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Swimming coach Sandhu retires

Amar Jeet Singh Sandhu,the chief swimming coach,retired from Sports Authority of India,Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports...

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
August 1, 2010 3:06:19 am

Amar Jeet Singh Sandhu,the chief swimming coach,retired from Sports Authority of India,Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports (NIS),Patiala on Saturday after serving the institute for nearly three decades. Sandhu pursued his education from the same institute and eventually became the swimming coach at NIS in 1981. Before that he was the swimming coach at Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology,Patiala. During his thirty years of stint with NIS,he was deputed by NIS in special organising committee for the IX Asian Games,New Delhi in 1982. He also remained associated with SAARC nations clinic for swimmers (men and women). During his posting at Dr. Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool Complex,New Delhi,Sandhu trained country’s prominent swimmers including Richa Mishra,Charu Mishra,Harpreet Kaur,Mervin Chen and Rohit Gupta. “My love and passion for swimming has enhanced with time and retirement brings no end to it. Retirement is the unfolding of a new chapter in swimming and so I will work for its cause and will always be available for an expert advice,” Sandhu said.

J&K players excel
Jammu and Kashmir players grabbed the spotlight on the opening day of the 11th Sub Junior National SQAY Martial Arts by winning two out of three gold medals at St. Teresa Convent School,Sector 25,on Saturday. Aimen Bashir of Jammu and Kashmir captured gold medal in the 23 kg category,while Nishita Gupta of Rajasthan claimed silver. Jammu and Kashmir claimed their second gold medal as Zaira Shafi finished on top in the 27 kg category. Delhi’s Diksha Sardana finished runners-up. Meanwhile,Rakshita of Delhi won gold medal in the 31 kg category followed by Kanika Saini of Uttrakhand as the runners-up.

Results:
23 kg: 1 Aimen Bashir (J&K),2 Nishita Gupta (Rajasthan),3 Anshika Mishra (Punjab) and Sanchi D. Kamble (Maharashtra); 27 kg: 1 Zaira Shafi (J&K),2 Diksha Sardana (Delhi),3 Gurleen Kaur (Punjab) and Nidhi Sharma (Haryana); 31 kg: 1 Rakshita (Delhi),2 Kanika Saini (Uttrakhand),3 Nisha (Chattisgarh) and Kirandeep (Punjab).

Karanveer stars in Satluj title win
Karanveer Brar came up with a stellar performance (28 not out and 2 for 11) as Satluj Public School,Sector 4,Panchkula beat DC Model School by four wickets in the final to lift the Under-16 Haryana District Sports Cricket Tournament held on Saturday. Batting first,DC Model posted 79 for 7 in 20 overs. Himanshu Negi top scored with 20 runs. Nishi Kant took two wickets for 13 runs. In reply,Satluj Public School made 81 for 6 in 17.1 overs. Karanveer remained unbeaten till the end and steered the team towards win. Gufateh contributed 20 runs. Navjeet and Himanshu Aggarwal took two wickets each.

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