2003 World Cup from Feb. 7
Tapia strike takes Chile past Japan
Nayeem resigns as EB coach
Seven-wicket win for NSI
Yusuf Ali’s team champions
Nirupama, Paes trip at final hurdle
Qamar named best boxer
Calcutta Races/ Annatto lifts Commissioner’s Cup
Chennai Races/ Queen’s Ransom best on form
Bangalore Races/ Bangalore results

Calcutta, Jan. 13: 
Subject to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) approval cricket’s biggest (and longest) show, the eighth World Cup, will get underway on February 7, 2003, in South Africa.

According to Dr Ali Bacher, executive director of World Cup 2003, the inaugural match has been allotted to Cape Town, while the March 19 final will be hosted by Johannesburg.

The official announcement, though, will only be made next month after the ICC’s Executive Board meets in Melbourne.

Speaking to The Telegraph from his Johannesburg residence, this morning, Dr Bacher said: “The two other most-looked-forward-to matches, the semi-finals, will be staged by Durban and Port Elizabeth.”

Dr Bacher, who stepped down as the South African Board’s managing director on December 31 to focus on the World Cup, revealed the 14 teams — the largest-field ever — would be divided into two pools, named after the greatest cricketers: Sir Donald Bradman and Sir Garfield Sobers.

It’s a nice, precedent-setting gesture.

The seedings will be determined by the teams’ performances from immediately after the last World Cup (June 1999) till end-September 2001. Few can have reservations about this formula.

“The most successful team will head the Bradman Pool, while the next best will be No.1 in the Sobers Pool. Teams getting odd-numbered rankings will head for the Bradman Pool, the rest will figure in the Sobers Pool,” explained Dr Bacher.

Besides the ten Test-playing nations and Kenya, which has ODI-status, the top-three finishers at the ICC Trophy (being hosted by Canada this year) will also be seen in the eighth World Cup.

This total of 14 teams will be an increase of two from the last two editions (1996 and 1999).

Though the World Cup has been awarded to ‘Big Brother’ South Africa, Zimbabwe will stage at least five of their pool matches (all six if South Africa are clubbed separately), while Kenya may get a match or two.

Dr Bacher informed 10 South African venues have been finalised, while a decision on Paarl/Benoni has been put on hold.

The six Test centres — Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Centurion Park and Bloemfontein — will each host five matches, while East London, Kimberley, Pietermaritzburg and Potchesstroom will stage three each.

Significantly, the finance committee of World Cup 2003 has recommended investing Rands 35 million in upgrading all venues. Approval by the all-powerful policy committee, which has 11 members, seems a formality.

Though the sponsorship rights have been sold (by the ICC) to World Sport Group, a way will surely be found to involve regular sponsors of cricket in South Africa: South African Breweries, MTN, Standard Bank and Toyota.

Dr Bacher, invited by the West Indies Board for “discussions” specific to hosting the 2007 World Cup, will head for the US after his fortnight-long trip later this season (during South Africa’s trip to the West Indies).

“That will be a learning experience... I’ll specially be studying the added value provided to spectators by organisers of baseball and basketball competitions. We’ll try and do something similar, in 2003,” he signed off.

Incidentally learning experience No.1 for Dr Bacher, himself quite a trend-setting administrator, was during the Sydney Olympics.


Calcutta, Jan. 13: 

It was worth the wait. About 30,000 fans watched some mesmerising football as tournament-favourites Chile went past Japan 1-0 in a Group 4 match of the Sahara Cup at the Salt Lake Stadium tonight.

The all-important goal came from Hector Tapia in the 34th minute, with a ripping right-footer from very close range.

Chile showed all that makes Latin American football so pleasing to watch. There were deft touches, fantastic flicks, bicycle kicks galore. But the young Japanese side did not give up even for once.

Despite today’s loss, Japan retain hopes of advancing to the quarter finals, having beaten Uzbekistan 2-0 earlier.

Japan started well with quite a few attacks down the left where Masaki Fukai was operating. In fact, David Henriquez saw the first yellow card for bringing down the diminutive striker in the third minute. But Chile surely had a plan for him — he was closely marked by Cristian Alvarez.

Playing in their customary red-and-blue, the South American giants showed their worth and came back strongly. That wasn’t a surprise as Chile — fielding two World Cuppers and three Olympians — were up against only an amateur university side.

The Latin Americans were clearly trying to take advantage of their height — the high balls being their favourite mode of attack. One such move resulted in the goal.

