Shooting without a pause
Bad days are behind us, says Dravid
Sandeep wins historic bronze in Greco Roman
Rampaul puts Brisbane under tremendous heat
Deepika adds another silver to her kitty
Yuki ends runners-up in Taiwan Challenger
India stutter to 2-1 victory
Kashyap wants to be among top five
Manohar warned of FEMA violations: Report
Vettel eases to Singapore hat-trick
Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel celebrates after winning the Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit in Singapore on Sunday. — Reuters
Bhiwani Boxing Club banned
Back from Down Under to chase his dream
City dismantle Man U in derby
Pedro fires three as Barcelona remain unbeaten
Shooting without a pause
Johri (Bagpat), September 22
The locals eye all the ‘outsiders’ suspiciously, thoroughly — this seems to be a grim reminder of the recent riots in the region, and the distrust they have left behind.
In the aftermath of the riots, the Jats and Muslims of the region are suspicious of each other. The trust and the cosy relationship among them, which has lasted many generations, seem to be vanishing.
But Johri village of Bagpat district, eight kilometres from the Baraut railway station, seems to be a totally different world, unaffected by the recent madness of hatred and violence.
The Sports Authority of India’s 10-metre shooting range here, built in the compound of ‘Pathano ki Masjid’, has been like a common place of worship for both Muslims and Jats since the 1990s. During the riots, shooters from both communities were practising here next to each other.
“We are like brothers and sisters. The shooters here don’t identify themselves as Muslim or Jat. We all are here to achieve something and make our career at the national or international level,” says 28-year-old Wajid Khan, a national level shooter. “We all have been like a close-knit family. Nothing has affected us at all.”
Abhishek Ujjwal, 26, a 10-metre national pistol shooter, is a smart Jat boy who comes from village Gariha, nine kilometres from Johri. During the riots, a frenzied mob lynched a young boy just outside a place of worship in Wajidpur, a village just two kilometres away from here. A few days ago the police found 41 cartridges of AK-47 rifles in a field in Kirthal, a village close to Abhishek’s home.
“Shooting is like a relationship for us that goes beyond this range. We often go to watch films and have fun together. Johri has a good number of Muslims but I never felt threatened,” said Abhishek, a BSc student in a nearby Jat college.
“Actually, I am an outsider here.” he laughs.
Johri is a Jat dominated village which has around a hundred Muslim families.
This range is a unique story of a solid relationship between Muslims and Jats. The land for the range had been donated by landlord Mansoor Aga and the range built on it by Dr Rajpal Singh, a Jat, in 1998. This range has produced many international and national shooters like Zakir Khan, Farook Ali, Imran Hassan Khan, Maijbi Bano, Apsra Khatoon, Wahid Malik, Wajid Khan, Harun, Vivek Singh, Seema Tomar, Varsha Tomar, Alok, Ravi Kumar, etc.
“This range is a symbol of harmony. People come here and see it for themselves. People can learn from here. Shooting is like a relationship for both communities here,” said Rajpal Singh, President of the Rifle Association of Johari.
After the tremendous success of this small initiative, the Sports Authority of India came forward with financial help and appointed two full-time coaches, Farook Pathan and Neetu Soran. The latter was born and brought up in a Jat family here in Johri.
Neetu and Farook had been jointly giving coaching at the Johri centre for six year before Farook joined the Army team this year in March.
“Farook sir used to be my coach earlier. Then I become his colleague. Still, whenever I face any tough situation, I call him and he is always a good help,” said Neetu, a former national shooter. “I enjoy a range of relationships with him, from a teacher to a colleague, brother and friend.”
The shooters here have sported while the region burned. Standing side by side, shooting pellets at inanimate targets, these shooters seem to have found an ability to remain friends even at a time of madness and mayhem.
Jaipur , September 22
“We spoke about it (spot-fixing episode) when we came here. We discussed and acknowledged that it (spot-fixing) had happened and we decided to move on. This team has moved on and now we would like to put up a good show for our fans,” Dravid said.
