Sports Infront by Anchal_Kakroo


									                                   Sports Infront
                                                       ………..…….Step into the World of Sports
For in-house circulation only. A project by the students of Pioneer Media School BJ-IV        Volume-I               Edition-I           Date– 15/ 03/2010

Hockey WC and Glory goes to Australia                                                          IPL 3: Are you ready?
                                                                                               By Nisheeth Upadhyay              IPL is also bound to go a
                                                                                                                                 step further in terms of
                                                                                                   Bored out of your wits?       viewership and popular-
                                                                                                   Worry not. The Indian Pre-    ity, even with the resid-
                                                                                                   mier League T20-2010          ual inhibitions of reces-
                                                                                                   popularly dubbed as the       sion. More than 3 million
                                                                                                   “Baap of Manoranjan” is       dollars have been spent
                                                                                                   coming to sweep you off       on the auction of 13
                                                                                                   your feet.                    players which also goes
                                                                                                   The conceptual T20 For-       on to show that the event
                                                                                                   mat, resonating in the        has come clean of the
                                                                                                   cricketing corridors since    economic meltdown.
                                                                                                   2005, could not have been     IPL, which promises 45
                                                                                                   better materialized than in   days of star-studded non-
                                                                                                   its Indian version, the IPL.  stop fun, was a brain-
                                                                                                   The second season of the      child of the Board of
                                                                                                   mega event is set to tell     Cricket Control in India.
                                                                                                   success tales of the T20      Reassuring the Board’s
                                                                                                   version with the zealous      faith in their potential
                                                                                                   participation of eight crick- and taking advantage of
                                                                                                   eting nations come March.     a win-win situation, the
                                                                                                   Round three of the Kerry      Indian players in Deccan
Australian team celebrates their victory over Germany to lift the World Cup trophy
                                                                            Continue on Page 2     Packer-ish disposition in     Chargers stayed away
                                                                                                   International cricket, the    from their dreaded lax
                                                                                                   Indian Premiere League-3      deportment and contrib-
Shady future for Indian Sports                                                                     is scheduled to commence      uted to the team’s win in
By Anchal Kakroo                   banks upon.                      through their perform-         on March 12, 2010. Partici-   the second season of the
                                   “NO-Support towards              ances. On the other had        pants from across the globe   IPL Tournament.
In 1950 India withdrew its Sports or Sportspersons”, Anbhinav clearly said that will compete to bag a US$                        Although the home
team from the Soccer               seem to be a policy of the the reason why he was be- 1.05 million prize-money                 ground goody will play
World Cup held in Brazil. Indian Government. It                     ing dropped was because        and the DLF IPL title         in favour of the team
The decision was not be-           came as no shock that Ab- he was not attending regu- which will be given out at               with maximum Indian
cause of any politics but          hinav Bindra Gold Medal- lar trials of NRAI.                    the end of 45 days full of    cricketers, the deadly
because of lack of re-             ist, Shooter wants to quit       The whole setup now            stress, flying tempers, and   combination of master
sources. India’s national          his game. National Rifles        seems to be a farce. A         cutthroat competition.        players from across the
game Hockey is in no bet- Association of India Gen- player who not only got his Capitalizing on the success                      world can never be ig-
ter condition with the play- eral Secretary Baljit Shethi
                                                                    country a Gold Medal but of the first two seasons,           nored.
ers going on a strike. The         said, "The selection of
other field India excelled         shooters was based on rec- has been one of the high               Developments ahead of the series:
was cricket but shadows            ommendation from NRAI performers is being
can be seen over the game where Abhinav Bindra was dropped. It no more re-                            A US$7 million limit was maintained at the auc-
in presence of questions           not considered purposely         mains a conflict of ideas or         tion held on 19th January.
raised over the bad pitch in for two reasons. Firstly, his convictions but now might  The fielding captain can now take a 2.5 minute
Firosha Kotla stadium.             expectation was too high         just have taken the shape of         strategic time out between the 6th and 10th overs
                                   and secondly he was enjoy-                                            and the batsmen can take a 2.5 minute strategic
                                                                    an Ego Battle between                time out between the 11th and 16th overs.
Tennis is another field            ing support from other
where India saw some hope quarters".                                NRAI and Abhinav Bindra.  Indian Premier League will be using the resources
but due to the lack of             It is good that the NRAI         No matter who wins this              of ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit for
proper resources it took           wants to create standards        battle, Indians will lose this       the smooth organization of matches.
almost a decade to have a but it’s not possible for all war. It’s just going to result  All players were required to obtain NOCs from
player replaces and repre- shooters to be placed in the in one thing, more and                           their respective countries for IPL 3.
sent India after Leander           same class as some have          more talent hidden in India       Icon player category has been.
