EB ride roughshod over Md. Sp.
Easy for Mohun Bagan
AIFF plea to IFA joint secy
Match practice top priority now: Paes
Pillay may replace Paes as flag-bearer
East Zone one-dayers
Gangjee in India squad
United Student in Gr B
Daring Don may cash in on form

Mysore results

Calcutta, Aug. 25: 
East Bengal 3
Md Sporting 0

The fact that Mohammedan Sporting can no longer be called the third force in Calcutta soccer was underlined today when East Bengal jettisoned them with a 3-0 victory at Salt Lake Stadium today.

The championship leg tie of the Super Division saw an one-sided encounter in which the red-and-gold brigade’s domination was clear with their custodian being hardly ever tested.

East Bengal scored through Chandan Das, Seikh Sanjib and Bijen Singh, but the margin could have been bigger had they utilised the numerous other chances that came their way.

East Bengal went into the attack from the word go, but the deadlock was broken only after a penalty was awarded in the 34th minute.

A rather dangerous looking Carlton Chapman was tripped inside the box by Palash Ghosh. Chandan converted with ease, but what caused a flutter in the stands was that the ball was found behind the goal. What actually had happened was that the netting at the back was too fragile to contain Chandan’s shot.

After resumption, East Bengal started from where they had left off and soon their efforts bore fruit.

In the 50th minute, Bijen Singh’s measured essay found an alert Sanjib, whose powerful right-footer gave Gopal Das, the Mohammedan Sporting custodian no chance at all.

But the best goal of the day undoubtedly came from Bijen, whose cracker of a shot took its toll not only on the Mohammedan Sporting morale, but also on the roof netting of the goal.

It came in the 85th minute when Bijen, intercepting an Isiaka pass from right, shot straight and the ball, literally, went through the roof.

The fact that the netting was damaged twice today naturally caused some embarrassment to the stadium authorites. Col. (retd) Soumitra Roy, CEO Salt Lake Stadium, was visibly peeved. “I had written to the sports department ten days back that the netting should be replaced immediately. But there was no action. These nets are nearly two years old,” he fumed.

East Bengal coach Syed Nayeemuddin seemed satisfied with his team’s showing, specially as star striker Dipendu Biswas had to sit out the match. But the fact remains they squandered opportunities at will. Moreover, with a rather off-colour Mohammedan Sporting attack line, East Bengal’s defence was hardly tested.

Chapman was one who had only himself to blame that his name does not figure in today’s scoresheet. He wasted two identical chances in quick succession just after resumption. With only the goalkeeper to beat he shot over on both occasions.

Sanjib was the culprit before the breather. In the 40th minute, he received a forward pass from Dipak Mondal, deftly went past two Mohammedan Sporting defenders, and then made a mess of the situation in trying to get past the goalkeeper. His shot deflected off Das’ hands for a corner.

Midway through the second half, Sanjib once more wasted a sitter. Tushar’s excellent through found Sanjib, but, with only the goalkeeper between him and glory, he failed.


East Bengal: Sangram Mukherjee, Sur Kumar Singh, Jackson Egygpong, Dipak Mondal, Ratan Singh, Carlton Chapman, Dipankar Biswas (Tushar Rakshit, 23; Zaheer Abbas 38), Chandan Das, Abayowemi Isiaka, Sk Sanjib, Bijen Singh.

Mohammedan Sporting: Gopal Das, Soumen Sarkar, Insaan Ali, Aslam Parvez, Palash Ghosh, Joy Kabui, Srikrishna Ghosh, Ohidul Islam, Kasif Jamal, Najimul Haq.

Referee: Jayanta Chakraborty.    

EASY FOR Mohun Bagan 
Calcutta, Aug. 25: 
Mohun Bagan 4
George 0

Mohun Bagan entered the homestretch of the Super Division League with a bang, blasting George Telegraph 4-0 as the championship leg got underway today. R.C. Prakash drew first blood in first-half injury-time and then went on to add another half-an-hour after the breather. Jose Barreto slipped in another five minutes later, while fellow Brazilian Joao Santos scored his first goal in the League minutes from the final whistle. Barreto thus took his League tally to seven, one more than Lal Bhulaiya at the top of the goal-getter’s list.

