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Charlesworth blasts CWG hockey schedule

Australian men's coach Ric Charlesworth said on Thursday it was "crazy and disrespectful" for New Delhi Commonwealth Games organisers to schedule field hockey matches during the heat of the day.

india Updated: Jul 30, 2010 00:07 IST

Australian men's coach Ric Charlesworth said on Thursday it was "crazy and disrespectful" for New Delhi Commonwealth Games organisers to schedule field hockey matches during the heat of the day.

The coach said he was also frustrated at being restricted to selecting just 16 players, unlike at the World Cup and the Champions Trophy where teams can name 18-man squads.

"We will have to play in very hot weather with 16 players, it's nuts and I find it extraordinary," Charlesworth told Australian Associated Press.

October is actually a peak period for tourism in New Delhi after the searing heat of high summer, with temperatures ranging from the low 20s Celsius to the low 30s (low 70s to high 80s Fahrenheit)

Charlesworth insisted that heat would be a problem.

"We have had to make adjustments to our selection process for the Commonwealth Games because of the conditions and in my opinion that is wrong and it does a disservice to the game and the players."

Shergill best Indian on view in Brunei open

Bandar Seri Begawan

Three birdies in the last five holes saw Gurki Shergill come in with a round of five-under 66 that placed him tied fifth at the end of the first round in the Brunei Open on Thursday.

Shergill is the best placed among the ten Indians in the tournament. Shergill played from the tenth and went around the front stretch of the course in four-under 31.

The next best Indian was Gaganjeet Bhullar at two-under 69 in tied 28th place. Anirban Lahiri and C Muniyappa are in 38th place. Digvijay Singh (71) in tied 62nd place, Himmat Rai (73) in 91st place, Baaz Mann and Amandeep Johl (77 each) in tied 131st place and Rahil Gangjee (78) in 134th place were the other Indians in the fray.

Korea's Lee Sung and Australia's Adam Groom shared third on 65s while South Africa's Jbe Kruger, Gurki Shergill of India and Thailand's Panuwat Muenlek were a stroke back in tied fifth place.

Four Indians advance in junior squash

Quito, ecuador

The Indian team had a good start at the world junior men's squash championships with four players progressing into the top 32 stage Wednesday.

The contingent with coach Cyrus Poncha arrived a week prior to the championships for acclimatisation as it is the first time the boys are playing at 9,000 feet above sea level.

The quartet of Jagtap, Tandon, Dixit and Malik advanced to the round of 32 without too much trouble.

The notable achievement was Malik who defeated higher ranked Tom de Mulder from Belgium in four games. Malik was fitter and more consistent than his opponent.

Mangaonkar went down to England's top seed Charles Sharpes while Pradhan lost to a fast moving Ricardo from Mexico in straight games.

Indian paddlers to train in china

New Delhi

Reigning men's team champions India, with their singles gold medallist Sharath Kamal, will be in China for training-cum-competition next month in preparation for the Commonwealth Games .

Table-Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) secretary-general Dhanraj Choudhary said, "The players will participate in the China Open and after the tournament they will stay there for training in Zhending until Sep 12."