Teething problems on way to professionalism
Joydip Dutta top seed
Challenger Trophy to be held in city
AFC may take action against AIFF
Vijay starts with 8-under
In The City
Smart Ruler lifts Independence Cup
Pune Races/ Eau de Vie for today�s main event
Mysore Races/ Perfect Venue may win tomorrow
Mysore Races/ Campanero romps home

Calcutta, Aug. 14: 
The ICC�s sponsorship problem with the Indian players and board (and now with the Australian players� association) is a new phenomenon as far as cricket goes. Other international sports bodies have, however, overcome these problems through detailed discussion and legal action/advise that looked into the nitty-gritties of each and every aspect of sponsorship.

The International Tennis Federation and the ATP, the different PGA Tours, the Fifa, the IOC, the IAAF, have all, during the years they transformed from their amateur status to the professional format, gone through this �teething problem�, as Vece Paes of Paes en Sport puts it.

Sponsorship is at different levels � personal endorsements or �commercial sponsors�, team sponsors, tournament sponsors and world body�s official sponsor partners. Kit sponsorship is big, explains Paes.

�Andre Agassi last year earned way over $ 30 million from the two �commercial sponsors� that he has (two are allowed),� he said. It is way bigger than the prize purse on offer. It will be killing if Agassi got hold of a kit sponsor whose interests directly clash with the tournament�s (or ATP�s) sponsors.

Hence the need for detailed legal procedures.

Consider the Indian Davis Cup team sponsorship issue. �The team might be sponsored by Adidas,� Paes says. �But to accommodate the rest, three sets of sponsors are allowed. This incorporates kit sponsors, two commercial sponsors (which generally includes kit sponsors) and team sponsorship.�

BNP Paribas, the French bank, is title-sponsor of the Davis Cup. In a Davis Cup venue only a couple of by-the-court �runners� may be allowed from local sponsors. The rest is Paribas.

Players are allowed to have personal sponsorship logos on shirt sleeves at 3 square inch areas, or at 4 square inch areas on kit bags. The team sponsors will have logos (3 sq. inch) on the shirts. And each player shall have full knowledge of what he/she can afford.

The golf scene

What happens when Jeev Milkha Singh plays in the Japanese PGA? �Jeev is sponsored by Hero Honda, but the Japanese PGA Tour is sponsored by Mizuni equipment manufacturers,� points out Brandon de Souza, chief of Tiger Sports Marketing, who run the Hero Honda Indian PGA Tour.

�What Jeev gets is some �free� tournaments on the entire Tour, where he can sport his personal sponsorship logo.�

Brandon has reproduced this format for the Indian PGA Tour. That solves a great deal of problems for the individual and his personal sponsor.

The Fifa muscle

In May this year Irish beer manufacturer Comans tried to promote its product with unauthorised use of Fifa�s marks on Coman�s products and 2002 Fifa World Cup trade mark tickets.

Fifa quickly obtained an interim order of the court forcing Comans to stop the �unauthorised association with the 2002 Fifa World Cup, including the removal of Coman products directly from store shelves,� says Patrick Magyar, CEO of Fifa Marketing.

That is the level of �sponsor marketing protection� provided by the world bodies. The Fifa and the World Cup logos can be used only by registered Fifa partner sponsors and by those who have bought such rights from Fifa. �We will continue to aggressively protect Fifa�s and the Fifa partners� rights against all similar ambush activities in the future,� he said.

During the last World Cup a small Japanese Cup memento manufacturer had to down shutters because he was not able to make enough money on sales after having paid a hefty fee for rights to Fifa.

Fifa Marketing has established on behalf of Fifa a closely controlled marketing programme and a co-ordinated �rights protection programme�, involving a global trademark registration programme, the worldwide appointment of legal experts, and collaboration with customs and police authorities in all key regions of the world.

In addition, Fifa has appointed NetResult to assist with rights protection on the Internet! In all, over 600 cases in 51 countries have been handled with a success rate of 90 per cent.

The Olympic arena

Same is the case of the Olympics. The Olympic partners or Olympic Family is a sacrosanct situation. The International Olympic Committee defends its turf vigorously for their partners. An athlete may run in his or her �commercial sponsor� shoes, but no logos on shirts. A contingent may be sponsored by a rival beverage-maker, but no sporting such logos at television level. And so on..

Surely, the International Cricket Council has a long way to go before a deal can be struck.