He could have actually added a couple of more goals had he not squandered opportunities. Bhulaiya, in contrast, was left starved. In fact, George Telegraph hardly looked a side that had scored five times in their last match. The midfield showed the stomach for fight but none of it led to telling touches at the goalmouth.

Mohun Bagan had it their way for most of the match. There was this great urgency from the very onset, manifested in some heightened mobility in midfield, but one was not sure if there was a design. With George drawn into that meaningless joust, prompting them to hectic activity as well, the midfield presented a chaotic battlefield. Neither team could stitch together more than two or three passes, and the ball was lost almost as soon as it had been won.

Mohun Bagan did break away from the mess now and then, and the odd shot at goal was around as well, but not many of them looked threatening enough. Things changed for the better with the introduction of Santos. While he lent more bite to the attack, the reshuffle that resulted from his induction also brought more solidity to the defence.

For Mohun Bagan, the second stopper-back slot remains a problem. M. Suresh was sitting out because of fever and his replacement, Hussain Mustafi, looked vulnerable. Though coach Subrata Bhattacharya solved the matter by replacing him with Santos and having Debjit Ghosh move down from midfield, it meant that Debjit had to desert his role as a defensive screen in midfield.

Mohun Bagan will be thrilled that Santos is at last showing that he can do the job he was recruited for — that is score goals. The Brazilian, who has had more than his share of barracking from the fans, has it in him to form a good attacking team with Barreto. He has, of course, has had to suffer in comparison to the more polished player in Barreto. That will not end very soon.

It was Santos who set up the first goal with a nice through for Prakash, who benefited from a breakdown in communication between George stopper Sujit Neogi and goalkeeper Hasan Shahabuddin Mollah.

Prakash chased down another through, this time from Satyajit, for the second goal, his angular shot beating the’keeper. Barreto went solo for his goal, shielding the ball from a defender that he dragged for some 10 yards before tapping past the ’keeper.


Mohun Bagan: Rajat Ghosh Dastidar; Dulal Biswas, Sammy Omollo, Hussain Mustafi (Joao Dos Santos, 28th), Amitava Chanda; Basudeb Mondal (Jayanta Sen, 83rd), Satyajit Chatterjee, Debjit Ghosh, R.P. Singh (James Singh, 46th); R.C. Prakash, Jose Ramirez Barreto.

George Telegraph: Hasan Shahabuddin Mollah; Sisir Ghosh, Sujit Neogi, Amritalal Biswas, Kutubuddin Sepoy; Sourabh Dutta, Snehangshu Rudra (Arunava Sarkar, 77th), Swarup Chatterjee, Dipankar Chatterjee (Azad Ali Mullik, 60th); Pratap Senapati (Prasanta Chakraborty, 63rd), Lal Bhulaiya.

Referee: Kalidas Mukherjee.    

New Delhi, Aug. 25: 
Twenty of the 28 present members of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) today resolved to appeal to Indian Football Association (IFA) joint secretary Ranjit Gupta to withdraw the litigation he has initiated against the parent body.

The decision was taken at today’s special requisition general body meeting of the AIFF.

The resolution was a request to the IFA to follow provisions of the AIFF constitution which is based on the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Fifa constitutions.

The rule

According to Rule 30 of the constitution affiliate members are forbidden from seeking the jurisdiction of courts to settle any arbitration regarding football.

Instead, they should submit such disputes to an arbitration panel appointed by the AIFF.

There were no representatives from the football associations of Sikkim, Manipur, Mizoram and Orissa.

The meeting was called at the request of 18 member associations to discuss the litigation filed by Gupta in the Calcutta High Court against the AIFF for misappropriation of funds.

The allegation

The hastily convened meeting lasted for about an hour and a half. Gupta alleged that he had proof of embezzlement of funds worth Rs 2.5 crore, in a 700 page document, which has been submitted to the Calcutta High Court.

Mr Das Munshi denied all the allegations placed in the petition against the AIFF.

The meeting itself has put the AIFF in a quandary. While the AIFF president insisted that he is within his rights to convene such a meeting, secretary Kedarnath Mour, who did support the resolution, felt that 30 days notice is required to call such an emergent general body meeting.

The meeting was held early in the morning as there was fear of an injunction from the Calcutta High Court questioning the validity of the meeting.    

