Steve now looks beyond Udayan
EB demand players’ release
Setback for third seed
In The City
Bangalore Racing/ The Pelican may come good
Bangalore Racing/ Yewall lifts trophy event
Calcutta Racing/ The Archer Impresses

Calcutta, July 6: 
Owing to “space constraints,” icon Steve Waugh’s next project for daughters of the leprosy-afflicted won’t be at Barrackpore’s Udayan.

His involvement, though, will be just as passionate.

Steve, it may be recalled, single-handedly raised funds for Nivedita House at Udayan — which was formally opened by him in April 2000. Till then, the ‘home’ was exclusively for boys.

While it’s a fact that Dominique Lapierre was a patron even before Steve came into the picture (thanks to an interview published in these columns four years ago), it’s the Australian Test captain’s association which gave Udayan a truly international profile.

[Once Steve lent his name, the Japanese, for one, did their bit by helping build a school on Udayan’s premises.]

Now, Steve will be involved with yet another all-girls venture — either at The Philanthropic Society of the Orthodox Church complex in Nepalgunj (South 24-Parganas) or the Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission centre at Rajgarhia House (North 24-Parganas).

The Nepalgunj facility, incidentally, is a girls orphange.

“Steve and the project’s eventual sponsors will have the final say… The options, of course, have already been placed before Steve,” Ms Shamlu Dudeja, chairperson of the Calcutta Foundation and the one instrumental in getting Steve associated with Udayan, told The Telegraph.

One understands “around Rs 1.5 crore” will be required to construct a primary school and a residential wing that can accommodate as many as 200 girls.

These are early days, but the project could be christened Udayan for Girls.

While it hasn’t been confirmed, it’s possible that Steve will make his fifth visit to the city (third for charity work), in a shade over four years, late this month itself. Potential sponsors could accompany him.

Looking beyond Udayan was “discussed” with Steve last year and, thereafter, a project officer was appointed (by the Calcutta Foundation) to scout for top-bracket institutions involved in charitable work.

On the suitability front, it appears his report gave the highest ‘marks’ to the Society and the Mission. Now, the ball is in Steve’s court.

“His commitment is incredible… In fact, he is himself sponsoring the daughter (Lakhi Kumari, a polio victim) of a leprosy sufferer… Besides, he has been raising funds under his own banner and, at this very moment, is happy to be associated with a fresh venture,” remarked Ms Dudeja, who continues to be overwhelmed.

It’s understandable.


Calcutta, July 6: 
It is that time of the year when this tug-of-war between clubs and federation intensifies. Much horse-trading accompanies these pulls and pushes,with players being lobbed from one court to another.

This time the issues are the Pusan Asian Games where India wants to participate (the saying is: ‘success nought, endeavour’s all’) and the Super Division League.

East Bengal today sent a letter to the AIFF, routed through the Indian Football Association (IFA), saying they will be disadvantaged if eight of their players are drawn for the Asian Games camp in Jamshedpur. The veiled threat, if one may call it, is a pressure on the IFA regarding the Super League.

Kalyan Majumdar, a club official, said the club demands that either all players be released or all fixtures of the club be postponed.

Contacted in Jamshedpur, AIFF secretary Albert Colaco sounded uninterested and refused to comment. He said he will “wait till the letter reaches him”. Interestingly, Colaco, a couple of years back, was known to be rather active in organising the National Football League. The palace inertia has probably crept in with the top job.

Meanwhile, Mike Okoro of Nigeria (ex-ITI), will be arriving to join East Bengal practice tomorrow. He was supposed to have arrived today, but his flight got delayed in Moscow.

And the Bhaichung Bhutia issue remains alive. East Bengal officials said they will talk with the star forward on July 16, when he is expected to return to the city, having closed his Bury FC chapter for good. Mohun Bagan are also following Bhaichung, but the star’s price has now been cleverly linked with his fitness level.

It also has to be seen whether the national camp call-up will create a problem regarding this player.

