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UT honours skaters
G.S. Paul

Tribune News Service

Shakun Salwan and Nehyal Salwan on rolls to success.
Sister Skaters: Shakun Salwan and Nehyal Salwan on rolls to success.

Chandigarh, December 5
The decision of the Chandigarh Administration to facilitate local sports persons, particularly skaters who have brought laurels at the international level, has infused enthusiasm amongst the skating fraternity of the city. The Administration today honoured Shakun Salwan and Japneet Kaur in recognition of their performance at international level for the year 2004-05.

Shakun Salwan, who at present is preparing for her third semester of B.E (Electronics and Communication Engineering), when contacted, expressed her gratitude to the Chandigarh Administration not only on her behalf, but also on behalf of the skaters of the city.

“I am thankful to the administration that they at least gave us some kind of recognition. Despite the fact that this game has not yet been recognised by the Chandigarh Administration, it is only my sheer passion for this sport that I have continued with it”, expressed Shakun.

Resentfully, Shakun stated that skating, one of the fastest games and which requires expensive equipment, has not been given its due. “The skaters after devoting so much time and spending huge money on the game are not given benefits. This not only leads to frustration amongst the skaters and creates impediment in the development of the game,” rued Shakun.

Revealing her future programmes, she stated that she is looking forward to participating in the World Cup scheduled next year. “There is a possibility of this game being included in the Olympics. For the preparations I am keeping myself fit and practicing regularly for at least 10 days a month at Sector 10 Skating Rink. Who knows, I might be the member of first Olympian team to represent India.”

Shakun, who herself is having an academic career in addition to her sports achievement further added that women skaters from the city were also excellent in studies.

She quoted that Radhika Mehta has a brilliant career while Kriti Puri is pursuing MBBS from AIIMS. She herself is doing BE (Electronics & Communication Engineering) and Japneet Kaur, who is also being given cash award, is studying in 10+2 and her score was more than 90%.

Even at the junior level, her sister Nehyal Salwan who has also represented the national level, is a topper in studies.

Nehyal, a class IX student at Sacred Heart-26, is now ready to step in her sister’s shoes. She would be competing in the Senior National Rollar Hockey Championship. Praising her protégé, coach Sarbjeet said, “Nehyal is left handed defender of the game. It is her speed, stamina and strength which makes her stand tall in the crowd. I hope she would be a known name in the years to come”.

Giving a piece of advice to the budding skaters, Shakun said: “To play a 50- minute game, you need to have a good stamina. My advice to the upcoming skater is that when they are off to the rink, they must practice on the road.

The reason is that the roughness of the surface will add strength and stamina to their muscles. Fitness is the key which helps you achieve success in the game.”



Cultivate ‘the will to win’, Rodrigues tells sportspersons
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
“There is need for developing ‘the will to win’ and the sportspersons should forge ahead with determination and dedication to attain eminence in different disciplines of sports”, said the Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, Gen. (Retd.) S.F. Rodrigues, in a function organised by Chandigarh Sports Council, honour local outstanding sports persons and coaches. The function held at Lake Sports Complex, Sector 3, here today.

Mr Rodrigues further stated the Chandigarh Administration has undertaken various initiatives for promoting interest in sports and he urged the sports persons to avail of the opportunities and infrastructure available in the city.

As many as 11 sports persons in different disciplines and 3 coaches were honoured today. The cash awards were awarded to the international players Gurnoor Kaur (rowing), Pooja Jallan (judo), Jagdish Singh (power lifting), Gurinder Singh (power lifting), Saroj Bala (rowing), Harveen Srao (gun shooting), Japneet Kaur (roller skating), Shakun Salwan (roller skating), Prabhjot Singh (Special Olympics World Summer Games), Varun Singla (Special Olympics World Summer Games) and Sunil Kumar (British Open Athletics). The coaches honoured on the occasion included Arvind Sehgal (Rowing), Krishan Lal (Judo) and Sarabjit Singh (Skating).

The Finance-cum-Sports Secretary, Chandigarh Administration S.K. Sandhu, Director Sports I.S. Sandhu, Joint Director J.P.S. Sidhu were also present on the occasion.

The other present on the ceremony included Chandigarh Hockey Association president Chander Shekhar, Chandigarh Women Hockey Association President K. Atma Ram, Chandigarh Rowing Association President T.C. Gupta and Chandigarh Special Olympics Chairperson Promila Chandermohan.



Cycle race on Dec 16
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The Sports Department of the Chandigarh Administration will organise a cycle race for men and women above the age of 35 on December 16.

