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City veteran scores golden hat-trick in shot put
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
At the ripe age of 73, when most people put their feet up and struggle to keep good health, this veteran athlete has been minting gold in sports for the past three years.

Meet Captain Gurjiwan Singh Sidhu, three-time national shot put champion (veteran) since 2004. Sidhu made the city proud by clinching the gold medal again in the All-India Masters Athletics Championships organised by the Masters Athletics Federation of India which concluded on June 2 at Pondicherry this year.

He threw the shot put to a distance of 11.15 m in the 70 plus category there to bag the third gold medal in a row.

Besides winning the top national honours for three consecutive years, he has also been improving his own performance every year. In the 25th National Masters Athletics Championships 2004 at Hyderabad, he threw to a distance of 10.48 m followed by 11.04 m in next year’s tournament at Chennai.

He, along with his brother Pargat Singh Sidhu also dominated the Punjab Veteran Athletics Meets at Amritsar and Ferozepore in 2005 and 2004, respectively. This brothers duo won five medals each in both meets.

Now the champion, who started his sports voyage in 2003, will represent the country in the Veteran Asian Championship to be held in the first week of October at Bangalore.

Earlier, Sidhu has participated in the 13th Asia Masters Athletics Championship 2005 at Bangkok and won the bronze medal. The achievement provided him with a chance to compete in international World Masters Games held at Canada but he could not make it as the Canadian Embassy refused him visa.

Now, he is determined to win the gold medal in the forthcoming Asian meet. “I have been working hard to achieve the mark and the continuous improvement in my performance is a big boost for me,” said Sidhu. He is preparing himself by regular exercising for two hours in the morning besides undergoing training for one and a half hours in the evening at Sports Complex, Sector 46.

About his coming into the sport at the age of 70 years, Sidhu said, “After my retirement as Joint Director, Public Relations Department, my son encouraged me to devote my time in athletics after seeing my sports certificates of college days. Now the sport for me is just like an addiction and I will pursue it till my body allows.”

Presently, Sidhu is a practising lawyer with Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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Panel to deal with IT park applications

Chandigarh, June 13
The UT Administrator has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer, Mr R.K. Rao, to scrutinise the applications received for the allotment of sites in the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park.

The committee would make recommendations as per the allotment of campus sites in the Chandigarh Information Services Park Rules, 2002, for the respective category accordingly. The committee would consist of the Joint Secretary Finance; the Director, Software Technology Park of India, Mohali, and the Finance and Planning Officer. The Director Information Technology will be the convener of the committee. TNS

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