State govt to back soccer in city
Jalpaiguri team rides Namaj Ali ton
George in semis

 
 
STATE GOVT TO BACK SOCCER IN CITY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 24: 
The state government will support any move by the Indian Football Association (IFA) and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to host soccer in the city as part of the Afro-Asian Games in November.

“AIFF president Priya Ranjan Das Munshi told me a few days back that he would try and have soccer over here. I have promised all co-operation since the game needs a boost in the state after the Sahara Cup disaster,” state sports minister Subhas Chakraborty said today at a Meet the Press organised by Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club.

It was also time for the sports minister to look at the state of affairs with a philosophical outlook. He rued the lack of a definite sports policy in the state, the social compulsions that act as an impediment to the growth of a footballer and the genetic, physical limitations and climatic conditions that hinder the success of a sportsman in the state.

He did not set any do-it-now slogan like chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee but admitted that sports has failed to emerge as an area of priority in the government’s functioning. Like industry, health and education, the government should also focus attention on sports. He said he would make it a point to raise the issue at the policy making level.

“To generate awareness in sports was our main target. We have succeeded to an extent in that respect, but overall, the signs are not too encouraging,” he said.

Regarding the reconstruction of galleries on the Maidan, Chakraborty mentioned the financial constraints but promised to find a way out.

On the lack of an astroturf on the Maidan, he said that once the Army gives the go ahead at the Rangers ground, it would be completed. “We are in touch with the Bengal Hockey Association (BHA) in this respect,” he informed.

Chakraborty made it clear that the government would never interfere in the automony of any state association unless it was forced to do so. “For example, we might exercise our authority if needed to save the players from two warring factions within the same association,” the sports minister explained.

   

 
 
JALPAIGURI TEAM RIDES NAMAJ ALI TON 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 24: 
Namaj Ali’s unbeaten 103 helped S. P. Roy MCC Jalpaiguri to 39-run win over Biswanath CC Palta in the Ambar Roy sub-junior meet today.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Officer’s Choice Young Town Bolpur 112 in 24.4 ovs (Ritwick Sikdar 42, Sujoy Poddar 33; Prasenjit Das 3/12, Saptarshi Das 3/12). Barasat Association 113/6 in 22.4 ovs (Madan Ghosh 25). Barasat Association won by 4 wkts.

Baghajatin CC Siliguri 198/6 in 25 (Ujjal Mondal 69, P. P. Chanda 71). FD Block CC 157/3 in 25 (Soumava Banerjee 57 n.o., Bhaskar Mondal 56). Baghajatin won by 41 runs.

S.P. Roy MCC Jalpaiguri 183/3 in 25 ovs (Namaj Ali 103 n.o., Razzak 40). Biswanath CC Palta 144/7 in 25 (Manish Biswas 34, C. Karmakar 32; Krishnendu Mondal 3/40). S.P. Roy won by 39 runs.

Durgapur CC 210/4 in 25 ovs. Star Sporting 55/8 in 25. Durgapur won by 156 runs.

Ranaghat FC 159/9 in 25 (Ajit Halder 54). Netajinagar MS 121 in 24 (A. Halder 3/35). Ranaghat won by 38 runs.

Subajit Mitra MCC 178/3 in 25 (Kalyan Laskar 72 n.o., Rajesh Lakani 61) Gopinath Union CC 97 in 25 (Rajesh Lakani 3/15). Subajit Mitra MCC won by 81 runs.

Md. Sp. teams win

Mohammedan Sporting won their matches in the senior, U-14 and U-12 categories of the all-India Pepsi Cup in Bangalore today.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Senior: Md. Sporting 183/5 in 28 (O.P Tewari 66 n.o., Sourav Shukla 48). VPCA 79/9 in 28 (Nitin Trivedi 3/16, Dilip Yadav 3/20). Md. Sp. won by 104 runs.

Under-14: Md Sporting 237/6 in 30 (Samrat halder 65, Victor Chaki 45, Majid Khan 30, Abhisek Saha 35 n.o.). Green Valley Bangalore 72 in 23.5 (Adil Irfan 3/13, Md Irfan 3/20). Md Sp. won by 165 runs.

Under-12: Md Sporting 192 in 29.3 (S. Purkayasta 60, Chandra Dey 40; Arjun 3/18). Green Valley Bangalore 137 in 27.1 (Varsh 58; Abirlal Banerjee 3/17, Subarna Chatterjee 3/15). Md. Sp. won by 53 runs.

   

 
 
GEORGE IN SEMIS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 24: 
Jay Sankar Sarkar’s unbeaten 148 helped George Telegraph defeat Bournvita CA by six wickets to enter the semis of the Aikya-organised Dr Shyamamprasad Mukherjee junior meet today.

BRIEF SCORES: Bournvita CA 269/9 in 40 (Dipanjan Mustafi 56, Suraj Gond 56, Jishnu Dey 47). George Telegraph 273/4 in 35.4 (Jay Sankar Sarkar 148 n.o., Md Zahiruddin 36). George won by 6 wkts.

   
 

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