Inconsistency in Chowhan statements
Stunning double by Railways
Ganguly, Roy emerge winners
Pune Races/ Rage registers easy victory

 
 
INCONSISTENCY IN CHOWHAN STATEMENTS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Aug. 5: 
Inconsistencies in statements by Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) president Moolchand Chowhan caused unrest at the inter-institution championship today.

Chowhan announced on Friday players on stipend at organisations and those yet to complete six months of service would not be allowed to compete in the team championships.

The Bank Sports Board (BSB) women’s team was yesterday scratched from the tournament for violating the first condition and today protests were lodged against two Petroleum Sports Control Board (PSCB) and Railways players for not abiding by the second.

BSB and LIC, who lodged the complaints, said PSCB’s Shibaji Dutta and Sharad Kamal of Railways were yet to complete six months on the companies’ pay-rolls. But their objections were overruled.

Speaking to The Telegraph over phone today, Chowhan said he had never spoken about the six-month rule. “I said the players must be employed before March 31. I didn’t say they would have to complete six months in service.”

Dutta, who said he joined PSCB on March 1, was thus declared eligible. However, many who were present during Chowhan’s speech Friday, maintained the federation chief had said nothing about March 31. “He spoke about the six-month period,” said a PSCB player.

Railways’ ‘escape’ was mysterious. Team officials said the concerned player’s name was withdrawn from the team list the day the tournament started. However, Kamal’s name was mentioned by a Railways player when this correspondent asked the team composition yesterday!

   

 
 
STUNNING DOUBLE BY RAILWAYS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Aug. 5: 
Railways men caused the biggest upset in the inter-institution table tennis championship history by beating Petroleum Sports Control Board (PSCB) in the final today.

The Railways women also emerged best, for the second time in succession, by defeating PSCB.

PSCB men perhaps paid for fielding national champion Soumyadeep Roy in just one match though a player can play two. Roy lost to Bhushan Thakur and even as Chetan Baboor scored two wins, Shubhajit Saha lost the decider to Shubham Chowdhury.

Mamta Prabhu put Railways women on track with a win over national champion Poulami Ghatak in the third match before Susmita Roy upset N.R. Indu in the decider.

FINAL RESULTS

MEN: Railways bt PSCB 3-2 (Shubham Chowdhury lost to Chetan Baboor 11-9, 3-11, 11-5, 7-11, 5-11; Ranabir Das bt Subhajit Saha 11-5, 11-7, 8-11, 10-12, 11-7; Bhushan Thakur 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9; Das lost to Baboor 11-6, 8-11, 4-11, 11-8, 7-11; Chowdhury bt Saha 11-8, 11-3, 13-11.

WOMEN: Railways bt PSCB 3-2 (Susmita Roy lost to Mouma Das 13-11, 9-11, 11-8, 9-11, 8-11; Anindita Chakraborty bt N.R. Indu 6-11, 11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5; Mamta Prabhu bt Poulami Ghatak 4-11, 11-6, 11-7, 4-11, 11-5; Anindita lost to Mouma 11-8, 11-3, 8-11, 6-11, 5-11; Susmita Roy bt Indu 11-5, 11-9, 11-4.

   

 
 
GANGULY, ROY EMERGE WINNERS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Aug. 5: 
Saradindu Ganguly and Animesh Roy, in their Esteem, have won the four-wheeler title at this year’s Santiniketan-Calcutta Servo Kaviguru Rally, run in association with The Telegraph. The two-wheeler category was won by Mukesh Thakkar and Rajdeep Fadicar on their Yamaha RX 135.

While Ganguly and Roy logged 188 penalty points to clinch the first prize purse of Rs 40,000 and the Swapanendranath Tagore Trophy, Thakkar and Fadicar had 657 penalties to win Rs 20,000 and the Subodh Dutta Memorial Rolling Trophy.

The rally was run yesterday, and prizes were given away at a glittering function at a city hotel this evening.

Veteran rallyist Bharat J. Parekh and navigator Bharat Bhusan Arora were overall runers-up, also in an Esteem, winning Rs 20,000. Jay Poddar, who navigated Kushal Kumbhat’s Esteem (finishing 14th with 1886 penaltiy points), won The Telegraph Trophy for Best Novice navigator. Saswati Nag Chowdhury was adjudged the Best Lady Driver.

Amardeep Singh Dheshi and Hyat Ullah Khan, on their Yamaha RX 135 were two-wheeler runers-up, winning Rs 10,000.