Calcutta, Aug. 14: 
Two hundred and ten competitors (including 37 girls) from 126 schools of Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, Assam, Manipur and Nagaland will take part in the XV The Telegraph Schools� Chess Championship�s 2002 grand finals.

The meet, the country�s only one involving schools to offer rating points and organised by the Alekhine Chess Club, will be held at Gorky Sadan from Friday to August 26.

There are five participants from Bangladesh. They are (with respective elo ratings): Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar (2055), Masudur Rahaman (2021), Shamima Akter Liza, Kishoara Sajrin Evana and Nazir Arifin.

The event is being presented by Smithkline Beecham Consumer Healthcare Ltd., the makers of Horlicks.

The championship, which has in the past, thrown up players like Surya Sekhar Ganguly, Sandipan Chanda, Neelotpal Das, Nisha Mohota, Saheli Dhar Barua, Shanker Roy, Somak Palit and many more, will this time have 14 rated players in fray � eight more than in the last edition.

Joydip Dutta (2212) is the top seed. The other rated players are Debayan Majumdar (2152), Tanmoy Pattanayak (2146), Indradip Giri (2100), Minhazuddin (2055), Saurav Chakraborti (2045), Rajib Dhar (2038), Mary Ann Gomes (2036), Souparna Ghosh (2035), Suman Basu (2035), Baishaki Das (2031), Masudur (2021), Debaditya Sinha Biswas (2021) and Souvik Chakraborty (2010).

Fifteen qualifiers have moved up from the three zonal legs of this championship. They are N. Sasank Singh, Trailokya Nanda, Debananda Singh Kh. and Sanjay Kr Singh from the Guwahati leg; N. T. Rama Rao, Abhisikta Pattanaik, Swayams Mishra, Aurobinda Khuntia and Avinash Das from the Bhubaneswar leg; Satish Kumar, Manish Sharma, Priyaratnam, Himangshu Shekhar Sharma and Ved Prakash from the Jamshedpur leg.

There are also four visually challenged participants in this 11-round Swiss league-format meet, all from the Louis Braille Memorial School for the Sightless. They are Sudip Rajbanshi, Ganesh Kisku, Atanu Das and Naresh Pramanik.

Sayan Majumder of Indira Gandhi Memorial HS, Dum Dum, at four years and five months is the youngest boy in fray. The youngest girl is Tamishra Das of Little Flower School (four years and 11 months).

Players who have secured GM, IM and WIM Titles from The Telegraph Schools� Chess Championship: GM: Ziaur Rahaman � Bangladesh. IMs: Shanker Roy, Neelotpal Das, Surya Sekhar Ganguly, Raktim Banerjee, Sandipan Chanda (all Calcutta); Chandrasekhar Gokhale (Maharashtra); Tejas Bakre (Gujarat); 7. Reefat Bin Saftar (Bangladesh); S. Satyapragyan (Orissa); WIMs: Nisha Mohota, Saheli Dhar Barua (both Calcutta).

Smithkline Beecham Consumer Healthcare Ltd remains committed to the cause of chess sponsorship in the eastern region. Horlicks, as a brand has always been keen to promote activities associated with mental sharpness and intellectual well-being. Hence chess sponsorship.


1st prize: Rs 10,000 & trophy; 2nd: Rs 7,000 & trophy; 3rd: Rs 4,000 & trophy; 4th: Rs 3,000 & memento; 5th: Rs 2,200 & memento; 6th: Rs 1,800 & memento; 7th: Rs 1,600 & memento; 8th: Rs 1,300 & memento; 9th: Rs 1,100 & memento; 10th: Rs 1,000 & memento; 11th to 20th: Cups/ Mementoes. Age-group prize: 1st and 2nd in U-14, U-12: Mementos. U-10, U-8, U-7 for both boys and girls: Mementos. Best U-6 boy and U-6 girl: Mementos.


Calcutta, Aug. 14: 
The 2003 edition of the Challenger Trophy will be held in the city. According to sources in the Cricket Association of Bengal, the BCCI has already informed the state body that Eden Gardens will host the day-night event featuring three teams � India Seniors, India A and India B.

Meanwhile, Bengal will play four of their seven matches at home in the league stage of the Ranji Trophy this season.

Bengal open against Rajasthan at the Eden on November 9. They play Himachal Pradesh and champions Railways also in Calcutta.

After that, they travel to Hyderabad before playing Mumbai in Mumbai. Their sixth match is in Delhi against the hosts before winding up their league engagements against Andhra Pradesh at home.