Paes. Badminton and                just began their career                                            will air all IPL matches online.
shooting are one of the last while shooters like Bindra is going to be suppressed                     Sigma has acquired mobile application rights for
remaining hopes on which and Rathore have proved                    and left with no opportuni-                                       Continued on Page 3
every Indian sports lover          their skill and worth            ties to excel.
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                                  Hockey World Cup 2010
Germany lost, Aussies the new World Champion won by 2-1
By Anchal Kakroo             Edward Ockenden had put
                             the Kookaburras ahead in
It was in 1986 when the      the 6th minute and Moritz
last time Australia had      Furste drew level for Ger-
lifted the World Coup tro-
phy for hockey and since     many in the 48th. Doerner's
then it was a long wait      eighth goal in the tourna-
which ended by their vic- ment made him the joint
tory over Germany to yet     leading scorer with another
again lift the title in 2010 penalty corner specialist
world cup after 24 years.    Taeke Taekema of the
Power-packed Australia
proved third time lucky as
they won the hockey World German captain Max Mul-
Cup with a 2-1 win over      ler said the penalty corners
defending champions Ger- proved decisive.
many.                        The Netherlands, mean-
 Luke Doerner scored the     while, won the bronze
winning penalty corner 11 medal with a 4-3 win over
minutes from the end after England earlier.                    A well deserved win for the Australian win to lift the World Cup title

Hockey World Cup 2010: A tale to tell
By Somalya Shantikari           the players back on the      balanced team but also had       qualifiers. Winners of the      last of 12 nations to qualify
                                field. Putting the off-      in their ranks 2006 FIH          African Nations Cup,            for the event, by emerging
The gala event of world         field issues aside, the      Young Player of the Year         South Africa were the           victorious in the third and
hockey was being held in        World Cup in New             Christopher Zeller. Eng-         lowest ranked team in           final World Cup qualifier.
India after a gap of 28         Delhi, which started on      land came into the event         the tournament and have              Eight-time Olympic
years and the day Interna-      February 28, promised to     ranked sixth in the world        modest hopes from the           champions India have the
tional Hockey Federation        be a spectacular event       and was confident of mak-        tournament. Netherlands         ability to topple any team
(FIH) awarded the 2010          where millions of hockey     ing into the last four de-       were three time winners         on their day. A formidable
World Cup to India, it was      fans had the opportunity     spite having a tough group       of the World Cup, an            forward line and an experi-
hoped that the high-profile     of witnessing an extrava-    draw which included Aus-         achievement that ranks          enced midfield are the
event would rekindle inter-     ganza, filled with exhila-   tralia, Spain, Pakistan, In-     second only to Pakistan's       strengths of the home team.
est in the ailing national      rating end to end action     dia and South Africa. Ac-        four triumphs. The Dutch        However, lack of a genuine
sport. However, off-field       of skillful stickwork by     cording to many experts,         have in their ranks three       full-back and the habit of
controversies have made         the czars of world           Spain is the dark horse for      times FIH Player of the         conceding late goals is
more news rather than the       hockey. Australia was        this year’s World Cup and        Year, Teun de Nooijer,          something that the Indian
preparations of the national    the favorites to lift the    they are not short of title      who participated in his         team had to work hard on.
