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Hockey, Tennis and Golf

by Ramesh Seedhar


Hockey
Who runs Indian Hockey?
Who runs Indian Hockey has come under scrutiny as a result of KPS Gill , President of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) calling for elections a year before they are scheduled.
Questions are being asked as the Indian Hockey Confederation (IHC) that came into being in December 2000 as per FIH (the world body) regulation, should the organisation be calling for elections and not the Indian Hockey Federation.
According to the FIH headquarters in Switzerland, IHC indeed represents Indian Hockey., therefore the election should jointly be held with both parties together.
Vidya Stokes the President of IHC and who took over after the end of Gill’s term in December was not even consulted. According to Stokes, she may be the President of the India’s hockey internationally, but things have just continued like old here with IHF officials their own show.

Tennis
India have been drawn to play Sweden at home in a world group play off according to the draw released. The tie will be played in India on September 23-25

India will again be dependent on Leander Paes, captain of the Indian squad, and who time and time again has lifted his game and with it his country’s fortune.

"We have been doing well after victories over China and Uzbekistan but to win against Sweden we will have to raise our game now" Leander Paes has said.

Paes has repeatedly raised his game to earn memorable wins in singles and along with his frequent doubles partner Mahesh Bhupati also ensured that the doubles tie has almost always been won.Paes is the most successful Davis cup player for India and has 74 wins in the Davis Cup Championships over 15 years. Paes is tied fourth on an all time list with Brazilian Tomas Koch.
Paes, a former junior champion at Wimbledon and US Open made his Davis Cup debut against South Korea in 1990. He won a bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympics, becoming the first Indian to win an individual medal at the Olympics in over four decades losing to the eventual winner Arthur Agassi in the semi finals.

With Bhupati he forged a deadly combination earning top ranking as they made the finals of all four grand slams in 1999 winning the coveted All England Championships at Wimbledon and the French Open.

Although they do not play together on the circuit they do so in Davis Cup and are keen on bringing the youngsters like Mankad and Prakash Amritraj son of Vijay Amritraj; ensuring that the young pair get the exposure and experience.

Golf
Amandeep Johl tied 24th in Macau Open Golf
Amandeep led one of India’s largest ever contingents in an Asian Tour event outside India.
On the opening day of the Macau Golf Open, Amandeep scored one under seventy, a score also shot by Uttam Singh Mundy and Rahul Ganjee.

There are 13 Indians playing but the day belonged to the Chinese player Zheng Wen-gen who shared the lead with Australian Marcus Both with ascore of 65, six under par.

In his round Johl scored five birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey. Uttam Singh Mundy had a steadier round with three birdies and two bogeys for his round of 69.




 

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