gold medallist of Commonwealth Games 2002, beat Anil Kumar, a Junior Asian gold medallist belonging to Sonepat. Anil Kumar got a cash reward of Rs 2,500.

In the 60 kg category, Narinder Gora of the Gulzar Singh Akhara, Mohali, bagged the Sitar-e-Club title beating Raman Kumar of Amritsar. Narinder was also given a cash reward of Rs 3,100 while Raman got Rs 2,100 as reward.

In the 90 kg category, Naresh Kumar of the Jagdish Akhara, Khanna, beat Surajveer of the RC, Phagwara, and was given the ‘Club Kumar’ tag with a cash prize of Rs 6,100 whereas Surajveer got Rs 4,100 as reward.

In the super heavy weight category (+ 90 kg), Jasdeep, a Phagwara-based two-time all India inter-university gold medallist, outclassed his Jalandhar-based opponent Balwinder Singh. Jasdeep was given the ‘Club Keshri’ tag and a cash reward of Rs 7,100. Balwinder Singh was presented with a cash prize of Rs 5,100.

The Delhi-based wrestler, Ramesh Kumar Junior, who is a gold medallist of Commonwealth Games 2002 and under 20 World Junior Champion, was given the Sher-e-Club title in the 80 kg category after he beat Hardeep Kumar of the RC, Phagwara, in a bout under the 80 kg category. Ramesh Junior was given a cash prize of Rs 5,100. Hardeep was given Rs 3,100 as reward.

In the 50 kg category, Sandeep of Sonepat beat Karan of Amritsar. Sandeep was presented with the Shan- e-Club tag and a cash prize of Rs 2,100. Karan got Rs 1,100 as prize.



Shooting gains popularity in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 4
Encouraged by the rich haul of medals by the Indian shooters in the 18th Commonwealth Games held at Melbourne last month, the city schools have started evincing interest in the sport.

The stupendous show (16 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze) at the Commonwealth Games has made the game more popular in the city.

Some schools are preparing a blue print for setting up shooting ranges on their premises and introducing the sport as a part of the sports curriculum.

The management of DAV Public School, Sector 8, is planning to set up a 10-metre air rifle range at its new branch in Sector 39 for students.

“A lone silver medal in Olympics 2004 and now 27 medals in Commonwealth Games to Indian shooters, it is quite evident that the game has a bright future. It has a lot of scope at the international level. The only need is to catch the talented shooters young. So we have decided to take steps in the direction of popularising the sport and prepare shooters with the highest aims by developing a range in our school”, said Ms Sarita Manuja, Principal of the school.

Expressing happiness over the rising popularity of the game, the renowned city-based veteran shooter and coach of Abhinav Bindra, Lt-Col J.S. Dhillon, VSM, said, “The game has started getting its dues now as shooters like Rajyavardhan Singh Rathod, Samresh Jung and Abhinav Bindra are becoming idols of the young sportspersons”.

On the setting up of shooting ranges in the school, Lt-Col Dhillon, who has participated in three Asian Games (1970, 78 and 1982) and one Commonwealth Games (1995), said, “Shooting is the only sport, which can go with studies as it enhances the concentration of the players and helps them get focused. The right age to start it is 10 years”.

Dispelling the general apprehension that it’s a rich man game, Lt-Col Dhillon cleared that up to the national level one could practice with country-made equipment, which were very cheap in comparison to imported ones. “One can get a local air rifle for Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000, the life of which is about 10 to 12 years whereas a box of 500 pallets costs Rs 120 only. The indoor range, having five or six lanes, can be set up with Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000”, said Lt-Col Dhillon.



Riding high on success
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 4
He looks like ‘‘a dot with a riding cap’’ amidst strapping stalwart riders almost three times his height in a group photograph taken for the occasion!

The event, the Delhi Horse Show held from March 22 to April 2 which saw the emergence of Chandigarh’s child prodigy, eight-year-old Zorawar Singh Thiara packing a punch in which 2,500 riders and 900 horses participated.

The youngest child on the course, Zorawar not only won gold and two silver medals in this national-level horse-riding championship held at the Nicholson Ranges, Delhi, he also received the ‘‘Best Child Rider under nine Award’’ from the Army Chief, General J.J Singh.

The gold medal for Show Jumping event came by clearing the five-jump course in a record 32 seconds without a hitch and the silvers came in the Dressage and Hacks events, both difficult because they test the ability of the rider to manage the horse and know the course.

No baby gymkhana stuff for this little fellow, who adores his black stallion Tipu. ‘‘He is a wonderful horse who jumps smoothly, trots and canters and does not kick,’’ explains Zorawar earnestly.

He started taking interest in horses began at a young age. Proud parents, Ajay and Tanisha Thiara relate an incident when Zorawar at the age of two spotted a ‘‘shaadi wallah ghora’’ which he wanted to ride, and from there began his tale of passion. ‘‘I used to like white horses earlier but now I like all horses,’’ says this cherubic child.

‘‘We wanted to try and identify the right sport for him. When he took to the horse without any fear whatsoever, we knew he had found his calling. Now we want to give him the maximum support possible.’’

His special ability and his prowess has won him many admirers, including being gifted with a horse by none other than G.D Goenka. ‘‘Mischief’’, the horse is currently undergoing training in Delhi and will be ready in about six months time to participate with Zorawar in national and international events.

Presently under the tutelage of Col. Ajay Ahlawat in Delhi, who is also the officer for Mission Olympics, identifying riders and Inderjit Singh at the Army Polo and Riding Club at Delhi, Zorawar had his initial schooling at the Shivalik Riding and Pony Club at Chandimandir under Beeya Vohra.

The training has been tough, weekends are spent in Delhi training and during the week it is school time at St. John’s High School.

What is amazing is that he has no fear despite having had two nasty falls during the Delhi Horse Show because his love for his animal and his craft over-ride all other concerns.

Indeed he has his horsy nuances fine-tuned to perfection. ‘‘If the ears of the horse get stiff the horse is getting ready to buck,’’ he explains. Finally the ultimate bonding between the magnificent animal and his little master is a kiss which Zorawar gives Tipu every time they complete a good round.



Tennisball cricket trails
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, April 4
The Tennisball Cricket Association will conduct selection trials at Saint Kabir’s School in Sector 26 at 8 am tomorrow. The selected players will take part in the 11th Sub-Junior National Tennisball Cricket Championship to be held in Bangalore from April 20 to 23.

According to TCA secretary-general Rishpal Singh, players born on or after July 1, 1990, are eligible to take part in the trials.

Adm Group win

The Adm Group registered a straight set win 25-16, 25-18 in the volleyball meet against the Engine Group on the inaugural day of the inter-division volleyball match held at 3 BRD Air Force Station here today.

Earlier, Air Commodore R.K. Srivastava, AOC, 3 BRD, Air Force, inaugurated the meet.

Hockey trials

Patiala: Trials to select the sub-junior Patiala Union Hockey Association (Pepsu) boys’ hockey team will be held at the NIS Astro-turf at 3 pm on April 6.

According to Dr Manmohan Singh, secretary-general of the association, the selected team will take part in the 12th sub-junior national hockey championship to be held at Bhimvaran (AP) from April 18.



YPS win squash tourney
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 4
The team of Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, comprising Taramdeep Singh, Ameek Singh Sidhu, Maninder Pal Singh Sandhu and Armaan Singh Dhillon emerged winner in the first Pathways All India Inter-School Invitational Squash Championship held at Pathways World School, Gurgaon.

The event was held from March 30 to April 2 in three categories of under 13, 15 and 19 years of age for boys and girls. As many as 25 teams from all over the country participated.


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