Cryuff’s Indian orphanage
Prabhakar re-examined
Nabajyoti Boro maintains winning form
Hattrick by Dam
Sourashish best
East Bengal enter last-four stage
Bagan take on Tolly today
Extnor may redeem losses
Field has much to offer tomorrow
Auctioneer, Acquest, Treasurer impressive

Amsterdam, July 4 
Dutch soccer icon Johan Cryuff is set to leave a mark in India, albeit of a different kind. During the Euro 2000 tournament here, Cryuff revealed that his foundation was on the verge of setting up an orphanage in South India, near the Andhra Pradesh-Karnataka border.

The orphanage is likely to be built near the Sai Baba ashram in south India. Cryuff, however, could not give the exact location of the place. He confirmed , though, that volunteers of his foundation had inspected the area and wanted to set up the orphanage by next year.

Cryuff also has plans to set up a boarding school there, if funds are available. Cryuff wants to donate footballs to the school and maybe later even send some Dutch coaches to train the young boys and girls.

Cryuff said he had been inspired by Mother Teresa, and was always very sensitive to child labour and poverty in India. The plight of children has always moved him.

If Cryuff’s orphanage materialises, he will be joining the ranks of international sportsmen who are helping the deprived in India. Recently, Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh helped to set up a Calcutta-based organisation for children of leprosy patients, Udayan.

A fine exponent of total football, a firm believer in attacking play and a successful coach with Barcelona, the legendary Cryuff enjoys almost divine status in the Netherlands. Cryuff’s signature orange shirt, with the famous No. 14, is still cherished and worn by thousands of fans, including many teenagers who never saw him play.

Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit have receded into the background, but not Cryuff. Still slim and fit, Cryuff has a larger than life personality.

During Euro 2000 (the 11th European Football championships) Cryuff was a television expert with the BBC.

Cryuff’s philanthropic nature also makes him such a legend in the Netherlands. He has set up the Johan Cryuff Sports Foundation, which works for the betterment of deprived children in the Netherlands, Spain and Surinam.

Explaining his philosophy, Cryuff said: “My father was a grocer and died when I was just 14 years old. My life changed and suddenly I had more responsibilities. Luckily my mother got a job in the catering department of Ajax Amsterdam. It was close to where we lived, and I used to frequently go there and play with their age-group teams. That is how my football career took-off.”

Cryuff admits that he was lucky to have played and received formal coaching in the School of Excellence at Ajax Amsterdam. He said it was important that no one should be deprived of the joys of childhood, of the pleasure of playing and education because of poverty or mishaps.

His foundation supports orphanages and poor homes. It provides sports kits and pays for the education of poor children.    

New Delhi, July 4 
Former India and Delhi allrounder Manoj Prabhakar today reiterated his stand that some cricketers were present when Kapil Dev allegedly offered him a bribe to under-perform in a one-day International against Pakistan in 1994.

Prabhakar was examined by the CBI for a second time in the backdrop of some cricketers like Navjyot Singh Siddhu and Prashant Vaidya and former Indian manager Ajit Wadekar refusing to corroborate his claim. All three have previously been questioned by the CBI.

The CBI sought “clarifications” from him on some of his earlier statements made before the bureau. He was also questioned on the statements made by some cricketers who he had claimed were present when Kapil Dev allegedly offered him Rs 25 lakh. The Delhi all-rounder had earlier been questioned on May 27.    

Guwahati, July 4 
Favourite Nabajyoti Boro of A-New-High School, Tinsukia continued his winning streak as he shrugged off the challenge of Thongam Singh of Keisam Birjit High School, Manipur in 52 moves of the Caro-Kann defence in the third round of The Telegraph Schools Chess championship, at the ABITA Centenary Indoor Hall today.

In another see-saw top-of-table play, Biplob Bijoy Dutta of Government High School, Jorhat, fought tooth and nail to get the better of Omeshore Lairengem of Adimjati Little English School in 78 moves of an irregular French Defence setup.

Tough battle

A fine line separated victory from defeat in the duel between Abhinob Baruah of Carmel School, Jorhat and Mitali Handique of Holy Child School, Guwahati.

Everything seemed hunky-dory as both Abhinob and Mitali pussy-footed on an even keel till 24 moves of the Sicilian Defence with six pawns, a knight and a bishop each.

Handling black pieces, Mitali mechanically played Ke7 on the 28th move, overlooking a simple knight fork which resulted in the loss of her pawn on h3. But still to convert the pawn-plus knight-bishop ending into a win, it demanded of her experienced opponent Abhinob deft and subtle maneuvers, particularly synchronisation of bishop and knight sallies.