Defender Alvarez sent in a long ball from the deep which found Fernando Martel on the left. Martel’s chip inside the box reached Moises Villarroel who headed the ball in front of the well-placed Tapia.

The Perugia marksman, who was always in the right position be it in midfield or upfront, found the target with a right-footer even as two defenders tried to close in on him.

Villarroel has played in the World Cup and his brand of football revealed it. Coach Nelson Acosta also had special praise for the talented midfielder at the post-match conference.

The Japanese attack was now originating from the right and ending up with Fukai on the left. Fukai’s partner upfront — Keisuke Ota, the goalscorer against Uzbekistan on the first day — did not have much to show today. Apart from a few weak shots at goal, the tall striker did not prove to be much of a threat to the Chilean defenders.

In the dying minutes of the first half, Fukai showed his class. Evading three Chileans he ripped the defence apart but the final shot at goal fizzled out. He was overpowered by his taller rivals just when he made the attempt at goal.

After Tapia’s goal, the Chileans took control of the game using the strength of their midfield with Villarroel playing an important role.

The natural skills of Tapia and Cristian Uribe were also on show and Japanese goalkeeper Toshiyasu Takahara was tested many times. Takahara had a good day, showing good anticipation twice besides making some other good saves.

In the second half, both teams started from where they had left off. Keiji Yoshimura, who stepped onto the turf as a substitute in the 37th minute, added substance on the right side of the attack. Yoshimura showed what this Japanese team has been the best at — amazing speed — and it took some good efforts from Chile’s defence to contain him.

Every time the Japanese got the ball, Chile’s penalty area appeared overcrowded by red shirts. This resulted in at least two goalmouth melees but on each occasion, the Chileans managed to avert danger.

In the 89th minute, Chile were awarded a free-kick which was taken by Martel from a set-piece. His curler missed the mark, not by much though.

The two coaches presented contrasting views at the end of the match. While Japan’s Takii Toshiro expressed satisfaction at the result and how his team had confronted the professional outfit from Chile, his counterpart was in a complaining mood. “The pitch is not good, it’s hard and slippery and was very difficult for our players who kept falling down,” Acosta said.


CHILE: Marcelo Ramirez; Cristian Alvarez, David Henriquez, Alex von Schwedler, Rafael Olarra, Marco Villaseca, Moises Villarroel, Cristian Uribe (Rodrigo Melendez, 71), Francisco Arrue (Rodrigo Nunez, 45), Hector Tapia (Sebastian Gonzalez, 81), Fernando Martel

JAPAN: Toshiyasu Takahara; Kobayashi, Mitsuru Chiyotanda, Satochi Horinouchi, Tadaaki Hirakawa, Naotake Hanyu (Jun Sakai, 72), Nobumitsu Yamane, Keisuke Ota, Masaki Fukai, Takuya Mikami (Hideki Sekine, 89), Keiji Yoshimura (Yoshimasa Fujita, 37)

Referee: Rungklay Mongkol (Thailand)


Calcutta, Jan. 13: 
Syed Nayeemuddin today resigned as East Bengal coach, owning responsibility for the club’s dismal showing in the Rovers Cup in Mumbai.

According to club president Dr Pronab Dasgupta, Manoranjan Bhattacharjee has agreed to take charge with immediate effect.

“I don’t want to offer excuses like missing some front-line players in Mumbai. The lacklustre showing forced me to take this decision,” Nayeem told The Telegraph. He, though, had a word of advice for his players. “Aim for the sky and there’s no substitute for hard work.”

The Dronacharya said he was planning to take up the instructor’s role of the Asian Football Confederation, but at the same time, was also open to offers from other clubs.


Calcutta, Jan. 13: 
Netaji Subhas Institute (NSI) and Barisha Sporting won their matches on the opening day of the CAB senior division league today. While NSI beat Paikpara Sporting by seven wickets, Barisha rode Soumen Karmakar’s six-wicket haul to a nine-wicket victory over Town.


CPT 248 (Soumen Singh 106, Indranil Chakraborty 42; Probir Mukherjee 5/90, Sudipto Mukherjee 4/108) vs Sporting Union.

Paikpara Sporting 209 (R. Dutta 5/62, Debasish Mukherjee 5/57). Netaji Subhas Institute 210/3 (A. Mukherjee 71 n.o., Biswanath Bose 68). NSI won by 7 wkts.

Rajasthan 340 (N. Ghosh 109, Anupam Pal 52; M. Acharya 4/44, Abdul Munayem 3/89) vs Mohun Bagan.

