Special meeting
A special general body meeting of the Indian Olympic Association to amend its constitution in accordance with the Olympic Charter and to set in motion the process for the organisation’s fresh elections is likely to be held on 11 July or 12 July in New Delhi.
The International Olympic Committee set a 15 July deadline for amending the IOA constitution so that its elections could be held by 1 September to pave the way for the lifting of the ban on India. In another development, medal prospects Sudha Singh, Vikas Gowda, Krishna Poonia and Tintu Luka were today named in the 110-strong Indian squad for Asian Athletics Championships which will be held in Pune from 3-7 July.
Shooting scandal
Two sharp-shooters have been suspended by the National Rifle Association of India on charges of sexual harassment during the recent International Junior Shooting Championships in Suhl, Germany. After the competitions, a girl lodged a complaint against two boy team members, following which the NRAI suspended them, pending an inquiry.
Japan Open
In Yokohoma, Soumyajit Ghosh and Harmeet Desai became the first Indian pair to enter the men&’s doubles quarter-finals of the Japan Open Super Series on Friday.
Messi summoned
Lionel Messi and his father were ordered by a Spanish court to appear for questioning in September as part of an investigation into tax fraud allegations. A court in the Mediterranean coastal town of Gava near Barcelona accepted a state prosecutor’s complaint alleging that Messi and father Jorge defrauded the Spanish tax office of 4 million euros.
Anand held
Viswanathan Anand put an end to two straight losses and settled for an easy draw with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan in the seventh round of Tal memorial chess tournament.
Kumari shines
Deepika Kumari finished second while Tarundeep Rai ended on top in women’s and men’s senior division recurve qualification round on the opening day of the 3rd National Ranking tournament in New Delhi on Friday.
It&’s Martins!
Prayag United’s Ranti Martins, top scorer with 27 strikes, has been adjudged the 2012-3 I-League’s best player. He is also the tournament’s best forward. Churchill Brothers’ Lenny Rodrigues was voted the best midfielder; Sandip Nandy of the same team was adjudged the best goalkeeper and East Bengal’s Uga Okpara, the best defender.
Nehwal out
Saina Nehwal crashed out of the women’s singles event at the Singapore Open Super Series, losing to Lindaweni Fanetri of Indonesia in the quarter-finals on Friday. The second seed lost 21-17, 13-21, 13-21. She thus dropped to number 4 in the world.
Race tips
Following are Saturday’s Bangalore selections: 2 pm: Arthur 2.30 pm: Zenica; 3 pm: Alcazaar; 3.30 pm: Shoot Out; 4 pm: Hemisphere; 4.30 pm: Ice Storm, Sumitomo 2; 5 pm: Fastest Finger; 5.30 pm:  Strive And Serve.  Best bet: Hemisphere.