Munjal elected Asian board chief
New Delhi: President of the Professional Golfers Association of India (PGAI) Pawan Munjal has been elected as the chairman of the Asian PGA Tour board of directors. He is the first Indian to be elected to the post. Munjal was elevated to the position of chairman from vice-chairman during the annual general meeting of the Asian PGA Tour, which was held in Kuala Lumpur during the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia last week, a press release said on Monday.’
Gaurav Ghei was nominated to the Tour Policy Committee of the body along with veteran Kyi Hla Han of Myanmar.
Wild card for Bopanna
New Delhi: Rohan Bopanna, India’s No. 1 tennis player, has been given a wild-card entry into the ATP Tata Open to be held in Chennai from from December 30 to January 5.
“I am really excited about playing a tour event and it is a matter of pride for one to play in one's home country,” the 22-year old Bopanna was quoted as saying in a press release on Monday.
Bopanna had a fine run this year moving up from outside 1,000 to 353 in ATP rankings. He won two ITF Futures titles and reached the final of the Asian Championships in Tashkent.
Injured Beckham doubtful
London: England captain David Beckham could sit out Manchester United’s English League Cup quarter final against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
The midfielder was diagnosed with a swollen knee after Saturday’s 3-0 League win over West Ham.
Norway striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could also be sidelined by the calf injury he sustained against the Hammers.
United youngsters Kieran Richardson, Michael Stewart and Danny Pugh are in contention while long-serving defender David May could also feature.
Thai gold-medal sprinter jailed
Bangkok: A Thai criminal court has sentenced a former gold-medal sprinter to four years in prison for child rape, officials said on Monday. Police Lt Sraphong Kamtrap, 32, was given the sentence on Friday after a one-year trial on charges that he molested and raped an 11-year-old boy four times last year, said a court official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Sraphong was a member of the 4x100m men’s relay team that won gold twice at the South East Asian Games, in Manila in 1991 and Singapore in 1993. The team also won silver at the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima.
Surprise win for Japan
Puerto Vallarta (Mexico): World No. 2 Phil Mickelson and David Toms suffered a double bogey at the final hole in the $3 million World Cup on Sunday to gift Japan a surprise win.
The US pairing recovered from a poor start in the fourballs/foursomes four-round event to take a two-shot lead with two holes to play. But Shigeki Maruyama and Toshi Izawa clawed back before Mickelson and Toms ran up a double-bogey six after hitting into a water hazard.
Maruyama and Izawa finished with a 36-under-par total, two shots ahead of the US. Defending champions South Africa finished fifth.
Billiards and snooker meet
Jammu: The country’s leading cueists will be seen in action during the month-long national billiards and snooker championship which gets underway in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.
SCHEDULE — Dec. 18-20: Billiards championship for women; Dec. 19-23: Snooker championship for women; Dec. 21-29: Junior qualifying championship for snooker and billiards; Dec. 28-30: Qualifying rounds for seniors for snooker and billiards; Dec. 31-Jan. 8: Senior snooker championship; Jan. 9-15: Senior billiards championship.
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