team. Strangely, the World      World Cup and looked to      pedigree. They had won the       fifth World Cup. Paki-          The absence of veteran
Cup was conducted with-         make amends after los-       2004 Champions Trophy            stan, record four-time          defender Dilip Tirkey was
out an elected national         ing to Germany in the        and the 2005 European            World Cup champion,             also a worry for the Men in
hockey federation in place.     previous edition in a hard   Championship.                    were out to prove a point       Blue. Hockey fans across
On top of that, the national    fought final. Besides               Though they have not      as they have not finished       the country were eager to
players went on a protest       having some talented         won a major competition,         among the top four of the       see how the players per-
strike against non-payment      players in their ranks, it   South Korea is among the         World Cup or the Olym-          form under the tutelage of
of dues during the pre-         also has master tactician    most dangerous opponents         pic Games since winning         Spaniard Jose Brasa and
World Cup camp in Pune          Ric Charlesworth as          to any side in the world         the 1994 World Cup in           whether they were able to
less than two months be-        coach. Reigning Olym-        today and was the runners-       Sydney. They were to            implement his inputs in the
fore the big event. These       pic champions and two        up in the 1999 Champions         open their World Cup            field. Players like Sandeep
conditions were hardly          time defending world         Trophy and the 2000 Syd-         campaign against arch-          Singh, Diwakar Ram, Ra-
conducive for a team,           champions Germany            ney Olympic Games.               rivals India. Canada            jpal Singh and Adrian
which was aiming for a top      would go all out to be-      New Zealand made the             qualified for the World         D’Souza were looking for
four finish. Finally, it took   come the first nation to     grade for the 2010 World         Cup by defeating United         an impressive show and
a national outcry, some         win the World Cup three      Cup by defeating Malaysia        States in the final of the      make up for their failure to
hard bargaining and Rs 1        times in a row. Germany      2-1 in the final of the sec-     2009 Pan American Cup.          qualify for the 2008 Beijing
crore from sponsors to get      not only boasted of a        ond out of three World Cup       Argentina became the            Olympics.
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                                 ………. A religion a passion
  IPL-3 Auction: which player was bought and who was left.
  By Nisheeth Upadhyay                                                                                                       Ashok Menaria – Royal Challeng-
                                                                                                                             ers Bangalore
  IPL 2010 Auction Results:                                                                                                  Unsold Players:
  Kieron Pollard – Mumbai Indians- Rs 3.41 crore                                                                             Daren Ganga, Shakib-ul-Hasan,
  Wayne Parnell – Delhi Daredevils- Rs 2.78 crores                                                                           Doug Bollinger, Sohail Tanvir,
  Shane Bond – Kolkata Knight Riders- Rs 3.41 crore                                                                          Kamran Akmal, Justin Kemp,
  Kemar Roach – Deccan Chargers- Rs 3.28 crore                                                                                 Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chamara
  Eoin Morgan Royal Challengers - Rs 1.02 crore                                                                                Silva, Tim Bresnan, Imran Nazir,
  Damien Martyn – Rajasthan Royals- Rs 45.5 lakh                                                                               Phillip Huges, Wavell Hinds,
  Thisara Perera – Chennai Super Kings- Rs 22.7 lakh                                                                           Lendl Simmons, Umar Akmal,
  Yousuf Abdullah – Kings XI Punjab- Rs 3.41 crore                                                                             Upul Thranga, and Jonathan
  Mohammad Kaif – Kings XI Punjab- Rs 1.14 crore                                                                               Trott.
  Adam Voges – Rajasthan Royals- Rs 22.7 lakh
  Justin Kemp – Chennai Super Kings- Rs 45 lakh                                                                                 Cricket, as they say, is a game
  Harshad Patel – Mumbai Indians                     Who was sold for how much at the IPL Acutions?                             full of unpredictability. All the
                                                                                                                             facts and figures taken together
                                                                                                                             can never account for the amount
NUMERO UNO IN TESTS                                                                                                          of passion and sensation flowing
                                                                                                                             free when a game is in action.
By Soumalya Shantikari.         bowlers have often la-        ball like an errant scatter-    plan as the Fab Three          Making predictions and analysis
                                boured on surfaces that       gun. But the lanky Delhiite     (Sachin, Dravid and Lax-       thus, is just a way to count down
 India retained its pole po-    are batsman friendly.         persevered to shift two         man) will soon call it a       the days devoid of real action. The
sition in the Test rankings     However, this isn’t a         tailenders,         including   day. The youngsters,           Indian Premiere League has al-
after defeating South Af-       problem limited to India.     Wayne Parnell, when it          who will be groomed to         ready proved its qualitative poten-
rica in the second test by an   Most sides struggle when      appeared as if the left-        replace them in due            tial in the first two seasons and the
innings and 57 runs amidst      their bowlers have been       hander would stay forever       course of time, should         cricket-frenzy can do nothing but
                                                                                                                             wait to experience 45 days full of
in a scintillating finish in    disarmed. But the best        with Hashim Amla.               not be burdened by com-
                                                                                                                             entertainment, passion and excite-
the second Test at probably     bowlers find ways to fox            Spinners        require   parison. Lastly, Dhoni’s       ment.
