Former India women’s hockey team captain Rekha Bhide on Thursday shot off a letter to the Sports Minister Jitendra Singh, complaining of harassment and defamation by Hockey India (HI) for refusing to tow to its Secretary General, Narinder Batra’s line of thought. “I am writing to you to bring to your kind attention the immense, unjust harassment that I am being subjected to by some officials of HI,” Bhide wrote in the letter. Hockey India secretary General Narinder Batra, however, denied that she was being harrassed and said she was removed from the post after a three-member inquiry panel found her guilty.
Rani books berth
Olympian Sudha Singh of Uttar Pradesh booked her berth in the Moscow World Championship with a new national mark in 3000 meter steeplechase for women in the 53rd National Athletics championship in Chennai on Thursday.
Grandmaster-in-waiting V Vishnu Prasanna continued his dream run and held Argentine GM Sandro Mareco to a draw but Abhijeet Gupta suffered a shock defeat in the fifth round of the Grand Europe Albena International Chess Tournament in Bulgaria. Abhijeet, a former world junior champion, lost to Brazilian International Master Roberto Junio Brito Molina. The draw helped Vishnu stay in joint lead on 4.5 points out of a possible five and the Indian now shares the podium with Mareco, Armenian duo of Tigran Petrosian and Hrant Melkumyan; Vladislav Nevednichy of Roumania and legendary Grandmaster Evgeny Sveshnikov of Latvia.
Divij, Raja win
Third seeded Indian pair of Divij Sharan and Purav Raja made it to the quarter-final of the ATP Challenger event in Furth, Germany after a hard-earned win in the opening round. Left-handed Divij and Raja defeated Andrej Martin of Slovak Republic and Hans Podlipnik-Castillo of Chile 6-3 1-6 10-8 in the first round of the euro 30,000 clay court event. Divij and Raja next play Kevin Krawietz and Dominic Schulz of Germany in the quarter finals.
World Cup hosts Brazil slumped to a new record low in the FIFA world rankings on Thursday as the five-time world champions dropped three places to 22nd. Having spent most of the first 15 years of official FIFA world rankings at the top of the pile, Brazil’s demise began a year ago when the Selecao dropped six places from fifth to 11th in July 2012. Scolari’s team have now reached their worst ever position.
The 41st KC Mahindra All India Invitation School&’s Regatta 2013, will be held from 9 – 16 June at the The Lake Club, Kolkata . Nearly 350 schoolchildren and 60 schools from West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar will be contesting this event.