Assets declaration clause unlikely in Code
East Bengal open with easy victory
Md. Sp. high on enthusiasm
Champion Saptarshi wary of Yashpal
Fazal to play doubles only
Anolini wins cliffhanger
Season starts today with live fare
Mysore results from our turf correspondent

Calcutta, July 19 
Though Union sports minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa favours the inclusion of an assets declaration clause in the players’-specific Code of Conduct, the Board may not oblige.

The Code of Conduct, to be operative from September 1, is currently being drafted in Board president A.C. Muthiah’s office in Chennai.

The draft will be discussed by the specially formed committee (convener Kishore Rungta, Ashok Kumbhat, Shashank Manohar and D.V. Subba Rao) in Mumbai, on Monday, and then placed before the Board’s working committee next month.

Messrs Subba Rao (Andhra) and Manohar (Vidarbha) are lawyers — in fact, the former heads the Bar Council of India.

According to well-placed sources of The Telegraph, incorporating anything specific on the declaration of assets “is beyond the Board’s jurisdiction.”

The sources put it thus: “The Board has no locus-standi getting involved with something that should only be handled by government agencies, be it the Income Tax department or whatever.

“It is expected that the players regularly file returns and, if something is amiss, it’s for the government to act. We’ll be courting trouble by insisting the players declare their assets to us.”

While this is today’s position, it could change after the Board’s brass meets Dhindsa, in less than a fortnight from now. Dhindsa, significantly, has already made it known he is quite different from his predecessors.

To put it mildly, that has rattled the Board.

Meanwhile Rungta, who is also the Board’s treasurer, dismissed as “wholly untrue” an agency report which stated the Code of Conduct would include: “The captain will need the manager’s permission to sell or permit the sale of his autograph or complimentary passes.”

Speaking exclusively from Jaipur, Rungta said: “Obviously, somebody’s imagination has run wild. Are complimentaries ever sold? Also, the language used suggests the practice (of captains hawking complimentaries) is already on. This is absurd.”

It’s more than absurd, and we take the special committee convenor’s word that “absolutely nothing” on those lines is being considered.

Rungta clarified the captain “won’t” need the manager’s permission to attend Media conferences. Again, that same agency report had indicated such permission would be necessary.

It is learnt while one “general” Code of Conduct is being drawn up, there will be “something specific” for the captain, vice-captain, coach and manager as well.

Predictably, the “general” Code of Conduct will rely heavily on the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) Code which has an extensive list of what is Unacceptable Behaviour.

Rungta informed a Code of Conduct for Board officials/ members is being worked upon, too.

No official, for example, will be allowed to “engage in business” with the Board. This is in keeping with a declaration recently signed by all directors (Executive Board members) of the ICC.

Then, no member will be allowed to take recourse to law (in a dispute with the Board) before seeking to sort things out at the “appropriate forum” within the Board.

A clutch of other provisions are being discussed as well. Hopefully, Board officials/members will also have to fall in line September 1 onwards.

One also hopes the players’-specific Code of Conduct will do away with the proposed provision which makes it mandatory for anybody approached by a bookie to inform the police, too, besides the manager.

Interacting with the police, after all, should be left to the manager only. Why add to the pressure on players?    

Calcutta, July 19 

Two well-executed goals in the first half-hour helped East Bengal kick off their Super Division campaign against George Telegraph on a happy note at home today.

Anit Ghosh’s angular volley put East Bengal ahead in the 18th minute. The defensive screen, who ventured upfield quite often, controlled a Ratan Singh flag-kick five yards outside the box and let go a powerful shot which crashed high into the net.

Twelve minutes later, Srikanta Datta’s back-volley hit bull’s eye. Dipankar Roy, the little medio who is relishing his role of principal play-maker, went wide in pursuit of a George Telegraph mis-clearance and sent in a waist-high cross. The lanky Srikanta couldn’t time his shot to perfection, but the placement was perfect.

The goals apart, there was enough fluidity in East Bengal forays to suggest that Syed Nayeemuddin’s team had settled into a groove just five matches into the season. Dipak Mondal and Jackson Egygpong are looking secure in the heart of defence, Chandan Das and Dipankar are feeding frontliners with a stream of good passes, Dipendu Biswas is looking sharp and hungry.

The misses, though, kept happening.

A Chandan free-kick from 25 yards had enough sting to test George ’keeper Hassan Shahabuddin Molla. The ball bounced out of Molla’s hands, but neither Dipendu nor Dipankar could push the ricochet home.

Dipankar then set up two great chances within a couple of minutes. Chandan’s shot was blocked by Molla, while Srikanta hit straight to the custodian from a distance of eight yards.

