EB declared winners by default
Ummerkoya confident
India U-16 keep clean slate
Karpov returns to Fide world
Arup, Mouma annex crowns
Assam side holds fancied Thai outfit
Arjun still leads
Calcutta Racing/ Vijay, Cristopher champs
Pune Racing/ Machrihanish fancied

Calcutta, Oct. 12: 
The IFA, after an hour-long meeting today, decided to award this year�s IFA Shield to East Bengal. AC Palmeiras from Brazil have been scratched from the tournament for �gross act of indiscipline� and their opponents declared champions according to sections 12 a, b, and c of the tournament rules.

The 107th Shield final Sunday had to be abandoned 30 minutes into the match after Palmeiras� Marcao hit out at Jackson Egygopong and a free-for-all ensued. Players from the bench, several officials and unauthorised people rushed to the ground adding to the mayhem. Palmeiras were leading 1-0 at the time after Reinaldo had scored in the 28th minute.

Four East Bengal players had been injured in the process.

The trouble had actually been brewing even before that. East Bengal were unhappy about having to play the semi-final and final on successive days. Then 20th minute into the match two East Bengal officials complained to the fourth referee Udayan Haldar that the ball being used was not the one that had been agreed upon in the meeting on September 23. That sparked off a debate and the trouble later.

The next day Palmeiras bought a trophy through their local manager and declared themselves champions. Their interpreter La Martin da Silva, however, had said that they will report the incident to Fifa, their national federation (CBF) and the Brazilian embassy in India.

IFA joint secretary Ranjit Gupta announced after today�s meeting that after viewing video evidence, considering the match commissioner, and the referees report and going through the tournament rules, the IFA had come to this conclusion. Gupta said that the IFA was going to put the case forward to Fifa and provide them with all the evidences � the video cassette along with all other reports.

Palmeiras had been given the appearance fee promised to them, Gupta added, but refused to divulge the amount, saying he jus won�t. Also, no runners-up money would be awarded. East Bengal, on the other hand, will be given the full Rs 6 lakh as winners.

However, no decision has been taken on the East Bengal players who had played a part in the brawl. It is doubtful whether any such decision will ever be taken.


Calcutta, Oct. 12: 
Sitting All India Chess Federation (ACF) officials are now in the city, carrying allegations of physical threats from New Delhi, and hopes of making a fourth term for most.

The annual general meeting of the federation, originally scheduled in New Delhi on September 1, ended inconsequentially amid chaos, with incumbent general secretary P. T. Ummerkoya alleging that the presidential candidate then, IPS R. K. Singh of the Himachal Pradesh cadre, threatened him (�and my family�) with bodily harm. Ummerkoya said he had even lodged a police complaint on this.

Hence the meeting has been rescheduled to a �safe� environment, here, and the AGM and the proposed elections will be held at Taj Bengal tomorrow morning.

Today, speaking to newsmen, Ummerkoya expressed confidence that he will be able to garner 58-59 of the 62 affiliate votes (each state affiliate has two votes) and that his fourth term � �that is not extra-constitutional for the AICF,� Ummerkoya maintained � was virtually confirmed. Incumbent president Dhruv Sawhney is stepping down.

However, Ummerkoya said he will try his best till tomorrow to avoid elections and bad blood.

The situation had gone pretty much out of hand in Delhi, said the secretary. With NIIT chairman Rajendra Pawar refusing to put in his papers as presidential candidate, there was a scamper in the �rival� camp to put up a candidate and trouble ensued. The situation here now seems calmer. The president�s post is being contested � N. Srinivasan (Tamil Nadu) of the Ummerkoya panel and Col Mohan Singh (Rajasthan) � so is the general secretary�s post � Ummerkoya and V. R. Bobba (AP).

Ummerkoya said he is sure of at least five spots in the six-member vice-presidential panel (a new entrant is Ramola Chakraborty of Bengal). However, Ummerkoya camper Soumen Majumder has been already re-elected treasurer, unopposed. Quite strangely, though, Majumder, of Bengal, is representing Madhya Pradesh. That means two Bengal votes plus a Madhya Pradesh vote has been accommodated without problem.

