Sachin vows to keep on fighting
The code Aussies want ICC to adopt
Bengal storm into title round
I was sure I’d get it: Mouma
Anjali Chopra bags crown
BTTA suggests Pushilal’s name
Death, injuries mar the day
Simply Unique best on form

 
 
SACHIN VOWS TO KEEP ON FIGHTING 
 
 
FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
 
Sydney, Jan. 14 
Sachin Tendulkar has kept open the option of batting down the order. . “It’s going to be a match-by-match decision,” the Indian captain told the Media tonight.

Sachin opened for the first time in the Carlton and United Series today, and the move flopped.

Reflecting on the game, Sachin felt a total of 150 would have been “good”, while what was achieved (100) “was decent.” He didn’t blame the SCG wicket for India’s woes, but did say: “If you wanted to see shots, it wasn’t the wicket. If you wished to see inswingers and outswingers, it was.”

Sachin vowed to “keep on fighting.”

Steve Waugh, the Australian captain, remarked he, too, would have batted had he won the toss.

Asked about Sachin’s decision to open, Steve said: “It’s not quite the same as opening in the sub-continent ... With the ball doing quite a bit, it would be understandable if the best player was kept away from the initial overs ...”

And, yes, Steve drew a parallel with Glenn McGrath getting Sachin early in the World Cup as well, at the Oval. For the record, Australia had won that match, too.    


 
 
THE CODE AUSSIES WANT ICC TO ADOPT 
 
 
FROM LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Sydney, Jan. 14 
The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) probably has the most exhaustive Code of Conduct for its players and a recent addition — the Racial and Religious Vilification Code — may even feature in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) Code of Conduct.

In fact, as was reported the other day, the ACB has formally requested the ICC to incorporate it into its own Code of Conduct, which is binding on all international cricketers. The request is being “studied.”

The ACB’s Code of Conduct, which is “a supplement to the existing laws” even lays down a stringent anti-doping policy. As it is with the Racial and Religious Vilification Code, it’s not to suggest doping is threatening Australian cricket.

The ACB, though, wishes to formally and firmly discourage anything that isn’t cricket.

A copy of the Code of Conduct has been made available to The Telegraph, and reproduced is the Racial and Religious Vilification Code:

Purpose of Code

The purpose of the Code is to:

1) Recognise the commitment of the Australian Cricket Board (the ACB) to the elimination of racial and religious vilification of players.

2) Establish a framework for handling complaints made by players who believe they have been subjected to racial or religious vilification by another player.

Conduct covered by the Code

A player who is participating in a match under the jurisdiction or auspices of the ACB will not engage in any conduct, act towards or speak to any other player in a manner which offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies the other player on the basis of that player’s race, religion, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.

The inter-relationship of this Code with other rules and regulations governing the sport

This Code does not restrict any other action which may be taken in relation to the conduct covered by this Code under the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct.

Human Rights and equal opportunity legislation

This Code does not restrict or prohibit any player from pursuing all other legal rights they may have in relation to racial and religious vilification.

Lodging a complaint

Where a player (“the complainant”) believes he has been subjected to vilification under this Code or an officiating umpire in a match (“the umpire”) believes another player has breached the Code, the complainant or the umpire may lodge a complaint with the Operations Manager of the ACB by 5 pm on the first business day following the completion of the match in which the breach is alleged to have occurred.

What must a complaint contain

1) Be in writing

2) Outline the circumstances of the allegations made and

3) If possible, be accompanied by any supporting documentation including witness statements or video evidence.

The Code specifies that the Operations Manager should, ideally, complete the investigation “within 48 hours” of receiving the complaint.

Further, there is provision for the appointment of a Conciliator, under the Conciliation Procedure clause. And, one of the sub-clauses clearly states: “Both parties and all those attending the conciliation must participate in good faith.”

Should conciliation not be successful, the complaint will be referred to the ACB Commissioner, who is to “promptly arrange” a hearing.

In case the complaint or any part of it is “proven,” the ACB Commissioner will determine a penalty which may include, but which is not limited to:

1) The respondent to prepare a written apology;

2) A fine to a maximum of 100 per cent of the player’s relevant match fee;

or

3) Suspension.

Any player found guilty can appeal to an Appeals Tribunal, which will be constituted by the ACB and consist of three members.

Should a breach occur on tour, the listed procedures will follow with the Team Manager assuming the role of the ACB’s Operations Manager.

