The emergency committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) will meet in Kolkata on Sunday to select the CEO of the I—league and is also likely to appoint Carlos Nohra, former director of competitions of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), as an advisor to the league. Chaired by president Praful Patel and secretary Alberto Colaco, the committee will select the CEO from three probables —former Mahindra United player and coach Harish Rao, AIFF director of competitions Anil Kamath and sports management expert Sunando Dhar.
An I—league committee will also be appointed. The committee will also chart out a plan for the national team’s preparation for the 2011 Asian Cup in Doha and the next month’s SAFF Cup in Bangladesh.
The committee will also review the poor performance of the under—16 and under—19 teams in the Asian Championships qualifiers. Praful Patel is also scheduled to meet the three I-League clubs — East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Chirag United and later the Indian Football Association (IFA).
Sharath upset by Chinese in Polish Open
New Delhi: Olympian Achanta Sharath Kamal became a first-round casualty when Chinese Yan An pulled off a 4-2 upset against the Indian in Pro Tour Polish Open Table Tennis Championships in Warsaw.
World number 70 Sharath went down 10-12, 7-11, 9-11, 11-6, 15-13, 7-11 to his Chinese opponent, currently 221st in the ITTF rating list, in a marathon encounter. Sharath was the only Indian to get a direct entry into the main draw of men’s singles section.
DPS, St Columba’s in final
Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj and St Columba’s School, Gole Market moved into the final of the ONGC Hind Kishore football tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium on Saturday.
DPS defeated Indian Air Force, Subroto Park 2-1, netting the winning goal in extra time, while St Columba’s got the better of Mother’s International 4-3 via tie-breaker.
Air Force School took the lead in the sixth minute but Tanuj Gulati equalised before the interval. In extra-time, DPS forced a flag-kick and K Sajwan headed home the winner.