● It was a perfect script for Bhaichung Bhutia who was playing his 100th international football match. India beat Kyrgyzstan in the Nehru Cup tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi recently. The 32-year-old Indian footballer led his team to a 2-1 victory and also bagged the man of the match award. Could he have asked for more? Like a true leader Bhutia dedicated his goal to his teammates.
va va vroom
● Here’s good news for motorcycle racing enthusiasts and fans of world No. 2 Jorge Lorenzo. The 22-year-old has signed a one-year extension to his contract with Yamaha for the Fiat Yamaha MotoGP team for 2010. Lorenzo, who made his championship debut at 15, lost the MotoGP 2009 title to teammate Valentino Rossi at Brno in the Czech Republic last month. His victory at Misano, Italy, in 2007 has made him the most successful Spanish rider of all time in the 250cc Grand Prix class. Way to go, Lorenzo!
legends at play
● How would you like to celebrate 200 years of your club? Zurich Chess Club — the oldest chess club in the world — chose to invite a few friends to a competition. The “friends” included the likes of Vishwanathan Anand, Gary Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov and Boris Spassky among others. They played rapid rounds of chess for two days and the honours in this remarkable event went to Kramnik who pipped our very own world champion Vishy to the post by merely half a point.
he or she?
● South Africa’s 18-year-old Caster Semenya isn’t very jubilant even after being crowned queen of the 800m at the 2009 Athletics World Championships in Berlin. Since then she has been enveloped in a controversy on whether or not she is in fact a “he”. All because she is tall, broad-shouldered, has boyish looks and shows such phenomenal leg power! Her fate hangs in balance as she is undergoing a test to determine if she is a man or a woman. South Africans, of course, are rallying behind her.
You can’t get through this week without…
● …catching up on the US Open tennis championships which began this Monday. Keep your fingers crossed for Roger Federer who has been winning the men’s singles there since 2004 and Serena Williams who has already won the title thrice. Happy viewing!