Hemanta signs for Tollygunge
Natl status for BMSC rally
Meesawart consolidates lead

Calcutta, May 3 
Former international Hemanta Dora today left Mohun Bagan for a season with Tollygunge Agragami.

Hemanta was Mohun Bagan’s first-choice goalkeeper till the early stages of last season’s National League, before losing his place to Sandip Nandy.

“I wasn’t exactly enjoying my stay in Mohun Bagan... it wasn’t the ideal atmosphere to be in. Tollygunge is my old club anyway,” Hemanta said this evening.

Hemanta informed his younger brother and current India goalkeeper Prasanta is also likely to play for Tollygunge this season.

Among others to strengthen the Tollygunge roster today was FCI forward Biman Mondal.

Mohammedan Sporting roped in Aryan defender Srikrishna Ghosh.

In all, 77 transfers were recorded of which 22 involved Super Division clubs.

Kuntala for Germany

The coach of the Indian women’s team, Kuntala Ghosh Dastidar, along with former Tollygunge Agragami trainer Chandu Roy Chowdhury have been selected to attend a ‘B’ licence course for coaches in Germany. The course will be conducted in Stuttgart from May 22 to July 28.

Kuntala, an Eastern Railway employee, will leave on May 17 or 19. She has already done the A and B licence courses conducted by the Asian Football Confederation.    

Calcutta, May 3 
The third Servo Kaviguru Rally, organised by the Bengal Motor Sports Club, will be held on May 13-14. This event has been granted National status this time. Like the earlier editions, this year also the cars and bikes will be flagged off from the south gate of Victoria Memorial and cover a distance of 315 kms before ending in Shantiniketan.

Unlike previous years, women competitors may participate in the two-wheeler section and the clerk-of-the-course will be Nabanita Bhattacharya. According to the organisers, this is possibly the first time that a lady has been assigned this duty in a competition of this stature. There will be awards for the top six in the four-wheeler and two-wheeler categories and a trophy for the best lady driver.

The event will follow the time-speed-distance format and seasoned riders like Prashanta Pal, Vijay Goenka, Mithil Chakraborty apart from defending champion Shubhajit Kumar are likely to take part. About 30 cars and 35 bikes are expected to participate.

Saifee Hall in quarters

Saifee Hall entered the quarter finals of the Parle-G CAB inter-school under-19 cricket meet today. In a rain-truncated quarter-final clash, Saifee Hall beat Calcutta Boys by 18 runs.

The other pre-quarters clash between Scottish Church and Ballygunge Government HS could not be played due to wet ground conditions. It will now be played on Friday.

East Bengal held in BHA league

East Bengal dropped points for the first time this season, as CC & FC held them to a 1-1 draw in a first division group A match of the BHA League. M.Ahmed put CC & FC ahead in the first half before M. Herenj restored parity in the 65th minute.

ERSA beat Customs 2-1 with goals from Sheikh Siraj and Nisar Ahmed. B.K. Thapa struck for Customs. Mohammedan Sporting beat CPT 1-0 in another group A match through a goal by Azam Ali. In group B, Chittaranjan Locomotive Works thrashed Baranagore Sporting 6-3 and the match between Punjab SC and Police AC ended goalless.    

Calcutta, May 3 
Overnight leader Prom Meesawart of Thailand consolidated his position after the second round of the 22nd Asia Pacific junior golf championship at the RCGC today.

The defending champion was leading the field in the boys’ A category (15-17 years) with a second-round total of 148 — four ahead of India’s Ashok Kumar. Meesawart had two birdies today, on the second and 18th holes.

Ranjit Singh of Calcutta slipped from the second spot after shooting a five-over 77 but Kumar kept Indian hopes alive with an aggregate of 152. Kumar is in second place, while Ranjit is sixth at 158.

Ronnacha Jamnong of Thailand and Korea’s Hye Jin Choi are in third spot with 155 each. Jamnong returned a second-round score of 78. Min Yu Liu was in sole posession of the fifth spot with 156.

Thailand continued to dominate the team championship also, staying on top with 462. Korea were second at 471 and India third with 489.

Kyung Tae Kim of Korea was leading the boys’ B (13-14) category with a total of 155, followed by Thais Kittiman Thabunekan and Noppakorn Suvanich. India’s Jaskeerat Singh Dullet was fourth at 164.

The Koreans and Thais excelled in the girls’ competition also which started today. The best score of 73 (one-over) was recorded by Ji Yeon Woo of Korea in group B (13-14) which put her in the lead in category A (15-17). Woo birdied on the 8th and 18th.

Shi Hyan Ahn of Korea was second at 74, followed by Joo Mi Kim and Hyun Hee Moon (79 each). Thailand’s Onnarin Sattyabanphot was fifth with 80 and India’s Ayesha Kapur sixth at 81.

Chun Ju Yang of Chinese Taipei was second in group B with 80, followed by India’s Mayali Talwar and Korea’s Bo Bae Song (81 each).

Korea were leading the team table with 153. Chinese Taipei were second with 162 and India third at 166.    


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