D’Souza powers Apex Challenger into final
Apex Challenger entered the final of the RWITC-Chaganbai Dayalal Oswal inter-club snooker team championship after a 2-0 win over Poona Club ‘B’ in Friday’s first semi-final. Rovin D’Souza got the Mumbai-based Apex Challenger team off to a great start,winning his singles match against Jamshed Garda 86-39,65-28,58-32,55-22,with a break of 41 in the second frame. In the doubles,Dsouza and Anand Raghuvanshi scored a 62-17,62-53,82-49 win over Jamshed Garda and Kumar Shinde.
Quarterfinals: Poona Club ‘B’ beat Tables 2-1 (Jamshed Garda lost to Jaydeep Deshpande 64-29,40-68,55-66,49-35,14-59; Kumar Shinde/Jamshed Garda bt Ninad Ghag/Jaydeep Deshpande 57-44,24-56,57-11; Kumar Shinde beat Ninad Ghag 60-28,65-36,57-37).
Green Baize beat BSAM 2-1 (Gaurav Jaysighani beat Abhijit Ranade 63-29,41-68,60-21,70-35; Gaurav Jaysinghani/Sushant Khade lost to Abhijit Ranade/Pravin Shewale 33-47,54-73; Sushant Khade beat Pravin Shewale 39-38,21-59,86-6,40-18).
Semifinals: Apex Challenger beat Poona Club ‘B’ 2-0 (Rovin Dsouza beat Jamshed Garda 86-39,65(41)-28,58-32,55-22; Rovin Dsouza/Anand Raghuvanshi beat Jamshed Garda/Kumar Shinde 62-17,62-53,82-49).
PDAA felicitates world junior athletes
The Pune District Athletic Association (PDAA),on Friday,felicitated three athletes from the city who will travel to Barcelona as part of the 15-member Indian team for the World Junior Athletic Championships,to be held from July 10 to 15. The athletes are 400m hurdler Durgesh Kumar Pal,5000m and 10,000m runner Rahul Kumar Pal and javelin thrower Rajesh Kumar Bind,all of whom train at the Army Sports Institute under coach KS Ajimon.
“You must win medals for India at Barcelona,but don’t stop there. You should aim for medals at the 2020 Olympics and start preparing for it now,” said PDAA president Atul Chordiya at the event. “The PDAA will help all of you achieve that dream. We are planning a junior coaching scheme under ex-Olympian Balkrishna Akotakar and international coaches Ram Bhagwat,UL Sainy,Gurbanj Kaur and Patankar. We will try to help juniors in getting sponsorship and training abroad.” Chordiya said that the three Pune athletes were capable of matching Olympic standards.
“Durgesh Kumar missed the London Olympic qualifying standard by 1 second. Rahul Kumar also missed by a small margin. If they get trained by foreign coaches like Sudha Singh and Kavita Raut did in Kenya,I am sure they would have been in London. Now,PDAA will have to take the lead to provide them the best training possible.”
Katraj to Sinhagad monsoon race on July 27
The National Education Foundation (NEF) will conduct the tenth edition of the Katraj to Sinhagad monsoon night adventure race,exclusively for collegians,on July 27. The race,which will be flagged off at 7 pm,will start at the top of the old Katraj tunnel and finish at Tilak Bungalow on Sinhgad Mountain the next morning. Teams will be divided into all-girls collegian,all-girls collegiate,inter-collegian-mix and inter-collegiate mix. The mixed teams,of three members each,will have to include at least one girl. The NEF are expecting around 300 teams (900 participants) from 50 colleges from Pune,Mumbai,Nasik,Satara,Kolhapur,Baramati,Saswad,Pimpri-Chinchawad and Lonavala. The top teams stand to win cash prizes worth up to Rs 75,000. Participants can register online at http://www.enduro3.com. The last date for registration is July 20.