The officials want no repetition of what happened in Delhi. �There was never any �vertical split� as has been touted,� said the secretary, �and definitely no threat to the vote bank.�

That such scenes � quite visible in other sports body elections � would also come to haunt the chess fraternity, was not expected. A possible explanation could be the exponential growth of the national body�s influence and presence in the world arena. That the Fide World Championship (till the semi-finals) could be held in India was a feat that the �rival� faction also wanted a share of.

Ummerkoya took over as general secretary from Manuel Aaron in 1989. �When I took office, there were only 68 rated players in this country and only one Grandmaster,� he said. �Now there are around 1,000 rated players and you can see the number of Grandmasters.� He also stressed on the fact that the country has at this point of time five world champions in different categories, including Fide world champion Viswanathan Anand.


Calcutta, Oct. 12: 
India Under-16 maintained their all-win record as they beat JCT 1-0 in the inaugural edition of the under-19 national football league today. Shankar Seal scored the match-winning goal.

The team has advanced to the semi-finals yesterday with a 7-0 thrashing of Churchill Brothers.

Despite their loss, JCT entered the semi-finals with six points from three matches. They will now meet East Bengal. India Under-19 will play Under-16 in the other semis.

In the other match, Tollygunge Agragami overcame Churchill Brothers 2-1. Churchill drew first blood through J.P.M. Fernandez in the 42nd minute. Thereafter Amulya Mondal in the 43rd and Ajit Mondal in the 86th scored to seal the match for Tollygunge. The semi-finals come off Sunday.

Hardcourt tennis

Farid Alam beat Shakeb Hassan 6-1, 6-2 in the under-16 boys� singles event of the Calcutta Hardcourt Tennis Championship at the South Club today.


Boys� U-14 singles: Quarter finals � Nirvick Mohinta bt Arpit Sharma 3-6, 6-4, 6-4;

Boys U-14: Semi-finals � Ranjan Prasad bt Samriddh Burman 7-5, 6-1;

Mixed singles U-10: Semi-finals� Ranveer Shrivastav bt Prem Singh 9-1; Md Imran bt Danielle Jones 9-1;

Girls U-14: Semi-finals � Shivika Burman bt Rohini Das 7-5, 6-2; Danielle Jones bt Dipti Shrivastav 6-1, 6-0.

National athletics

The Bengal squad for the 9th national under-22 athletics championship to be held at Trissur on October 27 and 28 was announced today. The team will leave the city on October 24.


Men: Sanjoy Das, Debasis Das, Bapi Mondal, Sk Samser, Amitava Roy, Bablu Ghosh, Guru Charan Mahato, Majnoor Mondal, Soumya Ghosh, Asesh Mallick, Biswanath Pratap Singh.

Women: Nabanita Ghosh, Sumana Mondal, Pampa Chanda, Tucy Deshmukh, Luci Deshmukh, Kalpana Das, Pampa Mahapatra, Chhabi Ghosh, Anju Kumari Sharma, Deepa Das, Ranjita Roy, Basanti Biswas, Sabitri Roy, Tripti Mondal, Ratna Naskar.


Calcutta, Oct. 12: 
Anatoly Karpov has accepted Fide�s invitation to play in the world chess championship beginning in Moscow on November 25.

The former world champion did not take part in the previous edition of the meet won by Viswanathan Anand and was not on the best of terms with the world body.

Along with Garri Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik, Karpov slammed Fide in April, saying it was trying to monopolise the game. However, matters seem to have taken a turn for the better now.

�The time is right for me make a comeback,� a Fide release quoted the Russian as saying. �I celebrated my 50th birthday at the Bolshoi Theatre recently and many of my friends encouraged me to make this move.

�My recent victory at the Najdorf Memorial Cup in Buenos Aires has inspired me to seek the title again,� he said.

Karpov has not played competitive chess for at least three months and no matches have been recorded against his name in the latest Fide rating list released this month. He is ranked 16th in the world with 2692 Elo points.