Despite letting in two goals, George didn’t surrender. Gourab Dutta, Swarup Chatterjee and Lalvullaya combined to threaten the East Bengal defence a couple of times in the first half. Swarup was tackled in the nick of time by Mondal, while Lalvullaya delayed with his shot to be dispossesed by Jackson.

With the East Bengal pressure mounting, whatever enterprise the George midfield was showing fizzled out. Dipendu alone was guilty of squandering three goal-bearing moves in the second session.

In the 51st minute, Anit won a ball near the centre circle and released it for Dipendu who darted down the middle but failed to release the ball in time for a well-placed Sheik Sanjib. Seven minutes later, Dipendu sped down the left and essayed a left-footer which was tipped over the bar by Molla.

Four minutes from full time, Dipendu did well to chase down a wild ball and keep it in play. Cutting into the box with none to challenge him, he stroked the ball past the ’keeper only to see the foot of the bar coming in the way.

East Bengal slowed down considerably in the last half an hour, but still had enough chances to come away with a tennis-scorelike victory.    

Calcutta, July 19 
Mohammedan Sporting may be without a specialist coach, but there is no shortage of enthusiasm in the black-and-white ranks.

A day before their Super Division clash with Tollygunge Agragami, acting coach Rehmatullah Khan and his players were determined to beat a team which has been threatening to displace Mohammedan Sporting as the third force in local soccer.

The 4-0 victory over Salkia Friends the other day, despite ‘losing’ Mohammed Habib’s services, is acting as a big morale-booster. So is the return of the experienced Abdul Khalique, who sat out the previous game because of a double-booking.

Khalique, along with Nazimul Haque and Kasif Jamal, can be quite a handful for any team, and Tollygunge coach Sankar Moitra is wary of that. Moitra will, however, have the services of reliable stopper-back Partha Sarathi Dey for the first time this season.

CFC beat Bata 3-0

Calcutta Football Club (CFC) beat Bata 3-0 in a CFL first division group A match today. Sheik Safiqul Islam, Toton Das and Ujjal Majhi were the scorers. Aryan beat Kidderpore 2-1.

The two other group A matches — West Bengal Police versus Behala Youth and Peerless versus City AC — didn’t produce a goal.

The third division tie between SAI (East Zone) and Rashbehari ABM saw a player sent off. Biswajit Acharya of SAI was the culprit, for kicking a rival player off the ball. SAI did well to win the match 2-1.    

Calcutta, July 19 
Saptarshi Roy of Kishore Bharati, Dum Dum is all geared up to defend his title in 13th edition of The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship which gets underway at Gorky Sadan tomorrow.

The 14-year-old Saptarshi, the national sub-junior champion, is bubbling with confidence, fresh from a coaching stint in Kozhikode under GM Maxim Sorokin. The camp was organised by the All India Chess Federation for talented Indian youngsters.

“I will definitely try to retain my title. The coaching imparted by GM Sorokin has immensely helped me in the middle and end game,” a confident Saptarshi told The Telegraph today.

“I had even drawn against Sorokin in a simultaneous exhibition during the coaching session in Kozhikode. My toughest opponent will be Yashpal Singh Sonwani, who is tactically sound,” Saptarshi added. The meet, organised by Alekhine Chess Club, promises an exciting fare for the next few days as 15 Fide-rated players are in fray.

Though Saptarshi is the hot favourite, he is likely to face stiff resistance from Yashpal, the national sub-junior runner-up, who arrived in the city today along with his coach R.S. Gupta, a former National A player.

Others likely to challenge Saptarshi are Rohan Shandilya, the winner of the Jamshedpur leg, and Somak Palit and Sayantan Dutta, Saptarshi’s teammates from the Goodricke National Chess Academy.

Rohan, too, expects a tough fight. “Though the contest will be limited to Saptarshi, Yashpal, Somak, Sayantan and myself, Saptarshi clearly has an edge since he has good attacking instincts,” Rohan said.

Attention will also be on the trio of Laxmi Narayan Adhikary, Pradip Jha and Sudip Rajbanshi, the visually challenged players, from Louis Braille Memorial School for the Sightless, who will be competing on equal terms with the rest. Laxmi and Pradip played here last year and performed creditably

It remains to be seen how three-an-a-half-year-old Rourib Das of Nava Nalanda, the youngest in the fray, measures upto the board along with the youngest girl Meghna Roy, of La Martiniere for Girls.

Foreign participation goes up

The foreign participation at the championship has gone up by one from what was announced yesterday. A strong contingent of nine players arrived here today from Bangladesh. Initially eight had confirmed their participation, but the organisers accommodates Yeanur Rehman, who arrived without any intimation this morning.

