Bengal hockey captains to be honoured
E. Bengal to miss Dipendu today
Indians look good for the Open cut
Symphony Of Fire may strike
Acrosto posts upset victory
Gentle Priest, Kansai shine

Calcutta, Aug. 24 
All former Bengal hockey captains will be felicitated by the West Bengal Hockey Umpires Association (WBHUA) on Tuesday, the birthday of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand.

Of the 25 captains, 23 are likely to be present, WBHUA president Amal Kumar Sen announced at a press conference today.

Former Olympian Balbir Singh (Western Railway) will be the chief guest. The day will commence with a walk from Mahatma Gandhi statue on the Maidan to the state kabaddi association tent. A blood donation camp will also be organised.

This will be followed by a exhibition five-a-side match between former Bengal captains and international players. The following is the list of the captains who have led Bengal at the senior nationals: Leslie Claudius, Anwar Ahmed, Tom Mendes, R. Shah, Gurbux Singh, Joginder Singh, Inam-ur Rehman, Dr Vece Paes, Samar Mukherjee, Mumtaz Hussain, Raj Kumar, Debu Ghosh, L.H. �Bobby� Claudius, Ranjan Pal, Gopal Bhengra, Bir Bahadur Chettri, Anand Mondapaka, Balbinder Singh, Anil Maity, Celil Saviel, M.S. Yadav, Zafrul Hussain, Thoiba Singh, Devinder Singh, Christopher Thomas.

Garalgacha in 1st div.

Garalgacha SC earned a promotion to first division group B next season when they defeated Tangra FC 2-0, via a tie-breaker, in the second division championship play-off semi-final. The match ended goalless at the end of scheduled time.

In first division group B action, Police AC overcame Bowbazar YM Union by a Ayan Majumder goal. The Calcutta Police-Taltala Institute tie ended goalless.

Aikya Sammilani and Muslim Institute were tied 1-1. D. Roy struck for Aikya while Anwar Ali Qureshi was Muslim Institute�s scorer. Ever Ready beat Bally Protiva 3-0, the goals coming from Bapi Mitra (2) and D. Sinha. Victoria SC defeated Barisha SC 3-1. A.R. Khan and Robin Das (2) scored for Victoria while Shankar Chettri pulled one back for Barisha.

Milan Samity got past Kalighat Friends by a similar margin. B. Das, Mohammed Yasin and M. Chakraborty netted for Milan Samity while Bikash Das pulled one back for Kalighat.    

Calcutta, Aug. 24 
East Bengal and Mohun Bagan kick off the Super Division championship leg tomorrow with matches against Mohammedan Sporting and George Telegraph tomorrow.

East Bengal have a two-point cushion from the first phase and coach Syed Nayeemuddin wants to exploit that advantage. His aim is to win all four matches and emerge unbeaten champions, thus avoiding a play-off final against Mohun Bagan.

The Dronacharya, however, made sure there was no complacency in the team ranks. �Be positive, but don�t be overconfident,� he reminded his players after practice today.

East Bengal tomorrow will be without Dipendu Biswas, out with two yellow card bookings. The striker has not only scored four goals to be his team�s top-scorer, he has shown great deal of enterprise in creating chances too.

Mohammedan Sporting, who lost 1-3 to East Bengal in the first phase, are banking on the lively trio of Abdul Khaleque, Nazimul Haq and Kasif Jamal to pull off an upset.

The return of Khaleque, who missed Tuesday�s match against SAIL, should act as a spirit-booster. His forays down the flanks could pose a threat to the East Bengal defence.

Mohammedan Sporting coach Syed Firoze�s concerns revolve around his defence. This is one area where the black-and-white brigade has faltered time and again, offseting all the good work done by Khaleque & Co.

Going by reputation, George Telegraph shouldn�t worry Mohun Bagan too much. But Subrata Bhattacharya�s team won�t be taking their opponents lightly after the way George stormed into the Super Five Tuesday.

Going into their match against BNR needing a win, George emerged runaway 5-0 winners.    

Over the next couple of days, the Dutch city of Maastricht will witness the influx of about two thousand foreigners from 71 nations but all speaking the same language �the language of bridge. The 11th World Teams Bridge Olympiad is upon us again.

It gets underway on Saturday, though actual play begins only on Sunday, at the MECC Conference Centre and continues till September 9. The main events are the Open Teams and the Women�s Teams, to be played over the entire fortnight, plus three other events, the Senior Teams, the University Teams and the Trans-national Mixed Teams.

The 72 nations in the Open Teams for the Vanderbilt Trophy have been divided into four groups of 18. Teams play a round-robin of 20-board matches over seven days to throw up four teams from each group for the knockout stages. The round of 16 will feature 64-board matches, followed by 80-board quarter finals, 96-board semi-finals and a 160-board final.

