IOA bosses miss Bharti meeting
Bhupathi-Paes streak halted
IT freezes BCA account
Junior tennis

New Delhi, May 10: 
Union sports minister Uma Bharti today met representatives of the eight national federations which will feature in the inaugural Afro-Asian Games later this year.

IOA president and secretary, Suresh Kalmadi and Randhir Singh, did not attend the meeting. It was learnt Singh was in Pusan on an inspection trip with the OCA Kalmadi claimed there was a misunderstanding regarding dates.

The meeting was called to discuss various problems, including the clash of dates of the Afro-Asian Games with other international events like World Doubles, Champions Trophy and the SAFF soccer tournament.

AITA secretary Anil Khanna said it would be possible to adjust dates of the World Doubles and Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi would take part in the Afro-Asian Games.

K. Jothikumaran, who represented the IHF in absence of its president K.P.S. Gill, said the Champions Trophy in Lahore was unlikely to be deferred. In that case, Pakistan and South Korea will send junior teams. The Korean coach has already said the Afro-Asian Games is a low-priority event and he intends to send a second string team even if the Champions Trophy dates are adjusted.

Albert Colaco, secretary of the All India Football Federation, said the SAFF Cup in Dhaka has already been postponed and the Indian team should not have any difficulty in taking part in the Afro-Asian Games. He informed the SAFF Cup will now be held in India in January next year.

The sports minister felt India should win about 18 of the 463 medals at stake. Depending on the nature of competition, India can hope to win about ten more, she said. Of the eight disciplines, India expect no medals in football and swimming.

She said the total budget for the Games is Rs 75 crore and promised full support from the government.


Calcutta, May 10: 
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi�s hot streak on red clay was ended by glamorous wild cards Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt in Rome yesterday.

According to information received here, the Indian duo had themselves to blame for losing 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 5-7 in Round I of the $2.9 million Rome Masters Series event. They had a match-point in the second set and were up 5-0 in the third before surrendering.

Paes and Bhupathi had won their previous eight matches � translating to titles in Atlanta and Houston � and 11 of their last 12. The Indians next play at the Hamburg Masters Series (German Open) next week before trying their luck at the French Open.

Rios spends night in jail

Marcelo Rios was thrown into jail early Thursday morning after he attacked a taxi driver and two policemen soon after losing in the Masters Series event here, police said, reports Reuters from Rome.

He spent the night in jail. �A police complaint has been filed against Marcelo Rios for resisting arrest and injuring public officials,� a police spokesman said.

Police said Rios, who lost 1-6, 3-6 to Spain�s Juan Carlos Ferrero in the second round yesterday, was drunk at the time of the incident.


Jamshedpur, May 10: 
The Income Tax department has frozen the undivided Bihar Cricket Association�s account at the Indian Bank branch here. A notice issued by one of the deputy commissioners of the department said the association was yet to pay its dues amounting to more than Rs 1 crore.

The notice was served to the treasurer of the association. �We have not yet received any notice. But we are seeking legal opinion to sort out the matter,� said BCA president Sanjay Singh.

The BCA has not paid taxes since 1992. The IT has also seized Rs 46 lakh from one of its current accounts. Following the formation of Jharkhand, the BCA will be divided with one headquarter in Patna and one in Jamshedpur.


Calcutta, May 10: 
The semi- finalists have been identified at the Shyambazar Tennis Club-organised AITA junior zonal tournament.

RESULTS (all quarter finals) � Boys U-16: Farid Alam bt Arpit Sharma 7-5, 6-3; Avinab Bose bt Momin Ali 6-4, 6-2; Sabyasachi Bose bt Abdesh Roy 6-0, 6-3; Samrat Ghosh bt Harsha Deka 6-1, 6-3.

Girls U-16: K. Ahuja bt Sanjukta Bania 7-6, 4-6, 7-6; Devanshi Rajgarhia bt Parna Das 3-6, 7-5, 6-4; Varsha Datta bt Shivika Burman 6-1, 6-3; Kasturi Verma bt Sharmishtha Chaudhuri 6-3, 6-2.

Boys U-14: Abhinav Sharma bt D. Biswakarma 6-2, 6-2; Abhinav Bora bt Arup Mallick 6-0, 7-6; Farid bt Harsh Deka 6-3, 4-6, 6-0; Hrishikesh Deka bt Bhairab Das 6-2, 6-0.

Girls U-14: Varsha bt Parna 6-1, 6-2; K. Ahuja bt Devanshi 6-3, 6-3; Kasturi bt Shivika 6-2, 6-2; Shilpi Jaiswal bt Hina Valecha 6-3, 6-1.


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