The meet, which is being co-sponsored by Horlicks, will continue till July 30. Games start each day at 3pm.    

Calcutta, July 19 
Syed Fazaluddin is set to regain his Davis Cup doubles ‘berth.’ He will, however, lose his singles slot.

The draw for the World Group play-off tie against heavyweights Sweden in Bastad will be held tomorrow, but it has been reliably learnt that captain Ramesh Krishnan has more or less made up his mind on the playing members.

Fazal, who lost his place to debutant Vishal Uppal in April’s home tie against South Korea, will play Saturday’s middle rubber with Mahesh Bhupathi.

Bhupathi, making a return to the team after missing the Lebanon and South Korea ties, is certain to skip the singles as his shoulder is still not hundred percent fit. That will pave the way for Harsh Mankad to play the second singles.

In Leander Paes’ absence, Prahlad Srinath will get the honour of being the No. 1 singles player.

Ali-Piperno selected

The executive committee of the South Club today unanimously selected former Davis Cup coaches Akhtar Ali and Enrico Piperno for the prestigious South Club coaching programme. Also in contention for the three-year scheme was Paes En Sport.

City girl in India squad

State gymnast Nabanita Bhowmick has been selected in the Indian team to participate in the children’s international sports meet in Russia from August 4-13. Punjab duo Rohika and Minakshi are the others in the squad.    

Calcutta, July 19 
The local favourites took nearly three weeks to get into their winning rhythm. Punters, who had been at a receiving end since the season started on July 1, had a field day today in the card of six-events, including the feature, An Apple A Day Cup which was bagged by the 5-4 prime choice Anolini. The Vijay Singh-trainee, however, had to sweat it out before the Placerville-Above four-year-old could edge out a lesser fancied Scimitar by a neck at the wire, thanks largely to an able horsemanship of Cristopher Alford.

The Wise Guy Cup was lifted by another of Vijay’s ward, Jeweller on whom jockey Md Amil made no mistake. Sharing the day’s honour with Vijay was trainer Richard Alford who saddled Almond Rock, the winner of the Everynsky Cup, and pulled off a coup of a sort with Alborada in the Princess Huma Handicap. B. Gurang partnered the winner.


1. Wise Guy Cup 1,200m: (3-4-2-1) Jeweller (Amil) 1; Serenader (A. P. Singh) 2; Optimum Choice (Gowli) 3; Amarante (Islam) 4. Won by: 1-1/4; 3/4; 1; (1-19.2). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 12; 67; Quinella: 147; Tanala: 493. Fav: Jeweller (3). Winner trained by Vijay S.

2. Everynsky Cup 1,200m: (4-1-3-2) Almond Rock (Gowli) 1; Annella (Surender) 2; No Regrets (Manohar) 3; Magnifico (C. Alford) 4. Won by: 2-1/2; 2-3/4; 2-3/4; (1-20.2). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 12; 44; 14; Quinella: 191; Tanala: 712. Fav: Almond Rock (4). Winner trained by R. Alford.

3. Artaius Handicap 1,200m: (4-5-3-1) Winning Hand (M. Reuben) 1; Floral Path (Islam) 2; Constantine (Akhtar) 3; Go With The Wind (P. Alford) 4. Won by: Dist; 3/4; 3-1/2; (1-19.8). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 10; 16; 14; Quinella: 40; Tanala: 100. Fav: Winning Hand (4). Winner trained by Javed K.

4. Princess Huma Handicap 1,400m: (4-6-7-5) Alborada (Gurang) 1; Prizren (M. Reuben) 2; Armila (Yasin) 3; Fibonacci (Islam) 4. Won by: 2-3/4; 6-3/4; 1/2; (1-35.2). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 13; 17; 16; Quinella: 52; Tanala: 285. Fav: Alborada (4). Winner trained by R. Alford.

5. An Apple A Day Cup 1,200m: (1-12-6-11) Anolini (C. Alford) 1; Scimitar (Manohar) 2; Storm Trooper (Saran) 3; Diplomatic Gesture (Shanker) 4. Won by: Nk; 7-3/4; 1-1/4; (1-19.9). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 14; 23; 66; Quinella: 75; Tanala: 1,500. Fav: Anolini (1). Winner trained by Vijay S.

6. Flying Glance Handicap 1,800m: (2-7-5-3) Rheinheart (Shanker) 1; Bernadine (C. Alford) 2; Heaven’s Blessing (Engineer) 3; Black Mane (Akhtar) 4. Won by: 3/4; 2-1/2; SH; (2-3.2). Tote: Win Rs 30; Place: 14; 20; 70; Quinella: 48; Tanala: 1,378. Fav: Rheinheart (2). Winner trained by Bath.

Jackpot: Rs 646; (C) Rs 73.