Md. Sp. 283 (Rakesh Joshi 50, Sandeep Rawat 42, Khurshid Ahmed Khan 91; Shankar Chakraborty 3/66, Altaf Hussain 4/93). City 10/0.

Wari 352 (Saikat Mukherjee 88, Avishek Jhunjhunwala 84, Amit Sharma 40; Suman Chakraborty 36; Sabir Ali 4/65, Murtaza Lodhgar 3/113) vs Kalighat.

BNR 161 (Chiranjib Guha 48; Shib Shankar Pal 4/44). Shyambazar 43/1.

Town 101 (Soumen Karmakar 6/27). Barisha Sporting 107/1 (Subhradip Ganguly 59 n.o.). Barisha won by 9 wkts.

George Telegraph 451/7 (Tirtha Roy 72, Amitava Roy 162, Bibaswat Mazumder 44, Avijit Pal 75; Dalbagh Singh 4/98) vs Excelsiors.

Shibpur Institute 218 (D. Akhtar 62, A. Roy 3/85). Aikya Sammilani 13/0.

East Bengal 312 (S.S. Karim 56, S. Lahiri 44, W. Mazumder 41; K. Banerjee 4/87, A. Jha 3/61, A. Jana 3/66) vs Mohunlal.

Teghoria CCC win

Teghoria CCC beat New Alipore CCC by 14 runs in the Ambar Roy memorial sub-junior meet today.

BRIEF SCORES: Teghoria CCC 169/5 in 25 (Arnab Pal 46). New Alipore 155/8 in 25 (Soumya Saha Bhowmick 45). Teghoria won by 14 runs.


Calcutta, Jan. 13: 
Yusuf Ali and his team of Raiyan Rab, Brig Ilyas Rasul and Lt Col Inamul emerged champions in the inaugural pro-am Bhatiary Open golf meet in Chittangong today.

According to information received here, the winning team tallied 14-under 130, three strokes better than the runners-up team led by Rahul Ganapathy.

But it was former India cricket captain Kapil Dev who hogged the limelight with a 326-yard hit to easily win the longest drive competition.

Tolly Chakra lift title

Tollygunge Chakra (60 points) emerged champions in the 19th sports meet organised by Calcutta District Primary School Council recently.

Behala West (30) and XV Chakra (23) finished second and third, respectively.


Calcutta, Jan. 13: 
Leander Paes and Nirupama Vaidyanathan fell a set short of qualifying for the Australian Open main draw.

The top male and female players of India both lost their final-round qualifying matches in three sets, according to information received from Melbourne.

Paes, who is keen to improve his singles ranking this year, dropped five games in a row to go down 6-3, 5-7, 3-6 to South African Marcos Ondruska.

The Indian led 3-1 and had two chances to go double-break up in the final set. But it wasn’t his day. He saved two match-points before bowing to a an opponent he had beaten to clinch the junior Wimbledon crown 10 years ago.

The 27-year-old Calcuttan had earlier beaten South Korean Yong Ill Yoon 6-4, 7-5 and South African Justin Bower 6-3, 6-4.

Nirupama, too, had started very promisingly earlier this week. She ousted Aussie Nadia Johnston 6-3, 6-4 before shocking top seed Alison Bradshaw (US) 6-3, 7-5. In the final match, she lost 5-7, 6-2, 2-6 to Frenchwoman Alexandra Fusai.


Calcutta, Jan. 13: 
Mohammed Ali Qamar of Railways emerged champion in the lightflyweight category in the 47th national boxing championship in Pimpri, near Pune, yesterday.

According to information received here today, Ali, a former Bengal pugilist who represented India in the world meet in Las Vegas in 1999, beat Rosema Colney of Services in the final.

Ali, who lost to Suresh Singh in the final of this category in the last edition of the meet, was also adjudged Boxer of the Meet. Suresh was competing in the flyweight division.


Calcutta, Jan.13: 
Annatto was hard to stop in the 1,400m Police Commissioner’s Cup today. The Vijay Singh-trained five-year-old gelding had a shade over a length to spare to Stately Don who was fully-pressed to earn the slot by Alyssum. Cristopher Alford partnered the Steinbeck-Camineto son to victory.


1. Baqlava Cup 2,000m: (4-3-2-1) Actress (C. Alford) 1; Ammeter (Shanker) 2; Charlene (Rabani) 3; Beau Bruno (A. Imran) 4. Won by: 1/2; Dist; 6-1/2; (2-8.4). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 12; 16; Quinelal: 23; Tanala: 115. Fav: Actress (4).Winner trained by Vijay S.