19 turn up on Day I

Only 19 of the 33 probables turned up on the opening day of the month-long Asian Games camp on Saturday, PTI adds from Jamshedpur. The rest are expected to join in a day or two, manager Santo Mitra said.Chief coach Stephen Constantine took note of the available players’ conditions and made them undergo light training on the first day.

The probables will be trimmed to 22 after a meeting, which would take place here on July 25.

The selected team would visit Vietnam from the first week of August to participate in a tournament before the Pusan meet. However, the AIFF was also actively considering to send the team to England, in which case, the Vietnam tour may be reviewed.


Bhubaneswar, July 6: 
Three seeds were held and one lost, as 11 shared lead on 4 points each at the end of the fourth round of The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship’s Bhubaneswar leg Saturday. The meet is being co-sponsored by Horlicks.

Third seed Brahmajyoti Mohanty lost to N.T. Rama Rao in the upset of the day. There are nine players on 3.5 points each following the leaders.

On the top board, top seed Abinash Das of DAV School, Bhubaneswar proved his superiority over 18th-seeded Gaurav Biswas in a Sicilian defence Dragon game. Gourav playing with white pieces, gained intitiative in the opening phase but failed to pursue it further. Abinash with his skilful play clinched the game in a king and pawn ending.

Soumya Sucharit Das drew with second seeded and former Under-18 Girls’ State champion Abhisikta Patnaik.

On the third board, former wi-nner of under-8 State championship, N.T. Rama Rao created a flutter when he defeated third seeded Brahmajyoti Mohanty in a Slav defence game after a prolonged fight of 50 moves.

Fourth seeded Aurobindo Khuntia and fifth seeded Y. Kranti Kumar were held to draws by their respective oppenents.

S.K. Mohapatra drew with Khuntia in a Grunfeld defence game while Kranti Kumar drew with Debasis Das in a Queen’s Gambit, Bg5 line.



Services, TN rule the day

Services and Tamil Nadu (TN) oarsmen ruled the roost in the sub-junior category in the 5th sub-junior and 7th Sprint national regatta of the West Bengal Rowing Association at Lake Club Saturday. Services reached the finals of all the events — single sculls, double sculls, pairs and fours — in the Challenger and Elite sections. TN reached the title rounds in the sub-junior boys and girls’ sections. Bengal sub-juniors entered the boys’ and girls’ pairs and fours finals.

RESULTS — Sub-jr girls: Maharashtra bt Manipur, TN A bt TN B. Pairs: Bengal bt TN B, TN A bt Maharashtra A. Double Sculls: Karnataka bt TN A, Manipur bt Bengal. Fours: TN A bt Bengal B, TN A bt Bengal A. Sub-jr boys — Single scull: College of Engg bt Kerala, TN A bt Bengal B. Double scull: Kerala bt Bengal B, TN bt Bengal A. Pairs: Kerala bt Bengal B, Bengal A bt College of Engg. Fours: TN A bt Bengal B, Bengal A bt TN B. Women — Single scull: Karnataka bt Orissa, Punjab bt Maharashtra. Double scull: Orissa bt Manipur, Kerala bt Karnataka. Pairs: Kerala bt Bengal, Maharashtra bt Orissa. Challenger (for men only): Single scull: Services bt Karnataka, College of Engg bt Punjab, Double scull: Chandigarh bt Kerala, Services bt Bengal. Pairs: Services bt Bengal, Karnataka bt Punjab. Fours: Bengal bt Chandigarh, Services bt Punjab. Elite (for men only) — Single scull: Punjab bt Chandigarh, Services bt Bengal.

Md. AC win

Mohammedan AC beat West Bengal Police 2-0 in their IFA League first division Group A match at Mohun Bagan ground. They went ahead in the 28th minute when Biman Mondal scored and consolidated their position in the 86th through Manoharan.

In group B Calcutta Police Club beat Anushilani 3-0, Nazir, Biswajit Chakraborty and Ashim Biswas scoring. In another match of the group Muslim Institute and Salkia Friends were in a goalless deadlock.

Punjab Club best

Punjab Club emerged champions Thursday in the 21st inter-club lawn bowling meet. In the final they beat Dalhousie Institute 17-14.    