Calcutta, Aug. 25: 
Every sportsperson worth his salt dreams of carrying the national flag at an Olympic or Asian Games opening ceremony. Leander Paes has had that honour bestowed on him twice over, but the Beckbagan boy may have to wait some more before actually leading the Indian contingent.

Two years ago, a heel injury forced him to skip the Bangkok Asian Games after he was chosen flag-bearer. Now, the IOA has picked the Atlanta Olympic bronze-medallist to do the honours at the Sydney Games, but circumstances prevent him from accepting the offer.

For someone who has few peers in feeding off the patriotic fervour generated by flag-waving fans, it’s not an easy decision for Paes. But, as the the 27-year-old veteran explained, he has got to be pragmatic and practical.

“Carrying the flag at the Sydney Games’ opening ceremony is a great honour and I would really love to do it, but right now the priority is to get more match practice,” Paes told The Telegraph from Long Island where he and Mahesh Bhupathi are playing together after nine months.

The President’s Cup in Tashkent, from September 11-17, clashes with the opening ceremony on September 15. Paes could still make it in time for the opening, provided they lose early in Tashkent. But that’s not on the Indian’s mind. “We’ll take it as it comes,” he said.

Had it been normal times, they could have skipped Tashkent. “The fact is, Mahesh and I are playing together after a long time. Both of us have had injuries this year and we need matches under our belt to get the inner feeling that tells us our understanding is back. And we need to regain our rhythm quickly as the Olympics is a very important event for both of us.”

The President’s Cup will be their third meet, following next week’s US Open. “It’s good we both managed to come out of our commitments to play the Open. A solid performance at Flushing Meadow could help us get into the seedings at the Olympics,” Paes observed.

As losing finalists last year, Paes and Bhupathi have a bagful of points to defend at the US Open failing which their rankings will slide further from the current 63 and 35, respectively. That will jeopardise chances of their being seeded at Sydney. “We are not putting any pressure on ourselves by setting a goal for the US Open. We’ll give it our best shot and hope for some good results.”

Happy with his form in the comeback match in Long Island Monday, Paes said: “I was a little rusty but that you expect if you are playing after a 12-week lay-off. That I served well was a good sign.”

Identifying the Woodies as the principal threat in Sydney, Paes said their record in 2000 (six titles including two Grand Slams) speaks for itself. “There are some other good teams, but we can’t afford to worry about our opponents. We are concentrating on getting ourselves ready so that we can battle hard irrespective of whether we are seeded or not.”

Doubles will obviously be the focus in Sydney, but he won’t take his singles lightly either. “I was delighted to get the wild card and though I will be going into the singles event without any match practice, you never know what could happen. Remember Atlanta? I had got in on a wild card that time too and got the bronze medal.”

A one-medal encore will be terrific. Anything more will be a bonus Indians will gladly feast on.    

New Delhi, Aug. 25: 
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) said today that hockey ace Dhanraj Pillay, winner of the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award this year could replace Leander Paes as India’s flag-bearer for the Sydney Olympics. Paes had been given the honour based on his bronze medal triumph at Atlanta in 1996.

However, now that Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi are committed to playing in the President’s Cup in Tashkent, slated for September 11 to 17, it is likely the tennis ace will miss the honour.

Many in the IOA had favoured Pillay, for whom this will be in his third Olympics. He also captained the side that regained the gold medal in the 1998 Asian Games after a lapse of 32 years.

They are insisting that as Paes is not willing to forsake the Tashkent tournament, the honour should be given to Pillay. Paes’ action is being construed as selfish.

Only IOA president Suresh Kalmadi and secretary Randhir Singh are insisting Paes be given the honour.    

Calcutta, Aug. 25: 
The Cricket Association of Bengal, which will host the East Zone qualifying league for the Wills Trophy in the city, will use the Eden Gardens and the CC&FC for the matches.

The schedule

Dec. 3: Bengal vs Assam (CCFC); Orissa vs Tripura (Eden). Dec. 5: Orissa vs Assam (Eden); Bihar vs Tripura (CCFC). Dec. 7: Bengal vs Tripura (CCFC); Orissa vs Bihar (Eden). Dec. 9: Bengal vs Bihar (Eden); Assam vs Tripura (CCFC). Dec. 10: Bengal vs Orissa (Eden); Bihar vs Assam.

‘Colts’ tour

The Calcutta Colts Cricket Club is back from its third tour of England, and this time they have a lot to show.