2. Galstaun Cup 1,100m: (2-1-3-6) Aiberni (Rabani) 1; Automatic (C. Alford) 2; Mac The Knife (Connorton) 3; Alvernia (Amil) 4. Won by: Nk; 7-1/2; 2-1/4; (1-10.6). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 14; 16; Quinella: 22; Tanala: 198. Fav: Aiberni (2). Winner trained by Bath.

3. Theogundi Handicap 1,100m: (8-9-11-3) Magnifico (C. Alford) 1; Diplomatic Gesture (Shanker) 2; Hoyo Hoyo (Rabani) 3; Chivalrous (A. P. Singh) 4. Won by: 1/2; 2-3/4; 3/4; (1-7.4). Tote: Win Rs 42; Place: 16; 18; 14; Quinella: 111; Tanala: 376. Fav: Hoyo Hoyo (11). Winner trained by Vijay S.

4. Police Commissioner’s Cup 1,400m: (5-2-4-7) Annatto (C. Alford) 1; Stately Don (A. Imran) 2; Alyssum (Shanker) 3; Clarice Cliff (Islam) 4. Won by: 1-1/4; Nk; 1-1/4; (1-27.2). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 11; 14; 16; Quinella: 27; Tanala: 116. Fav: Annatto (5). Winner trained by Vijay S.

5. Sheridan Handicap 1,400m: (6-8-12-7) Ashbury (C. Alford) 1; Super Smile (Dalpat) 2; Scavenger’s Son (Som S.) 3; Bold Apparel (A. Imran) 4. Won by: 6; 3/4; 2-1/4; (1-27.8). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 12; 105; 73; Quinella: 423; Tanala: 6,201. Fav: Ashbury (6). Winner trained by Daniel D.

6. Birthday Book Handicap 1,100m: (2-7-5-8) Aflicker (Dalpat) 1; Consul’s Secret (Som S.) 2; Aliqa (M. Reuben) 3; Go With The Wind (K. Gurang) 4. Won by: SH; 2-1/4; SH; (1-8). Tote: Win Rs 104; Place: 25; 30; 22; Quinella: 640; Tanala: 10,963. Fav: Altruism (3). Winner trained by Bath.

Jackpot: Rs 2,349; (C) Rs 52.

Treble: (i) Rs 191; (ii) Rs 377.


Outer sand track

1,400m: Master Bold (C. Alford) in 1-45s; (400m) 28s. Fit. Fame Star (Amil) in 1-43s; (400m) 28s. Fir. Auctioneer (Amil) and Alumina (C. Alford) in 1-38s; (400m) 28s. Former far better. Accrete (C. Alford) and Astride (Rb) 1-42s; (400m) 29s. Former better. Persuasion (Dalpat) in 1-46s; (400m) 29s.

1,200m: Alicyclic (C. Alford) and Calamint (A. P. Singh) 1-24s; (400m) 28s. Former better. Soviet Song (Khalander) in 1-24s; (400m) 31s. Fit. Queen’s Logic (C. Alford) in 1-28s; (400m) 32s. Cool Quest (Khalander) in 1-26s; (400m) 28s. Note. Alamito (C. Alford) and Private Lives (Rabani) in 1-25s; (400m) 29s. Former far better. Abroach (C. Alford) and Airborne (A. P. Singh) in 1-28s; (400m) 30s. Both easy.

1,000m: Addab (Dalpat) in 1-12s; (400m) 28s. Good. Sebastian (Dalpat) and Slice Of Life (Islam) in 1-14s; (400m) 31s. Former too good. Artwork (Rb) in 1-10s; (400m) 26s. Good. So Royal (Khalander) in 1-9s; (400m) 26s. Merano (Khalander) in 1-13s; (400m) 28s. Moved well.

800m: Atomist (C. Alford) and Avionic (Rabani) in 30s. Both level.


1,400m: Spanish Drum’s (Tamang) in 1-31s; (400m) 27s. Handy.

1,200m: Pure Passion (P. Alford) in 1-26s; (400m) 27s. Red Trident (Rutherford) 1-21s; (400m) 27s.

800m: Solo Act (Yacoob) in 53s; (400m) 26s. No Surrender (Rb) in 51s; (400m) 24s. Global Harmony (Gajender) in 53s; (400m) 26s. Fit.


Chennai, Jan. 13: 
Best on form in the eight-horse line-up, the Robert Foley-trained filly Queen’s Ransom is expected to win the Chettinad Cement South India Derby Stakes in Chennai on Sunday. Richard Hughes partners the filly.