Karpov, dethroned as world champion by Kasparov in early 1980s, said he felt it was his duty to bring the world title back to Russia. �I brought the title back to Russia from the West in 1975. Now in 2001, I feel it�s my duty to wrest the crown from the East and take it back to Mother Russia.

�Anand had the home-court advantage then,� Karpov said about the Indian�s success in Delhi and Teheran. �Now I shall have the edge since the world championship is in Russia.�

Kasparov and Kramnik have already announced they will stay away from the Fide world meet but they are planning a tournament involving Karpov and themselves. If it comes off, the tournament will be unique � involving the �3K�s of world chess.


Calcutta, Oct. 12: 
Unseeded Arup Basak and top seed Mouma Das won the men�s and women�s titles in the 67th state and inter-district table tennis championships at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra today.

Basak, who had won this title six times before, beat Souvik Basu Roy 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6. This was Basak�s first tournament triumph after his return from suspension two months ago.

Mouma bagged her second state crown overpowering Poulami Ghatak 11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-9. Mouma, who had won the championship in 1996, proved too strong for the out-of-sorts three-time champion Poulami.

Poulami fought back to win the second game, but failed to match Mouma�s aggression and power.

With Mouma already leading three games to one, Poulami tried to match her opponent�s aggression. But for every good shot she played, she followed up with an unforced error. Mouma, on the other hand, continued with her flawless game and romped home easily.


Nursery girls�: Medha Moitra bt Gargi Nag 4-11, 11-5, 12-14, 11-6, 11-8;

Nursery boys�: Souvik Kar bt Soumyajit Ghosh 11-5, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8;

Cadet girls�: Sabana Parveen bt Sreya Ghosh 7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-4;

Cadet boys�: Shiladitya Nag bt Kuntal Basak 11-9, 8-11, 15-13, 11-9;

Sub-jr girls: Sukanya Bose bt Salankara Mohalanobis 8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8, 11-6;

Sub-jr boys�: Soumyajit Sarkar bt Sayan Paul Roy 11-9, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8;

Girls: Susmita Roy bt Mousumi Paul 8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-7, 22-20;

Boys: Subhadeep das bt Niloy Basak 8-11, 11-5, 13-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-5;

Women: Mouma Das bt Poulami Ghatak 11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-9;

Men: Arup Basak bt Souvik Basu Roy 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6;

Men�s doubles: Ranabir Das/Sourav Chakraborty bt Arup Basak/Subham Chowdhury 11-5, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6;

Women�s doubles: Poulami Ghatak/Sushmita Roy bt Mousumi Paul/Pallavi Kundu 11-9, 11-8, 11-6;

Boys� doubles: Chiranjib Chowdhury/Soumya Nandy bt Sayan Paul Roy/Sudipta Ghosh 7-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7;

Mixed doubles: Amit Mukherjee/Mousumi Paul bt Souvik Roy/Poulami Ghatak 8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-13, 11-7;

Veterans above 40: Subrata De bt Shyamal Das 11-6, 11-8;

Veterans 50 above: Sadhan Dutta bt Tapan Chattoraj 6-11, 11-3, 11-9;

Veterans 60 above: R.P. Chatterjee bt Samarendra Chowdhury 11-9, 11-5.


Guwahati, Oct.12: 
Assam Regimental Centre (ARC) of Shillong held the fancied Bangkok team, Rajpracha Football Club to a 3-3 draw in an exciting quarter-final league tie at Nehru Stadium here.

After the teams were level 1-1 at half-time, the fast-paced encounter saw fortunes swinging at a furious pace in the second.

ARC were almost through till the Thai outfit managed to shoot the equaliser in the 89th minute.

The tie gave both teams a point each with Rajpracha playing FC Kochin, who had a providential escape, scraping past ARC 1-0 in the first match Wednesday.

Tomorrow, Mohun Bagan meet Tata Football Academy.