The loss of pawn had in a way upset Mitali’s stratagem cart as she was forced to keep her bishop tied to the stable to support her hanging pawns on a6 and b5. On the contrary, Abhinob’s bishop was spitting fire along the b1-h7 diagonal and in the course of time, he trained it on the h1-a8 diagonal to check his rival’s king marching towards his territory.

Tactic over patience

The patience of the young girl gave way to Abhinob’s tactics which paved the way for his central passer. But Mitali continued playing till her opponent checkmated her on the 39th move.

Playing white, Thongam exchanged his central king pawn with that of Nabajyoti’s queen pawn as chessmen moved humpty-dumpty in the Caro-Kann Defence — 1. e4-c6 2. d4-d5 3. E4xd5-c6xd5 — yielding white a half open king file and black a half open queen bishop file. Nabajyoti pitchforked his pair of knights for the queenside attack and ensuing melee he timely traded off his knights and queen with that of his opponents.

A tactical knight sortie on the 21st move — Nxb2 won Nabajyoti a pawn, besides the queen exchange on d3 had earlier saddled Thongam with double pawns on the queen file.

In a pawn plus rook and pawn ending, Nabajyoti steered his rooks on the ranks and files with apparent ease. While white king remained straight-jacketed on the fringe of the board, black king marched forward under the shield of his central pawn. The game was over when Nabajyoti queened his pawn on 52nd move — d1.


Nirmal Jyoti Sarma (3) beat Bikramjit Dhar (2); Rituraj Kaushik (2) lost to Durlov Nanda (3); Pankaj Nayan Singh (2) lost to Digbijoy Singh (3); Rustom Raktim Dutta (2) lost to Gurumayum Inao Sharma (3); Irengem Singh (2.5) drew with Potshangbam Sanjoy (2.5); Mansh Pratim Hajarika (2) lost to Sashanka Singh (3); Joysing Engleng (2) lost to Ranjan Talukdar(3); Lairengjem Singh (3) beat Sanjoy Kaushik (2); Meghnath Rabha (3) beat Siddarth Sancheti (2); Nandan Burgohain (3) beat Trailokya Nanda (2) and Yambem Singh (3) beat Nilutpal Baithoque (2).


Calcutta, July 4 
Barun Kumar Dam got a hattrick to help Police AC dismiss Barisha SC 4-0 in a first division group B match of the Calcutta Football League today.

Dam netted two in the first session and completed his hattrick in the second before a Pranab Sarkar self-goal swelled the Police tally further.

Bowbazar Young Men’s Union and Customs shared points, scoring a goal apiece. Shintu Nandy put Bowbazar in front, Sanjay Kundu restored parity.

Two other group B matches failed to produce goals. Ever Ready Association were playing Taltala DS at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, while Victoria SC were in action against Taltala Institute at Mohun Bagan ground.

Bengal hockey squad

Manoj Kujur will lead a 16-member Bengal squad to the all-India MCC-Murugappa hockey championship to be held in Chennai from Friday through July 15. According to a BHA press release, the team left for Chennai tonight.

Tour of UK

Saurav Bhagawati will lead a 16-member Calcutta Young Men’s Cricket Club on a three-week tour of the UK beginning Thursday. The team will play 15 matches.


Calcutta, July 4 
Sourashish Lahiri has been adjudged CAB’s best under-19 cricketer for the 1999-2000 season. Manavendra Yadav has been selected best in the under-16 category.

Volleyball camp

The West Bengal Volleyball Association is organising a six-month camp for women. The camp, beginning Wednesday, will feature 24 chosen from the junior and sub-junior level.    

Calcutta, July 4 
Second-half substitutes Sheik Sanjib and Ragui Singh struck once each inside the final 20 minutes to cap a pleasing East Bengal display at the Salt Lake Stadium today. The 2-0 win over Mohammedan Sporting ensured East Bengal the top spot in group B of the season-opening McDowell Cup, thereby moving into the semi-finals.

Sanjib’s goal warmed the hearts of 5,000-odd fans who saw touches of Euro 2000 in his spectacular 25-yard angular shot which left custodian Gopal Das rooted to his spot.

With some luck, Sanjib could have had the second goal credited to his name too. A Carlton Chapman through had the striker darting goalwards. Spotting the ’keeper leave charge, Sanjib flicked the ball past Das towards an untenanted goal. With stopper Soumen Sarkar retreating, the opportunistic Ragui Singh dashed in to beat the defender to a final touch to the ball.

Ukrainian Andriy Malchevsky showed some good touches but by and large struggled to weather the bugging humidity. The others in midfield and up front adjusted to the sticky weather rather well as Syed Nayeemuddin’s team dominated proceedings.