The team won 18 of the 19 matches it played during a month-long tour with one match being washed out.

Five players were invited to stay back by various clubs there and play for them for the rest of the season and go back next year for a full season. Three others from the club will join them.

Hockey meet

Behala Parnashree Vidyamandir thrashed Presidency Muslim HS 9-0 in a quarter final of the Pankaj Gupta Memorial hockey meet today. Dipankar Das scored four, including a hattrick. The other scorers were Bappa Koyal (2), Subrata Modnal, Loknath Naskar and Somnath Sarkar. In the other quarter final today, Belgachia Manohar Academy defeated Baruipur HS 2-0. Sukhen Saha and Ajoy Sharma were the scorers.

Dhyan Chand meet

Paikpara Sporting defeated La Martiniere 4-0 in the Dhyan Chand memorial under-14 meet at SAI, Eastern Centre, today. Abhijeet Biswas (2), Bijoy Pal, and Sujit Mondal were the scorers.    

Calcutta, Aug. 25: 
Rahul Gangjee, along with Ashok Kumar, Shiv Kapur and Sheeraz Kalra, will take part in the 22nd World Amateur Golf Team Championship for the Eisenhower Trophy to be played in Sporting Club, Berlin, from August 31 to September 3, according to a message received here.

The team left for Berlin today.

Four junior golfers, Gurbaaz Mann, Sandeep Syal, Md. Wazir, and Rajeev Kumar, have been invited by the Korea Junior Golf Association, to take part in the seond Minister of Culture and Tourism’s Cup International golf meet and the world junior golf team championship Asian regional pre-qualifying stage meet.

The tournament will be played at New Seoul Country Club in Kyunggido, Korea, from August 29 to September 1.    

United Student defeated Kalighat MS 4-3 in the second division championship play-off semi-finals of the Calcutta Football League today.

By advancing to the final, United booked a first division group B berth for next year.

Transport soccer

South Bengal defeated Karnataka 3-1 in the ASRTU football meet today.

Other results: CTC bt WBSTC 7-0, Uttar Pradesh bt Delhi 2-0.    

Daring Don is taken to win the Edgar DeSylva Trophy in Pune on Saturday. In his last start, the Vijay Khanna-trainee beat Safarando who went on to win the Colts Stakes. C. Rajendra partners Don’t Forget Me-Momentus three-year-old.


2.30 pm: Prime Of Life 1. Sacred Fire 2. Begonia 3.

3 pm: Chelsea 1. Foolish Pursuit 2. Diane In Demand 3.

3.30 pm: Stone Ridge 1. Anthology 2. Shanillo 3.

4 pm: Special Crown 1. Malada 2. Native Hunter 3.

4.30 pm: Daring Don 1. Sicalade 2. San Marino Star 3.

5 pm: Cotopaxi1 . Coronado 2, Ally McBeal 3.

5.30 pm: Current Bay 1. Tasha Beat 2. Dream Lover 3.

Day’s Best: Cotopaxi Double: Chelsea & Daring Don

Mysore results

Adamile won the Nanoli Stud Million in Mysore on Friday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Cauvery Plate 1,600m: (2-4-7) Paris Lights (Prakash) 1; London Beauty 2; Amazing Force 3. Not run: Selected Princess (10). Won by: Nk; 1-3/4; (1-45.4). Tote: Win Rs 37; Place: 14; 57; 42; Quinella: 510; Tanala: 14,985. Fav: Chandan Ka Palana (5).

2. Nandi Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (1-6-2) Pharoah (Shafiq) 1; Glass Slipper 2; Gracious Rohit 3. Not run: Sniper Fire (4). Won by: 3/4; SH; (1-16.4). Tote: Win Rs 230; Place: 64; 24; 18; Quinella: 824; Tanala: 9,983. Fav: Gracious Rohit (2).

3. Shimoga Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (12-1-3) Guernica (Harish) 1; Alisa 2; Cavala 3. Not run: Skylight (10) & Decision Maker (11). Won by: SH; 2; (1-15.5). Tote: Win Rs 74; Place: 22; 34; 13; Quinella: 529; Tanala: 5,085. Fav: Cavala (3).