Calcutta, Oct. 12: 
Arjun Singh today extended his lead by two to finish Roubd 3 at 11-under 205 in the Chandigarh Open here today. Rajiv Kumar stayed in second place with five-under 211. Calcutta�s Basad Ali was tied for third with Harmeet Kahlon and Gurbaaz Mann at four-under 212.

The Tour�s top ranked golfer, Mhow�s Mukesh Kumar came sixth at two-under 214.

Gaurav Ghei finished joint ninth with Yusuf Ali at two under 216. Rahil Gangjee finished 11th at 217. Thrice winner and defending champion Amritinder Singh slipped to tied-22nd spot with a tally of 221.


Calcutta, Oct. 12: 
The Curtain came down to the monsoon season today with Vijay Singh emerging as the leading trainer and the stable-jockey Crisitopher Alford heading the jockeys� table. Rutherford Alford, who�s four-day suspension has been cut down to three days and the apprentice has been permitted to ride work from October 23, ended up as the leading apprentice jockey. Race publication Horse Power, yours truly and Sandhya Aajkal were adjudged as the leading three tipsters during the 17-Day season. Horse owner Deepak Khaitan, once again was the leading stakes winner.


1. Big Hearted Handicap 1,100m: (2-1-3) Angeles (C. Alford) 1; Lively Project (Dalpat S.) 2; Impressive Prince (Asghar) 3. Not run: Calabash (5). Won by: Dist; 6-1/2; (1-11.4). Tote: Win Rs 11; Place: 10; 10; Quinella: 10. Fav: Angeles (2). Winner trained by Vijay S.

2. Roubaix Cup 1,400m: (1-4-3-2) Alyssum (C. Alford) 1; Lockers Park (Rabani) 2; Illustrious Reign (R. Chauhan) 3; Highland Flame (Amil) 4. Won by: 1-1/4; 7-1/2; 3-3/4; (1-32.5). Tote: Win Rs 11; Place: 10; 11; Quinella: 12; Tanala: 18. Fav: Alyssum (1). Winner trained by Vijay S.

3. Ex-Service Men�s Handicap 1,400m: (5-3-1-7) Rare Gold (C. Alford) 1; Finders Keepers (E. Smith) 2; Nearco Prince (Islam) 3; Keep The Faith (R. Chauhan) 4. Won by: 1-3/4; 1-1/4; Hd; (1-33.7). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 13; 20; 24; Quinella: 67; Tanala: 852. Fav: Rare Gold (5). Winner trained by Mujeeb R.

4. Amar Jawan Handicap 1,000m: (5-4-7-1) Tequila Shot (Shanker) 1; Storm Centre (Surender) 2; Heaven�s Blessing (Islam) 3; Bul Bul (Engineer) 4. Won by: 1/2; Nk; 1-3/4; (1-6.7). Tote: Win Rs 44; Place: 14; 14; 14; Quinella: 33; Tanala: 218. Fav: Storm Centre (4). Winner trained by Bath.

5. Defence Forces Cup 1,000m: (2-12-4-11) Carbon Copy (Gajender) 1; Countach (R. Chauhan) 2; Tajik (P. Alford) 3; Abashed (Islam) 4. Won by: SH; 3/4; Nk; (1-6.2). Tote: Win Rs 648; Place: 102; 31; 24; Quinella: 4,329; Tanala: 1,32,950 (C.o). Fav: Secret Adversary (8). Winner trained by Mujeeb R.

6. Unknown Warrior Cup 1,200m: (3-7-1-5) Raaz (E. Smith) 1; Global Harmony (Islam) 2; Adeline (Asghar) 3; Sergeant Slipper (B. Gurang) 4. Not run: Calamint (6). Won by: 7-/1/4; 4-3/4; 2; (1-19.4). Tote: Win Rs 75; Place: 17; 13; 14; Quinella: 76; Tanala: 513. Fav: Adeline (1). Winner trained by Javed K.

