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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

EurAsia Cup: Lahiri, Bhullar likely to be paired

Chandigarh, Hindustan Times  Kuala Lumpur, March 19, 2014
First Published: 12:18 IST(19/3/2014) | Last Updated: 14:33 IST(19/3/2014)

Indian golfers Anirban Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhullar are likely to be paired when they represent the Thongchai Jaidee-led Team Asia in the EurAsia Cup at the Glenmaire Golf and Country Club here March 27-29.

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The Thai star will lead a 10-man Asian side against the Miguel Angel Jimenez-led Team Europe in the Ryder Cup-style showdown. The 44-year-old will decide on the combinations when he meets up with the other nine members of his team at Glenmarie next week. But an option will be to pair by nationalities.

Thongchai's countrymen Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Prayad Marksaeng are also in the squad while Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri of India and the Japanese pair Hideto Tanihara and Koumei Oda provide the tactical possibilities as well.

"I have spoken to some of my players about their preferences and thoughts about the potential pairings. It does make sense to pair our players by nationalities but it won't be the sole criteria. I have some ideas in my mind now but I will not reveal them! Once the players come together on (next) Monday we will have team meetings to finalise the pairings for the fourball and foursomes matches. I believe I have many options as we've got a bunch of great players," Thongchai was quoted as saying by the Asian Tour web-site.

MALIK ADVANCES IN SINGLES
CHANDIGARH: Vijayant Malik moved into the second round of the men’s ITF Future tennis tournament in Trichy, on Tuesday.
Seeded sixth, Malik had an easy outing as he defeated Vijay Kannan 6-3, 6-4, in straight sets. Malik next faces Kunal Anand. Anand defeated Chandril Sood, 6-3, 6-4 in his singles first round match.
However, in doubles Malik and Jatin Dahiya were ousted in the first round by Vinayak Shar ma Kaza and Vignesh Peranamallur 5-7, 2-6.

PUNJABI UNIVERSITY B-DIVISION ATHLETICS MEET ON MARCH 21
PATIALA: Punjabi University will conduct Annual Inter-College Athletics Meet (B-Division) from March 21 to 22 at Raja Bhalendra Singh Stadium on University Campus. Stating this director sports Raj Kumar Sharma said as many as 200 boys and 250 girls from various education colleges affiliated to the university will participate in this meet.

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