Chima ban lifted
Indian duo in last 16
Deadline too tight: Sahara
Indian sweep
Bengal under-16 squad named
Bangalore Races/ Hello Brother set to strike
Bangalore Races/ Royal Satin wins

 
 
CHIMA BAN LIFTED 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, June 2: 
The Indian Football Association’s governing body today lifted the ban imposed on Chima Okerie for misbehaving with referee Bikash Mukherjee in a Super Division match against East Bengal in 1999.

Chima, who was playing for Mohun Bagan at that time, was suspended till September 30.

Today, Chima appeared before the governing body and apologised to its members for his conduct. He promised there would be no repeat of the incident.

Heated exchange of words followed, as members seemed to be divided on the issue of lifting the ban. Some said there was no guarantee that the Nigerian would mend his ways and that he was hardly apologetic in his approach before the body.

A vote of approval also failed to break the deadlock. The impasse ended when president Raghunath Dey suggested that the members rule in favour of Chima since he appeared before the body under their suggestion.

“If we turn down his plea now, it would mean an insult on the body,” the president ruled.

Chima, it is learnt, is negotiating with a Bangladesh outfit while keeping his options open for playing for a Super Division club in the city.

Meanwhile, the telecommunication outfit’s appeal to play in the first division has been postponed once again. The office team has been asked to produce the “agreement” in regard to the job contract with the players.

“This agreement, subject to legal approval, will determine their fate in the League,” said Ranjit Gupta, IFA joint-secretary.

   

 
 
INDIAN DUO IN LAST 16 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, June 2: 
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi cruised into the last 16 of the French Open men’s doubles today. According to information received here, the Indians shut out US duo Eric Taino and Jack Waite 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.

The 1999 champions come up next against Jiri Novak and David Rikl. The Czechs beat Ota Fukarek and Juan Ignacio Carrasco 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.

Paes and Bhupathi started rather confidently today. They broke Taino in the very opening game after which games went on serve. Paes then lost serve to let the Czech-Spaniard duo bounce back. In the tie-breaker, the Indians led from the start to seal it 7-4.

The second set was a breeze for the Indians as they broke both Taino and Waite to wrap it up in 20 minutes.

Bonus for Bhupathi

Bhupathi later teamed up with Elena Likhovtseva to oust Sandon Stolle and Cara Black 7-5, 6-3 in mixed doubles first round.

   

 
 
DEADLINE TOO TIGHT: SAHARA 
 
 
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
 
Mumbai, June 2: 
With the sponsorship contract safely in their pocket, Sahara India Pariwar is now racing against time to meet the June 7 deadline to clothe the Indian cricket team.

While senior BCCI officials were confident, the sponsors are doubtful whether the deadline (when the first Test starts) could be met. Abhijit Sarkar of Sahara India said the logistics involved and short lead time made the proposition tough to meet. Ravi Krishnan, joint managing director at IMG-TWI also felt the same.

The deal is said to be the richest in the cricket world, eclipsing the deal between Vodafone and the ECB or the new multi-million Australian Ansett team sponsorship deal.

   

 
 
INDIAN SWEEP 
 
 
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
 
Bahrain, June 2: 
India completed a sweep in the 11th Asia & Middle East bridge meet which ended today, winning the Open Teams event by a margin of 82 IMPs.

Starting with a thin 4-IMP lead in the final against Syria, all three Indian pairs played immaculate bridge to win the last two sets 43-6 and 45-4 for a final score of 213-133.

Indians in fray were Kiran Nadar, Rajesh Dalal, Subhash Gupta, B. Satyanarain, K.R. Venkataraman, Santanu Ghose with N. Nagappan non-playing captain.

   

 
 
BENGAL UNDER-16 SQUAD NAMED 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, June 2: 
The IFA today announced the Bengal under-16 squad for the national meet at Thirunelveli in Tamil Nadu. The captain will be selected later.