While it remains a daunting task for the Indian team to surpass or even match its best-ever performance in this event � a semi-final berth in 1988 � qualification for the knockout has become easier with 16 teams going through instead of eight as in previous years.

India are in Group C, which has three very strong teams in Indonesia, Sweden and defending champions France. That effectively leaves one qualifying spot for the other 15, of which Israel, England and Germany look India�s biggest obstacles.

However, since none of these three teams is superior to the Indian squad of Rajesh Dalal, Subhash Gupta, Rajeshwar Tiwari, Naresh K Gupta, B Satyanarain and Kiran Nadar (the first lady to represent India in an Open event), we have a good chance of surviving the cut.

Of the other groups, �A� looks the toughest with five (Denmark, Brazil, Austria, Poland and Canada) very good teams, while �D� seems to be the easiest with three strong teams in Italy, China and Norway and two reasonable but inconsistent ones in Iceland and South Africa. Somewhere in-between lies �B� with three strong teams (USA, Netherlands and Chinese Taipei) and three fairly good ones (Russia, Australia and Greece).

Predictions are always risky business, but I would back France (Chemla, Levy, Mouiel, Salama, Allegrini, Palau), Italy (Lauria, Versace, Ferraro, de Falco, Bocchi, Duboin) and USA (Berkowitz, Cohen, Jacobs, Garner, Weinstein, Katz) to make the semi-finals unless they meet in an earlier round.

Only France (four times), Italy (thrice), Brazil, Poland and USA have won in the title and we are unlikely to see a new winner in 2000.

Tougher task for the ladies

In the Women�s series, the 42 nations have been divided into two groups for round-robin leagues over eight days. Four from each group qualify for the 80-board quarter finals. The semi-finals and final are 96-board affairs.

India is being represented in this event by Renu Patel, Hilda Raymond, Vasanti Shah, Yvette Singapurin, Marianne Karmarkar and Hema Deora. It would be too much to expect the team to qualify from Group �B� which has five strong teams in Canada, China, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

England, Austria, Italy and defending champions USA are the teams to watch in the other group. I expect eight from these nine to qualify as I do a US-European final.

The Senior Teams (55-plus) and the University Teams for students (17 to 28 years) will be held from August 27 to September 2 and has attracted entries from 28 and 24 nations, respectively.

It is a sad reflection on the poor support the game receives in India that we are going unrepresented in both events while China and even Botswana have teams in both.

In the Seniors, the clear favourites are USA, comprising Wolff, Morse, Woolsey, Robinson, Sutherlin and Mohan. There are some other good teams, notably France, Sweden and Australia. The French team includes Mari, a member of the squad that won the last Olympiad Open Teams in 1996.

One big attraction, for non-bridge reasons, would be Omar Sharif who will be appearing for his native country Egypt.

The Trans-national Mixed Teams will be played from Tuesday till September 9. The teams will play a 14-session Swiss of 10-board matches, to throw up four teams for the 32-board semi-finals and a 48-board final.

One of the American teams will be fielding the legendary Italian superstar Benito Garozzo, now an US citizen. Garozzo will be playing with his wife Lea DuPont. Billy Eisenberg, one of USA�s greatest players, will also be playing this event.    

Mysore, Aug. 24 
Symphony Of Fire, who won the Sans Craines Million during the Bangalore season and followed it by another easy victory in the RCTC Cup, looks good for his third straight win in the 1,400m Nanoli Stud Million tomorrow. K. P. Appu partners the Z. Darashah-trained filly by Bold Russian out of Something Fabulous.


1 pm: Chandan Ka Palana 1. Storm Boy 2. Waves Of Emotion 3.

1.25 pm: Glass Slipper 1. Empress Of India 2. Gracious Rohit 3.

1.50 pm: Turf Queen 1. Cavala 2. First Classic 3.

2.15 pm: Surge Of Power 1. Jersey Lightning 2. Activated 3.

2.45 pm: Frontier Hero 1. Always Dancing 2. Surf Rider 3.

3.15 pm: Pretty Boy Floyd 1. Princelene 2. Secret Ballot 3.

3.45 pm: Gullane 1. Just Do It 2. Royal Delight 3.

4.15 pm: Symphony Of Fire 1. Starry Scene 2. Adamile 3.

4.45 pm: Stately Girl 1. Al Habib 2. Sea Witch 3.

5.15 pm: Atomic Fusion 1. Flying Singer 2. Daiimio 3.

Day�s Best: Stately Girl Double: Gullane & Symphony Of Fire.    

Ridden by Imran Chisty, the Rashid Byramji-trained five-year-old horse Acrosto, by Steinbeck out of Gourgandine, posted an upset victory in the H. H.Sri Narasi-mharaja Wadyiar Memorial Gold Cup on the opening day of the Mysore racing season on Thursday.