Bangalore, July 6: 
M. K. Jadhav’s ward The Pelican, the winner of the Indian Turf Invitation Cup and the Indian St. Leger, looks set to lift the 2,200m Maharaja’s Cup in the hands of Y. Srinath tomorrow here.


1.30 pm: Good Hope 1. Royal Heights 2. Cat on The Wall 3.

2 pm: Welsh Dancer 1. Almonar 2. Secret Silver 3.

2.30 pm: Sunraj 1. Galaxie Dust 2. Camarado 3.

3 pm: Enthronement 1. Trap A Spy 2. Agnivarsh 3.

3.30 pm: Potential Force 1. Almost Heaven 2. Al Humair 3.

4 pm: The Pelican 1. Royal Liberator 2. Anagram 3.

4.30 pm: Crystal Goblet 1. Belief 2. Strides of Fire 3.

5 pm: Kingley 1. Baira 2. Pelf 3.

5.30 pm: Regal Society 1. Star Alone 2. Magic Mantra 3.

Day’s Best: The Pelican

Double: Welsh Dancer & Crystal Goblet


Bangalore, July 6: 
Trained by Arjun Mangalorkar Yewall won the 1,200m H. B. Gundappa Gowda Memorial Cup in Bangalore on Saturday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Manitou Plate 1,400m: (4-8-1) Energizer (M. Narredu) 1; Slim Twist 2; Ideal Cut 3. Won by: Nk; 5-3/4; (1-27.9). Tote: Win Rs 61; Place: 18; 21; 16; Quinella: 270; Shp: 46; Tanala: 1,605. Fav: Noble Regent (3).

2. Kumararajah M. A. M. Muthiah Cup 2,200m: (1-2-4) Firecrest (Kader) 1; Assumer 2; Pretty Move 3. Won by: Nk; 4-1/2; (2-24). Tote: Win Rs 54; Place: 28; 16; Quinella: 58; Shp: 41; Tanala: 382. Fav: Sky Rocket (3).

3. Camino Plate 1,600m: (5-7-4) Rose Garden (Appu) 1; Another Time 2; Spark of Love 3. Won by: 1/2; 2-1/2; (1-40.9). Tote: Win Rs 66; Place: 18; 14; 31; Quinella: 87; Shp: 43; Tanala: 1,054. Fav: Another Time (7).

4. Royal Tern Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (5-6-1) Nimitz (Rajinder) 1; Anchor 2; King of Mohra 3. Won by: 4-1/2; 3/4; (1-16). Tote: Win Rs 42; Place: 19; 32; 30; Quinella: 314; Shp: 85; Tanala: 3,851. Fav: Nimitz (5).

5. H. B. Gundappa Gowda Memorial Cup 1,200m: (3-1-6) Yewall (I. Chisty) 1; Bold Chieftan 2; Silvertre 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 1/2; (1-13.4). Tote: Win Rs 97; Place: 23; 14; 13; Quinella: 120; Shp: 41; Tanala: 732. Fav: Silvertre (6).

6. Noble Princess Plate 2,200m: (3-6-7) Mythical Star (Prakash) 1; Relic Hunter 2; Royal Contender 3. Won by: Dist; 2; (2-23.7). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 14; 77; 33; Quinella: 227; Shp: 325; Tanala: 5,324. Fav: Mythical Star (3).

7. R. Shamlan Memorial Plate 1,600m: (6-4-10) Forest Rose (Harish) 1; Arcaro 2; Crystal Delight 3. Won by: Nk; 8-1/4; (1-40.2). Tote: Win Rs 38; Place: 16; 20; 19; Quinella: 87; Shp: 79; Tanala: 362. Fav: Forest Rose (6).

8. Royal Tern Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (4-6-5) Rythm ‘N’ Blues (Appu) 1; Silver Mist 2; Super Green 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1-1/4; Nk; (1-16.4). Tote: Win Rs 42; Place: 15; 25; 19; Quinella: 104; Shp: 59; Tanala: 654. Fav: In A Flash (1).

Jackpot: Rs 22,834; (C) Rs 2,491.

Treble: (i) Rs 5,073; (ii) Rs 180.