THE SQUAD

Sk Nasim-ul Haq, Sujoy Saha, Kamal Biswas, Dibakar Roy, Rajib Ahmed, Anupam Sarkar, Tapan Giri, Tarak Roy, Prasun Shome, Shankar Roy Chowdhury, Biswajit Das, Bhola Prasad, Ratan Naskar, Kartick Koi, Tarak Basu, Mohammed Ali, Ramprasad Duley, Debashish Rai, Gouranga Dutta, Joydeep Debnath, Amit Das, Dulal Patra, Sukanta Nandi.Coach: Sujit Chakraborty.

   

 
 
BANGALORE RACES/ HELLO BROTHER SET TO STRIKE 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Bangalore, June 2: 
On his third in the Turf Invitation Cup, the Madhav Mangalorkar-ward Hello Brother looks good to start his season on a bright note when he takes on nine rivals in the 1,600m Karnataka Cup, tomorrow. Sat-hish. Narredu partners the four-year-old gelding by Young Senor out of One Up.

SELECTIONS

3 pm: Prowl 1. Blushing Star 2. Senora Jade 3.
3. 30 pm: Silvanus 1. Allocate 2. Soul Of Gold 3.
4 pm: Hello Brother 1. Acrobat 2. Native Tactics 3.
4.30 pm: Gullane 1. Spirito 2. Appleby 3.
5 pm: Alluring Bay 1. Superbe Asset 2. Alassio 3.
5.30 pm: Samanzar 1. Glencruitten 2. Beverly Babe 3.
Day’s Best: Hello Brother
Double: Gullane & Samanzar
   

 
 
BANGALORE RACES/ ROYAL SATIN WINS 
 
 
BY TITAN BOY
 
Bangalore, June 2: 
Royal Satin won the 1,400m Karnataka Police Cup in Bangalore on Saturday. Srinath, who partnered the Arjun Mangalokar ward to victory, booted home four winners.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)
1. Rare Gem Plate 1,200m: (1-6-11) Flaming Tower (Srinath) 1; Pettalumma 2; Parisien Belle 3. Won by: SH; 2-1/4; (1-15.8). Tote: Win Rs 170; Place: 15; 11; 13; Quinella: 39; Tan-ala: 968. Fav: Pettalumma (6).
2. Yeravada Stud Plate 1,600m: (5-8-2) Hope And Faith (Appu) 1; Refresher 2; Daggers Drawn 3. Won by: Hd; 2-3/4; (1-41.3). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 14; 19; 12; Quinella: 48; Tanala: 177. Fav: Hope And Faith (5).
3. Karnataka Police Cup 1,400m: (6-3-7) Royal Satin (Srinath) 1; Comet Star 2; Bank Balance 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 3/4; (1-27.6). Tote: Win Rs 40; Place: 16; 49; 20; Quinella: 428; Tanala: 3,543. Fav:Axe (4).
4. Patrons Cup 1,200m: (2-3-11) One So Wonderful (Shukla) 1; Psychedelic 2; Alisa 3. Won by: 3-1/2; 1/2; (1-15.5). Tote: Win Rs 29; Place: 17; 42; 15; Quinella: 451; Tanala: 2,238. Fav: One So Wonderful (2).
5. Tudor Jet Plate 1,400m: (2-12-3) Judge Jules (Srinath) 1; St. Lucinda 2; Kyosoba 3. Won by: 5-1/2; 6; (1-29.5). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 12; 11; 18; Quinella: 18; Tanala: 71. Fav: Judge Jules (2).
6. Bhishma Plate 1,200m: (4-1-10) Jungle Cat (Srinath) 1; Forest Boy 2; Niveditha 3. Not run: Crystal Ocean (5). Won by: 3-1/4; 1-3/4; (1-16.6). Tote: Win Rs 29; Place: 13; 72; 81; Quinella: 1,676; Tanala: 11,182. Fav: Discuss (2).
Jackpot: Rs 1,581; (C) Rs 239.
Treble: (i) Rs 2,211; (ii) Rs 219.
   
 

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