Chapman, who struck a good rapport with Dipankar Roy and Chandan Das, was the first to have cracks at the Mohammedan Sporting goal. His first shot had ’keeper Das scrambling to his right for an ungainly save. Then, a 20-yard first-timer went straight to Das.

Malchevsky, who sent a left-footed placement just wide in the 17th minute, squandered the easiest chance a couple of minutes later. Dipendu fed Dipankar on the left and the little medio worked his way up before essaying a pinpoint cross for Malchevskiy. Eight yards from the goal and with the ’keeper at his mercy, the big Ukrainian mistimed his left-footed tap to send the ball miles over the target.

For a team with neither a playmaker nor a snatcher in midfield, Mohammedan Sporting did well to survive the East Bengal onslaught and launch a couple of counters. Kasif Jamal’s shot from about 30 yards had enough sting to rock East Bengal custodian Sangram Mukherjee. Fortunately for him, no Mohammedan Sporting man was on hand to rush for the little ricochet.

With Sangram showing a shaky pair of hands and Anit Ghosh making simple situations difficult, East Bengal faced some more awkward moments. A long Tej Bahadur throw-in on the half-hour mark beat a confused East Bengal defence and reached an unmarked Kasif who blew a great opportunity with a wild effort.

Sanjib, coming on 13 minutes into the second half, was soon in business. He set up Dipendu with a measured square ball just outside the 18-yard box only to see the latter’s right-footer go off target.

Three minutes from full time, a Dipendu solo almost resulted in goal No. 3. The striker, who played an intelligent game from a slightly withdrawn position, worked his way past two defenders and went wide to his right before letting go a power-packed right-footer. It thudded into the side bar and rebounded safely for the Mohammedan Sporting defence to clear.    

Calcutta, July 4 
With Mohammedan Sporting no longer considered a glamour team, the season’s first ‘big’ match comes off tomorrow when Mohun Bagan face Tollygunge Agragami in the last group A match of the McDowell Cup.

Tollygunge managed no more than a dreary draw with Port Trust yesterday, but they’ll still make the last four as long as they avoid a three-goal defeat against Mohun Bagan. In practical terms, the match will be a battle to avoid East Bengal in the semis. A draw will suffice for Mohun Bagan, a win is must for Tollygunge.


Mysore, July 4 
The 1,200m Royal Western Turf Club Ltd. Cup and the 1,400m Kollegal Plate are the chief draw in tomorrow’s race-card. While the J. S Pillay-ward Abyssinian Cat may lift the Turf Club Cup, the Darashah-trainee, Extnor in the hands of K. P. Appu, may repay losses for his costly failure in previous start.


2.15 pm: Brompton Road 1. Bon Honnur 2. Forest Gift 3.

2.45 pm: Queen’s Award 1. Speedy Simon 2. Breezealla 3.

3.15 pm: Fearless Leader 1. Karaka Park 2. Medwin 3.

3.45 pm: Extnor 1. Solo Act 2. Menlo Park 3.

4.15 pm: Abyssinian Cat 1. Random Hearts 2. Blushing Memories 3.

4.45 pm: Letham Grange 1. Belezian 2. Indian Senator 3.

5.15 pm: Liberty Hall 1. Austin Jennings 2. Endless Image 3.

Day’s Best: Brompton Road Double: Fearless Leader & Liberty Hall    

Calcutta, July 4 
Fields have improved dramatically for the second race-meet itself. In Thursday’s six-event race-card, there are 49 runner compared to 41 who made the fields on day one. There are three trophy events in the frame but it is the Commuter Cup, a terms race for four-year-olds and upwards which takes the top-spot. The other two cup events are the Class III Fire Flash Cup and the Mr. Mauritius Cup for horses in Class IV. First race starts at 2 pm.


1. Kilcloon Handicap 1,400m (Cl V, Rt. 00-28) 2 pm: Double Dancer 60; Alvarada 58.5; Tribal Warlord 57; Armila 53.5; Golden Heart 52; Aeolian 51.

2. Vasto Handicap 1,100m (Cl V, Rt. 00-28) 2.40 pm: Arizona Star 60.5; Noble Canonire 59.5; Art Smart 57; Fibonacci 54; Atacada 52; Whitney 50; Ballard Lady 49.5; Dizzy Diver 49.5.

3. Fire Flash Cup 1,400m (Cl III, Rt. 44-72) 3.10 pm: Sky Command 60; Citadel 60; Too Soon To Tell 56.5; High Life 56.5; Staffordshire 54.5; Alyssum 50.5; Persuasion 48.

4. Commuter Cup 1,200m (Terms, 4-y-o & over) 3.40 pm: Head Hunter 55; Mystic Hill 50; Quickdraw McGraw 50; Acquest 48.5; Adventure 48.5; No Surrender 48.5.

