Indian Airlines stunned by CLW
Sports administrators must clamp down on fixers
Haldipur stars in Bagan win
Mi Amante for Red Rufus Trophy
Warrior shines

Calcutta, April 11 
Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) stunned Indian Airlines 3-2 in a Beighton Cup hockey quarter final match at the CCFC ground today.

In another match on the same ground, Punjab and Sind Bank beat CISF by a solitary second-half goal. Tamil Nadu XI too had a win to boast of today, with a 4-2 verdict over Army XI at East Bengal ground.

Indian Airlines, who got the first strike through an Altaf penalty-corner conversion in the 10th minute, were thoroughly outplayed by the swift CLW players after that. CLW, banking on their tribal talent, equalised three minutes later when Sushil Minz went past the Indian Airlines defence to score.

In the 16th minute, Sylvenia Tirkey made it 2-1 as the stunned Indian Airlines players did not quite expect him to move in so fast. Tirkey banged home even as the Airlines players desperately tried to catch up with him.

The first half remained that way and CLW kept up the pressure after the break. Petrus Topno added the third for CLW, scoring following a penalty corner in the 56th minute. That was CLW�s fourth penalty corner, and the first one converted by them.

B. Munder scored a consolation goal for Indian Airlines in the 66th minute.

The PSB-CISF match was a better contested one with PSB having to wait till the 54th minute for their only goal. Bhupinder Singh Hayer was perfectly placed for a Ram Saran hit-in from close to the flag-post. As the CISF goalkeeper fumbled, Hayer took the opportunity to sound the board.

Eight minutes later, Sandeep Kumar Dhang had a clear opening to score PSB�s second goal and just had to tap the ball inside the net. He however failed to get his stick to the ball.

CISF wasted a number of penalty corners and although they did get a few looks at the PSB goal, were lacking in their finish.

Tamil Nadu XI did not have too much trouble in beating Army XI 4-2. Reuben Mosis got the first strike for Tamil Nadu, converting a penalty corner. Frederick D�Cruz, Parbhakaran and Nagendiran added to Mosis� goal with the last mentioned converting a penalty corner.

B. Devdas and K. K. Poonacha were the scorers for the Army team

BHA League

In a BHA first division group B league match, Aryan qualified for the group A with a 1-0 win over Rangers. Khushmit Singh added to his tally of goals today to help Aryan to victory.    

The world was shocked to learn about the assassination of an international footballer as he was leaving a restaurant with his girlfriend. It was later reported that the police had advised Andre Escobar not to go to that particular restaurant on that day.

But he was a national hero.

That image had taken a beating after he conceded a self goal against the US in the 1994 World Cup and he was made to pay a heavy price for that!

The rumour mill claimed Escobar was bribed to tank that match. Nothing was proved but it re-fuelled speculations that matches of international interest are rigged. Today, of course, it�s a much talked about issue and Hansie Cronje & Co. are only the latest additions to the rapidly growing list.

Though concrete evidence is hard to come by, commonsense and experience suggest some matches are actually fixed. Sometimes, an entire team is involved in the process and on occasions, individuals alter equations by performing below ability.

This trend has acquired momentum in the professional era where things are weighed in terms of profit and loss and market forces dominate spheres of pure and simple entertainment which previously had little to do with business. This, however, doesn�t mean that some results even in the amateur era didn�t shock the sporting world.

The IFA Shield final (1956) between Mohun Bagan and Aryan saw the former suffer an unimaginable 1-4 defeat and K. Dutta, the legendary goalkeeper, had to shoulder the blame of intentionally losing the match for the rest of his life.

The Asian Games group league match between Indonesia and South Korea ended 0-0 which eliminated Iran. I was the coach of the Indian team which won the bronze medal and it appeared as if players of both teams were reluctant to force a result. No serious chances were created and shots were taken from 30, 40 even 50 yards.

The entire Iranian contingent, led by their football federation president, invaded the VIP box and started showering expletives of the filthiest kind on the then Fifa president Sir Stanley Rous.

Blame it on the amateurish administrative set-up or the lack of evidence, no action could be taken in any of these cases but it intensified the belief that such things may actually happen.

The current lot of international football officials are certainly more dynamic as was evident in the suspension of Marseille from European competitions for fixing a domestic league match in the early nineties. Such strong steps need to be taken if this problem is to be eradicated. That, however, has not been the case with cricket.

The International Cricket Council has so far not been able to do anything though allegations of match-fixing and betting have continued to create ripples. The only instance of cricketers being penalised for indulging in illegal activities was the fines imposed by the Australian Cricket Board on Mark Waugh and Shane Warne.

