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Three players share top slot

Imphal, May 19: Th. Sunachand Singh, S. Premjit Singh and K. Mukesh Singh shared the top slot with 6.5 points each after the eighth round of the 13th Y. Nilamani Memorial Open Chess Tournament, organised by the Singjamei Chess Club at Singjamei Girls’ High School.

Premjit was the lone leader till the seventh round but met his match in Sunachand.

K. Mukesh Singh put up a sterling performance to find his place among the three.

Kh. Sanjoy Singh and Dangemi Bosco share the second spot with six points each.

R.K. Bhogen Singh, Y. Dhanabir Singh, K. Romeo Singh and Th. Udoy Singh are on the third spot at present with 5.5 points each.

Eight players — Kh. Bhubon Singh, M. Shanta Singh, A. Taibangnganba, Kh. Ibomcha Singh, P. Chittaranjan Singh, S. Bimolchandra Singh and T. Chittaranjan Singh occupy fourth place with five points.

Five other players, making steady progress with 4.5 points, are Kh. Premchand Singh, M. Rendra Singh, Th. Govind Luwang, B. Basu Singh, N. Dhaneshor Singh and N. Arunkumar Singh.

Manipur handball

Altogether 29 teams have confirmed participation in the 25th sub-junior girls’ and 10th mini boys’ National Handball Championship to be held here from May 28 to June 3 in Imphal says our sports correspondent.

The six-day event will be organised by Manipur Handball Association at two venues — the indoor stadium and the hockey practice field — within the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex here.

According to the Manipur Handball Association, nearly 812 players and 116 officials from 24 states and four Union Territories and a team from Bombay Academy have already confirmed participation.

The Manipur Handball Association has estimated that the budget required to host such an event would be around Rs 27.17 lakh.

The North Eastern Council has released funds amounting to Rs 10 lakh while the National Handball Federation will be giving Rs 3 lakh and the youth affairs and sports department, Manipur, will contribute Rs 2 lakh.

During the championship, 32 technical officials will be required. While half of them will be from Manipur, the rest will be from the other states.

Manipur has held such national handball events earlier, but it is for the first time that the Manipur Handball Association is hosting the sub-junior and mini National championships.

Players shortlisted: Three state players, A. Rebika, L. Shanti and O. Sandhya Devi have been shorlisted among the probables for the Indian team bound for the South Asian Handball Championship to be held in Lucknow from May 23 to May 25 this year.

They have left for Imphal today to undergo tests at Bhilai Handball Academy with 40 other probables.

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