Easy openers for Gopichand
Md. Sporting misery continues
Ancheri to resume training next week
Musah for Moscow club
Cal Police beat Future Hope
Calcutta Races/ Arendal may do the trick
Calcutta Races/ Aliqa shines
Mysore Races/ Sun Reality may win main event

 
 
EASY OPENERS FOR GOPICHAND 
 
 
FROM SANJAY SHARMA
 
Jakarta, July 24: 
The fourth consecutive boycott of the Indonesian Open by the mighty Chinese team has not only left a bad taste in Indonesian mouths, it has also necessitated a total rehaul of the draw, as of this morning.

The women’s draw, where they were hot favourites for the singles and doubles titles, has especially been badly hit.

The Chinese have said that the political situation here made them fearful of their safety. This safety problem, though, is not too evident here.

Indian ace Pullela Gopichand has been seeded second in the men’s singles. This is the highest ever seeding achieved by any Indian in the Indonesian Open.

Gopichand has two easy rounds but then he meets sixth seeded Ronny Augustino in the pre-quarters. Ronny had defeated Gopichand, Hendrawan and Chen Hong in the Malaysian Open last week. Ronny, however, runs into tough Thai opponent Polasanna Boonsak in the first round.

If Gopichand wins the pre-quarters, he may face Hendrawan, the world champion. Top seeded is Korean Lee Hyun Il,who however, is not expected to win here.

Lee is fourth in the world rankings while Gopichand is still sixth. This is Gopichand’s best chance to add to his tally of international titles. Despite still struggling with the injury he picked in Pune last month, he has shown considerable progress in speed in last three days training.

All Indians have interesting draws with Abhin Shyam Gupta playing a qualifier who defeated former world champion Heryanto Arbi, while Chetan Anand plays a former Indonesian junior international to whom he has lost before.

In men’s doubles, Diju and Sanave Thomas play top Japanese pair and then will run into seeded Indonesians Aryano-Heryanto.

In ladies singles, B.R. Meenakshi will have it easy with the withdrawal of all Chinese. She should at least reach the third round.

Says Gopichand on his draw: “It is a good one. I’m not really bothered to play Ronny Augustiono again. I think I will have a better control and a better plan when I face him. But I have couple of interesting matches before.

“The seven-point system makes each player feel they can win. Experience counts, but more important is correct start and focussing. I feel that all of us have a good draw, but we must make full use of it.”

“My GP finals is starting next week — that is a week after this tournament, so I am also seriously thinking of staying back here and training in some club so I do not waste time travelling to India and back to this region again (Brunei).

“My training here will be focussed more on the GP finals. However I will be doing my best to get as many points as possible as that will help my ranking and seeding at Brunei,” Gopichand added.

The qualifying started off yesterday itself with only Sachin Ratti playing three tough men’s singles matches. Ratti, however, has already won his matches defeating three local players and now faces Japanese Thomas Cupper Shimogami in his first round tomorrow in the main draw.

In his second qualifying round, Sachin defeated Hariawan 8-6, 7-3, 8-6 while in the third qualifiers this morning he beat another Indonesian Endra Kurniawan 5-7, 7-2, 7-0, 5-7, 7-2 in 34 minutes.

   

 
 
MD. SPORTING MISERY CONTINUES 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 24: 
George Telegraph 1
Mohammedan Sporting 0

There was a distinct improvement in the Mohammedan Sporting performance graph today, but that wasn’t enough to reverse the dismal trend. An early Biman Mondal strike helped George Telegraph overcome the black-and-white brigade at the packed Kishore Bharati Stadium.

Having kicked off their Super Division campaign with a victory over BNR, Mohammedan Sporting have now lost three matches in a row. George, on the other hand, took their points tally to seven courtesy the second win in five games.

George got off to a cracking start, scoring in the fourth minute. A long Sukumar Mallick throw-in from near the corner flag was headed square by Pratap Senapati for Mondal, who fired home a powerful half-volley from just inside the striking zone.

The rest of the first session saw little constructive activity, both teams threatening the rival goal once each.

George, scenting three points, went on the defensive in the second half, encouraging Mohammedan Sporting to push more men upfront. In the 61st minute, Mohammedan Sporting came close to restoring parity. Off a melee, Ali Reza managed to push the ball goalwards only to be pulled up for a foul on goalkeeper Shankar Dey.