It was also learnt that Orissa paceman Debashish Mohanty will not play for Bengal this season. Mohanty, who is willing to play for Tollygunge Agragami in the CAB league, will have to prove his worth in the local circuit before making himself eligible to play for the state. Before he gets a decent run, four Ranji matches will be over.


Calcutta, Aug. 14: 
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has threatened to take disciplinary action against the All India Football Federation (AIFF) if it fails to submit by August 31 a report on the fracas, leading to abandonment of last year�s IFA Shield final.

Castigating the AIFF for being �slow in providing the AFC with a detailed report on the fracas,� AFC has extended submission deadline to August 31, however, with a warning: �Should the AIFF fail to meet this (August 31) submission deadline, AFC disciplinary committee will take action against it.�

On October 7 last year, players from East Bengal and Palmeiras of Brazil got involved in a free-for-all during the final and the Brazilian club refused to continue the match thereafter. Organisers IFA later declared East Bengal as champions.

On AFC�s intervention, AIFF formed a three-member committee to investigate the incident and its report was supposed to be submitted early this year.


Calcutta, Aug. 14: 
Fresh from his victory at the previous leg of the Hero Honda Tour in Bangalore, Vijay Kumar started the TNGF Open in Chennai with an eight-under 64 Wednesday.

According to information received here, Delhi�s Praduman Singh Guleria added to the day�s excitement by hitting a hole-in-one on the par-three fourth.

Following Vijay were Pappan and Uttam Singh Mundy with five-under 67. Defending champion Mukesh Kumar went three-under to share the third spot with Mohammed Islam.

New sponsor

The Grand Prix meet, that was to be sponsored by Royal Challenge and subsequently cancelled, will finally take place. Chennai will host the meet from August 20-23 with Colorplus stepping in as the new sponsor.


Aug. 14: 

Rohan Gavaskar to lead CAB XI

Rohan Gavaskar will lead CAB XI in the Buchi Babu meet beginning in Chennai on August 20. Veteran left-arm spinner Utpal Chatterjee is back in the team.

The squad � Rohan Gavaskar, Deep Dasgupta, Utpal Chatterjee, Subhamoy Das, Amitava Chakraborty, Arindam Das, Aurijit Bose, Sanjeeb Sanyal, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Sourashish Lahiri, Anirban Chatterjee, Ranadeb Bose, Shibshankar Paul, Mayanko Chakraborty.

Palit for Chess Olympiad

Defending The Telegraph Schools� Chess champion Somak Palit is the lone Bengal representative in the Indian contingent for the inaugural U-16 Chess Olympiad to be held in Kuala Lumpur from August 16. According to a senior AICF official, others in the contingent Dipan Chakravarthy, Deep Sengupta, Abhijit Gupta and G. Rohit.

Tolly claim Shukla

Tollygunge Agragami claim they have confirmed allrounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla for the forthcoming season. His current club Mohun Bagan was not ready to accept it. Tollygunge officials said they are negotiating with Deep Dasgupta as well. East Bengal have confirmed Humza Ferozie, Safi Ahmed and Charanjit Singh from Kalighat.

Bagan demand

Mohun Bagan have threatened to boycott Tuesday�s match versus East Bengal if their players from the Asian Games camp are not released. In a letter to the AIFF, club officials demanded their players, including Bhaichung Bhutia, be released by Friday and refusal to do so on the AIFF�s part would force them to boycott the match.

Debnath hattrick

S. Debnath scored a hattrick as Aikya Sammilani beat Anushilani 5-0 in a CFL first division group B match Wednesday. N.P. Mondal got the other two. In group A, George Telegraph beat Sonali Shibir 2-0 via Dibyendu Panja and Prasanta Sarkar.

Graded referees

The IFA will introduce a grade-based pay system for referees from next season. Officials said the tiers would be based on performance and the IFA would promote or demote referees accordingly. Meanwhile, in a condolence meeting for former Fifa referee Pratul Chakraborty, it was announced the best referee in the top tier would get an award named after him.

PVD Soccer

Director�s XI beat Secretary�s XI 2-1 in an annual friendly match organised by the Public Vehicles Department (PVD) at the Ballygunge Government HS ground Wednesday.

Eastern kabaddi

Bengal will take part in the East Zone kabaddi meet to be held in Patna from August 23. Bengal will also take part in the junior nationals in Allepy in November.

