5th Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships  from October 21-27 in Hisar

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi:  The  5th  Elite Women’s National Championships will be played at St Joseph’s International School in Hisar (Haryana) from October 21-27. 

The tournament will be played as per the AIBA’s revised 12 weight divisions—48kg, 50kg, 52kg, 54kg, 57kg, 60kg, 63kg, 66kg, 70kg, 75kg, 81kg, and +81kg—with the last date of registrations being October 8 by number and October 13 by name.

This event will also mark the return of the Elite Women’s National Championships after a gap of more than one year due to Covid-19 pandemic.
It will also provide a great opportunity for the domestic pugilists to showcase their game as the performances will be considered when the selection committee will meet to finalize the squad for the upcoming AIBA World Championships which is scheduled later this year.

“We’ve resumed the domestic circuit slowly but steadily. Complete safety precautions have been taken for our boxers and support staff as well as for the others involved in organizing the tournaments in these unprecedented times. We have successfully conducted five national championships in the last three months, including the junior and youth events.”  said Boxing Federation of India (BFI) President Ajay Singh 
 We are glad that despite the constraints we have seen so many fresh talents participating and getting the opportunity to pursue the sport at the highest level. We are confident that St. Joesph School and Haryana Boxing Sangh along with the federation will put up a memorable championship and, on behalf of BFI, I wish all the players best luck as we await yet another exciting edition of this  championship,” he added

The draw will take place on the evening of October 20. All the boxers, team officials, coaches, and technical officials taking part in the championships need to provide a negative RT-PCR report, with a barcode, of the test conducted within 72 hours before their arrival at the venue.


18-team  Delhi Golf Club  League  inaugural to be held from  14 to  31 October

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: Delhi Golf Club, the country’ second-oldest  Golf Course, on Wednesday unveiled its own 18 -team league to be played from October 14 to 31.

Each team comprises 18 players supported by one Mentor and one Coach. The tournament powered by Vredestein Tyres will be played on a four ball better ball Matchplay Format.

Some of the biggest names in the golfing world who have honed their skills at the DGC  are involved with the League at different levels, including four Arjuna Award winners namely Shiv Kapur, Ali Sher, Nonita Lal Qureshi and Amit Luthra.  

Gaurav Ghei – the first Indian golfer to qualify for the Open Championship ‘97; Vivek Bhandari – winner of the Honda-Siel PGA Championship ’97; Arjun Singh – winner of the Wills Masters ’98; Asian Tour regulars – Chirag Kumar, Naman Dawar and Amandeep Johl; leading Ladies Tour professional including Meher Atwal and Ayesha Kapur, top ladies Amateur Gauri Monga and top golf coaches – Brandon de Souza, Jasjit Singh and Ajai Gupta among others are adding tremendous value to the ecosystem.
“I have been a product of the DGC system and feel very privileged to have had an opportunity to learn my golf here. And now this opportunity to give back to the club, its members and juniors some of the knowledge I have gained over the years” said Gaurav Ghei, who took the golfing world by storm with his chip-in victory in the Gadgil Western Masters in 1995.
 The League will be played in two stages – a Round Robin stage followed by a Knock-out stage. During each playoff match between two teams, each team will field 7 pairs (14players). 
One pair from each team will play against a pair from the other team in a four-ball better-ball Matchplay format with all the players playing off 75% of their original handicaps. 
The teams will get points for their wins. The 18 teams have been divided into 4 groups. After the Round Robin stage, 2 teams from each group will qualify for the Knock-out stage starting with the Quarter-finals. The Finals will be played on the 31 st of October . Strict COVID protocols will be followed during the conduct of the event and golf allows for that. The 18 teams competing in the League are: ‘The A-Team’, ‘Sterling Swingers’, ‘Baale Golf’, ‘Eagles & Birdies’, ‘K Devils’, ‘SwingKKings’, ‘Shiva Motocorp. Land Rover’, ‘Bajaj Foundation’, Tee Birds’, ‘The Pioneers’, ‘Ocean’s 20’, Team Coca-Cola’ ’24 Lions’, ‘TEEm EDC’, ‘Athletic Drive’, ‘BMW-Deutchemotoren’, ‘Delhi Tigers’ and ‘Radvin Birdie Machine’.
Talking to media persons here this afternoon said Lt Gen Balbir Sandhu, Chairman of the Tournament Committee and the driving force behind the League. said “Golf Leagues have been conducted successfully at leading clubs in the country and we have taken into account best practices to create a structure which will help the entire golfing ecosystem. 
The mentoring programme of the league has some of the Finest Golfers of the country  sharing their knowledge and expertise with all the members, a fantastic learning  opportunity for the members, especially the Juniors” “DGC as an Institution has given India 14 Arjuna Awardees in Golf and numerous champions, something we are proud of. This legacy and vision to continue nurturing champions drives us to create and support events that enable talent development and the DGC League is a step in that direction” 
“For a golf club, it is essential to have both competitive spirit and camaraderie amongst the members. The DGC League has several strong elements which bind the community together and we are already seeing that happen” He said adding that League is going to be an annual affair.