7. Armed Forces Handicap 1,000m: (6-3-4-1) Aberdan (Rabani) 1; Abandoned (R. Chauhan) 2; Lady Shirley (S. Tamang) 3; Actuate (C. Alford) 4. Won by: 1-1/2; 4; 4-1/4; (1-5.5). Tote: Win Rs 33; Place: 13; 16; 20; Quinella: 48; Tanala: 612. Fav: Aberdan (6). Winner trained by Bharath S.

Jackpot: Rs 1,73,943 (Carried over); (C) Rs 22,364.

Treble: (i) Rs 133; (ii) Rs 51,637.


Pune, Oct. 12: 
Machrihanish may win the Squanderer Trophy in Pune on Saturday. SELECTIONS

1.15 pm: Self Styled 1. Afro 2. Chance 3.

1.45 pm: Secret Force 1. Resist 2. El Campeador 3.

2.15 pm: Machrihanish 1. Signal Tap 2.

2.45 pm: Silver Sea 1. Storm Dancer 2. Laurels 3.

3.15 pm: Royal Secret 1. Zeisha 2. Majestic Hills 3.

3.45 pm: Super Sword 1. The Flying Star 2. Shahandeh 3.

4.15 pm: Spirited Move 1. Frequency 2. Bud Royal 3.

4.45 pm: Star of Century 1. Moira 2. Soviet Fire 3.

5.15 pm: Formentera 1. Blusheon 2. Speedster 3.

Day�s Best: Silver Sea

Double: Self Styled & Machrihanish.


1.Raichur Plate 1,400m: : Make No Mistake (M. Suresh) 1; Dictate 2; Imperial Heritage 3. Won by: SH; 6-3/4; (1-31.3). Win Rs 132; Place: 29; 16; 16; (F) ; (Q) 169; (T) 702 & 373. Fav: Imperial Heritage.

2. Balchand Plate, Div-II 1,400m:New Fortune (Prakash) 1; Royal Caribbean 2; Passionate Nights 3. Won by: 2; 6; (1-30.8). Win Rs 15; Place: 12; 17; 27; (F) 41; (Q) 57; (T): 175 & 102. Fav: New Fortune.

3. Dupont Plate 1,600m: Free World (A. Imran) 1; Royal Philosopher 2; Be In Style 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 5-1/2; (1-44.2). Win Rs 32; (P) 15; 16; 56; (F) 90; (Q) 23; (T) 623 & 445. Fav: Free World.

4. Balchand Plate, Div-I 1,400m: Great Eastern (Abraham) 1; Mehvish 2; Barassie 3. Won by: 3/4; 5-3/4; (1-30.9). Win Rs 35; (P) 14; 18; 21; (F) 301; (Q) 86; (T) 587 & 269. Fav Brave Bull.

5. Royal Calcutta Turf Club Cup 1,200m: Alisa (Rajesh) 1; Austin Jennings 2; Ornate Crown 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1-1/2; (1-17.2). Win Rs 24; (P) 13; 57; 32; (F) 744; (Q) 278; (T) 5,846 & 1,542. Fav: Alisa.

6. H. H. Sri Krishnaraja Wadiyar Memorial Gold Trophy 1,400m: Forest Rose (Appu) 1; Forest Whisper 2; Ankole 3. Won by: 3; 2; (1-30.5). Win Rs 20; (P) 11; 16; 202; (F) 50; (Q) 19; (T) 1,340 & 1,502. Fav: Forest Rose.

7. Belgaum Plate 1,400m: Flashy Concorde (Prakash) 1; Abridge 2; Airtel 3. Not run: Adam Won by: 3/4; 4; (1-30.4). Win Rs 41; Place: 17; 12; 67; (F) 76; (Q) 17; (T) 397 & 414. Fav: Abridge

8. Badami Plate 1,400m: Hello Baby (Shafiq) 1; Atalantis 2; Mantle of Peace 3. Won by: 2; 5-3/4; (1-30.4). Win Rs 39; (P) 15; 14; 49; (F) 58; (Q) 22; (T) 754 & 500. Fav: Atalantis

Jackpot: Rs 7,080; (C) Rs 696

Mini jackpot: Rs 1,562.

Treble: (i) Rs 552; (ii) Rs 495


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