“It was a clear goal, Ali pushed the ball past the line... there was no question of a foul,” Mohammedan Sporting coach Chandu Roy Chowdhury complained later.

With the slush erasing the markings, it wasn’t clear to the naked eye whether the ball did actually cross the line. But the Mohammedan Sporting camp was justified in complaining about referee Kashinath Sen on one count. He turned a blind eye to the George players’ play-acting in the second half and didn’t take out the yellow card even once.

Prosenjit Pal, who caught the eye with his energetic scheming, threatened the George defence a couple of times. His 20-yard right-footer rebounded off the crosspiece. The other time, he wasted precious seconds in aiming for the goal and got dispossessed.

On the three occasions George looked dangerous on the counter-attack, Mohammedan Sporting custodian Imran Khan rose to the occasion.

TEAMS

GEORGE TELEGRAPH: Shankar Dey, Sukumar Mallick, Sujit Neogi, Amritalal Biswas, Prasanta Sarkar (Dibyendu Panja, 42), Pratap Senapati, Somnath Das (Jagrata Sarkar, 78), Gautam Naha, Snehasis Rudra, Biman Mondal, Supratik Aind (Azad Ali, 69).

MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: Imran Khan, Sarwar Ali, Insan Ali, Ashok Murmu (Mughate Aye, 65), Zulfiqar Ali, Arunava Sarkar, Debu Pradhan (Ayaz Abdul, 35), Ali Reza, Prosenjit Pal, Ohidul Islam, Amjad Hussain (C. Prakash, 29).

Referee: Kashinath Sen.

Tolly tie abandoned

There was no play at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, where Tollygunge Agragami were to have taken on Port Trust, but there was drama aplenty off the field.

Referee Gopinath Pyne ruled that the ground was not fit to host soccer, called the two captains and abandoned the game at 3.40 pm. Within five minutes, the two teams got letters from the IFA saying the match had been rescheduled to tomorrow at the Mohun Bagan ground.

“The IFA knew the match couldn’t be held, that’s why they had the letter ready so soon,” alleged Tollygunge secretary Mantoo Ghosh. “Why did they harass the two teams and make them travel to the ground?”

The IFA defence wasn’t fully convincing. “If there is a chance of a particular match being called off in the rainy season, we have letters ready to be handed over to the two teams informing them of the rescheduled date and venue,” said joint secretary Ranjit Gupta.

With Tollygunge protesting against the IFA decision, the CFL sub-committee changed its decision to have the match rescheduled tomorrow.

   

 
 
ANCHERI TO RESUME TRAINING NEXT WEEK 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 24: 
Jo Paul Ancheri is likely to resume training within a week. The new East Bengal recruit was handed over the club colours at a media gathering at the tent today.

Ancheri, who is suffering from a groin injury, will consult a specialist in the city tomorrow. “It all depends on what the doctor says. But I’m feeling fine and hopefully there will be no more hassles.”

The injury has seen him miss the current England tour. The wily forward refused to be drawn into any controversy regarding the composition of the touring side.

He, however, feels that tours such as this does help the players in gaining the much-needed exposure. “It helps you gain self confidence. More such trips are needed for Indian soccer,” he said.

Ancheri feels that Dipendu Biswas, Dipak Mondal and R.C. Prakash are the most promising Indians in the fray now. Playing here will not invite any extra pressure, he remarked.

India’s highest scorer during their recently concluded pre-Olympic campaign also observed that it was not to his liking when people referred to him as being the No. 1 player.

Ancheri doesn’t regard Mohun Bagan’s Jose Ramirez Barreto as the best foreigner in business, but feels “Barreto, Osumanu Husseini of Churchill and teammate Jackson Egygopong being in the same vein.”

   

 
 
MUSAH FOR MOSCOW CLUB 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 24: 
Suley Musah will turn out for Moscow club Shachtior this season. He has written to East Bengal seeking international clearance in this respect.

The Ghanian had played a important part in East Bengal’s National League triumph last season.

   

 
 
CAL POLICE BEAT FUTURE HOPE 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 24: 
Calcutta Police beat Future Hope 17-14 in a Calcutta Cup rugby meet match at CC&FC this afternoon.

The tie was scheduled for Saturday, as is the custom with rugby tournaments in the city. It was put off by three days as it clashed with a political rally.

Rafiqul, Ranjita fastest

Rafiqul Islam and Ranjita Roy emerged fastest man and woman in the fourth leg of the ACAB-organised inter-coaching camp athletics meet at Banipur, North 24 Parganas.