Talking about the match, Dravid lauded his players for showing a lot of professionalism during the run-chase. “There was calmness and professionalism during the chase. Our batsmen didn't panic and got the job done. Mumbai Indians are a good side and it's a terrific way to start the tournament.” — PTI
Budapest, September 22
Sandeep overwhelmed the Serbian 4-0 to grab a rare medal in the Greco Roman category for the Indians after Rajbir Chhikara (74kg) and Naveen (120kg) made early exit from the competition, losing in their first bouts.
Prior to Sandeep’s scintillating effort, India’s best finish in the “classical” style of wrestling was a fifth place by Mukesh Khatri at 2001 World Championship in the 54kg section.
This is India’s best-ever show in the World Championships with three medals after freestyle wrestlers, Amit Kumar Dahiya and Bajrang, won a silver and bronze medal in their respective weight categories. Sandeep, who lost in the first round in 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey, appeared passive in the first period as the two wrestlers jostled for control and was warned by the referee. The Indian got another warning for passivity and his opponent was given parterre — ordered hold position given as penalty.
But Sandeep, being at a disadvantageous position, resisted well and did not allow Maksimovic to collect points before the first three-minute period ended 0-0.
In the second period, Sandeep got parterre after the Serbian was warned by the referee and the Indian did not disappoint as he executed a back exposure to collect two points. He then earned another two for counter attack to end the seven-day long championships on a high for India. — PTI
Ranchi, September 22
Put into bat, Trinidad and Tobago could score a modest 135 for nine with captain Denesh Ramdin (48) being the only substantial contributor but their bowlers bowled Brisbane out for 110 in 18.4 overs at the JSCA Stadium here.
Rampaul, who was coming back after recovering from an ankle injury, played the pivotal role, claiming four important wickets while conceding just 14 runs in his spell.
Off-spinner Sunil Narine and pacer Rayad Emrit chipped in with two wickets apiece while Samuel Badree got one wicket to help the Caribbean champions begin their Group B campaign with a win.
For Brisbane, who struggled for runs from the very beginning of their run chase, opener Joe Burns was the lone main contributor with a 43-ball 45. They were still in with a chance to chase sown the target of 136 when they reached 76 for three in the 14th over but suffered a batting collapse later on. They could add just 34 runs at the expense of seven wickets in 5.2 overs to be all out for 110 and lose the match.
Brisbane captain James Hopes was the first to be dismissed for just four in the third over off the bowling of Rampaul and from then on, the Australian champion side struggled throughout their run chase. The biggest partnership for Brisbane was the 45 for the third wicket between Burns and Daniel Christian (13). But with the T&T bowlers tightening the screws with a disciplined effort, the inexperienced Brisbane batting line-up crumbled with just four of them reaching double digit figures. — PTI
Brief scores: Trinidad & Tobago (20 overs maximum): 135 (Ramdin 48, McDermot 4.37); Brisbane Heat: 110 all out (Burns 45, Rampaul 4/14)
Kolkata, September 22
The 19-year-old started wonderfully with three perfect 10s and led 3-1 but a shocking lapse in the third set enabled the Korean rally past the Indian for a 6-4 win in the showpiece annual fixture held after four stages of World Cup.
Leading 3-1, Deepika had the gold medal in sight as she began with 10-9 in the third set but, while coming for the third arrow, she did not have enough time to shoot, and the Korean levelled 3-3. Shattered, Deepika shot a poor 8 to concede the fourth set, and the Korean was 5-3 ahead.
Yun needed a tie in the fifth set to deny Deepika her maiden World Cup Final gold and the Korean held her nerves to hold the Indian 29-29 to clinch her second yellow metal in the event.
Dola Banerjee is the only Indian to have won gold in the showpiece event. This was Deepika's fourth successive World Cup Final appearance. After ranking fifth in 2010, Deepika clinched silver medals in both 2011 and 2012.
Earlier Deepika ousted 2012 Olympic silver medallists from Mexico Alejandra Valencia and Aida Roman in semifinals and quarters to storm into final.
In the pulsating semifinal, Deepika, down 0-4, made a stunning comeback and shot three perfect 10s to tie 5-5 and take the match to the shoot-off.
This year, the 19-year-old archer led India to back-to-back gold medals in Medellin and Wroclaw World Cup stages, bringing her personal tally to 17 in just four World Cup seasons.