Though uncertainty is an integral part of cricket, South Africa�s loss against Zimbabwe and Pakistan�s shock defeat versus Bangladesh in the last World Cup did raise eyebrows. Those putting their money on Zimbabwe and Bangladesh gained handsomely, hence the possibility of something going wrong can�t be ruled out.

There have been inquiries and mock-inquiries and big write-ups in the media but none of them produced any substantial result. A lot has been speculated but the real picture never comes out in its entirety. But one thing has become very clear: if there is something, it�s very deep-rooted and masterly concealed by the people who matter. It can also be said that nothing is being done because those in charge are not interested in revealing the real story.

So, be it football or cricket or any other sport, it is clearly a phenomenon of the era that thrives on professionalism. It does encourage healthy competition at times but also resorts to unfair means when big money is at stake. Needless to say it undermines the spirit and essence of sports.

More importantly, it denies the current generation the delight of enjoying what is arguably the purest and greatest of all human activities. It would be worse if the future generation grows up in an ambience that dishonours the spirit of sports. Strongest steps have to be taken at the earliest possible to ensure it does not become the order of the day.

Even the most famous of sportsersons should not be spared the rod if found guilty.    

Calcutta, April 11 
Nikhil Haldipur�s century helped Mohun Bagan beat Wari Sports Club by 83 runs in an A. N. Ghosh cricket match today. Batting first, Bagan amassed 276 runs, including 12 penaty, with Haldipur scoring 120. Amitava Banerjee chipped in with 60.

In reply Wari, despite Munish Jolly�s 60, could manage only 193 for eight in their 45 overs.

In another match, Kalighat beat Barisha by eight wickets. Kalighat overhauled Barisha�s score of 144 in just 25.1 overs. They scored 146 for the loss of two wickets. Humza Firozie remained unbeaten on 69.

East Bengal registered a big win over City A.C in the third A. N. Ghosh match of the day.

Batting first, East Bengal scored 347 for eight in their 45 overs with Syed Saba Karim making 104 in just 85 balls. Sumit Panda, who put up an allround performance today, scored 69 off 48 balls. In reply, City A.C were bowled out for 65 in 203 overs. Panda grabbed five wickets while Dharmender Singh took three.    

A good third behid Columbus and Bank Balance in the HSBC Salver, Mi Amante is strongly fancied to win the 1,400m Red Rufus Trophy at the Mumbai races on Wednesday, Apprentice Patole Sandeep partners the Rehanullah Khan-trained five-year-old mare by Cruachan out of Thundering Empress.


3.30 pm: Lumiere 1. Future Shines 2. Silkofin Boy 3.

4 pm: Mi Amante 1. Absolute Power 2. Thundering Bay 3.

4.30 pm: Luni Junction 1. Sure Flash 2. Lagerfeld 3.

5 pm: Avalanche 1. Pyramid Power 2. Red Trident 3.

5.30 pm: Victory Flag 1. Judgement Call 2. Natural Gift 3.

5.55 pm: Silver Sea 1. Way Beyond 2. Wagga Wagga 3.

6.35 pm: Mama Mia 1. Neptune�s Girl 2. Tio Pepe 3.

Day�s Best: Lumiere Double: Victory Flag & Silver Sea    

Calcutta, April 11 
Iron Warrior and On The Bit were impressive during the work outs today.

Outer sand track

1,400m: Master Charlie (Upadhya) in 1-54 3/5s; (400m) 32 2/5s. Easy.

1,200m: Adeline (C. Alford) and Supreme Choice (M. Reuben) in 1-31 1/5s; (400m) 27s. Former head better. Iron Warrior (Rb) and Class Twist (C. Alford) in 1-27s; (400m) 27s. Former 4 ls better. Scavenger�s Son (M. Reu-ben) in 1-27s; (400m) 27s. Urged.

600m: Constantine (Smith) in 43s; (400m) 28s. Easy.

Sand track

1,400m: Sapphire And Silk (P. Alford) and Call Now (Rb) in 1-53 2/5s; (400m) 29 3/5s. Former a head better. Exclusive Girl (K. Kumar) in 1-51 3/5s; (400m) 34 2/5s.

1,200m: Floral Path (Rb) in 1-33 3/5s; (400m) 31 2/5s.

800m: Golden Heart (Engineer) and Strictly Royal (Haroon) in 52 2/5s; (400m) 23s. Former 4 ls better. On The Bit (Connorton) in 52 4/5s; (400m) 23 1/5s. Handy. Hurricane Star (Connorton) and Tequila Shot (Shanker) in 58 4/5s; (400m) 27s. Former who was 3 ls better, is fit and well. Zingari (Brij) in 1-0s; (400m) 30s. Easy.

600m: Char Bahar (Smith) in 39 3/5s; (400m) 24 3/5s. Moved well. Art Smart (Smith) in 40 2/5s; (400m) 25 2/5s. Easy.    


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