The other winners were Kausik Chakraborty and Sarmishtha Roy (400m); Asit Joardar and Sujata Samanta (1,500m); Rocket Mondal and Shila Mondal (long jump).

Meanwhile, ACAB secretary Swapan Raha has been invited to attend the 15th International Track and Field Coaches’ Congress to be held in Edmonton during the world championships from August 3-12.

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACES/ ARENDAL MAY DO THE TRICK 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, July 24: 
Fields in tomorrow’s six-event card are small barring the two trophy events, the An Apple A Day Cup, which has 10 runners, and a seven-horse strong Tokaido Express Cup, the feature event. The competition in both events may, however, turn out to be tough but Russian Czar, on his present forward condition, gets the first call in the An Apple A Day Cup. The Class I race, on the other hand, looks to be an open affair with Arendal, Alyssum, Clarice Cliff and Gold Buck, all having the potential to win. It is the Vijay Singh-trainee Arendal who may do the trick in the hands of Cristopher Alford. The six-year-old may have poor form to back his credentials, his workouts are far too good.

1 St Race at 1.40 pm

Read as: Horse number, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:
Aristocrat Handicap 1,200m (3-y-o only Cl IV; Cl V, eligible —Rated 00-50)
1 - 124 Aiberni [Bharath] C. Alford 60.0 1
2 2202 Anokato [Daniel] P. Kujur 57.0 4
3 - 014 Regency Times [Daniel] R. Gowli 56.0 3
4 - - 00 Aberdan [Daniel] S. Rabani 48.5 2
1. Aiberni (1) 2. Anokato (2) 3. Regency Times (3)
Aiberni: Played A pace-setter’s role yet placed a good fourth to Ansbach in the ‘Million.’ Anokato: A failed-favourite against Alcalde. Regency Times: May place.

2nd Race at 2.20 pm

Tokaido Express Cup 1,400m (Cl I Rt. 88 & over)
1 - - 14 Treasurer [Vijay] Brij Shaw 60.0 3
2 3232 Alyssum [Vijay] Md Islam 57.5 5
3 0000 Arendal [Vijay] C. Alford 56.0 2
4 4004 Illustrious Reign [Daniel] Md Yasin 55.5 4
5 1440 Highland Flame [Daniel] A. P. Singh 52.0 7
6 3220 Clarice Cliff [Bharath] S. Rabani 51.5 1
7 - 210 Gold Buck[Bath] Haroon K. 49.5 6
1. Arendal (3) 2. Alyssum (2) 3. Gold Buck (7)
Arendal: Performed miserably last winter, yet fancied on his smart workouts. Alyssum: Went down tamely to Annalee, a smart filly, Gold Buck: Upset, if any.

3rd Race at 2.50 pm

Camlin Handicap 1,800m (Cl IV; Cl V eligible Rt. 00-50)— Indian jockeys only
1 0002 Beau Bruno [Daniel] F. Khan 60.0 4
2 4100 Pneumatic Power [Daniel] Md Yasin 58.0 3
3 3031 Flying Scot [Javed] R. Gowli 57.0 1
4 1244 Scavenger’s Son [Daniel] C. Alford 57.0 2
5 1232 Nearco Prince [Bharath] S. Rabani 51.0 5
1. Beau Bruno (1) 2. Nearco Prince (5) 3. Scavenger’s Son (4)
Beau Bruno: Placed close to Automatic, a decent youngster. May do better. Nearco Prince: Something brewing with him. Scavenger’s Son: May upset.

4th Race at 3.20 pm

Mountain Lily Handicap 1,200m (Cl V—Rt. 00-28) — Indian jockeys only
1 0040 All Jade [P. Locke] D. Locke 60.0 4
2 0300 Finders Keepers [Jaiswal] Asghar 60.0 1
3 - 330 Ascoril [Vijay] C. Alford 58.0 3
4 0003 Victoria Rose [Bharath] S. Rabani 53.5 5
5 0032 Fencai [Javed] E. Smith 53.0 2
1. Ascoril (3) 2. Victoria Rose (4) 3. Fencai (5)
Ascoril: Although an ordinary performer last winter, she looks much improved now. Victoria Rose: May do better with the benefit of last run. Fencai: May place.