Deepika had achieved her first World Cup victory in May 2012 to become World No 1. At 15, Deepika had become world cadet champion in 2009, and two years later, she became junior world champion. — PTI
Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Sept 22
Yuki, who had qualified for the singles, played three matches on Sunday as rain had washed out Saturday’s singles semifinals. The 21-year-old first knocked out second seed and world number 88 American Jack Sock 6-7(10), 7-5, 6-3 in the semi-final, which lasted two hours and 49 minutes.
After that energy sapping semi-final, Yuki was up against top seed and world number 64 Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei in the title clash. One needs to recover well before playing against such a tough opponent and perhaps it affected youngster as he lost the final rather tamely 4-6, 3-6 after one hour and six minutes. — PTI
Johor Bahru , September 22
The Indians scored a goal each in both the halves to pocket full three points from the encounter.
Ramandeep Singh gave India the lead in the 18th minute before Talwinder Singh doubled the lead for his side in the 50th minute. Sam French pulled one back for the Englishmen, converting a penalty corner in the 67th minute.
Despite the victory, the Indians looked far from convincing in the match and did just enough to secure the victory. The Indians got four penalty corners in the match but failed to convert a single one.
England was no better as they utilised just one of the six short corners that came their way.
India forced three penalty corners early in the second half — 41st, 42nd and 45th minutes, but Amit Rohidas was woefully off target, hardly testing England goalkepeer Gibson.
The Indians should also thank their custodian Harjot Singh, who made a couple of great saves to keep a clean slate for his side till the 67th minute. India coach Gregg Clark too agreed that his wards were not up to the mark against England.
“We failed to capitalise on the chances we created but all credit to England who stayed in the game and gave us a tough time,” Clark said after the match.
“It is a question of getting things right and this being our first match it was a decent performance as we really should have not been caught in possession as many times as we did,” he said. “Still I am happy with the three points and a winning start is always welcomed. But we can improve,” the South African added. — PTI
New Delhi , September 22
“Let’s see. There will always be little doubts in my mind due to injury. It’s a little right now and there is a bit of weakness. Right now my foucs in on the injury,” the 27-year-old Hyderabadi said. Currently ranked 12, his next international engagements will be the Super Series in Denmark and France and he’s itching to do well on the European circuit. — PTI
India stutter to 2-1 victory
Johor Bahru , September 22@@India started their campaign in The Sultan of Johor Cup Under-21 hockey tournament on a perfect note, defeating England 2-1 in their opening round-robin match here on Sunday.@@The Indians scored a goal each in both the halves to pocket full three points from the encounter.@@Ramandeep Singh gave India the lead in the 18th minute before Talwinder Singh doubled the lead for his side in the 50th minute. Sam French pulled one back for the Englishmen, converting a penalty corner in the 67th minute.@@Despite the victory, the Indians looked far from convincing in the match and did just enough to secure the victory. The Indians got four penalty corners in the match but failed to convert a single one. @@England was no better as they utilised just one of the six short corners that came their way.@@India forced three penalty corners early in the second half — 41st, 42nd and 45th minutes, but Amit Rohidas was woefully off target, hardly testing England goalkepeer Gibson.@@The Indians should also thank their custodian Harjot Singh, who made a couple of great saves to keep a clean slate for his side till the 67th minute. India coach Gregg Clark too agreed that his wards were not up to the mark against England.@@“We failed to capitalise on the chances we created but all credit to England who stayed in the game and gave us a tough time,” Clark said after the match.added. — PTI
Chandigarh, September 22
This means that the Enforcement Directorate has not accepted the BCCI’s plea that it remitted Rs 283 crore to Cricket South Africa and Rs 88.48 crore to IMG in accordance with the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).
The BCCI has claimed that moving the tournament out of India, followed by these transactions, led to increased foreign exchange for India and that the BCCI had been professionally advised that these remittances were “current account transactions” that did not require prior approval of RBI. The BCCI also said that these remittances were made through an authorised dealer, ie a nationalised bank licensed by the RBI to conduct foreign exchange transactions, after furnishing all the required documents and information called for, none of which is alleged to be false. The BCCI also pointed out that there is no allegation that these remittances benefited any individual, or that there was loss of foreign exchange for India.
