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Malhotra stays at the helm

New Delhi: The Archery Association of India (AAI), on Friday, chose to ignore government guidelines and went ahead to elect Vijay Kumar Malhotra as its president for another term.

Malhotra, 80, has been holding the post of AAI president since 1978. On Friday, he defeated former IAS officer BVP Rao 72-20 in the election. Later, Malhotra said he did not want any confrontation with the government.

Andrea show

Pune: Comeback German girl Andrea Petkovic toppled top seed Nina Bratchikova of Russia, while Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm shocked compatriot and second seed Misaki Doi to storm into the semi-finals of the WTA Indian Open. Petkovic was ruthless in hammering Bratchikova 6-2, 6-0, while Kimiko got the better of Doi 6-1, 6-4 in the quarter finals.

Tvesa victory

New Delhi: Tvesa Malik completed a fine start-to-finish victory despite dropping a double bogey and a bogey in the last three holes of the Usha Delhi Golf Club Ladies Open at the Delhi Golf Club. It also brought Tvesa her maiden title this season.

Special visas

Karachi: India on Friday said they would try to ensure that maximum number of Pakistani fans travel across the border to watch matches when the two countries resume cricket ties next month after a gap of four years. Sharat Sabharwal, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Friday met PCB officials in Lahore and said they were considering granting a special category of visa to Pakistani fans but did not promise anything.

Chamara in

Colombo: Middle-order batsman Chamara Kapugedera has replaced injured opener Tillekaratne Dilshan for the next two one-day Internationals against New Zealand, including Saturday’s match. Sri Lanka manager Charith Senanayake said from Hambantota that Dilshan has suffered a lower back injury.

CU in final

Calcutta: The final of the CAB inter-university Twenty20 tournament will be played between Calcutta University and Burdwan University. In the semi-finals, CU sailed past North Bengal while Burdwan got the better of Kalyani.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Calcutta University 123/8 in 20 overs (Sujay Das 34; Sandeep Paul 3/13). North Bengal University 72 in 19.1 overs (Geet Puri 3/13, Sujay Das 2/7, Sounak Dutta 2/11). Calcutta won by 51 runs

Kalyani University 82/9 in 20 overs (Sachin Yadav 4/21, Soumyajit Karmakar 2/15). Burdwan University 83/3 in 17.2 overs (Yadav 24; Tanujeet Acharjee 2/13). Burdwan won by 7 wkts

Soccer tourney

Calcutta: Cognizant ‘B’ defeated M.N. Dastur 1-0 in the Rangers Mercantile 5-a-side Soccer Tournament. In the other matches, OnProcess beat Andrew Yule 4-0, Cognizant ‘A’ thrashed Siemens 5-1 and TCS ‘A’ got the better of British Dy. High Commission 3-1.

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