‘I want to prove myself in India’
12 lead after Round III
In The City
Track Trials/ The Archer pleases

Calcutta, July 4: 
No sooner had Jose Ramirez Barreto, Mohun Bagan’s Brazilian dynamo, arrived in the city than he proclaimed he was looking forward to leading his team to greater success in the forthcoming season. “I always wanted to be back to India and Mohun Bagan was my obvious preference,” a bespectacled Barreto said on Thursday at the club tent, which was overrun by thousands of jubilant Bagan fans.

“My sentiments for the green-and-maroon brigade were a major reason behind my return to Calcutta,” the champion striker said. He also added that though he had a number of offers from German and English clubs, it was his desire to prove himself in India once more that drew him back. Baretto admitted that other Indian clubs including East Bengal had approached him.

According to Mohun Bagan secretary Anjan Mitra though Barreto’s agent was keen to see the Brazilian play in England or Germany, Barreto himself kept insisting on coming back. “We used to call him up every alternate day, and he kept on assuring us that he will be back. It is a matter of pride for us that our strength is back.”

Though Bagan authorities did not disclose the actual amount being paid to Barreto, reliable sources said it is approximately Rs 3.5 lakhs per month.

When asked about his much looked-forward-to partnership with Bhaichung Bhutia this season, Barreto said, “He is undoubtedly a very good player and I am looking forward to the partnership.”

However, Bagan authorities said that whether Bhaichung plays for Bagan depends entirely on the outcome of a litigation regarding McDowell’s sponsorship of the club. The verdict is expected on July 16.

“On that day, it will be known, whether McDowell stays with Bagan or not, and if it does not, there is no chance of us signing Bhaichung,” the Bagan secretary said.

’Scolari the main man’

Holding forth on Brazil’s World Cup win, Barreto said he believed coach Scolari played the biggest part in the triumph. “He brought the much-needed motivation to the team,” Barreto striker said. When asked whether Scolari was setting the Brazilian team down the path of the so-called unattractive soccer, Barreto’s retort was sharp, like his lightning forays into opposition territory. “Then who’s playing attractive soccer?”

Barreto also said that Ronaldo deserved the Golden Ball more than anyone else. “He was an absolute revelation,” he said. He rued the fact that he could not talk to Brazil defender Lucio, a close friend, after the World Cup. “I am looking forward to talk to him.”


Bhubaneswar, July 4: 
A pack of 12, with three points each, led the field after the third round of The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship here Thursday. The meet is sponsored by Horlicks and organised by the Orissa State Chess Association in co-operation with Calcutta’s Alekhine Chess Club.

Afer the third round, as many as 246 players qualified for the main event which will start Friday. Though it was announced earlier that only 200 players would be selected for the main event all players who scored one point were promoted so as not to disappoint them.

Top seed Abinash Das beat Chinmayee Mishra while second seeded and former under-18 girls’ state champion Abhishikta Patnaik defeated Charulata Sinha.

Third seeded Brahmajyoti Mohanty, who finished seventh last year, beat Subhasis Durgaprasad. Fourth seeded Aurobind Khuntia, who is the reigning state under-14 boys’ champion, defeated Sunil Panda. Fifth seeded Y. Kranti Kumar got the better of Krushna Mishra.

Earlier, during the second round, top seed Abinash defeated BM Biplab while second seeded Abhishikta beat Binayak Mohapatra.


July 4: 

Aikya Sammilani coach banished to the galleries

Aikya Sammilani’s coach Apurba Banerjee was red-carded and ordered to the stands by referee Udayan Halder for using abusive language in their Calcutta Football League first division group B match aganist Taltala DS on Thursday. The match ended goalless.

In other action, Santanu Das’ hattrick took Sporting Union to a 4-1 victory over United Students. C. Mukherjee scored the other goal while Palash Manna reduced the margin for United Students.

Salkia Friends edged past Anushilani 1-0 while Milan Samity got the better of Garalgacha by the odd goal in three.

Md. Sp. tie may be postponed

Mohammedan Sporting’s first Super Division match scheduled on July 12 against FCI is likely to be deferred. The postponement has been brought about by the AIFF’s plans to give exhibition status to the U-20 Asian Cup matches to be played in Calcutta.

The IFA now plans to schedule Mohammedan Sporting’s first game on July 16.

Meanwhile, Mohammedan Sporting’s Nigerian recruit Seriki arrived Thursday and will start practice Saturday. The other Nigerian Habib Adekunle is likely to arrive on Sunday.

National rowing

Bengal and Services ruled the first day of the seventh sprint national rowing championships at the Lake Club on Thursday winning two races each. In the fifth sub-junior boys’ nationals, which also started today, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Chandigarh won easily.

Other results

Elite Group — Single Scull, Group A: Bengal bt Manipur, Services bt Chandigarh; Double Scull: Bengal bt Chandigarh, Services bt Maharashtra; Challenger — Single Scull, Group A: Punjab bt Bengal, Punjab bt Orissa, Tamil Nadu bt Bengal, Tamil Nadu bt Orissa; Group B: Karnataka bt Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh bt Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka bt Maharashtra, Chandigarh bt Maharashtra; Double Scull, Group A: Karnataka bt Bengal; Group B: Services bt Chandigarh; Pairs, Group A: Karnataka A bt Orissa; Group B: Punjab bt Maharashtra; Fours, Group A: Karnataka bt Punjab; Group B: Bengal bt Maharashtra; Women’s section (Open Event) — Single Scull, Group A: Kerala bt Bengal, Kerala bt Maharashtra; Group B: Punjab bt Manipur; Pairs, Group A: Kerala bt Manipur; Group B: Bengal bt Karnataka; Fours: Tamil Nadu bt Orissa

Referees’ exam

The Calcutta Referees’ Association will hold their yearly examination on July 7 from 12 noon at the Calcutta Madrassa High School.

SAI trial

The trials for induction of football trainees to the SAI East Zone centre will take place on July 7 and 8. The trials will begin at 7:30 am.


FOOTBALL — Calcutta League, first division, gr A: Police AC vs Bata SC (MB), Kidderpore SC vs George Telegraph (SAP), Eastern Coalfields SA vs Customs (Md. Sp), Rajasthan vs Railway FC (EB), Milan Bithee vs CFC (Howrah Stadium). Gr B: Behala Youth vs Aryan (Rabindra Sarobar). Matches at 3.30 pm.

ROWING: S7th national and fifth sub-junior sprint championships: 2nd day’s action at Lake Club from 7.30 am.


Calcutta, July 4: 
The Archer and Mack The Knife were impressive from among the following horses seen working on Thursday:

Outer sand track

1,200m: Knoxville (Upadhya) in 1-38s; (400m) 31s. Fit.

800m: Mac The Knife (Rutherford) in 1-3s; (400m) 28s. Moved attractively. Sariano (Amjad) in 1-1s; (400m) 30s. The Archer (F. Khan) in 57s; (400m) 26s. Note. Software (F. Khan) in 1-1s; (400m) 27s. Moved easy. Estocade (F. Khan) in 1-1s; (400m) 28s.

600m: Star Selection (Yasin) and Assertive Dancer (Asghar) in 47s; (400m) 31s. Level. Anokato (Yasin) (from 1,600m to 1,000m) in 43s.

Sand track

800m: Touch of Silver (Brij S.) in 1-1s; (400m) 30s.

400m: Starina (Rutherford) in 27s.


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