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Boxing coach disenchanted with sport administration
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
“It’s not that we lack the killer instinct or the will to win matches and medals for the country, the problem is somewhere with the administrative system and policies for which we have been paying a heavy price. It was either the leadership of coaches or self motivation of individuals and the lack of proper command that could be held responsible for the dismal results in boxing,” said Mr O.P. Bhardwaj, the first recipient of Dronacharya Award 1985 for coaching boxers.

In the city as an observer to assess the bouts of the A.K. Misra Memorial Boxing Tournament, which concluded at the Sector 10 Skating Rink today, Mr Bhardwaj says, “What to talk of the deteriorating state of affairs, a lot of manipulations are made by the top most functionaries of the international boxing associations”.

“The former president, International Amateur Boxing Association, Anwar Chaudhary, always had a dictatorial attitude and a German secretary only allowed to use equipment made by Pakistani company Green Hill or German company Top Ten in the international competitions. Look at their mentality, how serious are they in promoting boxing in true sense”, rued Mr Bhardwaj.

“Our companies like Universal Sports in Jalandhar and a few others in Meerut are capable of meeting international standards. These companies export their products to various countries like the USA, South Africa, Canada, Australia, a few parts of Europe, but this equipment are always denied approval by the International Boxing Associations. This is ridiculous”, he said.

Now, the administration of the game is in safe hands and the Government of India has extended all help to the boxing federations in every respect. Still, I agree that the facilities have to be improved and brought up to the reasonable standards because boxing is the only individual discipline where we can hope for a gold in Olympics”.

“We have approached newly elected president Ching-Kuo-Wu, who has now assured us to consider Indian made equipment, which are four times cheaper to the prevailing imported equipment. If things went well, we will succeed in introducing India made boxing equipment”, opined Mr Bhardwaj.

About the talent in India, Mr Bhardwaj said, “Otherwise, there is no dearth of talent in the country and the scope of tremendous improvement is there in boxing if pugilists are picked at the right age. I impart specific training programmes for different body types and age groups and lay special emphasis on fitness, strength, speed, flexibility together with confidence building”.

Opposing the idea of inducting foreign coaches, he said, “Our experiment with foreign coaches has drawn a blank and despite spending crores on them, we could hardly win a medal in the major international competitions for the past 16 years.

Mr Bhardwaj had resigned in 1989 as the national coach in protest against the government’s decision to bring in a foreign coach prior to the Beijing Asian Games and had submitted his protest letter to Union Minister of Sports Margret Alwa before quitting.



Local lad triumphs in first round of tennis tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Local lad Mandeep Singh Gill beat Rishi Rajpal from Canada 7-4, 5-7, 6-0 in a well-contested first round match of the Sunny Enclave ITF Junior World (Grade 3) Tennis Tournament at the CLTA courts, Sector 10, here today.

The other match played between Deepinder Singh (India), and Vladimir Lyahchenko (Russia), was won by the former 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Wild card entrant Chandam, CLTA Rural Academy trainee, could not face the challenge of Akshay Kohli and gave away the match in straight sets of 6-4, 6-0. In an all-Chandigarh affair, Ekettesh Chahal defeated Harnoor Kaur Mann 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

In the girl singles, Ashwarya Srivastava moved into the second round beating Garima Vatwani 6-1, 6-4 while Russian Polina Dzyuba got the better of Deepna Vazirani (India) in straight sets of 6-1, 7-6 (1).

Other results:

Boys (Ist round): Appanervanda Muddappa (India) bt Shiva Sangwan (India) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4; Parul Verma (India) bt Chandril Sood (India) 6-3, 6-2; Mandeep Singh Gill (India) bt Rishi Rajpal (Canada) 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-0; Deepinder Singh Bain (India) bt Vladmir Lyashchenko (Russia) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; Prateek Bhambari (Delhi) bt Palash Tiwari (India) 6-0, 6-4; Karanuday Singh (India) bt Pulkit Mishra (India) 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2; Harshvardhan Thirani (India) bt Varun Gunaseelan (India) 7-5, 6-3; Angel Gladwin Peter (India) bt Christopher Marquis (India) 6-4, 6-4; Anmol Singh Ladhar (India) bt Dhruv Gupta (India) 6-0, 6-2; Sudhanwa Sitaram (India) bt Lakshit Sood (India) 6-1, 6-2; Akshay Kohli (India) bt Chandam Shalon (India) 6-4, 6-0; Jae Beom Kim (Korea) bt Navaneetha Kannan Baska (India) 6-2-, 6-1; Yuki Bhambri (India) bt Ankit Sachdeva (India) 6-3, 6-2; Vikash Chauhan (India) bt Vinay Kamineni (India) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3; AS Ashwin Nambi (India) bt Nihal Kapoor (Delhi) 6-2, 6-3; Jagadeeshan Kumar (India) bt V Sudharsan (India) 6-4, 6-1.

Girls (Ist round): Ashwarya Srivastava (India) bt Garima Vatwani (India) 6-1, 6-4; Prerna Bhambri (India) bt Prerna Prathap (India) 6-1, 6-2; Haruka Naito (Japan) bt Namrita Singh (India) 6-2, 6-0; Ikttesh Chahal (India) bt Harnoor Kaur Mann (India) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; Kesika Jai Palan (India) bt Divya Hariharan (India) 6-2, 6-3; Prerna Mythri Appineni (India) bt Sayali Bhilare (India) 6-3, 6-0; Likitha Devraj (India) bt Rashmi Teltumbe (India) 7-5, 6-3; Arti Dethan (India) bt Abhilasha Ahuja (India) 6-3, 6-0; Tanya Kapoor (India) bt Isha Razdan (India) 6-2, 6-1;

Polina Dzyuba (Russia) bt Deepna Vazirani (India) 6-1, 7-6 (1); Regina Shtyagina (Russia) bt Jilke Nelord (India) 6-1, 7-6 (5); Shweta Kahandki G (India) bt Monica Menon (India) 6-0, 6-1; Sharmada Balu (India) bt Prarthana Prathap (India) 6-4, 6-3.



Cricket tourney begins today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The 2nd Inter-Coaching Centres Cricket Tournament for St. John’s Trophy will start from tomorrow at St. John’s Cricket Academy, Sector-26, here.

As many as eight teams, under-14, will participate in the six-day tournament. The teams have been divided into two pools, comprising four teams each.

All matches will be played on league-cum-knock out basis. On the opening day, St. John’s (A) will play against Guru Nanak Cricket Academy while CCA, Haryana is pitted against D.P. Azad Academy.

Mr Inderjit Singh Sandhu, Director Sports-cum-ADC, Chandigarh Administration will inaugurate the tournament at 9 am tomorrow.

Pool A: St. John’s (A), Guru Nanak Cricket Academy-36, Mohali Cricket Association, St. Soldier’s Cricket Academy, Panchkula.

Pool B: D.P. Azad Cricket Academy, CCA, Haryana, Victoria Park, Meerut, St. John’s (B).



Sumit in quarterfinals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Defending champion Sumit Talwar reached the quarterfinal round by defeating Dinesh 3-0 in the 23rd Chaudhary Vishnu Pal Singh Memorial Chandigarh State Snooker Championship. The meet is being held at the Chandigarh Billiards and Snooker Centre, Sector 22, here.

In the first match, Sumit played well in the first frame by making a break of 66 points. In the second frame, Dinesh showed resistance but ultimately could not prevail over Sumit and had to give up the second frame too for 39-45. In the third frame, Sumit putting up an excellent control over the cue ball, grabbed the third frame too with ease to score 107-19.

In the second match, Gagandeep Singh and Tarun Kumar played a good match leaving the final score at 56-42, 53-67, 44-49, 69-56 and 64-37 in favour of Gagan.

In the third match, Pankaj Gulati defeated Sanjay Kaushal in a one sided-affair by winning three frames to nil (49-33, 49-35, 53-28).

In the last match of the day, Parveen Duggal defeated Kamal Kant in another one-sided match by three frames to nil. The score being 52-42, 60-30, 70-8 in favour of Parveen Duggal.



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