1.30 pm: Gra-Lemor 1. Celtic Blue 2. Family Fortuen 3.

2 pm: Pearl Dragon 1. Smiling Star 2. Bay Dragon 3.

2.30 pm: Royal Court 1. Endless Quest 2. Forbearance 3.

3 pm: Rebounding Flame 1. Star Report 2. Yuva Raj 3.

3.30 pm: Valuable Boy 1. Owner’s Pride 2. Make A Million 3.

4 pm: Queen’s Ransom 1. Gold Symbol 2. Pride Of Gold 3.

4.45 pm: Streamer 1. Elusive Bay 2. Balma 3.

5.15 pm: Sweet Story 1. Bruce Lee 2. Rare Symbol 3.

Day’s Best: Queen’s Ransom

Double: Gra-Lemor & Pearl Dragon


Bangalore, Jan 13: 
Jockeys R. Hughes and Harish were in limelight winning four and three events respectively here in today’s nine-event race-card.


1. Kalinadi Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (9-1-5) Royal Satsuma (Koch) 1; Emerald Forest 2; Solo Spirit 3. Not run: Sweeping Statement (10). Won by: 1-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-31.9). Tote: Win Rs 78; Place: 28; 18; 39; Forecast: 276; Quinella: 141; Tanala: 1,581 & 1,054. Fav: Lake Baikal (7).

2. Bagalkote Plate 2,000m: (2-1-6) Top Socialite (Hughes) 1; Appleby 2; Forest Ranger 3. Won by: 2; 3; (2-11.1). Tote: Win Rs 29; Place: 14; 15; 17; Forecast: 40; Quinella: 25; Tanala: 91 & 61. Fav: Top Socialite (2)

3. Kalinadi Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (2-8-9) Cassini (Appu) 1; Storm Boy 2; Omni Presence 3. Not run: Imperial Heritage (10). Won by: 3/4; 1/2; (1-31.3). Tote:Win Rs 26; Place: 13; 25; 17; Forecast: 83; Quinella: 52; Tanala: 175 & 65. Fav: Cassini (2).

4. McDowell’s Centenary Colts Stakes 1,200m: (4-3-1-5) Noble Opinion (Hughes) 1; Peter Papper 2; Auchterarder 3; Smart Challenger 4. Won by: 8; 2-1/4; Dist; (1-15.7). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 11; 13; Forecast: 13; Quinella: 13; Tanala: 12 & 10. Fav: Noble Opinion (4).

5. R. Prithviraj Urs Memorial Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (1-5-8) Compliance (Harish) 1; Augill Castle 2; Refresher 3. Won by: 1-1/2; SH; (1-29.1). Tote: Win Rs 46; Place: 16; 25; 16; Forecast: 278; Quinella: 182; Tanala: 653 & 265. Fav: Far Excellence (3).

6. McDowell’s Centenary Fillies Stakes 1,200m; (6-2-5-3) Snow Dew (Hughes) 1; Kirkcaldy 2; Purple Princ-ess 3; Leading Conquest 4. Won by: 9; 1/2; 5; (1-1-16.3). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 12; 57; Forecast: 57; Quinella: 50; Tanala; 67 & 18. Fav: Snow Dew (6).

7. U. K. Somappa Memorial Plate 1,600m: (5-9-4) Argyle Gold (Harish) 1; Three To Count 2; Brave Deed 3. Not run: Kylin (6). Won by: 3-3/4; SH; (1-42.3). Tote: Win Rs 40; Place: 17; 16; 60; Forecast: 74; Quinella: 34; Tanala: 611 & 398. Fav: Three To Count (9).

8. F. K. Irani Memorial Cup 1,200m: (4-8-3) Bold Chieftan (Hughes) 1; Al Habib 2; Holy Heights 3. Won by: 5-1/4; 1-3/4; (1-14.7). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 12; 17; 26; Forecast: 29; Quinella: 21; Tanala: 119 & 65. Fav: Bold Chieftan (4).

9. R. Prithviraj Urs Memorial Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (4-10-5) Red Quartz (Harish) 1; Always Dancing 2; Sensational Lover 3. Won by: 3; 2; (1-29.2). Tote: Win Rs 336; Place: 59; 35; 27; Forecast: 1,226; Quinella: 565; Tanala: 25,466 & 16,371. Fav: Screen Play (3).

Jackpot: Rs 5,552; (C) Rs 99.

Mini jackpot: Rs 6,659.

Treble: (i) Rs 59; (ii) Rs 1,115.


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