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Chandigarh Cricket Academy on the anvil
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 8
The Chandigarh Cricket Academy under the aegis of “Cricket Chandigarh” will start functioning from Sports Hostel, Sector 42, here from July this year.

This was decided by the governing body of Cricket Chandigarh society here today. It has been reliably learnt that this academy will remain there till a proper building for hostel is constructed.

Revealing the plans, Mr Inderjeet Singh Sandhu, Director Sports, Chandigarh Administration, said: “The aim is to create, develop and manage infrastructure for the promotion of cricket as a highly specialised residential academy for imparting training to young boys in cricket.”

Only 24 trainees (boys only) in the age group of 8 -9 years, who excel in the game and also in academics, will be inducted into the academy at a time. The Department of Sports, Chandigarh Administration, has been entrusted the responsibility to lay down the modalities.

Informing further about the selection procedure, Mr Sandhu said: “There will be a transparent selection procedure on an all-India basis. However, the final selection will be carried out at Chandigarh itself. The selected ones will be trained free for a period of seven years. Pursuant to imparting training for four quarters ideally coinciding with one academic session of the trainees, they will have to undergo a skill test and those who do not qualify the test will have to leave the place. In all, we will maintain the total number of trainees in the academy at 24.”

“This is not all; we will make arrangements for board and lodging, diet, equipment, dress, coaching, education at government schools, uniform, books, free transport, medical aid, entertainment, excursions etc. The CCA will be located at Sector 16 Cricket Stadium. However, until such time proper building for hostel and other requirements are not constructed, we will locate the hostels, office or any other facilities at any suitable location within Chandigarh. We will conduct inter-school and inter-college matches also,” said Mr Sidhu.



Wins keep Paramjeet going
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 8
Victories have kept him going and he always enters the ring with a single aim ‘to win.’ This is the instinct that has put him on top of the ladder.

He is Paramjeet Singh Rawat, a 19-year-old Chandigarh-based light fly weight boxer. “I have two good news to tell you; one is that I have been promoted as ‘Hawaldar’ and the other is that I have found a sponsor “Mittal Trust” which is based in Mumbai. They will pay me Rs 3000 per month,” he said.

Paramjeet came to the limelight when he won the gold medal in the Senior National Boxing Championship held in Chennai in September 2005.

His achievement assumes significance as it happened after a gap of 17 years in the city’s boxing history. He was awarded a cash prize of Rs 5000 for his triumph by the Chandigarh Amateur Boxing Association during the 13th edition of the AK Misra Memorial Boxing meet held at Skating Rink, Sector 10, Chandigarh.

At present posted at the Army Sports Institute, Pune, as Hawaldar, Paramjeet recalled, “It was a challenge for me to prove my worth in this tournament.”
“Earlier, I was not inducted into the Services Sports Control Board of the Services team as I was a new entrant and they were not ready to take a chance with me. So I requested for permission to represent my home state team-Chandigarh. After getting the permission, I participated in the tournament and outclassed the Services boxer in the first round. In the finals, I slugged out international boxer H.K. Jolly and won the gold”.

He has grabbed the bronze in the International Senior Boscker Memorial Men’s Boxing Tournament held at Hungary in January. Paramjeet won his first national medal, which was bronze, at the National School Games in 1999 and after that his name has always featured in the medals tally in the subjunior nationals (gold in 2003), junior nationals (silver in 2004), senior nationals (gold in 2005).

In the Senior International Boxing Tournament held in Hungary, he grabbed the bronze. This was followed by two gold medals - in the Junior International Boxing Meet in Bosnia and Junior Asian Boxing Championship held at Goa.

Paramjeet is full of patriotic instinct and enthusiasm to play for the country. “Now, I am preparing myself to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. If selected, I would not settle for anything less than the gold medal,” said Paramjeet confidently.

Coming from a humble background, his father works as a peon with the Punjab State Tubewell Corporation, Chandigarh. “Initially, boxing was just a time pass but when my brother, Ramesh, who was also a national medallist boxer, brought home medals and trophies, I got inspired and his victories motivated me to take the sport seriously and the results are evident.”

Reminiscing about his earlier days, he said, “I have seen those days, when I could not afford to have the prescribed diet to be a boxer and I had to rely on ‘ghar ka khana’ only. I used to eat a lot of ‘chapattis’ to compensate for the quality food with sprouted pulses, what to talk of boxing gloves and other equipments required for this sport!”

He further said, “My financial crisis could never deter me and somehow I managed to be what I am today”.



Imported equipment for CFHA, lake complex
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 8
The Chandigarh Sports Department has imported Tech Gym machines from Italy for the benefit of the trainees of the Chandigarh Football and Hockey Academy at the Sector 42 sports complex and for the general public at the Lake Sports Complex, at a cost of Rs 1.10 crore.

Both the centres have excite treadmill, electronic ergo cycle, leg press horizontal, Smith machine (multipower), cross cables, leg extension, leg curl, abdomen crunch, hip machine and wave machine.

The Sector 42 sports complex will have one excite treadmill and one torso machine while the Lake Sports Complex will have three.



Softball teams

Chandigarh, January 8
The following are members of the softball teams which will participate in the 28th Senior National Softball Championship, to be held at Dewas Madhya Pradesh from January 9 to 14.

Men: Pankaj Singh, Raminder Singh, Pankaj, Manoj Kumar, Bir Bahadur, Deewan, Karan Kochar, Sandeep Morya, Parminder, Tarun Kumar, Harmandeep Singh, Naveen, Arjun and Gurpreet Singh. Women: Sunita, Pooja, Bandana, Pinky, Sangeeta, Gurpreet, Kamaljeet, Manju Sharma, Rama, Sonia Sharma, Savita, Sharon, Nivedita, Anjana, Madhu Sharma. TNS



UT basketball teams

Chandigarh, January 8
The Chandigarh Basketball Association has selected the following players to represent the UT in the 23rd Youth National Basketball Championship to be held at Jaipur from January 9 to 15.

Boys: Pulkit, Rohan, Vivek, Narinder, Abhishek, Aman Kumar, Angad, Prabhjeet, Nitin, Jawand, Mukesh and Daksh. Girls: Varsha, Anju, Anjali, Manpreet, Jalwant, Ridhima, Ravleen, Hareetinder, Savneet, Amandeep, Sagarika and Navneet. TNS



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