TTFI flayed
EB edge past Salkia Friends
Fide-rated meet in city from Aug 22
Aflicker, High Life shine

Calcutta, Aug. 17: 
The Bengal Table Tennis Association has come out strongly against the Table Tennis Federation of India following the exclusion of promising youngster Soumyajit Sarkar from the Indian team for the Hungarian youth meet. According to the BTTA, the national cadet champion was dropped unfairly

BTTA general secretary Murali Mohan Mallik, in a statement here, threatened to take up the matter with the sports ministry and SAI. He said that during the recent Western India championship, Soumyajit was declared overage just before the final and asked to appear for a medical test. He and his parents were asked to sign a document which certified his age as 15-16 years, which they refused to do.

BTTA was informed on August 7 by the TTFI that Soumajit’s passport and the requisite money should reach them by August 9. But once that was done the player was verbally told that he will not be in the team as he was overage.

Baboor, Raman exit

Chetan Baboor pulled out following a 21-22, 20-22, 11-21 defeat to Subhajit Saha while top seed S. Raman exited after losses to Arjun Dutta and Arup Basak at the India Cup meet in Mumbai, says PTI.

Mantu Ghosh won her matches to set up a semi-final showdown with Kasturi Chakraborty. Anindita Chakraborty and Mouma Das also made the last four.    

Calcutta, Aug. 17 

League leaders East Bengal got the better of Salkia Friends and inclement weather to return with full points at home today. >The slushy turf and a downpour notwithstanding, the red-and-gold brigade went all out in the attack from the outset. Their goals came from Dipankar Roy and Dipendu Biswas. Later, Salkia managed to pull one back through Prabhas Ghosh.

Dipankar gave East Bengal the lead in the ninth minute of the match. Receiving a forward pass from Srikanta Dutta, he was somewhat challenged by Swaraj Das. But the heavy outfield made it difficult for Das to gauge the movement of the ball as Dipankar went in unchallenged and slotted the ball home (1-0).

The second goal came in the 20th minute off a cracker of a shot from Dipendu. He fired an angular 25-yard volley from the right. The ball bounced in front of goalkeeper Tapan Karmakar, and as he made an attempt to grab with both hands, it went through his legs.

Salkia reduced the margin in the dying moments of the match. Pravash Ghosh’s shot from the left had Shanti Majumdar stranded as it hit the inside post at the far end.

The tussle between the league leaders — East Bengal now have 25 points from nine outings — and Salkia, who have managed only one point from eight encounters, was as one-sided as the cards suggested. But, in the second half, Salkia did try to put up a semblamce of a fight.

But the chances really went East Bengal’s way and had they utilised them they could have gone back with a bigger victory margin.

In the 23rd minute, Dipendu had an open goal in front of him. But he slapped the ball in, earning a yellow card.

He could have made amends in the 42nd minute, but his shot off a Bijen Singh pass, hit the crosspiece. Early in the second half, a Carlton Chapman piledriver went over the crosspiece.

But the chance missed in the 75th minute highlighted the apalling ground conditions in which the match was played.

Dipendu’s powerful grounder was stopped not by an opponent, but the slush in front of the goal. With the goalkeeper diving, Bijen tried to slide in, but though he went over the goalline, the ball remained embedded in the muck.

What was surprising was the fact that despite such conditions, referee Ratan Dutta decided to continue with the match.


East Bengal: Shanti Majumdar, Amandeep Singh, Sur Kumar Singh, Anit Ghosh, Dipankar Roy, Dipendu Biswas, Tushar Rakshit (Sk. Sanjib, 64), Carlton Chapman, Bijen Singh, Srikanta Dutta (Zaheer Abbas, 60).

Salkia Friends: Tapan Karmakar (Chinmoy Banerjee, 64), Nirapada Ghosh, Shoumen Singh, Sunil Pramanik, Debu Naskar, Biswajit Das (Srimanta Pal), Swaraj Das, Soumen Sarkar (Anwar Ali Baig, 60), Pravash Ghosh, Swasti Bhattacharya, Jayanta Jana.

Referee: Ratan Dutta.

Matches abandoned

All other soccer matches scheduled today were abandoned due to the downpour.    

Calcutta, Aug. 17: 
The West Bengal Chess Association’s (WBCA) first all-India Fide-rated open tournament will take place in the city from August 22 to 31.

According to the organisers, the West Bengal Chess Association, the meet is aimed at giving young chess players a chance to obtain and imrove their Fide ratings.

The championship, to be held at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra, will be held in an 11-round Swiss league format.

Though the tournament has not been able to attract any sponsor, prize money to the tune of Rs 74,800 will be awarded. The champion will be given Rs 20,000 while the runner-up will be richer by Rs 12,000.

Sub-junior fencing

The second national sub-junior fencing tournament will be held at the SAI, Eastern Centre, from Saturday to Tuesday.

This is the first time that Bengal will be hosting a national fencing tournament.

Goodwill mission

In a novel move to inspire the Indian sportspersons who will represent the country in the Sydney Olympics, St Lawrence Old Boys’ Association will launch a week-long signature campaign titled “We are with you” from Monday.

The campaign will start at the school premises and the first signature will be that of Olympian Leslie Claudius.

All city-based Olympians and sports stars have been invited to join the campaign.

The campaign will include students from schools of the city and districts, thalassaemia patients, cancer patients and inmates of old-age homes, along with people from all works of life.

The signatured canvasses wil be handed over to the Indian contingent on September 1.    

Calcutta, Aug. 17: 
Aflicker and High Life were impressive during the work outs today.

Outer sand track

1,400m: The Stud (Upadhya) in 1-47 4/5s; (400m) 30 1/5s. Moved well Athletico (C. Alford) in 1-53 4/5s; (400m) 31s. Easy.

1,200m: High Life (Islam) and Aflicker (Rabani) in 1-28 1/5s; (400m) 27 2/5s. Former a length better.

1,000m: Private Lives (Rabani) and Three Good (Islam) in 1-16 1/5s; (400m) 28s. Former a length better.

Sand track

1,400m: Ballet Master (Gowli) and Alborada (Rutherford) in 1-40 2/5s; (400m) 24s. Former a length better.

1,200m:Tequila Shot (Rb) and Eau Savage (Shanker) in 1-32 3/5s; (400m) 25s. Both level. Royal Ruler (Gurang) in 1-35 4/5s; (400m) 27 4/5s.

800m: Sapphire And Silk (Tamang) and Birds Empire (Rutherford) in 54 (400m) 24s. Former a length better.

600m: Rock Falcon (Tamang) and Giltedge (K. Gurang) in 40s; (400m) 23 3/5s. Former half-a-length better. Rheinheart (Shanker) 46s; (400m) 27s. Scavenger’s Son (Rb) in 44s; (400m) 27s.

On, Wednesday outer sand track

1,400m: Arendal (C. Alford) and Jeweller (A. P. Singh) in 1-43s; (400m) 25s. Former a length better. Alvarada (C. Alford) and Deep Star (A. P. Singh) in 1-42s; (400m) 30 2/5s. Former 6 ls better.

Sand track

1,000m: Bul Bul (Yasin) in 1-18 1/5s; (400m) 25s. Easy.    

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