5th race at 3.55 pm

An Apple A Day Cup 1,200m (Cl III— Rt. 44-72) — Indian jockeys only
1 1013 Spanish Drum’s [Daniel] Dalpat S. 60.0 10
2 0000 Addab [Mujeeb] N. Bird 59.5 5
3 1002 Ashbury [Daniel] C. Alford 59.5 3
4 1201 Russian Czar [R. Alford] Rutherford A. 59.5 4
5 3000 Set Aside [Asfand] Md Islam 59.5 1
6 4300 Almond Rock [Daniel] B. Gurang 58.0 8
7 4040 Santilland [Daniel] R. Gowli 58.0 7
8 0040 High Life [Jaiswal] Som S. 56.0 9
9 0300 Solo Act [R. Alford] N. Engineer 56.0 2
10 0200 Cavala [Jaiswal] Haroon K. 53.5 6
1. Russian Czar (4) 2. Santillana (7) 3. Ashbury (3)
Russian Czar: Out-classed his rivals in lower set. May repeat the performance. Santillana: A failed-favourite, and may make amends. Ashbury: Upset, if any.

6th Race at 4.25 pm

Pickwick Handicap 1,200m (Cl IV Rt. 22-50) — Indian jockeys only
1 2002 Ballet Master [Daniel] Saran S. 61.0 4
2 0003 Bird’s Empire [Daniel] R. Gowli 58.0 5
3 1000 Bold Apparel [Daniel] Daplat S. 57.0 3
4 - - -0 As A Rule [Javed] Som S. 56.0 1
5 1023 Aherlow [Vijay] C. Alford 55.5 6
6 0041 Stately Honour [Mujeeb] Gajinder S. 51.0 2
1. Bird’s Empire (2) 2. Aherlow (5) 3. Ballet Master (1)
Bird’s Empire: Tried but failed to out-sprint a hot-footed Andrada. May succeed against Aherlow. Aherlow: A big failure as a favourite. Ballet Master: Upset, if any.
Day’s Best: Aiberni
Double: Beau Bruno & Bird’s Empire
   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACES/ ALIQA SHINES 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, July 24: 
Aliqa was impre-ssive from among the following horses worked today:

Outer sand track

1,400m: No Regrets (Rb) in 1-54s; (400m) 30s. Easy. Victory Waltz (C. Alford) in 1-50s; (400m) 30s. Easy. Freedom Warrior (C. Alford) Alembic (Surender) in 1-43s; (400m) 29s. They were level. Flamebird (Gowli) and Grand Lodge (Bird) in 1-43s; (400m) 27s. They were level.
1,000m: Tsaynen Blue (Upadhya) and Double Dancer (Rb) in 1-14s; (400m) 26s. They were level. Remember Me (Rb) in 1-19s; (400m) 31s. Easy.
800m: (Rb) and Aldridge (A. P. Singh) in 1-0s; (400m) 27s. Former a length better. Staffordshire (Upadhya) in 58s; (400m) 27s.

Sand track

800m: Aliqa (Rb) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Moved well. As A Rule (Rb) in 1-2s; (400m) 31s. Crimson King (Rb) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Lady Shirley (Rb) and Adorer (Som) in 59s; (400m) 28s. They were level.
600m: All Jade (Locke) in 42s; (400m) 26s. Easy.
   

 
 
MYSORE RACES/ SUN REALITY MAY WIN MAIN EVENT 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Mysore, July 24: 
Trained by Mohan Dass and ridden by A. Imran Khan, Sun Reality is expected to land the 1,600m Gundlupet Plate, the main event in tomorrow’s race-card. The gelding was ridden indifferently in his last start.

SELECTIONS

1.45 pm: Octane 1. Formal Gold 2. Sargasso 3.
2.15 pm: Dad’s Prize 1. Sword of Justice 2. Ever Ever 3.
2.45 pm: Vivid Dreams 1. Golden Throne 2. On The Post 3..
3.15 pm: Turn My Luck 1. Pharoah 2. Dad’s Joy 3.
3.45 pm: Theondrice 1. Young Lust 2. Careless Beauty 3.
4.15 pm: Travel Around 1. Tabreez 2. Chuck Berry 3.
4.45 pm: Sun Reality 1. Crystal Sky 2. Kilmarnock 3.
5.15 pm: Imperial Weapon 1. Waves of Emotion 2. Grey Bull 3.
Day’s Best: Vivid Dreams
Double: Theondrice & Sun Reality.
   
 

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