Defending champion Saina Nehwal will have her eyes firmly set on the coveted women's singles crown while Ajay Jayaram and Sourabh Verma will lead the Indian charge in men's singles when the Thailand Grand Prix Gold begins with the qualifiers here on Tuesday.
Back in action after skipping the Sudirman Cup because of a freak toe injury, top seed Saina will have her task cut out as she opens her campaign against Shih Han Hung of Chinese Taipei in the main draw of the women's singles on Wednesday. The world number two Indian will have an easy run till the quarterfinals where she is expected to meet local player and third seed Porntip Buranaprasertuk, who is ranked 13th in the world.
Gymnasts to get new foreign coach
New Delhi: The quest for a foreign coach for Indian gymnastics has finally made some headway with two candidates submitting their applications for the top post to the Sports Authority of India. "We have received two applications for the coaching job. We are evaluating their resumes. At this point, I can't tell you the names but the country's gymnasts will soon have a foreign coach," SAI DG, Jiji Thomson said.
Even before the competitions in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games could start, the Indian contingent was rocked by a controversy with the foreign coach of the gymnastic squad, Vladmir Chertkov deserting the team after he was barred from taking part in the opening ceremony. "We are aware of this and will soon announce the name of a foreign coach. We will recommend the name to the sports ministry for its approval," Thomson said.
AIU, Karnataka win in hockey nationals
PUNE: Association of Indian Universities and Karnataka registered victories in their respective league matches in the 3rd Hockey India Senior Men National Championship at Major Dhyan Chand Polygrass Hockey Stadium, Pimpri here on Monday.
Association of Indian Universities beat Gujarat 19-1 in their Pool A match. Razin Kandulana (4, 8, 17, 18, 23) scored five goals, Manjinder Singh (12, 55), Gurjant Singh (14, 42), Hardeep Singh (27, 68), Jaskaran Singh (50, 65), Ramandeep Singh( 57, 64) netted two each, while Gurpreet Singh (5), Ravisher Singh (27), Satinder Dalal (33), Jaswinder Singh (54) slammed the net once each.
Sagar Shah holds Solodovnichenko
ALBENA: Hunting for an International Master norm, Sagar Shah played a solid game to hold Yuri Solodovnichenko of Ukraine while former Junior World champion Abhijeet Gupta recovered to score his first victory in the second round of Grand Europe Albena chess tournament here.
After an eventful draw in the first round, Gupta made some recovery of sorts at the expense of Bulgarian veteran Metodi Stoinev and inched himself up to 1.5 points from his two games. It turned out to be another good day for Indian Grandmasters-in waiting as they scored needful victories over lower ranked opponents. Vishnu Prasanna who made his third and final Grandmaster norm recently did not face many troubles and defeatedIndonesian girl Irine Kharisma Sukandar and Ashwin Jayaram outwitted Mario Vutov of Bulgaria.