The race for men will start at 10.00 am whereas that for women will start immediately after the completion of the men’s race. While the race for men will be for a distance of 20 km, it will be 10 km for women.

The Sports Department has specified that an ordinary bicycle, without gears can only be used in the race. The participants will also be required to bring their own water bottle.

A change of bicycle during the course of the race will not be allowed. Each bicycle will be checked by the technical committee an hour before the start of the race. The participants shall wear helmet.

The starting and the finish points for both races (men and women) will be the Lake Sports Complex, Chandigarh. The winners of first three positions in both races will be given cash prizes of Rs 5,000, Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000, respectively.

Interested participants may submit their entries alongwith proof of age to Mr Acchhru Pal, Cycling Coach at the Lake Sports Complex, Chandigarh, between 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm on any day except Monday. The entries will close on December 10 at 5 pm.



Fatehdeep enters total tennis final
Tribune New Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Fatehdeep registered an easy win over Jatinder by defeating him in straight sets 6-2, 7-5 to enter the finals of the u-10 category in the ongoing Fort YMCA Total Tennis Championship being held at the YMCA Total Tennis Academy, Sector 11.

Narinder, B.S. Bhullar and Anil Sethi reached the next round of the men’s singles and seniors 35+. In the men’s category, Karan and Vikas Sharma failed to make it to the next round after being defeated by Mansimrat and Sahin in their respective matches.

Meanwhile, Mandeep, Digvijay, Chandam and Vaibhav have reached the semifinals (u-16) by defeating their opponents.

Results: Boys u-10 (semifinal) Fatehdeep b Jatinder 6-2, 7-5.

Boys u-16 (quarterfinals)

Mandeep Gill b Mandeep Randhawa 8-2, Chandam b Jivtesh 8-1, Vaibhav b Kanwardeep 8-4, Digvijay b Sukhdanish 8-2.

Men’s singles (quarterfinals)

Sachin b Vikas 8-4, Mansimrat b Karan 8-4.

Seniors 35+ (Ist round)

Narinder b Prased 6-0, B.S. b Rajinder 6-2, Anil b Harjit 6-0.



City boys, girls win gold in softball
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Chandigarh teams of boys (u-14) and girls (u-17 & u-14) won the gold medal in softball today. The event was a part of the 52nd National School Games being held at various grounds here. In u-14, Chandigarh girls beat the Delhi squad 10-0 in a one-sided affair tie while in boys’ under same category, Chandigarh beat Punjab team 12-2. In u-17 hockey semifinals, Punjab scored 8 goals to nil against UP team.

Today’s results :

Softball u-14 boys (final)

Chandigarh b Punjab 12-2.

Softball u-19 boys (quarter final)

Delhi b J&K 6-0, Chandigarh b Haryana 10-0, AP b Chattisgarh 2-1, Punjab b Rajasthan 3-1.

Softball u-17 boys (semi -final)

Chandigarh b AP 7-2, Delhi b Punjab 8-4.

Softball u-14 girls (final)

Chandigarh b Delhi 10-0,

Softball u-17 girls (final)

Chandigarh b Delhi 11-1.

Softball u-19 girls (semi -final)

Chandigarh b Rajasthan 11-7, Delhi b MP 13-1.

Hockey u-17 boys (semi- final):

Punjab b UP 8-0, Chandigarh b Haryana 10-0.

Hockey u-17 girls (semi- final)

Chandigarh b Maharashtra 1-0, Haryana b Karnataka 9-0. 



City footballers bring laurels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Chandigarh football boys have brought laurels to the city after winning a gold medal in the School National Football Championship held at Dehra Dun recently. In the final match the Chandigarh team defeated Uttaranchal with a margin of 2-0.

The team manager Bhupinder Singh said the team captain Pawan Kumar was declared the best player of the tournament whereas four other players — Pawan Kumar, Gurjinder, Akib Javed and Randhir Singh — were selected for the Indian football team camp Under-19. All four players belong to G.M.S.S.S. 37.



Attar Singh is SP (Traffic), Chandigarh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The Haryana Government has issued posting and transfer orders of two police officers with immediate effect. Mr Jag Parvesh Dahiya, DSP, Traffic, Faridabad has been appointed as ADC to Governor of Haryana. The services of Mr Attar Singh Ahlawat, ADC to Governor of Haryana, have been placed for inter cadre deputation for a period of three years for appointment as Superintendent of Police (Traffic and Security) Chandigarh.

Mr Attar Singh has been relieved with immediate effect and asked to report to the Home Secretary, Chandigarh Administration, immediately.



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