Calcutta, July 6: 
The Archer was impressive from among the following horses seen working today:

Outer sand track

1,400m: Alamito (Rabani) in 1-51s; (400m) 33s. Easy.

1,200m: Harry The Horse (Rutherford) in 1-34s; (400m) 30s.

1,000m: Knoxville (Upadhya) and My Opinion (Amjad) in 1-19s; (400m) 31s. Level. Touch of Elegance (Brij S.) in 1-22s; (400m) 31s. Tsavo (Amjad) in 1-20s; (400m) 32s. Venus (Som S.) in 1-18s; (400m) 32s. Flam-ebird Gowli) in 1-21s; (400m) 31s.

800m: Sencai (M. Reuben) in 1-4s; (400m) 29s. No Regrets (M. Reu-ben) and Kainat (Som S.) in 59s; (400m) 27s. Level. Don Vittorio (Shanker) in 1-3s; (400m) 30s. Gold Buck (Shanker) in 1-1s; (400m) 29s. Winning Hand (Gowli) in 58s; (400m) 29s. Fit. Bul Bul (Engineer) in 1-1s; (400m) 29s. Easy. Cupid’s Arrow (F. Khan) in 1-2s; (400m) 31s. The Archer (F. Khan) in 54s; (400m) 27s. Note. Adam’s Thunder (Kujur) in 1-2s; (400m) 29s. Star of Ring (Yasin) and Social Girl (Asghar) in 1-0s; (400m) 27s. Level. Estocade (Gowli) in 59s; (400m) 29s. Fit. Soliel (Bird) and Flying Scot (Kujur) in 1-4s; (400m) 30s. Level. Freedom Warrior (Amil) in 1-1s; (400m) 30s.

600m: Lady Shirley (A. P. Singh) in 45s; (400m) 27s. Dancing Rhythm (G. Singh) in 43s; (400m) 28s. Easy. Revolution (Kujur) and Zuhaak (Amjad) in 43s. (400m) 27s. Level. Royal City (Asghar) and Immaculate (Yasin) in 46s; (400m) 29s. Level. Castle Moon (Amjad) in 43s; (400m) 28s. Fit. Software (F. Khan) in 42s; (400m) 27s. Handy. Secret Adversary (Yasin) in 43s; (400m) 28s.

Monsoon Track

1,200m: Prince of Fashion (Rutherford) in 1-25s; (400m) 25s. Good. Illustrious Reign (Brij S.) and Leading Conquest (Rutherford) in 1-28s; (400m) 24s. Former far better.

800m: Sky Command (Haroon) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Yukon (A. P. Singh) and Asprey (Upadhya) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Former a length better. Rare Gold (Amil) in 56s; (400m) 25s. Fit. Auctioneer (Gajender) in 57s; (400m) 24s. Handy. Calabash (Gaje-nder) and Scenic Song (Haroon) in 56s; (400m) 27s. Former 2 ls better. Cup of Life (Amil) in 58s; (400m) 27s. Lucifer (Upadhya) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Fit. Sovereign Bullet (Dalpat) in 55s; (400m) 24s. Fit. Strom Centre (Dalpat) and Giorgio (Upadhya) in 55s; (400m) 26s. Level.

600m: Blessed Spirit (Jaiswal) and Finders Keepers (Dalpat) in 40s; (400m) 25s. Former a length better.

400m: Cool Quest (Brij S.) and Countach (Dalpat) in 26s. Level.

Sand track

1,200m: Wakamba Warrior (Haroon) in 1-25s; (400m) 31s.

800m: Russian Czar (Rutherford) in 55s; (400m) 24s. Fit. Crimson King (Yasin) in 1-2s; (400m) 26s. Lively Project (Asghar) in 58s; (400m) 26s. Moon Quest (Asghar) and Pearl Dragon (Yasin) in 1-2s;(400m) 28s. Starina (Tamang) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Fit. Global Harmony (Haroon) in 56s; (400m) 27s. Fit.

600m: Ballet Master (Yasin) in 42s; (400m) 27s.

400m: Tajik (Rb) in 25s.


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