Representatives of I-League clubs will gather at the All-India Football Federation headquarters in New Delhi on 26 June to discuss decisions recently taken by the AIFF emergency committee. “All matters pertaining to the I-League and the Federation Cup will be discussed extensively and finalised on that day,” the AIFF said in a statement. The clubs are reluctant also to release their players for an Indian Premier League-style competition proposed by IMG-Reliance.“The clubs have already given it in writing that they will not release any of their players for the league, or loan them out,” Salgaocar secretary Raj Gomes stated.
Singh bags silver
Manjeet Singh put up a brave fight before going down to local favourite Akepeer Yusuf in the final of the super heavy weight category (+91kg), to win the silver medal at the Third China Open boxing tournament in Guiyang. The Indian men’s team returned from the event with one silver and three bronze medals.
Indians crash out
Indian paddlers crashed out of the Japan Open Super Series event at Yokohoma as both Achanta Sharath Kamal and Soumyajit Ghosh bowed out in the men’s singles events. Sharath Kamal went down to world No. 9 Wang Liquin of China in straight games of 5-11, 7-11, 3-11, 2-11 in less than 20 minutes.
The third day of the 63rd State Athletic Championship, 2013 witnessed four record state level performances with Lili Das winning the girls U-16 1000M run segment in 3:02.1 seconds. Jahir Ahmed Mistry won the boys U-18 800M run, clocking at 1:58.5 seconds. The 3000M boys U-18 run was won by Saifulla Laskar, who finished at 9:02.9 seconds. In the boys U-16 medley relay run, Ohit Pashi, Apurba Munda, Sourav Ghosh and Chandan Bauri finished first with a time of 2:04.5 seconds.
Title for Bolt
Usain Bolt won the 100-metre title at the Jamaican Athletics Championships on Friday night to qualify for August’s World Championships. Bolt, who broke free from the pack after 60 metres, shut it down as he crossed the line in 9.94 seconds, with training partner Kemar Bailey-Cole second in 9.98 and Nickel Ashmeade third in 9.99.
Viswanathan Anand, having suffered two straight losses, settled for an easy draw with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan in the seventh round of the Tal memorial chess tournament in Russia. After losing to Norwegian Magnus Carlsen in the fifth round and American Hikaru Nakamura in the sixth, Anand had an easy game with black pieces, giving nothing away and comfortably splitting the point.
Krishna Poonia, Tintu Luka and Vikas Gowda were among the well-known athletes in a 110-member (57 men and 53 women) squad that will represent India in the 20th Asian Championships in Pune from 3 July to 7 July. Preeja Sreedharan, O P Jaisha, Mayooka Johny are included too.