Significantly, all players covered by the Code “must attend” the education programme (in relation to racial and religious vilification), the expenses of which are met by the ACB.

The programmes, one learns, are conducted by a government agency.    


 
 
BENGAL STORM INTO TITLE ROUND 
 
 
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
 
Midnapore, Jan. 14 
Hosts Bengal today stormed into the final of the 22nd national sub-junior soccer championship, outplaying Assam 3-0 in the first semi-final at the Aurobindo Stadium here. The winners led 1-0 at half time.

In a one-sided match Bengal mounted pressure right from the kick-off and could have won with a bigger mergin but for misses by frontliners. They took the lead when midfielder Dinesh Swar’s shot took the feet of defender Suraj Chettry before entering the net. Goalkeeper Nasmduna Rongmei had no chance.

In the eighth minute of the second half unmarked Bengal striker Supratik Ain headed home a free-kick by Amjad Ali Khan from the left flank.

Medio Sona Biswas completed the tally when he struck home off a goalkeepert deflection following Amjad Khan’s 30-yard free-kick in the 24th minute of the second half.

The hosts should have scored another in the 40th minute had Amjad not failed to convert a spot-kick.    


 
 
I WAS SURE I’D GET IT: MOUMA 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 14 
Excellence in table tennis is not rare in Bengal. Keeping the tradition intact is Mouma Das, who won the national women’s crown in Lucknow on Wednesday.

Mouma returned this morning, and adhering to another tradition, the BTTA officials welcomed her at the station with flowers and chocolates.

It was the third time in succession that the women’s title came to Bengal, after Kasturi Chakraborty and Poulami Ghatak. But technically, it was not exactly a hattrick as Mouma now represents Petroleum Sports Control Board (PSCB), whom she joined last year.

It was, nevertheless, another triumph for coach Jayanta Pushilal who has been teaching Mouma the tricks of the trade from a very tender age.

“I was confident I’d get it, mainly because of my performance last year when I won two zonal meets and was seeded first in the nationals,” Mouma, who uses a ‘pimpled fore-hand’ racket which facilitates finishing, said. She also completed a double, winning the team title.

The 15-year-old, who partnered Poulami to the doubles bronze in the Asian junior meet in Chennai last year, said this triumph was more satisfying. “The Chennai bronze, though in an international event, came in doubles. To emerge best singles player in the country is something special,” Mouma, who never won the national junior crown, said.

“I was a little nervous before the semi-final (against former champion Mantu Ghosh), but once that hurdle was cleared, I knew I was in with a solid chance,” she disclosed.

Mouma said her immediate goal is to excel at the international level as she has been named in the squad for the World and Commonwealth championships. She also features in the list of pre-Olympic probables. “My movement, topspin and service have to be better to shine at the higher level,” said this fan of Arup Basak, the former men’s national champion who is also a neighbour.

Her coach, praising her finishing prowess, said Mouma has to tighten up her returns and add variety to service if she has to become a “complete” player.    


 
 
ANJALI CHOPRA BAGS CROWN 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 14 
Anjali Chopra won the West Bengal Ladies’ Amateur golf meet at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club today. Chopra tallied 306, seven strokes better then V. Agarwal.

The West Bengal Challenge Cup was won by S. Sen (299), followed by S. Agarwal (301), while the Burdwan Cup was lifted by T. Nakano (285), followed by S.S. Kohli.

The Aral Open scratch trophy was won by S. Ray (384), followed by N. Lall (407). S.C. Mahtab won the seniors’ nett prize with 140.

Chowrasia shares lead

Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia and Ashok Kumar shared the lead at three-under 141 after round III of the ONGC-NGC Open golf meet in Noida today. According to information received here, Jyoti Randhwa was third at two-under 142.    


 
 
BTTA SUGGESTS PUSHILAL’S NAME 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 14 
The Bengal Table Tennis Association (BTTA) has urged the Table Tennis Federation of India to recommend the name of coach Jayanta Pushilal for the Dronacharya Award. A letter to this effect was sent to the national federation last November.

Pushilal, who trained as many as ten national champions in various age groups, including new women’s champion Mouma Das and former men’s winner Arup Basak, has been coaching the state team for the last ten years apart from running his own clinic at Narkeldanga.