Treble:< /b>(i) Rs 73; (ii) Rs 141.

Today’s track trials

Outer Sand track

1,400m: Alterezza (Rb) and Hot (C. Alford) in 1-49s; (400m) 29 2/5s. Former distance better. Tejeni (C. Alford) in 1-45s; (400m) 26 2/5s. Moved well. Chivalrous (Upadhya) in 1-57s; (400m) 30s. Easy. Sterling Prospect (C. Alford) in 1-44s; (400m) 27. Fit.

1,200m: Alastar (Amil) in 1-33; (400m) 29s, Easy.

800m: Mystic Hill (Amil) 1-0s; (400m) 28 1/5s. Fit. Tsavo (Tamang) and Cup Of Life (Upadhya) in 59s; (400m) 26 2/5s. Former a length better. Ashbury (C. Aflrod) in 59s; (400m) 26 2/5s. Fit.

Sand track

800m: Swash Buckler (Brij) in 1-2s; (400m) 28s. Crest Star (Amjad K.) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Sky Command (Manohar) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Handy.

600m: Whitney (Brij) in 41s; (400m) 25s. Easy.    

The Pune racing season kicks off from Thursday and fare will be transmitted digitally live to all the major turf centers in the country. The opening day of the season offers a seven-event card and fields are unusually large for a Day one meeting. Nevertheless, the July Trophy, the feature event, may see the Vinayak-trained Gironde winning the trophy. Malesh Narredu partners the three-year-old filly.


2.30 pm: Pure Passion 1. Lovingly 2. Chocolate Chip 3.

3 pm: Way Beyond 1. Great Escape 2. Enharmonic 3.

3.30 pm: Yukon 1. Simply Noble 2. Proper Pride 3.

4 pm: Catch me If You Can 1. Heartbreaker 2. Tonnerre 3.

4.30 pm: Gironde 1. Prabhuti 2. Tiger Talk 3.

5 pm: My Blue Moon 1. Celestial Light 2. Fargo 3.

5.30 pm: Placid 1. Jaannisar 2. Cafe Noire 3.

Day’s Best: Gironde Double: Pure Passion & My Blue Moon    

Rosnovski won the H. H. Maharaja Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Golf Club Gold Trophy here today.


1. Renowned Plate 1,100m: (10-12-9) Gregraious Grey (R. Patil) 1; Comic Blush 2; Atlantic Star 3. Not run: Hilary (5). Won by: 2; 3/4; (1-8.2). Tote: Win Rs 101; Place: 22; 23; 36; Forecast: 330; Quinella: 173; Tanala: 1,814 & 950. Fav: All Fired Up (4).

2. Kapila Plate 1,400m: (2-5-3) Lady Scarlet (Gallagher) 1; Enthralling Parade 2; Persian Sky 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 1-1/2; (1-27.5). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 15; 41; 26; Forecast: 139; Quinella: 148; Tanala: 666 & 180. Fav: Lady Scarlet (2).

3. Bannerghatta Plate 1,200m: (2-8-6) Karaka Park (Hesnain) 1; Navarone 2; Tequila Ride 3. Won by: SH; 2; (1-14.9). Tote: Win Rs 45; Place: 19; 27; 27; Forecast: 191; Quinella: 144; Tanala: 639 & 255. Fav: Treasure Island (5).

4. Hyderabad Race Club Gold Cup 1,400m: (12-6-8) One Step Ahead (I. Chisty) 1; Decorated Hero 2; Letham Grange 3. Not run: Imperial Weapon (1). Won by: 1/2; Nk; (1-27.5). Tote: Win Rs 194; Place: 44; 17; 33; Forecast: 503; Quinella: 263; Tanala: 2,692 & 2,451. Fav: Decorated Hero (6).

5. H. H. Maharaja Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Golf Club Gold Trophy 1,200m: (7-3-6) Rosnovski (Gurupra-sad) 1; Greek Lady 2; Radical 3. Won by: 1/2; 2; (1-14.3). Tote: Win Rs 30; Place: 15; 17; 49; Forecast: 98; Quinella: 79; Tanala: 665 & 380. Fav: Rosnovski (7).

6. Talakaveri Plate 1,200m: (13-1-3) Glass Slipper (Appu) 1; A For Alfa 2; Grand Monarch 3. Won by: 1-1/4; Nk; (1-14.7). Tote: Win Rs 110; Place: 35; 17; 48; Forecast: 214; Quinella: 83; Tanala: 2,347 & 1,377. Fav: A For Alfa (1).

Jackpot: Rs 1,21,167; (C) Rs 1,997. Mini Jackpot: Rs 21,954 (Carried over).

Treble: Rs 5,080.    


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