Former billiards world champion Michael Ferreira is likely to chair one of the sports ministry’s panels that will recommend names for this year national sports awards. The function will be held here on August 29.
Ferreira, according to ministry sources, is likely to chair the committee that will recommend names for the Arjuna and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards. Ferreira was awarded the Dronacharya award in 2001 and was also recipient of the Padma Bhushan in 1983. He won the world billiards titles four times.
The ministry is also exploring the possibility of nominating Olympian and former Asian decathlon champion, Gurbachan Singh Randhawa, as chairman of the committee that would recommend the names for the Dronacharya awards for coaches. Randhawa’s best performance in the global arena was his fifth place in the 110m hurdles final at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Depending on the availability of the chairman of the meetings, the ministry would take a final call soon.
TN beat Mumbai
New Delhi: Tamil Nadu edged past Mumbai 4-3 while Punjab and Uttar Pradesh played out a three-all draw on the opening day of the IHF Federation Cup hockey, here on Tuesday.
In the first match of the day, Mumbai got off to a good start as they took a 2-0 lead after 16 minutes but were unable to sustain the momentum as Tamil Nadu made a strong comeback.
The two teams were tied at 2-2 at half time but the Tamil Nadu side displayed greater discipline and prevailed over their opponents at the Shivaji Stadium here.
For Mumbai Sandeep Singh, Rajat Sharma and K Jayanta score a goal a piece, while Stalin David, Adam Sinclair, Sathya and Vinod Rayer scored a goal each for Tamil Nadu.
In the other game, Punjab came from two goals behind to manage a 3-3 tie against Uttar Pradesh. For Punjab Varun Kumar, Parvinder Singh and Ajit Pandit scored a goal each while Diwakar Ram scored a couple and Sunny Sonkar netted one for UP.
India blank SA
Wroclaw: Indian girls, seeded sixth, blanked South Africa 3-0 in their first match in Group C of the World Junior Women’s Team Squash Championships. Results: Group C: India beat SA 3-0 (Sachika Ingale bt Makgosi Peloakgosi 11-2, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9; Harshit Kaur Jawanda bt Megan Page 11-8, 12-10, 5-11, 11-6; Lakshya Ragavendran bt Kacey-Leigh Dodd 12-14, 11-6, 11-4, 11-4).