Md. Sp. get Rs 10 lakh

Boosted by the United Breweries group’s initial sponsorship instalment of Rs 10 lakh, Mohammedan Sporting are gunning for a berth in the apex tier of the National football League. The remaining Rs 15 lakh of the deal is expected in three more instalments.

Mohammed Habib, the former TFA coach, has been roped in and is expected to take charge from Januray 25. Habib will be assisted by Syed Firoz and according to club officials, the former will be consulted while recruiting players for the next season.

Iraqi midfielder Bassim Yonan, who represented Mohun Bagan last season, is expected to get some players from home and two Nigerians are currently undergoing trial at the club.    


 
 
DEATH, INJURIES MAR THE DAY 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 14 
The planetary position on the eve of makkar sankranti, perhaps, had a major effect on the race horses today. Nearly 32 per cent — 15 horses in a total of 48 runners in the six-event card — bore the blunt of the starry alignment. Six runners lost their chances at the gates, three returned lame and an equal number of them were withdrawn for various reasons. To add to the count, a couple of fancied horses received nasty injuries while one, Racing Baron, died of cardiac arrest inside the stall. Needless to say the punters had little to cheer about with outsiders like Crown Prince shattering hopes in the first leg of the jackpot pool and the Bath-trainee Rheinheart, in the Bright Law Cup, completing the rout. RESULTS

1. Adelina Plate 1,200m: (3-1-6-5) Arctic Fancy (Gowli) 1; Actress (C. Alford) 2; Tsaynen Blue (Shanker) 3; Saffron Rose (Merchant) 4. Won by: 1-1/4; 1-1/2; 1-1/2; (1-15.2). Tote: Win Rs 75; Place: 26; 12; Quinella: 30; Tanala: 357. Fav: Actress (1). Winner trained by R. Alford.

2. Sea View Handicap 1,200m: (9-1-5-3) Crown Prince (Yasin) 1; Abstract (C. Alford) 2; As You Please (Shanker) 3; Storm Centre (Engineer) 4. Won by: 1-3/4; Hd; SH; (1-14.4). Tote: Win Rs 470; Place: 63; 15; 15; Quinella: 641; Tanala: 10,215. Fav: Abstract (1). Winner trained by A. Goenka.

3. Harvest Star Handicap 1,400m: (3-5-7-2) Iron Warrior (C. Alford) 1; Friendly Knight (Saran) 2; Gul (Manohar) 3; The Epicurean (Som) 4. Won by: 1/2; 3/4; 2; (1-28.9). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 12; 27; 13; Quinella: 156; Tanala: 432. Fav: Iron Warrior (3). Winner trained by D. David.

4. Wandin Handicap 1,200m: (3-6-4-1) Gallant Heights (Merchant) 1; Time Of Times (Salim) 2; Vested Interest (Amil) 3; Swingtime (Bird) 4. Not run: Desert Story (5). Won by: 4; 1/2; 1; (1-15.9). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 13; 23; Quinella: 45; Tanala: 90. Fav: Gallant Heights (3). Winner trained by R. Alford.

5. Bright Law Cup 1,600m: (6-3-5-2) Rheinheart (Shanker) 1; Global Harmony (Amil) 2; Angstrom (Islam) 3; Black Mane (Akhtar) 4. Not run: Racing Baron (9) & Generous Present (10). Won by: 1-3/4; 1-3/4; 1-1/4; (1-41.5). Tote: Win Rs 66; Place: 19; 13; 29; Quinella: 62; Tanala: 1,047. Fav: Global Harmony (3). Winner trained by Bath.

6. Cherry Handicap 1,400m: (9-6-4-3) Gentle Priest (Rabani) 1; High Life (Islam) 2; Citadel (Amil) 3; Attire (C. Alford) 4. Not run: Sky Command (1). Won by: 3-1/2; Nk; SH; (1-27.9). Tote: Win Rs 31; Place: 14; 17; 37; Quinella: 55; Tanala: 783. Fav: Gentle Priest (9). Winner trained by Bharath S.

Jackpot: Rs 62,317; (C) Rs 6,031.

Treble: (i) Rs 14,584; (ii) Rs 361.

Today’s track trials

Outer sand track

1,800m: Brave Show (Bird) and Sharp Sensation (C. Alford) in 2-12 4/5s; (400m) 31s. Former 6 ls better.

1,400m: Arizona Star (Sher) in 1-42 2/5s; (400m) 30s. Moved well.

