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‘Shocked’ Bindra hits out

New Delhi: Abhinav Bindra on Tuesday criticised the country’s sports administrators for pushing the athletes’ interest in the background in the lead up to the IOA elections.
Bindra, who was taking part in an event in Munich, said he was shocked to learn that the IOC could disaffiliate India if the elections are held under the government’s sports code.
Meanwhile, Hari Om Kaushik, who is contesting for the treasurer’s post, alleged that the returning officer has accepted nominations of two persons after deadline.

Boxing meet

Guwahati: Sarjubala Devi and Pinky Jangra entered the semi-finals of the senior women’s National Boxing Championship in their respective weight categories here on Tuesday.

Tennis tourney

Calcutta: Katherine IP from Hong Kong defeated Nidhi Chilumula 6-0, 6-1 to move to the second round of the NBCC ITF Women’s event at the Bengal Tennis Association courts on Tuesday.

Manu leads

Calcutta: Manu Gandhas came up with a good performance on the back nine to lead the field with two-under 67 in the Toyota IGU Eastern India Juniors 2012 Category A (under-18), at the Tollygunge Golf Club course here on Tuesday.

Good wins

Calcutta: Kamal Chawla, on Tuesday, registered his first win in the IBSF World Snooker tournament in Sofia when he defeated Ireland’s Johnny Williams in the decider frame. Brijesh Damani also beat Craig MacGillivray of Scotland. Both won the decider frames. Lee Chun Wai of Hong Kong, meanwhile, equalled high break of 133 points, set by Singapore’s Peter Gilchrist on Monday.

Jain triumphs

Calcutta: Manish Jain and Shakil Ahmed notched up convincing wins at the State Billiards Championship here, on Tuesday. Both registered a 3-0 win over Sarfarazuddin and Anurag Bagri respectively to bolster their prospects in the competition.

Tour plans

Calcutta: The Netherlands team arrived in Dubai, on Tuesday, in preparation for a month-long tour of the UAE and India. The side are scheduled to play three ODIs against UAE teams before travelling to India, where they will play three matches against the England Performance Programme Squad and two against a Mumbai XI.

Ricky to lead

Calcutta: Ricky Ponting will lead a Prime Minister’s XI against the West Indies in a January 29 one-dayer at Canberra’s Manuka Oval as he attempts to extend his international career into next year’s Ashes series. The rest of the Prime Minister’s selection will be named in January.