the most vociferous cricket     batsmen. A big part of        greater attention. Amit         evolution as a Test bats-
stadium in the world- Eden      the problem in the first      Mishra is the sort of bowler    man has ensured an all-
                                                                                                                             to bring a wicket with a bowl-
Gardens. There have been        Test against the Proteas      every captain desires but he    round batsman at seven,
                                                                                                                             ing change. Sterner chal-
quibbles that India has not     in Nagpur was that both       needs to be more prolific       a batsman that can de-
                                                                                                                             lenges lie ahead and Dhoni &
steamrolled opposition the      Zaheer Khan and Ishant        and produce more wicket         cide the context of the        Co should focus on the grey
way West Indies sides of        Sharma were unable to         taking deliveries. Then,        game. He’s known for           areas in order to achieve
the 70’s and early 80’s or      bowl reverse swing. Re-       comes the case of the Tur-      his innovative ideas on        greater success.
the Australian sides in the     verse swing had played a      banator- Harbhajan Singh.       the field and often seems
recent past have. But in the    big part in the home se-      His strike rate has dropped
end what matters is that        ries triumph against Aus-     alarmingly and has not
India has finally managed       tralia in 2008. Reverse       been able to torment bats-
to reach the pinnacle of the    swing didn’t play a part      men as consistently as he
sport in the original format    in the second Test at         used to do it five years ago.
of the game.                    Kolkata as well, but both     Can the spell in Kolkata
         India’s ascendancy     pacers found penetration      spark a return to his best
in Test cricket is the result   by other means. They          days, or will it, like the
of its powerful and experi-     unsettled the South Afri-     feats in Galle (2008) and
enced        batting line up,   can batsmen with short        Hamilton (2009), remain a
which has covered up for        deliveries and found suc-     defining         achievement
often erratic bowling per-      cess. Zaheer sustained a      rather than a knock - on
formances and lapses in the     muscle strain and was         effect? When it comes to
catching department. Vic-       unable to bowl more than      batting, India has the best
tories notched up by In-        six overs, Ishant was         opening pair in the world in
dia’s Test brigade on for-      struggling to make in-        Virender Sehwag and Gau-
eign soil is an indicator of    roads into the South Af-      tam Gambhir and they will
the fact that batsmen have      rican batting line - up.      serve Indian Cricket for at
stood up to the task by set-    There were moments            least for the next four to
ting up huge totals for the     when he seemed to lose        five years. But the middle      The India Team celebrating their No.1 test team spot
bowlers to defend. Indian       it altogether, spraying the   order needs a succession
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                           ………. A religion a passion
Cash cow or cesspit?
By G.Janani                                                                                                       $1billion and another
                                                                                                                  that necessitated winners
Nothing lasts forever. Not                                                                                        to deposit a bank guar-
‘trial by media’ not ‘sting                                                                                       antee of $100 million.
operations’ and as Lalit                                                                                          But they stuck to the
Modi discovered at the                                                                                            base price of $225 mil-
cost of his over optimism,                                                                                        lion for grant.
not even the money-                                                                                               A syndicate of Bolly-
spinning IPL. For his ef-                                                                                         wood superstars Saif Ali
forts in trying to auction                                                                                        Khan, Kareena Kapoor
the two new IPL teams at
                                                                                                                  and her sister Karisma,
a base price of $225 mil-
lion that is almost double                                                                                        Panchshil group of in-
the costliest Indian team,                                                                                        dustries and Venugopal
failed to draw sufficient                                                                                         Dhoot - owner of elec-
interested parties. Why      were received in the auc- the teams.                                                 tronics manufacturer
only three of the ten com- tioning were returned          Add to this the pressure of                             Videocon, were bidding
panies that picked up the without being opened,           expiry in ownership li-      The primary concern was,
                                                                                                                  for the Pune team.
tender documents had         several prospective buyers cence at the end of ten        however cited to be that
                             voiced their criticism.      years and it is understand- some clauses were too       Adani Group was eyeing
submitted their bid and
this compelled the govern- They said the bid terms        able why investors worry stringent and appeared to Ahmedabad and Jaypee
ing body to shift the entire offered little room for      over feasibility of returns. favour a select few. Apro- Group for an undis-
                        st   making money as the re- Already it is estimated           pos this setback the gov- closed venue. The fracas
bidding process to 21
March 2010.                  turns were not more that     that profits would fall      erning council removed     was over the cities:
                             0.5% to 1%. Makes sense from 80% to 70% and               two of these seemingly     Pune, Ahmedabad, Nag-
Notwithstanding Modi’s too as increase of teams           what with imminent plans antagonistic clauses, one
                                                                                                                  pur, Kanpur, Dharam-
repeated assurances that     would translate into fall in of expansion to 12 fran-     that required potential
the base price was not the portion of TV revenue that chises, they would earn          franchise holders to dem- sala, Vizag, Rajkot, Cut-
issue and that the bids that is to be shared amongst      lesser with time.            onstrate a net worth of    tack, Baroda, Kochi,

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                    Formula 1…………..