4. Nandi Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (6-3-1) Hot Property (Harish) 1; Jersey Lightning 2; Surge Of Power 3. Not run: Ratn (4) & Skipping Away(9). Won by: 1; Nk; (1-15). Tote: Win Rs 90; Place: 20; 13; 14; Quinella: 113; Tanala: 627. Fav: Jersey Lightning (3).

5. Bangalore Plate, Div-I 1,100m: (5-6-2) Resplendent Star (Prakash) 1; Frontier Hero 2; Mehvish 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 6-1/2; (1-8.7). Tote: Win Rs 33; Place: 15; 27; 37; Quinella: 169; Tanala: 4,140. Fav: Always Dancing (4).

6. Shimoga Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (9-2-4) Princelene (S. Babu) 1; Pretty Boy Floyd 2; Silver Hope 3. Not run: One So Wonderful (5) & Rumpelstiltskin (6). Won by: 2-3/4; 1-1/2; (1-15). Tote: Win Rs 46; Place: 17; 16; 16; Quinella: 62; Tanala: 306. Fav: Pretty Boy Floyd (2).

7. Udhagamandalam Cup 1,600m: (7-11-3) Almaz (Rajesh) 1; Silver Toy 2; Gullane 3. Won by: 4; Nk; (1-42.3). Tote: Win Rs 125; Place: 30; 24; 23; Quinella: 444; Tanala: 4,876. Fav: Clyde Barrow (1).

8. Nanoli Stud Million 1,400m: (2-1-3-4) Adamile (Kader) 1; Symphony Of Fire 2; Royal Satin 3; Starry Scene 4. Won by: 4; Hd; Hd; (1-27.7). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 13; 21; 75; Quinella: 71; Tanala: 1,475. Fav: Adamile (2).

9. August Plate 1,200m: (10-8-9) Sea Witch (Harish) 1; Al Habib 2; Stately Girl 3. Not run: Brave Tern (4), Astounding Bay (11), Soviet Lake (12) & Sensational Lover (13). Won by: Nk; 3-1/2; (1-14.3). Tote: Win Rs 66; Place: 17; 13; 13; Quinella: 108; Tanala: 434. Fav: Stately Girl (6).

10. Ranganathittu Plate 1,600m: (1-5-8) Atomic Fusion (Appu) 1; Argyle Gold 2; Flying Singer 3. Not run: Walk In The Clouds (4) & Power Extreme (7). Won by: 3/4; 3-1/4; (1-42.6). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 15; 25; 24; Quinella: 127; Tanala: 360. Fav: Atomic Fusion (1).

Jackpot: (i) Rs 12,570 (C.o); (ii) Rs 18,426; (C) Rs 5,528.

Treble: (i) Rs 655; (ii) Rs 788.    



Till the other day, an old-timer believed that racing in the city was going the Gulf way. Although the sport there is held in a big way, betting on horses is a crime. Compare this to the scene in Calcutta, where fields are very poor and the dividends returned by the RCTC totalisator and the bookmakers are virtually nil.

Going by recent developments, however, the race veteran is prepared to be more optimistic. Now he is convinced that efforts are being made at a frantic pace to rectify the anomaly.

The recent visit of H.H. Sookias, a senior club member, accompanied by Vineet Verma, CEO and secretary RCTC, to Hyderabad, Bangalore and Pune has yielded terrific results. Irene Patel, a western India lady trainer with a string of 15 horses, is likely to switch headquarters. She will be followed by more than half-a-dozen assistant trainers from Pune. The names doing the rounds are those of jockey-turned-trainer Hanut Singh and one of Narendra Lagad’s assistants. The deputies’ brigade, who are assured of ‘A’ licence in the winter season, is said to be very keen to avail of the new opportunity coming their way. They are expected to bring about 70 horses with them. The assistants are expected in the city on September 11 to have a feel of the RCTC’s racing atmosphere. Presently the city has only about 280 horses, including 86 two-year-olds meant for racing in the winter only.

Add to this another 60 horses from Pune alone for the Breeze-up sales on October 22. Two professionals from Mysore are also planning to follow the path chosen by their Pune brethren. More importantly, 30-odd from Bangalore/Mysore are likely to come for the sales. MAM Ramasw-amy may also be counted upon to push the figure up by another 20.

So, there is still hope for Calcutta racing and many like the old-timer are prepared to believe that things are indeed looking up. They are ready to wait for the good days even if it stretches to the Pujas or the early part of the winter season.    


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