Anand for Frankfurt meet
India’s England tour on course
Racing/ Six Speed best for Fillies Trial
Mishra’s chance

 
 
ANAND FOR FRANKFURT MEET 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, June 16 
Viswanathan Anand will take part in the Frankfurt Chess Classic 2000 tournament, according to information reaching here.

The meet will be held in Frankfurt from tomorrow to June 25 and will be split in two phases. The first part will be an exhibition match featuring the chess programme Fritz. The second part will be a rapid chess tournament between top chess players, including Garri Kasparov and Anand.

IFA League

Rajasthan and Sonali Shibir played out a goalless draw in their first division group A League match at the Mohun Bagan ground today. In a group B match, Calcutta Police edged past Milan Samity 4-3. Mohammed Firoz Khan scored twice for the winners, with Santanu Ghosh and Paltu Das completing the tally. Amit Saha (2) and Biswajit Kar scored for Milan Samity.

Repairs at Eden, indoor

Terraces at the Eden Gardens will undergo repair and renovation soon, as will facilities at the adjoining indoor coaching centre.

The police have repeatedly complained about cramped leg space and poor spectator facilities in some sections of the Eden stands and plans are now afoot to address some of those problems.

The roof at the Pankaj Gupta indoor coaching centre needs major repair work. The synthetic surface is expected to be replaced.

Sub-junior cricket

Shyamnagar CCC and Shyamnagar Sabuj Sangha CCC won their respective matches in the Bidyut Ganguly memorial sub-junior cricket meet here today.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Shyamnagar CCC 94 in 19.5 ovs (Rajashree Banerjee 3/14, Rajdip Shaw 3/26). Bediapara Netaji Sangha CCC 89 in 19.2 ovs (Abhishek Chakraborty 39, Pritam Pal 3/10). Shyamnagar CCC won by 5 runs.

Shyamnagar Sabuj Sangha CCC 174/8 in 20 ovs (Subhankar Mullick 49, Mukul Dutta 3/25). Ujjiban Sangha CCC 107 in 18 ovs (Amit Sen 38, S. Mullick 3/18). Shyamnagar Sabuj Sangha CCC won by 67 runs.

NSA elections

The National Swimming Association (NSA) elections will be held Sunday. Some former national level players, disgusted with the way the association is being run by present general secretary Sanath Ghosh, have decided to contest. “We have to protest the manner in which our association is being run, in order to protect it,” said Samar Kumar Mitra, former international waterpolo player.

Yogin-3 scaled

A team of Tarit Memorial Mountaineering and Trekking Association, led by Kalpana Mukhopadhyaya, climbed the Yogin-3 peak in the Himalayas.

Other members: Sarbajit Sadhu, Apu Chatterjee, Avijit Mondal, Partha Majumdar, Ishanjit Dutta, Tapanayan Ghosh and Anjan Kar.    


 
 
INDIA’S ENGLAND TOUR ON COURSE 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, June 16 
If Bhaichung Bhutia provided followers of the game in England with a little taste of Indian football, those who took him there are now planning a full course.

The national team sets out on July 18 for its first-ever tour of Britain, for exposure and to “convince fans there that Indians do play football”.

“There is this misconception in those parts that we don’t play football. That we play cricket and polo, and used to play a lot of hockey,” P. C. RajProhit, the man who helped Bhaichung get a foothold in English football, said here today. “Bhaichung’s stint there has changed that situation a little. We hope that this tour will clear things further.”

Bhaichung Bhutia, who has now earned a three-year contract with Bury FC, will lead the Indians. They open with a match against Fulham at the latter’s ground (Craven Cottage) on July 22. Then there is a night game on July 26 against West Bromwich Albion at Hawthorns.

RajProhit, whose company Sapphire Enterprises is organising the tour, said the two first division teams will be at full strength. Interestingly, former French star Tigana will be in charge for the first time at Fulham when the club, owned by Al Fayed, play India. The Indians wrap up the tour with a showdown with the Bangladesh national side on July 29 at Leicester City.

The matches will be shown live on Doordarshan, the organisers informed. A website is being launched to help fans follow the matches.

The Indian squad will consist of 22 players, two coaches, a doctor and two officials. Also on the itinerary for the team, which will stay at the Keale University, is a visit to Anchor Inn, the pub in Fladbury where Bhaichung’s present club was born. While former India skipper Chuni Goswami will be there in his capacity as an adviser to the organiser, AIFF president Priya Ranjan Das Munshi will also be making the trip.

IFA letter to AIFF

Meanwhile, the IFA has sent a letter to the AIFF president urging him not to disrupt the local league. The letter follows an appeal made by East Bengal. Eleven players from the local glamour outfit have been called for India camps, senior and junior, and the club has informed the IFA that under the circumstances, it will be difficult for them to take part in the Super Division League.

IFA joint-secretary Ranjit Gupta, in his letter to the AIFF, has said it is illogical to disturb a local league for a goodwill tour.    


 
 
RACING/ SIX SPEED BEST FOR FILLIES TRIAL 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Bangalore, June 16 
The first classic of the season, tomorrow, the 1,600m Kingfisher Fillies Trial Stakes for three-year-old fillies only, looks easy picking for Six Speed. The four-time unbeaten ward of Darius Byramji stands out way above her nine rivals.

Displaying true classic potential in her lung opener this season, the Placerville-Haunting Beauty daughter looks home and dry in the hands of jockey Pesi Shroff, her regular partner.

SELECTIONS

2 pm: Soviet Park 1. Finders Keepers 2. Forest Boy 3.

2.30 pm: Cliff Side 1. Decision Maker 2. Forest Pegasus 3.

3 pm: Autarky 1. Three Coins 2. Screen Play 3.

3.30 pm: Crystal Man 1. Crystal Moment 2. Sea Classic 3.

4 pm: Six Speed 1. Access All Areas 2. Starry Scene 3.

4.30 pm: Silver Hope 1. Cavala 2. Argyle Gold 3.

5 pm: Rosalie 1. Jersey Lightning 2. Cassini 3.

5.30 pm: Formal Gold 1. Pleasantville 2. The Ghost 3.

Day’s Best: Six Speed

Double: Soviet Park & Autarky    


 
 
MISHRA’S CHANCE 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORER
 
Calcutta, June 16 
P. RajProhit will tell you getting Bhaichung Bhutia a club in England had been a “huge challenge” for him. Now he has embarked upon another — to have Rajiv Mishra running again for the India team.

The hockey international, whose career was interrupted a couple of years ago by a knee injury, will fly to England next month for treatment and rehabilitation. RajProhit, who had learnt of Mishra’s problems on an earlier visit to the city, today met the 23-year-old here and told him that he will bear the expenses for his treatment and stay in England.

With the state association, the IHF doing nothing, Mishra now sees new hope.    

 

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