Navjot Singh Sidhu quits as Punjab Congress Chief

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Chandigarh: Punjab Congress unit President Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday 28 September 2021 resigned as the chief of the Punjab Pradesh Congres Committee.

In a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Sidhu, said he will continue to serve the party.

“The collapse of a man’s character stems from the compromise corner, I can never compromise on Punjab’s future and the agenda for the welfare of Punjab,” he wrote adding: “Therefore, I hereby resign as the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. Will continue to serve the Congress,” he further wrote.

Reacting to Sidhu’s resignation former chief minister Amarinder Singh said the cricketer-turned-politician is “not stable” and “not fit” for the border state.

“I told you so…he is not a stable man and not fit for the border state of punjab,” Amarainder Singh tweeted.

Sidhu was behind the ouster of Amarinder Singh\as chief minister earlier.

Mohammedan Sporting beat FC Bengaluru United to enter sixth Durand final 

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Kolkata, 27 September: Local favourites Mohammedan Sporting (MDSP), overcame FC Bengaluru United (FCBU) 4-2  to make their sixth finals of the   Durand  Football Cup at   Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK),  here on Monday.

Goals from Marcus Joseph, Faisal Ali, Brandon Vanlalremdika and Nikola Stojanovic made sure that the Mohammedan Sporting’s quest for a third Durand title remained on course, despite a shock start to the game which saw FCBU talisman Pedro Manzi give his side the lead as early as 22 seconds into the game.

The scoreline, in the end, was a bit flattering for MDSP with United ending the game with 10-men and after tying 2-2 in regulation time. Sporting scored in each half of extra time to get the result, the close to 25000 local fans gathered at the stadium wanted.

MDSP gaffer Andrey Chernyshov went in with his trusted eleven and 4-4-2 formation in front of vociferous local support from the stands. Richard Hood the FCBU coach, started with a similar formation but with a first start of the tournament to Anup  Raj at left-back. 

It could not have begun better for United with a move down the right flank involving Yumnam Gopi Singh straight after kick-off finding Manzi in space on top of the box. He was given a second bite of the cherry by the Sporting defence and made no mistake with a booming drive giving keeper Zothanmawia no chance.

The Panthers were stung and responded with ferocity. Milan Singh had the first good shot at goal but it was the inimitable Trinidadian Marcus who was destined to equalize for Sporting.

It was another one from the left of the box cutting across the keeper with his left foot. A trademark now almost. It was his fifth in this edition’s Durand putting him in running for the golden boot of the tournament for the second year running.

The Mohammedan attack line was led by Serbian Nikola Stojanovic and ably supported by the likes of Azharuddin Mallik, Sk. Faiaz, Faisal and Marcus were displaying some slick football and stitched together quite a few attractive moves.

From one such move, Marcus found Faisal in the clear inside the box on the left and the youngster came up with a clinical finish, beating Kunzang Bhutia for the second time in the game.

The second half began as the first had ended with MDSP looking to take most of the initiatives. Quite against the run of play then, Kingshuk Debnath, a local boy, got Bengaluru back in the game, slotting home from a melee off a corner.

However, with a minute into added time, Manzi was shown red after a second bookable offence forcing Hood into bringing in team fitness coach cum player Chelston Pinto to help his team fight through 30 minutes of extra time.

The change which made all the difference though was the one made by Chernyshov in the 83rd minute when he had brought on the pacy Brandon Vanlalremdika to replace Sk. Faiaz on the right.

The diminutive winger peppered the 10-man United defence in the second half with Stojanovic providing him ample support and supply.

In one such move in the dying stages of the first 15 minutes of extra-time, the Serbian found him in the clear inside the box. The Mizo had quite a bit to do with two defenders challenging him. He shrugged them off with two deft body feints, first inside than outside and unleashed a grounder with pin-point accuracy to beat Bhutia.

The final goal of the contest was fittingly scored by Stojanovic who blasted a penalty past Bhutia in the 110th minute of the game for a resounding scoreline for the local team.

Marcus Joseph was adjudged the Man of the Match.