Sahai wins

Sanjeev Sahai won all his three matches in the one-frame snooker championship being held at the Oswal Sports Club. He beat Ujjal Basu 76-75, M. Raj 87-47 and Pradeep Poddar 90-80.


SOCCER: Calcutta League Super Division: Md. Sporting vs CPT (Salt Lake ), Tollygunge vs Ever-Ready(Howrah), Eastern Railway vs Bhratri Sangha (EB). Group A: Kidderpore vs Peerless (MB), Rajasthan vs Bata (Md. Sp.), George Telegraph vs Milan Bithee (Tarun Sangha), Wari vs BNR (Rabindra Sarobar). Matches from 3:30 pm

SNOOKER: One-frame meet (Oswal Sports Club).


Calcutta, Aug. 14: 
Defying his poor looks on a cloudy afternoon, the Daniel David-trained three-year-old horse Smart Ruler scored an easy victory in the Independence Cup on Wednesday. Jockey Amyn Merchant, who partnered the Razeen-Regal Star gelding to victory, went on to help Daniel complete his treble when Bay Dragon upstaged Archery in a close finish to lift the Myall King Handicap. Earlier on, Merchant had guided Primaticcio to an impressive win.

However, the horse to win in most authoritative manner during the afternoon was the Deepak Karki-trained My Opinion. Leading from the start, the Cruachan-Angelina Ballerina son won by widening four lengths in spite of taking the home turn 10-wide and and galloping on the far-side track. Apprentice Amarpreet Singh partnered the five-year-old.


1. Sun Lion Handicap 1,100m: (2-5-3-4) Starina (I. Chisty) 1; Auctioneer (K. Kumar) 2; Storm Centre (Surjeet) 3; Flying Scot (G. Singh) 4. Won by: 3; 2-3/4; 1-1/2; (1-12.5). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 14; 23; Quinella: 50; Shp: 31; Tanala: 118. Fav: Storm Centre (4). Winner trained by R. Alford.

2. Royal Mantle Handicap 1,100m: (2-5-9-3) Primaticcio (Merchant) 1; Actable (Shanker) 2; Pehlvan (Islam) 3; Anacott (Amil) 4. Won by: 1-1/2; 2-3/4; SH; (1-13.8). Tote: Win Rs 31; Place: 14; 17; 68; Quinella: 40; Shp: 50; Tanala: 1,549. Fav: Primaticcio (2). Winner trained by Daniel D.

3. Independence Cup 1,400m: (6-5-3-1) Smart Ruler (Merchant) 1; Aiberni (C. Alford) 2; Lucifer (Upadhya) 3; Prince of Fashion (I. Chisty) 4. Won by: 3; SH; 1-1/4; (1-30.8). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 13; 14; 20; Quinella: 30; Shp: 36; Tanala: 275. Fav: Smart Ruler (6). Winner trained by Daniel D.

4. Myall King Handicap 1,400m: (6-8-5-1) Bay Dragon (Merchant) 1; Archery (Shanker) 2; Asprey (Surjeet) 3; Adams Dream (P. Alford) 4. Not run: Royal Philosopher (2). Won by: SH; 3-3/4; 5-1/2; (1-33.8). Tote: Win Rs 35; Place: 14; 17; 35; Quinella: 48; Shp: 73; Tanala: 462. Fav: Bay Dragon (6). Winner trained by Daniel D.

5. Coxcomb Cup 1,400m: (2-1-7-3) My Opinion (A. P. Singh) 1; Flamebird (C. Alford) 2; Rheinheart (Shanker) 3; Alborada (Merchant) 4. Won by: 4; 4-1/4; 1-1/4; (1-30.6). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 13; 14; 15; Quinella: 31; Shp: 43; Tanala: 137. Fav: My Opinion (2). Winner trained by D. Karki.

6. Zelda Handicap 1,200m: (3-1-4-6) Kargil Soldier (Surjeet) 1; Alsheim (C. Alford) 2; Secret Adversary (Merchant) 3; Bird�s Empire (Yacoob) 4. Won by: 4-3/4; 4-3/4; Dist; (1-20). Tote: Win Rs 67; Place: 25; 11; Quinella: 43; Shp: 38; Tanala: 195. Fav: Alsheim (1). Winner trained by J. Stephens.

Jackpot: Rs 3,127; (C) Rs 140.

Treble: (i) Rs 166; (ii) Rs 1,120.

