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Shows good and bad

Bhubaneswar hosted a range of national-level events in various disciplines last week in which the state scored mixed results

Softball host

It was a close finish for Punjab who pulled off a win against Chandigarh (8-7) to win the men’s title in the 34th Senior National Softball Championship hosted at Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University in Bhubaneswar. Madhya Pradesh bagged the title in the women’s segment defeating Punjab 11-1 in the finals. Odisha film star Sabyasachi was present at the prize distribution ceremony. The championship was jointly organised by Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University and Odisha Softball Association. The secretary general of the Softball Association of India, Praveen Anaokar, was also present.

Judo championship

The Odisha State Judo Association under the aegis of the Judo Federation of India organised the Senior National Judo Championship at the Biju Patnaik Indoor Hall in KIIT, Bhubaneswar.

All India Police Control Board was the champion while Punjab was the runner-up.

Tombi Devi of CRPF and Asish Thakur of Services bagged the individual titles among women and men, respectively.

Eight paramilitary organisations and 511 judokas from all states and union territories participated in the two-day championship.

Football camp

The Football Association of Odisha has announced a camp for this year’s Santosh Trophy from January 7 for the senior men’s team.

Moreover, three girls from the state U-14 team — Suman Pragyan Mohapatra, Runi Nayak and Lima Rani Das — have been selected for a national football coaching camp to be held at Sports Authority of India centre at Thiruvananthapuram from January 14.

Baseball thrashing

Delhi emerged champions in the National Junior Baseball Tournament that concluded on the KIIT campus in Bhubaneswar last Thursday. Delhi grabbed the titles in both boys’ and girls’ events in the 24th edition of the championship.

In the finals, Delhi boys defeated Goa (7-5) while their girls’ team won against Chhattisgarh (1-0). Odisha eves had made it to the semi-finals, but were thrashed 10-0 by Goa.

In the boy’s event, Chhattisgarh pounced Odisha by 6-1. Odisha boys secured the third position while girls stood fourth.

Blind chess

Saikrishna S.T. from Tamil Nadu and Kishan Gangolli from Karnataka emerged champions of the men’s round with 7.5 points in the National ‘B’ Chess Championship for the Blind organised at KIIT in association with the All Odisha Chess Association and the All India Chess Federation for the Blind.

The event that was hosted from December 26 to 30 saw brothers from Odisha — Soundarya and Prachurya — gain six points each to claim eighth and tenth positions, respectively.

Among women, Vaishali Nrendra Salavkar from Maharashtra won the title with 5.5 points.

The top 14 players have been selected by the All India Chess Federation for the Blind National ‘A’ Chess Championship — 2012, which will be held at KIIT University, from January 25 to February 2. The Pradhan bothers have qualified for the National ‘A’ Championship for the first time.

Cricket loss

Odisha was defeated by 43 runs with a day to spare in their final Ranji Trophy league match against Uttar Pradesh.

The match was held at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. Overall, the state team put up a good show despite four defeats.

However, they failed to qualify for the quarterfinals of the tournament.