The Cooperage football stadium in South Mumbai,the spiritual home of the game in the city,would be able to host matches from mid-November once the demountable stands are put in place. The final stage of production of the demountable stands,with storage space below for TV rooms etc,is on in China. We are looking at between 90 and 100 days from now (for the stands to be erected), said Western India Football Association’s CEO Henry Menezes.
Menezes was confirming the statement of All India Football Federation’s general secretary Kushal Das earlier in the day at a media interaction in Navi Mumbai that the Cooperage ground would not be ready to host any I-League games before November. The I-League is set to start in mid-October,as per indications,and if that is the case then the first three to four games may not be held at the Cooperage ground,according to Menezes.
The stadium has undergone a total overhaul with the age-old stands being razed to the ground and a new artificial playing surface,fully funded by FIFA,installed as part of game’s world governing body’s plans for India. As the stadium was in the revamp mode,no I-League matches could be held at the Cooperage last season.
Kavita starts practising for 2013 WC
Long distance runner Kavia Raut,who failed to qualify for the London Olympics,has started practising for next year’s World Athletics Championship in Moscow after returning from Italy.
Kavita,who hails from a small tribal-dominated village Savar Pada near here,told reporters that she did not consider her failure to qualify for the London Games as defeat. She said that she did her best but did not get adequate time to practise in Italy. She said that she has started practising for the World Athletics Championship to be held in Moscow in 2013 and Asian Games in Korea in 2014 at Bhosla military grounds here. Kavita had won a silver and a bronze in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and Asian Games in China.
Kavita,along with Preeja Sreedharan,failed to make the cut for London after they abandoned the 10,000m qualifying event at the FIDAL Piedmont Track Meeting at Santhia,Italy.
Amre new SPG president
Former India batsman Praveen Amre has been elected as the Shivaji Park Gymkhana president,after defeating Umesh Kulkarni by a huge margin. Amre has been actively involved in coaching at SPG for the past decade. The former Mumbai coach and former left-arm spinner Paddy Shivalkar were running a cricket academy at the SPG for nine years before they were sacked last year. There is so much on my mind now. We want SPG to go back to its glory days. We have produced cricketers in the past and want it to continue, Amre said.
Catholic Gym on a roll
Catholic Gymkhana continued their good run as they registered their second successive win defeating Shree Sai Dindee Mandal 2-0 in a Division III match of the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) League at the St Xaviers ground,Parel on Monday.
After a barren first half,the young Gymkhana side struck through Shane Verghese and Rufus Vedanayagamy to clinch their win and collect all the three points. In another encounter,Sterkem Pharma overcame White Village by a solitary goal scored by Wahid Shaikh in the second half.
Sporting Options,meanwhile,thrashed LIC 4-0,with Mariano A,Kenneth Chung,Nikiliesh Bitwala and Paritosh Gohil scoring a goal each.
Results: Div-III: Catholic Gymkhana 2 (Shane Verghese,Rufus Vedanayagamy) bt Shree Sai Dindee Mandal 0; Sporting Options 4 (Mariano A,Kenneth Chung,Nikilesh Bitwala,Paritosh Gohil) bt LIC 0; Sterkem Pharma 1 (Wahid Shaikh) bt White Village 0.
Toheed leaves it late for All Stars
Toheed Khans long range strike,which came late in the day,enabled All Stars FC to snatch a 1-0 win against Theresians SC in a league match of the 9th Bandra West Football League conducted by the Bandra West Football Association under the auspices of the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) and played at the Dr Norman Lewis Supari Talao municipal grounds.
In another match,Sea View SC were held to a 1-1 draw by Classico FC. After a goalless first half,Clement DSilva struck for Sea View in the 37th minute of play while Keenan Burroughs scored in the 48th minute for Classico to level terms.
Results: All Stars FC 1 (Toheed Khan) bt Theresians SC 0; Sea View SC 1 (Clement DSilva) drew with Classico FC 1 (Keenan Burroughs); A K Chimbai 5 (Subodh Khandagle 2,Kenrick Pereira 2,Titus Utankar) bt Zears FC 0.
Mane picks medals
Nine-year-old Vinit Mane of Vibgyor High School,Goregaon (West) picked a rich haul of three gold and one bronze medals at the 29th Sub-junior National Aquatic Championships held recently at Rajkot. Apart from a gold medal in 50 m breast stroke,the Class 5 lad was also part of the 4X50 freestyle and medley races as well as picking a bronze in the freestyle event. Mane is coached by Ravindra Dhuri and trains at the Goregaon Sports Club. Vinit started with a clutch of medals at the district and state level,and then found success at the sub-junior nationals.