MCA chief,office-bearers to deal with Shah Rukh apology
The Mumbai Cricket Association’s Managing Committee today took note of the apology rendered by Shah Rukh Khan last night at Chennai for his behaviour at the Wankhede Stadium earlier this month but has not withdrawn the five-year ban imposed on the principal owner of new IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
A meeting of the committee was convened to discuss routine matters,but this matter of Shah Rukh Khan was raised by some members. It was decided to leave it to the President and office-bearers to get more details about what transpired yesterday,” said MCA chief and Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh. Asked when he intended to sit with his office-bearers to discuss the matter further,he said,”we want to resolve the issue at the earliest. There is no point in keeping it hanging.”
Surrounded by his wife and kids,Shah Rukh had said last night after KKR’s maiden title triumph in Chennai,”I want to apologise to the kids for my misbehaviour at MCA. I apologise to all who saw me differently. I shouldn’t have behaved in that manner. But today my team has won,so I guess,all you fans should forgive me. We have won at last.”
However,MCA sources indicated there was no change in the five-year ban imposed on the Bollywood star on May 18,two days after Shah Rukh’s skirmish with the security and officials of the association after KKR’s victory over Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium here.
“As far as we are concerned nothing has changed and nothing has been communicated to us (from Shah Rukh’s side). As and when something comes,we will see,” a source said. Another MCA source indicated that a formal communication from the KKR co-owner was awaited and its officials had learnt about the public apology he had voiced late last night only through today’s newspapers. “We don’t know what had happened. Certainly we would need something on paper (in order to review the earlier decision),” the source said.
Unseed Bhakar caps dream run
Unseeded Rajasthan boy Udyan Bhakar completed a dream run by clinching the under-16 singles crown in the Cricket Club of India 6th Ramesh Desai Memorial All India Ranking National Tennis Championship. The 13-year-old wiry lad from Bikaner,who trains at the Ludhiana-based Harvest Tennis Academy for the last 18 months,toppled top-seed Akshay IB of Tamil Nadu 6-4,6-4 in the final at the CCI courts here. This is my first title at the national level. I never expected to win here and was aiming to reach the quarters or semis. I am very glad, said Bhakar who trains under Australian coach Todd Clark.
Final results (prefix number denotes seeding): Boys under-16 singles: Udyan Bhakar (Raj) beat 1-Akshay I.B. (TN) 6-4,6-4. Boys under-12 singles: 4-Vikash Singh (WB) beat 1-Adil Kalyanpur (Ktk) 6-1,6-2. Girls under-16 singles: 2-Pranjala Yadlapalli (AP) beat 9-Akshara Iska (AP) 6-3,6-3. Girls under-12 singles: 1-Sathwika Sama (AP) beat Lathika Prem Kumar (TN) 6-3,6-1. Boys under-16 doubles: 1-Tejar Kapoor (Del)/Sachin Kumar (Chd) beat Vishu Prasad (Del)/Rohan Punj (Del) 6-2, 6-2. Boys under-12 doubles: Vikash Singh (WB)/Siddhant Banthia (Mah) beat 1-Adil Kalyanpur (Ktk)/ Abhimanyu Vannemreddy (AP) 6-3,6-1. Girls under-16 doubles: 4-Pranjala Yadlapalli (AP)/Sruta Kirti Gunuganti (AP) beat Nikita Anand ((TN)/Vasanti Shinde (Mah) 6-0,6-1. Girls under-12 doubles: 1-Sathwika Sama (AP)/Simran Kejriwal (Mah) beat 4-Tanvi Hatangadi (Ktk)/ Ritvi Shah (Guj) 4-6,6-3,10-5.
Fr Agnel down Bodyline
Defending champions Fr. Agnel Gymkhana staved off a grim determined challenge from Bodyline FC to snatch a 1-0 victory in a Pool-A match of the MDFA organized Bombay Gymkhana-Womens Football League (WFL) played at the Bombay Gymkhana ground on Monday. The lone goal of the match was scored by Angel Braganza towards the final moments of the game,to help Fr. Agnel record their fifth win in the six-team pool. With the three points earned,Fr Agnel topped the pool with 15 points and are through the semi-finals. In another match of the same pool,Hugh Fernandes Academy got the better of IC United by a narrow 2-1 margin. Sharmin Bassha and Ruqqaiya Shaikh stuck one goal each for the academy girls,while I.C. United got their goal through Siddesh Mali.
Results: Group-A: Fr. Agnel Gymkhana 1 (Angel Braganza) bt Bodyline FC 0. Hugh Fernandes Aademy 2 (Sharmin Bassha,Ruqqaiya Shaikh) bt IC United 1 (Siddesh Mali).
India No.5 in youth,E Prabhakaran from Tamil Nadu,gave a standout performance while helping Air-India overcome the spirited challenge of Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers 3-1 in the Matunga Gymkhana-MCD Annual Inter-Office Table Tennis League,at Matunga Gymkhana here on Sunday night. The corresponding womens inter-club league title was won by Hosts Matunga Gymkhana,who outplayed PJ Hindu Gymkhana 3-0 in the final.
Junior India No.5 Senhora DSouza played a stellar role in her sides victory by winning her singles against Neeta Kulkarni with ease and then pairing with Ria Doshi to clinch the vital doubles,beating Neeta and Manasi Chiplunkar. While Ria won the opening singles with a tough win over junior Manasi Chiplunka,which went to the wire. The 20-year-old Prabhakaran,ranked among top four in his state and figures among top 20 in the country,notched up two wins,as first he beat Chandrashekhar Gole in straight games (11-4,11-9,12-10) and then gave Zubin a lesson or two in tactical display while overpowering him (8-11,11-8,11-5,11-7).