Indians deny giving gifts
Hockey among disciplines
Season-opener on July 1
City boy in Indian team
India 20th in Asia
Antwerp fancied

 
 
INDIANS DENY GIVING GIFTS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, June 9 
India just started on its Asian Games 2006 campaign when it quickly picked up some Salt Lake City-type reputation. Complaints were made that an Indian delegation made gifts of ‘gold-plated’ clocks to bid officials.

That uproar, some time back during the delegation’s Rio visit for an Afro-Asian Games conclave, might have been just a false alarm, after all. Officials of other bidding cities, especially from Kuala Lumpur, complained that Delhi was trying to “buy” off the Games.

The ‘gold-plated’ gift was priced at just Rs 900 each, bought from Titan. According to spokesperson of the bidding conclave, it is “unlikely that gold-plated” clocks can be bought at that price.

A member of the delegation told The Telegraph that India did not give any gift as part of the Asian Games campaign. “In fact New Delhi was the only city not to have given anything. The clock was given to the delegates who attended the Afro-Asian Games presentation. In fact the Afro-Asian Games logo is etched on the dial of the clock,” said the source.

“Most delegates who took the clock are not even remotely connected with the Asian Games,” he added. “While Kuala Lumpur, Doha and Hong Kong hosted lavish dinners, gave gifts and had superb hospitality centres in the official hotel, the Indian delegation had put up a solid information desk. Old pictures, posters, medals etc. of the 1951 and 1982 Asian Games were distributed.”    


 
 
HOCKEY AMONG DISCIPLINES 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, June 9 
Hockey and weightlifting, for both men and women, will also now be disciplines at the inaugural Afro-Asian Games to be held in New Delhi next year.

Competition will now be held in athletics, football, boxing, shooting, tennis, swimming, hockey and weightlifting. This was decided during the Afro-Asian Games Council meeting in Rio de Janeiro, recently, according to information reaching here.

New Delhi hosts the Games from November 3 to 11 next year.

The IOC has promised total support in this novel venture. The Afro Asian Games council meeting was attended by IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch and other IOC members.

The Indian Olympic Association is also offering free air travel and board and lodging to all participants and officials for the inaugural Games.

The Indian delegation, led by Union sports minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, also had in it IOA secretary Randhir Singh and Suresh Kalmadi, chairman of the New Delhi and Afro-Asian Games organising committee and IOA president    


 
 
SEASON-OPENER ON JULY 1 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, June 9 
The McDowell Cup football meet will now be held from July 1 to 10. The decision was taken at a meeting between top IFA officials and police authorities today. The local season-opening meet was put on ‘hold’ after police held back permission because of minicipal elections.

It was also decided that Super Division matches will begin on July 7. The Mohun Bagan-East Bengal clash in the first leg is slated for July 29.

Stopper-back Chanchal Bhattacharya and Supriyo Dasgupta left East Bengal today for a season with newly-promoted Super Division side SAIL, even as Tollygunge Agragami bolstered their roster by signing up seven footballers, almost all of them from outstation.

Meanwhile, Tollygunge has lifted their suspension on Isiaka, thus paving the way for his move to East Bengal.

Tollygunge relented after the Nigerian tendered an apology for skipping some matches last season on flimsy grounds.

The IFA, meanwhile, has asked East Bengal to clarify their stand on the Dipendu Biswas stalemate. Biswas, who has taken advance from the club for a move from Mohun Bagan, is caught in no-man’s land after the two clubs, both under the UB banner, agreed on hefty transfer fees for players moving between them.

If the IFA doesn’t get the reply within the three-day deadline it has set, or is not satisfied by it, the matter will go to the association’s 10-member arbitration panel.    


 
 
CITY BOY IN INDIAN TEAM 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, June 9 
City-based Ranjit Singh is among the four-member Indian golf team (others being Gurbaaz Mann of Chandigarh, Md Wazir and Manav Jaini of Delhi) which will leave for Singapore tomorrow to take part in the Singapore junior golf championship from June 13 to 15.

Dalmiya case

Justice Basudev Panigrahi of the Calcutta High Court today directed India Today to file an affidavit in connection with a defamation case filed by ICC president Jagmahon Dalmiya claiming Rs 50 crore as damages to his public image. Earlier, the court directed London’s Sunday Telegraph to submit an affidavit substantiating its report involving Dalmiya.    

 
 
INDIA 20TH IN ASIA 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, June 9 
India’s soccer ranking has slipped to 20th in Asia now, according to information received here. The world ranking for India now is 113. Iran heads the Asian rankings.    

 
 
ANTWERP FANCIED 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Bangalore, June 9 
Antwerp, a hattricker in as many starts here last winter, is taken to win the 1,800m Stewards Cup tomorrow. Maintaining his brilliant form, as is evidenced by his morning trials, the S. Padmanabhan-trained four-year-old, in the hands of the champion jockey Aslam Kader, may easily take care of Ace Academy who is set to concede chunks of weight.

SELECTIONS

2 pm: Soap Opera 1. Adjure Syndic 2. Gordon’s Pet 3.

2.30 pm: Predominate 1. Fountain Head 2. Lance’s Pet 3.

3 pm: Al Habib 1. Lock Wood 2. Code Word 3.

3.30 pm: Merano 1. Own Legacy 2. Golden Carp 3.

4 pm: Antwerp 1. Ace Academy 2. Mount Rose 3.

4.30 pm: Tricon 1. Skye 2. Royal Castle 3.

5 pm: Altazano 1. Melodeon 2. Desert Gold 3.

5.30 pm: Silk Petals 1. Recapitulation 2. Sinatra 3.

Day’s Best: Antwerp Double: Merano & Altzano    

 

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