But the BCCI has not denied a single fact in the original report, which had said that the violation amounted to Rs. 1600 crore in all. The BCCI said that the payments were legitimate, and that they were “professionally advised that these remittances were current account transactions and did not require RBI approval”. — TNS
Vettel eases to Singapore hat-trick
Singapore, September 22
The German led from pole to flag and lapped on average almost two seconds quicker than his rivals to finish 32.6 seconds clear of Alonso and take another big step towards a fourth successive title with six races remaining.
Kimi Raikkonen shrugged off back pain to climb from 13th on the grid to third for Lotus in a challenging race that was held up by one decisive safety car period when Daniel Ricciardo crashed his Toro Rosso into the barriers on lap 26. “
Yes, yes, that’s what I call in control,” Vettel shouted over the team radio after chalking up his seventh win of the season and 33rd of his career. “The car felt absolutely fantastic. This is absolutely a team effort.”
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said Vettel, who was again booed on the podium from some in the crowd below, had been in a league of his own after “one of his best ever drives”.
Vettel was challenged briefly by fellow-German Nico Rosberg, who was second on the grid, on the run to the first turn but once he held off the Mercedes, he controlled the race.
Alonso again used a charging start and brilliant strategy to climb from seventh on the grid and keep his title hopes alive.
He gambled on pitting for a change of tyres during the safety car period and nursing his Ferrari all the way to the flag on medium tyres. “We knew we didn’t have the pace today so we had to invent something with a different strategy from the other teams,” said the Spaniard.
“It paid off at the end. We are in a position in the championship where we have nothing to lose.”
Raikkonen, who will join Alonso at Ferrari next season, duplicated the Spaniard’s strategy and was able to hold on for third place from the fast-charging Mercedes duo of Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, who opted to stay out behind the safety car.
Alonso’s Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa finished in sixth place with McLaren’s Jenson Button and Sergio Perez claiming the next two spots ahead of Nico Hulkenburg’s Sauber and Adrian Sutil in a Force India.
Vettel’s team mate Mark Webber briefly climbed up to fourth place in the closing stages but his Red Bull lost power on the last lap and he slipped out of the top 10.
There was also disappointment for Romain Grosjean, who started third on the grid but retired on lap 33 after his Lotus suffered a pneumatic system failure and was called in by his team to retire in the pits. — Reuters
* Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault 1:59:13.132
* Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari +00:32.627
* Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus - Renault 00:43.920
* Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 00:51.155
* Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 00:53.159
* Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 01:03.877
* Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 247
*Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 187
* Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 151
* Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus 149
* Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 130
* Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 116
* Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 87
* RedBull - Renault 377
* Ferrari 274
* Mercedes 267
Bhiwani Boxing Club banned
Chandigarh, September 22
The club’s chief coach Jagdish Singh, Dronacharya Award winner, has also been banned for one year and will not be allowed to enter any state championship premises. It is learnt that the coach smashed the electronic scoreboard, assaulted and intimidated officials at the venue after an altercation over the awarding of points during the bout.
HSBA general secretary Rakesh Thakran said, “The executive committee has taken a serious view of the indiscipline and has banned four clubs, including BBC. While the three other clubs, from Sonepat, Bhiwani and Hisar, have been banned for six months, BBC has been banned for a year. They have been warned of serious consequences if there is ever a breach of discipline in future.”
Without naming any club, Thakran said, “It has become a habit with a few clubs to create indiscipline. Those have been punished. It was necessary to convey the message.”
The official, however, added that the ban would not affect boxers as they would be allowed to participate in the state championships from the Bhiwani district. It is the club that will not be allowed to enter a competition of its own.
Professional boxing makes a debut
The Haryana State Boxing Association is mulling to start a professional league from November onwards. The state body has made a three-member committee and as of now a reward of Rs 1 lakh has been proposed for the winner in each of the ten categories.
The meet will be held in various districts of the state with new AIBA rules.
“We are seeking sponsors and broadcast partners, after which we will solicit sponsorships,” said an official.
Back from Down Under to chase his dream
Patiala, September 22
Ravinder, 27, is the reigning national champion with a personal best of 75.47m, recorded at the recently concluded National Athletics Championship at Ranchi.
