Uncertainty over IFA Shield final
The arrival of President A.P. J. Abdul Kalam in the city next Monday has thrown the IFA Shield final into confusion. With the final also scheduled on that day, the IFA authorities said on Tuesday that there would not have enough police protection for the title-round. The President will be staying for next Tuesday, therefore ruling out the possibility of hosting the final on that day as well. Meanwhile, a senior IFA official informed that if the final cannot be played before January 23, it will stand cancelled.
The final round of the national under-19 cricket meet, M.A. Chidambaram Trophy, will take place in the city from February 2. The five-day meet will include the winners of the five zones. While Andhra Pradesh have qualified from the South, Bengal will fight to make it from the East when they play in Jamshedpur from January 21.
Mohun Bagan beat Ananda Bazar Patrika SC by 23 runs in the CAB knock-out match Tuesday. Batting first, Bagan piled up 268 for five and then restricted the opposition for 245, Sanjib Goel taking four for 45.
n Mohun Bagan 268/5 (Abhijit Sikdar 73; Arghya Maitra 2/55). ABPSC 245/7 (Gourav Majumdar 62; Sanjib Goel 4/45). Mohun Bagan won by 23 runs.
n Netaji Subhas Institute 204/9 in 40 overs (Moyanko Chakraborty 76; Rajib Dutta 3/37, Abhijit Ganguly 3/50). Tollygunge Agragami 208/5 in 34.4 overs (Devang Gandhi 80). Tollygunge Agragami won by five wkts.
n Mohunlal 160/9 in 45 overs (Soumitra Chatterjee 30). Kalighat 163/0 in 21 overs (Subhradeep Ganguly 87 n.o.). Kalighat won by 10 wkts.
Aakansha Pincha of Mahadevi Birla Girls’ High School beat Shraddha Jain of Lakshmipat Singhania Academy while Sneha Murarka of Mahadevi Birla Shishu Vihar thrashed Ankita Dutta of Carmel High School in the junior singles matches of the 10th inter-school invitation badminton meet Tuesday.
Junior Team: Mahadevi Birla Girls’ Higher Secondary School bt Carmel Primary School 2-0; Mahadevi Birla Shishu Vihar bt Army Public School 2-0; Lakshmipat Singhania Academy bt G.D. Birla Centre for Education 2-1. Middle Team: G.D. Birla Centre for Education bt Lakshmipat Singhania Academy 2-0. Senior Team: Mahadevi Birla Girls’ High School bt Army Public School 2-0; Modern High School bt Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan 2-0; Mahadevi Birla Shishu Vihar bt Our Lady Queen of the Missions 2-0; Laksmipat Singhania bt G.D. Birla Centre for Education 2-0.
The National School Games organised by the West Bengal School Sports Association will start at the Salt Lake Stadium and SAI complex from Thursday. 1600 students from all over the country will take part in the under-14, 17 and 19 categories.
TODAY IN SPORT
SOCCER: IFA Shield: Mohammedan Sporting vs Vasco at 2:15 pm; East Bengal vs Churchill Brothers at 4:30 pm (Salt Lake Stadium).
BADMINTON: 10th inter-school meet at Mahadevi Birla Girls HS.