Super Division from June 16
Prom Meesawart romps to title
BTTA hits out at parent body
E. Bengal, CESC draw 1-1
Endless Quest for main event

Calcutta, May 5 
The Indian Football Association (IFA) Super Division league starts in the city on June 16, and the big boys take to the field ten days later, it was decided at the association�s governing body meeting today.

The IFA leagues, starting with the third division, kicks off May 29, with the first divsion groups A and B starting in the first week of June.

It was also decided that the cluster matches of the McDowell Cup, the season-opener of the last few years, will be held from May 15 to 28. The final phase of the meet will be held from June 3 to 11.

Interestingly, the Pondicherry Millenium Cup, where all top teams of the country are to take part, slots in at around June 12-24, and with the top city teams taking to the Maidan for the Super Divsion again from June 26, the calendar does get a touch packed.

The IFA Shield has been scheduled for September.

The general body today also threw out an application from the Revenue Football Club after studying the report given by the three-member committee set up by the the association (comprising Nani Chanda, Prasanta Gayen and Ajoy Ganguly).

It was explained by the members that the club was not able to fulfil the requirements set for involvement in an amateur setup, and was given time to move an application at a later date.

The body also set up several committees, the main one being the eight-member standing professional football sub-committee. This is in line with the association�s hope of introducing a professional league in the state.    

Calcutta, May 5 
Thailand�s 15-year-old star Prom Meesawart romped to victory in the 22nd Asia Pacific junior golf campionship at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club today. He was home with a huge ten stroke lead that let him end the final day on 293.

The boys� team event title went to Thailand with an aggreagte of 907. Korea followed at 915, while hosts India came in third at 963. It was not easy going for Meesawart all the way. He was three over at one stage and looked unlikely to be able to maintain his championship momentum.

That, though, was before he birdied the eighth 15th and then the 16th. That was enough to push him through and ahead of the field with a 10-stroke lead.

Hyo Jun Choi of Korea, with his day score of 73 was first in the boys� A division with an aggregate score of 303. He birdied the fourth and the ninth and then went on to make a hattrick. He did not bat an eyelid for birdies in the 15th, 16th and 17th to pull through and offset the bogeys.

Ashok Kumar of India played and excellent round of one over 72 to finish second in boys group A. Min Yu Liu of Chinese Taipei was third at 306.

In the boys� B category Seok Hyun Hong of Korea was best with 306, while compatriot Kyung Tae Kim was second at 309. The first two positions in boys category C went to Thais T. Vilairatna and S. Phatam at 241 and 246, respectively.    

Calcutta, May 5 
The Bengal Table Tennis Association (BTTA) today made its running battle with the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) official. At a meeting to declare a couple of modest coaching and scholarship schemes, the BTTA rolled out a press release that details how the association�s parent body is planing to �run parallel activity within the jurisdiction of the BTA.�

Later, though, a spokesman of the association said that a meeting was held of the executives of the association and it was decided that a letter will be written to the TTFI for a meting with the president of the association, Mr Somnath Chatterjee.

Before such conciliatory signals, though, the association hit out hard against the TTFI, for what it called �not only unethical but irregular and detrimental to the interest of the game of table tennis.�

The officials of the association have been making noises to the effect, but today their press release said of the TTFI interference issue: �Indulgence in such practice will breed unhealthy competition, resulting in indiscipline, factional groups, dilution of allegiance and loyalty of all concerned...�

The immediate provocation for this, of course, is the TTFI�s teaming up with the SAI to start a Centre of Excellence at SAI Salt Lake without involving the state association.

Other instances were cited as well, like a Bangladesh invitation �hijacked� by the national body, �parallel activity threat in the city�, direct contact of the state�s coaches, players, umpires etc, and even a BTTA tie-up with the NTPC for sponsorship is now due to change course to the national body and the sponsors.

New scholarships

Among the tepid announcements of the afternoon, made by BTTA president Chatterjee, was a ten-player scholarship of Rs 300 per month in the age-group 8 to 12.

Also to be organised are summer coaching camps with 8-12 boys and girls at the Khudiram Anushilan Kendra. There will be more in Purulia, Siliguri, North Dinajpur, and Jalpaiguri.

Two coaches will be sponsored by the association to undergo SAI diploma courses in Patiala. And for the districts two coaches with a Rs 1,500 per month honorarium will be assigned.

It was also stated that the state environment, tourism and youth affairs minister, Manab Mukherjee, has �agreed in principle to make available 70 tables to clubs in the city and districts.    

Calcutta, May 5 
East Bengal and CESC drew their BHA senior division group A match 1-1 on a day that saw all matches end in deadlocks.

CESC went ahead in the 13th minut through Christopher Ekka, before East Bengal�s Yusuf Bhengra restoerd parity in the 28th minute.

FCI�s Nicotine Nag made it 1-1 in the 55th minute, wiping out a 35th minute S. Siraj strike from ERSA. West Bengal Police and Mohamedan Sporting also made it 1-1, Sanjib Chakraborty scoring for the former and Ijaz Hussain for Mohammedan Sporting.

In group B CLW beat Police AC 3-1 and Belgachia United beat Chotonagpur 1-0.    

Enjoying weight advantage, the Robert Foley-trained four-year-old filly Endless Quest is taken to win the 1,800m Silver Dale Plate at the Udhagamandalam (Ootacamund) races on Saturday. C. Deepak partners the Forest Fair-Oxide daughter.


11.30 am: Premium Point 1. Come True 2. Pearl Venture 3.

12 noon: Rainbow Corner 1. Emerald Heights 2. Racing Wings 3.

12.30 pm: Endless Quest 1. Classic Gold 2. Imperial Scholar 3.

1 pm: Calypso Run 1. Elite Hope 2. Splendid View 3.

1.30 pm: Bold Apparel 1. Opera Star 2. Rare Symbol 3.

2 pm: French Man 1. Blessed Spirit 2. Whispering Dawn 3.

2.30 pm: Amazing Crown 1. Red Cordon 2. Star Prospect 3.

Day�s Best: Calypso Run Double: Endless Quest & Bold Apparel    


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