Sport came naturally to Ravinder. His father, Hardeep Singh Khaira, who hails from Sunam, is a physical education teacher. That is the reason when Ravinder expressed his desire to be a sportsperson, his parents readily agreed. Motivated by his father, Ravinder took up volleyball and competed in state and national championships until 10 years ago. But perturbed with “political interference” in the selection criteria in team games, Ravinder opted for an individual sport and started training to be a javelin thrower in 2005.
Despite the fact that Ravinder grew really passionate about javelin throwing and battled to the national level, he was not happy with the training facilities available in India. Also, he didn’t see a secure future here. Thus, in 2008, he moved to Australia in search of better training facilities and a secure future.
Speaking to The Tribune, Ravinder said while he was doing his diploma in Automotives in Australia, he would work part-time as a taxi driver to provide for training.
“My family played a major role in my training,” he said. “Despite hardships, my parents contributed with financial assistance to pay for my coaching sessions, club membership, dietician, physiotherapy and massages on a regular basis and my performance started to improve.”
“Though my friends would advise me to give up on javelin and take up a full-time job for financial stability, the thought of parting with the sport scared me and I somehow managed to make ends meet,” he added.
“Thankfully, my hard-work paid off and I went on to win the Victorian Javelin Throw Championship twice and won a bronze medal in Australia’s Hunter Track Classic in February this year,” he said. “I ranked fourth in the Briggs Track Hobart Championship, which provided me ample recognition. But that certainly was not enough. I wanted money to continue my sports career and that’s when I decided to come back to India.”
However, he is disgruntled with the fact that the state government has not yet provided him with a job offer, so that he could train without having to worry about earning his livelihood.
He feels that winning the national title is just a stepping stone and he still has a long way to go. But, he said, that is not possible without government support.
London, September 22
Aguero volleyed City ahead after 16 minutes and made it 3-0 in the opening minute of the second half after Yaya Toure had put the home side in command on the stroke of halftime.
United's defence was sliced wide open again when Samir Nasri volleyed home after 50 minutes and manager David Moyes's first Manchester derby descended into a nightmare.
Wayne Rooney's curling free kick was the only ray of sunshine for champions United who have now lost four of the last five league derbies with City. Manuel Pellegrini’s team climbed to third in the table with 10 points, two behind leaders Arsenal, who took top place with a 3-1 defeat of Stoke City. United are in eighth place with seven points from five matches.
Ramsey sparks Arsenal win
In-form midfielder Aaron Ramsey again provided the spark, firing Arsenal ahead after five minutes. And although Stoke equalised through American Geoff Cameron, goals from Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna sealed a seventh consecutive win in all competitions for Arsene Wenger’s side. Welshman Ramsey has scored seven goals in eight matches this season and his early goal helped nullify the loss of Theo Walcott who was injured in the warm-up. Tottenham Hotspur sit in second spot with 12 points after they beat Cardiff City 1-0. Swansea City followed up a notable 3-0 Europa League win in Valencia in midweek with a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace. After losing on the opening day of the season, Arsenal have won four successive league games and lead the table with 12 points. — Reuters
In-form midfielder Aaron Ramsey again provided the spark, firing Arsenal ahead after five minutes.
And although Stoke equalised through American Geoff Cameron, goals from Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna sealed a seventh consecutive win in all competitions for Arsene Wenger’s side.
Welshman Ramsey has scored seven goals in eight matches this season and his early goal helped nullify the loss of Theo Walcott who was injured in the warm-up.
Tottenham Hotspur sit in second spot with 12 points after they beat Cardiff City 1-0. Swansea City followed up a notable 3-0 Europa League win in Valencia in midweek with a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace.
After losing on the opening day of the season, Arsenal have won four successive league games and lead the table with 12 points. — Reuters
Madrid, September 22
Spain striker Pedro took his tally for the season to five goals, while Cesc Fabregas netted the fourth, after Rayo had made life difficult for the visitors becoming the first team to edge them for possession in a match in five years.
The champions have 15 points from five games, and moved top ahead of Atletico Madrid on goal difference, after Diego Simeone’s side also maintained their 100 percent record with a 2-0 win at Real Valladolid.
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino rotated his squad again with Dani Alves, Andres Iniesta and Alexis Sanchez starting on the bench and his side were quickly on the back foot against an aggressive Rayo. — Reuters
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