Pune, Aug. 14: 
Going by her Bangalore summer season form, the Subhag Singh-trained Eau de Vie is fancied to win the Forest Castles Independence Trophy in Pune on Thursday. Pesi Shroff partners the filly.


2.45 pm: Come Prima 1. Tagamet 2. Begonia 3.
3.15 pm: Royal Gladiator 1. Top Mover 2. Mille Fiori 3.
3.45 pm: Avenging Angel 1. Prince Honey 2. Aries Rocket 3.
4.15 pm: Eau de Vie 1. Quick Decision 2. Royal Divine 3.
4.45 pm: Rainy Stream 1. Lord Of Thunder 2. Yvresse 3.
5.15 pm: Divine Honey 1. Ciraja 2. Spring Time 3.

Day�s Best: Royal Gladiator

Double: Come Prima & Rainy Stream

Mysore, Aug. 14: 
Perfect Venue, who easily won his last start in Bangalore, looks set to make it an encore in the 1,200m Delhi Race Club Cup on Friday here. The S. Ganapathy-trainee will be partnered by B. Prakash.


2.15 pm: Selena 1. Nice And Noble 2. Aghast 3.
2.45 pm: Royal Tarlair 1. Semoran 2. Nuraaz 3.
3.15 pm: Silver Mist 1. Conquering Star 2. Bin Tin Tin 3.
3.45 pm: Swinging Conquest 1. Brora 2. Regal Society 3.
4.15 pm: Perfect Venue 1. Al Habib 2. Spark of Life 3.
4.45 pm: Soviet Park 1. Silvanus 2. Always Dancing 3.
5.15 pm: Noble Priest 1. Empress of India 2. Tequila Ride 3.

Day�s Best: Perfect Venue

Double: Royal Tarlair & Silver Mist

Mysore, Aug. 14: 
D. Byramji�s Campanero easily won the Independence Gold Cup her on Wednesday.


1. Kanva Plate, Diu-II 1,400m: (1-4-8) Noble Regent (Prakash) 1; The Soothsayer 2; Turf Rythm 3. Won by: 4; 1-3/4; (1-29.2). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 11; 15; 47; Forecast: 55; Quinella: 59; Tanala: 479 & 238. Fav: Noble Regent (1).

2. Jog Falls Plate 1,400m: (1-8-3) Squeeze (Mani) 1; Anjaam 2; Astounding Bay 3. Won by: 6; 3/4; (1-29.8). Tote: Win Rs 49; Place: 16; 19; 17; Forecast: 196; Quinella: 115; Tanala: 711 & 251. Fav: Lali (7).

3. Kanva Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (8-1-9) Persian Delight (Shafiq) 1; Ascot Knight 2; Private Pursuit 3. Won by: 3-1/4; 2-3/4; (1-30). Tote: Win Rs 113; Place: 18; 11; 87; Forecast: 188; Quinella: 34; Tanala: 1,083 & 1,050. Fav: Ascot Knight (1).

4. Chickmagalur Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (3-9-5) Classic Ballet (Prakash) 1; Private Emotions 2; So Supreme 3. Won by: 4-1/2; 5-3/4; (1-15.1). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 12; 24; 15; Forecast: 108; Quinella: 79; Tanala: 223 & 67. Fav: Classic Ballet (3).

5. Independence Gold Cup 1,400m: (10-11-2) Campanero (Kader) 1; Milan 2; Renzino 3. Won by: 3-1/4; 5; (1-26.5). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 14; 13; 147; Forecast: 54; Quinella: 30; Tanala: 817 & 530. Fav: Campanero (10).

6. ChickMagalur Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (3-5-7) Patriotic (Mani) 1; Star Illustrious 2; Tabreez 3. Won by: 4; 2; (1-14.8). Tote: Win Rs 116; Place: 19; 11; 27; Forecast: 178; Quinella: 30; Tanala: 473 & 544. Fav: Star Illustrious (5).

7. Belur Plate 1,400m (4-12-11) Krugar Park (Warren) 1; Enthronement 2; Afaza 3. Won by: 3-3/4; 5-1/2; (1-29.8). Tote: Win Rs 23; Place: 13; 30; 34; Forecast: 166; Quinella: 135; Tanala: 1,170 & 427. Fav: Krugar Park (4).

Jackpot: Rs 14,253; (C) Rs 1,777.

Mini jackpot: Rs 12,390.
Treble: Rs 617.

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