1,200m: Super Smile (M. Reuben) and Silver Toy (Gowli) in 1-25s; (400m) 27 1/5s. Former 6 ls better.

1,000m: Joe The Pro (Shanker) and Master Of The Rolls (Akhtar) 1-8s; (400m) 27s. Former 6 ls better. Classic Leader (K. Kumar) and Godlen Express (Rutherford) in 1-15s; (400m) 28 2/5s. Former one length better. Garden Of Heaven (Saran) in 1-13 2/5s; (400m) 27 2/5s. Mameena (Shaker) and Aznavour (Akhtar) in 1-10s; (400m) 27s. Former too good. Artwork (C. Alfrod) and Acceptor (M. Reuben) in 1-9 3/5s; (400m) 27s. Former one length better. Bountiful Treasure (C. Alford) in 1-8 3/5s; (400m) 27s. Good.

800m: Ispahan (Shanker) and Harry The Horse (Akhtar) in 55s; (400m) 27 1/5s. Both level. Giorgio (Gowli) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Handy. Little Boy Blue (Rb) and Madame X (Rb) in 59s; (400m) 28 2/5s. Former a head better.

Sand track

1,400m: Classic Wonder (Rb) in 1-38s; (400m) 23s. Note. Dramatic Turn (Rb) in 1-41 2/5s; (400m) 30s. Easy.

800m: Silver Raising (Rb) in 49s; (400m) 23s. Good. Secret Meadow (Manohar) in 51s; (400m) 23s. Moved well. Age Of Miracles (Shanker) and Infierno (Akhtar) in 56s; (400m) 28s.

600m: Rheinheart (Rb) and Golden Heart (Yasin) in 41s; (400m) 27s.

400m: Answerable (Locke) in 26s.

Barrier trial after the last race

1,200m: Alygator (C. Alford), Piece Of Cake (Bird), Tribal Warlord (Rb) and Swash Buckler (Shanker) in 1-16 3/5s. They finished in the order named each being separated by a length.

Bangalore Friday’s results

1st race: Kimono (Rajesh) 1; Access All Areas 2; Kingston Heath 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 4-1/2; (1-17.3). 2nd race: Summer Mood (Koch) 1; Desert Lord 2; Brave Deed 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 2-1/4; (2-8.4). 3rd race: Whitehall (M. Narredu) 1; Clyde Barrow 2; Carnival Craze 3. Not run: Blaze Of Fire. Won by: 2-1/4; 1; (1-17.9). 4th race: Regal Wind (Rak-esh) 1; Placid Ark 2; Decorated Hero 3. Won by: 3/4; 1-3/4; (1-42.6). 5th race: Machine Gun Kelly (Eddery) 1; Azilian 2; Mr Confident 3. Won by: 3-1/2; Nk; (1-28). 6th race: Stella Blue (Hanumant) 1; Something Fishy 2; King’s Common 3. Won by: Nk; 5-1/4; (1-30.5). 7th race: Sinister Minister (Koch) 1; London Bells 2; Dusty Street 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1-1/2; (2-12.2). 8th race: Andretti (Ruzaan) 1; Omni Presence & Power Extreme 2. Won by: 1-3/4; DH; (1-33).

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SIMPLY UNIQUE BEST ON FORM 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
 
The winner of the South India 1,000 Guineas before going down to Premium Point in the 2,000 Guineas and also in the Oaks, the Excellence-Sakura daughter, Simply Unique has the best credentials to win the Chettinad Cement South India Derby Stakes in Chennai on Saturday. Richard Hughes partners the Robert Foley-trainee.

SELECTIONS

1.30 pm: Wonder Light 1. Escape To Paradise 2. Italian Star 3.

2 pm: Forest Treasure 1. Secret Society 2. Rainbow Lake 3.

2.30 pm: Phantom Quest 1. Brave Hero 2. Aragrove 3.

3 pm: Impressive Lady 1. De Quest 2. Primary Colours 3.

3.30 pm: Simply Unique 1. Calypso Run 2. Daring Destiny 3.

4 pm: Power Point 1. Live Danger 2. Young Admiral 3.

4.30 pm:Owner’s Pride 1. Stary Way 2. Royal Looks 3.

5 pm: Red Jacket 1. Barbie Girl 2. Million Ways 3.

Day’s Best: Simply Unique Double: Forest Treasure & Power Point    

 

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