(With inter-state dividends) 1. Paddock Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (5-10-9) Ddictate (Hesnain) 1; River Dale 2; Royal Satsuma 3. Not run: Sovereign Steel (7). Won by: 1-1/2; 2; (1-17.6). Tote: Win Rs 75; Place: 21; 63; 29; Quinella: 1,844. Tanala: 20,720 (Carried over). Fav: Beverly Babe (4).

2. Esquire Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (3-9-6) Mum�s The Word (Appu) 1; Commitment 2; Tina�s Turn 3. Not run: Worldly Pick (2). Won by: 4-1/2; 3; (1-30.4). Tote: Win Rs 35; Place: 14; 20; 18; Quinella: 82; Tanala: 379. Fav: Opalette (4).

3. Paddock Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (1-3-8) Cormac (Amit) 1; Optical Illusion 2; Plain Truth 3. Not run: Free World (5). Won by: Nk; SH; (1-16.9). Tote: Win Rs 97; Place: 26; 13; 18; Quinella: 67; Tanala: 618. Fav: Optical Illusion (3).

4. Esquire Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (7-12-1) Sand Lord (Prithviraj) 1; Silver Warakh 2; Cashflo 3. Not run: Out Of Bunce (10). Won by: 2-1/4; 2-1/4; (1-31.8). Tote: Win Rs 89; Place: 25; 39; 33; Quinella: 1,287; Tanala: 14,107. Fav: Special Quest (4).

5. Bangalore Plate, Div-II 1,100m: (10-12-3) Red Angel (Appu) 1; Kool Kruiser 2; Super Green 3. Won by: 4; 2; (1-9.7). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 14; 24; 53; Quinella: 109; Tanala: 2,313. Fav: Radiant Bride (9).

6. Mysore Jewellery Mart Gold Cup 1,600m: (6-14-3) Lizzie Crown (Khalander) 1; Eyewitness 2; Sun Reality 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 1-1/2; (1-42.5). Tote: Win Rs 1,428; Place: 145; 45; 19; Quinella: 4,356; Tanala: 42,060 (Carried over to the eighth Tanala on Friday). Fav: Royal Triumph (4).

7. Srirangapattana Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (1-2-8) Royal Emperor (Prakash) 1; Ispahan 2; Ammeter 3. Won by: 3; 1-1/4; (1-15.3). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 14; 19; 14; Quinella: 77; Tanala: 198. Fav: Ammeter (8).

8. H. H. Sri Narasimharaja Wadiyar Memorial Gold Cup 1,600m: (11-3-10) Acrosto (I. Chisty) 1; Al Dente 2; Astronautics 3. Won by: 3/4; 1-1/4; (1-40.6). Tote: Win Rs 143; Place: 34; 12; 20; Quinella: 146; Tanala: 10,303. Fav: Al Dente (3).

9. Srirangapattana Plate, Div-I 1,200m:(1-11-8) Avocation (Ruzaan) 1; Days Of Glory 2; Queen�s Ransom 3. Not run: Ravish (7). Won by: Hd; 9; (1-15.4).Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 13; 21; 20; Quinella: 56; Tanala: 211. Fav: Avocation (1).

10. Agumbe Plate 1,400m: (4-8-3) Fairy Prince (Rajendra S.) 1; Key Witness 2; Placid Ark 3. Won by: 3; Hd; (1-30.7). Tote: Win Rs 126; Place: 49; 14; 12; Quinella; 192; Tanala: 1,503. Fav: Key Witness (8).

Jackpot: Rs 89,770 (Carried over).

Treble: (i) Rs 12,940 (C.o.); (ii) Rs 18,470 (Carried over to the first treble on Friday); (iii) Rs 5,421.    

Calcutta, Aug. 24 
Gentle Priest, Kansai and Clarice Cliff were impressive from among the following horses exercised today.

Outer sand track

1,600m: Tsaynen Blue (Upadhya) in 2-4 4/5s; (1,200m) 1-32s; (800m) 1-0s; (400m) 28s. Easy.

1,000m: Little Boy Blue (Rb) in 1-24 1/5s; (400m) 27 3/5s. Unextended. Gentle Priest (M. Reuben) and Kansai (Rabani) in 1-14 3/5s; (400m) 27s. Former head better. Both moved well. Clarice Cliff (Rabani) in 1-13 2/5s; (400m) 25 2/5s. Coming on well

800m: Three Good (Dalpat) and Private Lives (Rabani) in 59 4/5s; (400m) 28 1/5s. Former head better.

Mosoon track

800m: Chicarica (Smith) in 1-0 4/5s; (400m) 26s. Swingtime (Rb) in 1-1 1/5s; (400m) 26 3/5s.

Sand track

800m; Tsavo (Upadhya) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Highland Flame (Rb) in 1-2 4/5s; (400m) 28s. Mameena (Connorton) in 1-3s; (600m) 45s; (400m) 26s.    

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