THE TOP SIX

FOUR-WHEELER: 1. S Ganguly/A Roy (Esteem, 188 penalties), Rs 40,000. 2. B Parekh/B Arora (Esteem, 303), Rs 20,000. 3. Ananda Ghosh/Tamal Sarkar (Esteem, 315), Rs 10,000. 4. Biswajeet Chowdhury/Satya Sundar Dutta (Esteem, 345), Rs 5,000. 5. Santanu Ganguli/Mrs Gulrukh Ganguli (Estem, 366), Rs 2,500. 6. Ranajoy Sinha/Kanak Kanti Banerjee (Esteem, 419).

TWO-WHEELER: 1. M Thakkar/R Fadicar (Yamha RX 135, 657), Rs 20,000. 2. A Dheshi/H Khan (Yamaha RX 135, 998), Rs 10,000. 3. Valmiki Biswas/Somdeb Chanda (Yamaha RX 135, 1172), Rs 5,000. 4. M Sivakumar/Pradeep Kumar (TVS Suzuki Fiero, 1591), Rs 2,500. 5. Murtaza S Shakir/Md Irfan Bhatti (Yamaha RX 135, 1908), Rs 1250. 6. Senthil Kumar Balasubramaniam/Reggie Kurian (Yamaha RXG, 1914).

   

 
 
PUNE RACES/ RAGE REGISTERS EASY VICTORY 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Pune, Aug. 5: 
Trained by Cooji Katrak, the public-choice Rage posted a runaway victory in the 1,400m August Handicap at the Pune races held on Sunday. B. Prakash partnered the Alnasr Alwasheek-Virginia Princess filly to victory.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)
1. Freeway Plate, Div-II 1,000m: (3-4-8) Adam’s Touch (Kamlesh) 1; Draculla 2; Magic Honey 3. Not run: Rare Orchid (7). Won by: 3-3/4; SH; (1-1.9). Tote: Win Rs 42; Place: 18; 16; 15; Quinella: 81; Tanala: 402. Fav: Draculla (4).
2. Jaandaar Plate 1,100m: (6-4-1) Terrestrial (Rajendra) 1; Helianthus 2; Let’s Have Fun 3. Won by: 7; 3/4; (1-6.7). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 10; 14; 63; Quinella: 40; Tanala: 566. Fav: Terrestrial (6).
3. Classic Jewel Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (9-7-6) Shahandeh (Chauhan) 1; Eye To Eye 2; Crisscross 3. Won by: 8; 3; (1-12.2). Tote: Win Rs 37; Place: 17; 52; 13; Quinella: 314; Tanala: 3,101. Fav: Crisscross (6).
4. Moosa M. Hoosein Trophy 1,600m: (2-7-5) Name of Love (Prakash) 1; Mambo King 2; Demedicie 3. Won by: Dist; 3/4; (1-40.2). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 12; 27; 25; Quinella: 71; Tanala: 479. Fav: Name of Love (2).
5. Frisky Royale Plate 1,200m: (5-2-3) Bound By Honour (Ruzaan) 1; Consortium 2; Blazing Flame 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 5-1/2; (1-11.9). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 14; 25; 24; Quinella: 97; Tanala: 738. Fav: Bound By Honour (5).
6. Classic Jewel Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (4-6-3) Magic Arrow (Prakash) 1; The Flying Star 2; Khim 3. Won by: 5-1/2; 6; (1-13.8). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 12; 47; 14; Quinella: 220; Tanala: 822. Fav: Magic Arrow (4).
7. Akkasaheb Maharaj Trophy 1,200m: (7-4-8) Gironde (Shroff) 1; Prince Nicholas 2; My Solitaire 3. Won by: SH; Nk; (1-11.7). Tote: Win Rs 53; Place: 19; 31; 42; Quinella: 430; Tanala: 6,950. Fav: Strength To Strength (6).
8. August Handicap 1,400m: (1-5-2) Rage (Prakash) 1; Crepusculaire 2; Killarney 3. Not run: Love Me Forever (6). Won by: Dist; 1-3/4; (1-26.1). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 10; 13; 18; Quinella: 35; Tanala: 90. Fav: Rage (1).
9. Freeway Plate, Div-I 1,000m: (9-4-1) Great Magician (Aadesh) 1; Stay With Me 2; Anchors Aweigh 3. Won by: 3-1/4; 2; (1-1.7). Tote: Win Rs 43; Place: 18; 18; 53; Quinella: 117; Tanala: 1,708. Fav: Great Magician (9).
Jackpot: Rs 1,785; (C) Rs 108.
Treble: (i) Rs 101; (ii) Rs 64; (iii) Rs 345.
   
 

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