Wooden flooring affected
Umapada sinks two records
Super Division from July 4
ACAB to hold inter-coaching camp meet
Bangalore Racing/ Hope And Faith for Fillies Trial

Calcutta, June 15: 
None would ever think of using an umbrella inside an indoor hall but it is a necessity these days at the SAI Eastern Centre’s indoor practice arena.

A few holes have appeared on the roof of the 60x40m hall through which water has been seeping in. This has caused serious damage to the huge wooden flooring.

Things swung out of control yesterday as one session of the on-going national junior table tennis camp had to be called off once it started raining.

The camp resumed this morning but there is no guarantee that the problem won’t recur.

There is chance of injury too as chunks of the wooden flooring — in the area where the camp is going on — has been badly damaged. A part of the decayed wood has caved in, causing holes which were found covered by mats this morning.

One such spot lies just behind a table tennis board forcing players to check their movement. “It is dangerous and the players’ movement is restricted,” a coach, who didn’t want to be identified, told The Telegraph today.

Maintenance, clearly, is not the forte of the Salt Lake-based centre and in this case, there is also a trace of negligence as the SAI officials are not unaware of this.

“Seepage of water from the roof has been a chronic problem,” said Somen Chaudhari, regional director of the Centre. “It’s a designing defect to an extent, arresting which was difficult, but we did refer it to the CPWD after detecting it about six months back,” he said.

CPWD looks after such things at the Centre, Chaudhuri informed, adding they were given Rs 22 lakh to carry out repairs at the beginning of this year so that they could be completed before the onset of monsoons.

The work, however, stopped soon after start and resumed as late as Wednesday. “The CPWD must have faced some procedural problem of which I am not aware of,” said Chaudhuri. He attributed the delay also to the SAI headquarters, saying they were late in sanctioning funds.

The roof, made of glass fibre, is now being replaced by aluminium sheets which means there will be no natural light inside the hall. The authorities, it seems, want to dispense with that in order to secure a leak-proof roof.

“The glass fibre roof looks good but water trickles in from the points were nuts and bolts are drilled,” Chaudhuri explained.

The hall is divided in three parts and used for gymnastics, badminton and table tennis. A walk around the place reveals the floor has been affected in several places. There is also the risk of equipment being damaged which are heaped in the corner marked for gymnastics.

The authorities are also toying with the idea of supplanting the wooden flooring with more sophisticated synthetic mats laid on a solid base. But that seems unlikely in the immediate future as the process is expensive.


Calcutta, June 15: 
Umpada Naskar of Burdwan erased two records in the state age-group aquatic championship as eight more marks tumbled on the second day of the meet at Calcutta Sports Association today.

Among the record-makers was South 24 Parganas’ Tagari Baidya who broke Urmila Chhetry’s 50m freestyle mark of 33.60 in girls’ group I which stood for 14 years. Tagari clocked 32.54.

Naskar timed 02:26.30 to break Akbar Ali Mir’s 200m individual medley mark of 02:27.72 in group II. He later clocked 00:29:02 in 50m butterfly to improve his own mark of 00:29.41.

RESULTS (winners only)

BOYS: Gr. I — 200m backstroke: Santanu Pramanik (Midnapore, 02:31.96). 200m breaststroke: Gouranga Mondal (South 24 Parganas, 02:38.34, new record). 50m backstroke: Akbar Ali Mir (Calcutta, 00:30.11, new record). 200m butterfly: Souvik Das (Howrah, 02:25.12). 100m freestyle: Snehasish Mukherjee (Calcutta, 1:00.32).

Gr. II: — 400m freestyle: Kuntal Bose (Calcutta, 04:57.12). 50m breaststroke: Gairik Bardhan (Howrah, 34.59, new record). 200m breaststroke: Gairik Bardhan (Howrah, 02:42.79). 200m medley: Umapada Naskar (Burdwan, 02:26.30, new record). 50m butterfly: Umapada Naskar (Burdwan, 00:29.02, new record). 100m backstroke: Biplab Dey (South 24 Parganas, 1:12.11). 50m freestyle: Samir Das (Midnapore, 0:26.95).

Gr. III: 100m breaststroke: Susamya Maity (South 24 Parganas, 01:24.81). 50m backstroke: Dip Sekhar Kar (Midnapore, 00:35.56). 50m freestyle: Gourav Sarkar (North 24 Parganas, 00:30.68).

Gr. IV: 50m backstroke: Soumyajit Mukherjee (Hooghly, 00:38.96). 100m freestyle: Prabir Dutta (South 24 Parganas, 01:10.21).