5. Mr. Mauritius Cup 1,400m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) 4.15 pm: Cup Of Life 60; Hurricane Star 60; Deep Star 59.5; Rheinheart 58; Heaven’s Blessing 57.5; Black Mane 57; Jayaashva 57; Aflicker 55.5; Swingtime 53.5; Flying Power 52.5; Avionic 52. Magic Ring 50.

6. Balchand Handicap 1,000m (Cl V, 3-y-o only, Rt. 00-28) 4.50 pm: Privy Council 60; Abstone Queen 59; Lockers Park 59; Alesund 57.5; Ballet Master 57; Alborada 56.5; Prizren 55; Software 54.5; Strictly Royal 54; Private Lives 54.

Jackpot: 2; 3; 4; 5 & 6.

Treble: (i) 1; 2 & 3; (ii) 4; 5 & 6.    

Calcutta, July 4 
Auctioneer, Acquest, Treasurer, Mystic Hill, Adventure, Alvarada and Staffordshire were impressive from among the following horses seen exercising here this morning:

Outer sand track

1,000m: Auctioneer (Amil) and Alyssum (C. Alford) in 1-14s; (600m) 43s; (400m) 26 3/5s. Former moved easy and was distance ahead.

800m: Treasurer (C. Alford) and Deep Star (Amil) in 56s; (400m) 27s. Former moved well and was 4 ls better. Mystic Hill (C. Alford) in 56 4/5s; (400m) 25 4/5s. Fit for the fray. Acquest (C. Alford) in 55 3/5s; (400m) 26 1/5s. Was handy. Cup Of Life (C. Alford) in 58s; (400m) 25 2/5s. Easy. Tanganyika (Akhtar) in 58s; (400m) 26 3/5s. Unextended. Adventure (Amil) and Alvarada (C. Alford) in 57s; (400m) 26s. Former was a length better. Both were unextended. Tribal Warlord (Upadhya) in 1-2 1/5s; (400m) 28 1/5s. Whitney (Brij S.) in 59 2/5s; (400m) 28 3/5s. Easy. Prizren (Manohar) in 1-2 1/5s; (400m) 28 1/5s. Unextended. Tsaynen Blue (Upadhya) in 1-4 1/5s; (400m) 28 4/5s. Needs more time. Global Harmony (Sher S.) in 1-2 3/5s; (400m) 30 1/5s. Fit and well. Winning Hand (M. Reuben) and No Regret (Manohar) in 57 2/5s; (400m) 26 2/5s. Former was a head better, both were unextended.

600m: As You Please (Rb) in 48 4/5s; (400m) 29 4/5s. Looking well

Sand track

800m: Software (Shanker) in 58 1/5s; (400m) 25 4/5s. In good condition. Too Soon To Tell (Manohar) in 54 3/5s; (400m) 24 3/5s. Moved well. Staffordshire (M. Reuben) in 53 3/5s; (400m) 24 3/5s. Was Impressive. Golden Heart (Engineer) and Heaven’s Blessing (Rb) in 55 4/5s; (400m) 24 4/5s. Former was a head better, both went unextended. Golden Express (Yadav) in 56 4/5s; (400m) 23 4/5s. Was speedy. Fibonacci (Rb) in 58 3/5s; (400m) 26 3/5s. Unextended. Albarada (Rutherford) and American (P. Alford) in 56 4/5s; (400m) 24 4/5s. Both were easy as they levelled.Relative Shade (Yadav) and Rising Chorus (Rutherford) in 1-0 1/5s; (400m) 25 3/5s. Former was 2 ls better, both unextended.

600m: Strictly Royal (Som S.) in 46s; (400m) 27 1/5s.

400m: Infierno (Rb) 25 2/5s. Giltedge (K. Kumar) in 25 3/5s. Fit and well. Abstone Queen (Gowli) in 29 2/5s. Needs more time. Santillana (Rutherford) in 26 4/5s. Needs time. Swingtime (Rb) in 28s. Arizona Star (Sher S.) in 28 2/5s. Keep an eye.

Noted on Monday

Outer sand track

800m: No Surrender (M. Reuben) in 57 1/5s; (400m) 27 1/5s. Shaped very well. Privy Council (M. Reuben) in 55 4/5s;(400m) 25 2/5s. Moved attractively. Black Mane (Akhtar) 58 3/5s; (400m) 25 4/5s. Easy but needs time to come to shape.

600m: Swingtime (Bird) in 44s; (400m) 29s.

400m: Adventure (Amil) in 30s. Went very easy.

Sand track

400m: Jayaashva (Tamang) in 23. Moved attractively Cup Of Live (Rb) 25s. Coming up.    


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