GIRLS: Gr. I — 100m freestyle: Asmita Guha Biswas (Calcutta, 01:08.90). 50m butterfly: Monika Mondal (South 24 Parganas, 00:33.09). 200m breaststroke: Sayani Pal (Howrah, 03:14.09).

Gr. II: 400m freestyle: Soumisila Dey (Calcutta, 05:38.20). 100m butterfly: Reba Orang (Hooghly, 01:19.69). 100m breaststroke: Anima Orang (Burdwan, 01:30.09). 50m freestyle: Anima Orang (Burdwan, 00:32. 09).

Gr. III: 200m freestyle: Tumpa Adak (Hooghly, 02:56.37). 50m breaststroke: Somasree Ganguly (Calcutta, 00:41.26). 50m backstroke: Amita Das (Calcutta, 0:38.95).

Gr. IV: 50m breaststroke: Navrata Mukherjee (North 24 Parganas, 00:45.73).

Age-group volleyball

Tollygunge Subhas Sangha and Academy for Sports and Games, Barasat, won the junior boys’ and girls’ crowns, respectively, in the state age-group volleyball meet today.

Subhas Sangha beat Hooghly District Coaching Centre 28-26, 30-28, 25-21 in the final, while the Barasat team defeated Natunpukur Association 25-12, 25-18, 26-24.


Sub-jr boys: Hooghly District Coaching Centre bt Darjipara Bayam Samity 25-13, 19-25, 25-3.

Mini boys: Burdwan Agradut Sangha bt Hooghly District Coaching Centre 25-13, 27-29, 25-22, 20-25, 15-13.

Sub-jr girls: Natunpukur Association bt Panpur Milan Sangha 25-15, 27-25.

Mini girls: Panpur Milan Sangha bt Kutubpur Pallimangal Samity 12-25, 25-20, 26-24.


Calcutta, June 15: 
Super Division action in the Calcutta Football League will begin on July 4. The fixtures are yet to be drawn. First division group B matches start on June 25 and group A matches commence from June 26.

State powerlifting

The state open powerlifting championship for men and women will be held from tomorrow to Sunday at India Club, Bhowanipur.

Hockey camp

Behala SA entered the semi-finals of the West Bengal Hockey Players Association-organised meet with a 13-0 demolition of Baranagore SC. Khalsa SCC trounced Jagrihi 5-1, Paikpara HCC beat Rishra Club 2-0 and Entally HA blanked Khalsa Model 4-0. All winners entered the semi-finals.    

Calcutta, June 15: 
The Athletic Coaches Association of Bengal (ACAB) will organise an inter-coaching camp competition on the lines of the Golden League. Like the IAAF extravaganza, the ACAB-organised meet will be held over five legs and winners will be identified after the final leg.

There will be four events — 100m, 400m, 1500m, long jump — for boys and girls and the top six in each will be awarded points.

The meet kicks off at Muchisha in the South 24 Parganas and travels to Durgapur, Banipur (North 24 Parganas) and Tarakeswar before terminating at Salt Lake Stadium.

The meet will follow certain rules yet to be implemented by the IAAF, like disqualification after one false start and four tries in long jump instead of six.

Overall winners will be awarded Rs 2,500, runner-up 1,500 and those coming third will bag 1,000. A perfromer of the meet will be selected after each leg.


Bangalore, June 15: 
While ten three-year-old fillies face the starter for the 1,600m Kingfisher Fillies Trial Stakes, the first classic of the season tomorrow, it looks to be a two horse race between Hope And Faith — unbeaten in her four starts — and Snow Dew, the winner of the Knock Out Million, on the fourth day. Both are in superb condition and it looks a touch and go affair between the two. However, it is the Darashah-ward Hope And Faith, with Appu to guide her, who is tipped to finish ahead.


1.30 pm: Hayate 1. River Bed 2. Silver Falcon 3.
2 pm: Six Flags 1. Parisien Belle 2. Tal 3.
2.30 pm: Red Angel 1. Winning Charm 2. Kilkemny 3.
3 pm: Aprilia 1. Fiesba 2. Common Wealth 3.
3.30 pm: Fame Star 1. Arrakis 2. Allodium 3.
4 pm: Hope And Faith 1. Snow Dew 2. Ciel Fleuri 3.
4.30 pm: Amber Dancer 1. Brora 2. Hero Worship 3.
5 pm: Squeeze 1. Aryawun 2. Sinatra 3.
5.30 pm: Ambermatic 1. Tina’s Tune 2. Kisunugntly 3.

Day’s Best: Aprilia

Double: Fame Star & Amber Dancer

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