                                   ……..The world of F1 Racing
   Anticipations redline for the new F1 season
By Binayak Dasgupta           partner; Mercedes after       Ross Brawn roped in a           boasts of two recent world       ning streak, will go up
                              the team displayed a phe-     seemingly restless-to-race      champions in an all-             against him in a team
With the first grand prix     nomenal championship-         Michael Schumacher to           British line up while Fer-       that was once the fiery
in Bahrain just around the    winning performance in        take things forward.            rari has former world            German’s home.
corner, the excitement        its debut last year. Riding   Schumacher’s       primary      champion         Fernando        While the preseason
surrounding this year’s       high on that success and      worries are the red and the     Alonso and Felipe Massa.         testing sessions foretell
Formula 1 season has be-      with the financial muscle     silver cars on the grid –       It is almost ironical that       a close fight between the
come an almost ear-           the acquisition brought       the Ferraris and the            Alonso, the person who           big three (Mercedes,
splitting crescendo in the    with it, team Principal       McLarens.         McLaren       ended Schumacher’s win-          McLaren and Ferrari),
media and amongst the                                                                                                        the Ferraris of Alonso
fans.                                                                                                                        and Massa have had an
The 2010 season is being                                                                                                     edge on their rivals.
hailed as the year of the                                                                                                    However, there are liter-
battle of the champions.                                                                                                     ally a plethora of rea-
The return of seven-time                                                                                                     sons why what seems
world champion Michael                                                                                                       predictable now might
Schumacher, into the                                                                                                         go up in fumes in a few
midst of three young and                                                                                                     weeks down the line.
charging        champions                                                                                                    The most prominent of
promises a spectacle that                                                                                                    them are the sweeping
is expected to outdo the                                                                                                     rule changes, a new
thrills and twists that the                                                                                                  scoring system and the
preceding two seasons had                                                                                                    inclusions of three new
delivered.                                                                                                                   teams which are ex-
The Brawn GP team was                                                                                                        pected to change the
brought by German car         Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button.                         contours of the sport
giant and former McLaren                                                                                                     drastically.

Winner gets most
By Binyak Dasgupta            Canada makes its return to    had become a sport which
                              the calendar. Also, the       made more headlines for
Not only has the govern-      grid will feature three new   off-the-track      incidents.
ing body of the sport         teams which include Vir-      Now with these rule
rolled back a tighter point   gin Racing, HRT Racing        changes and tighter com-
scoring system which was      and Lotus F1. All the         petition assuring an un-
put in place to stub          three teams have a fair       precedented spectacle on
Schumacher and Ferrari’s      amount of buzz surround-      the circuit, the sport can
fierce dominance back in      ing them. Especially HRT      return to its roots of rac-
the day but has also          which will have the only      ing rather than glamour
walked the extra mile to      second Indian driver in       and controversies.
make the race winner take     F1, Karun Chandhok and        Above all the things it is
a bigger share of the         Formula 1 legend Ayrton       expected to be, 2010 is a
points pie than the runner    Senna’s nephew, Bruno         season of hope for the           Low-fuel qualifying, returns this year
ups. The 2010 system will     Senna, taking the wheels.
                                                            fastest sport in the world.
see 25 points for first, 18   Fortunately, the fever
for second, with third re-    pitch that the hype is
ceiving 15, 12 for fourth     reaching is helping the       Longer, Heavier and More Fuel Efficient
and then ten, eight, six,     sport lose the skeletons it   For the first time since        use of each drop they         can come into the pits is
four, two, and one for        had in its closet following   1993, in-race refuelling        carry and can handle the      to change their tyres –
tenth place.                  the spate of controversies.   is banned for teams. This       varying physical dynam-       something that will re-
This year’s grid will make    From       the     McLaren
                                                            has meant that teams            ics stably as the car be-     quire a complete over-
formations 19 times in        “Liegate” to Renault’s
different circuits across     “Crashgate” and the ugly      have to now make cars           comes lighter with each       haul of how strategies are
the world. South Korea        showdown between Max          that have large enough          lap. The only time cars       made.
makes its debut while         Mosley and the teams, F1      fuel tanks, make better
                                                       Page 5
                  Straight from….
                    ..…. Editor’s desk
Chapter: Common Wealth Games
By Latika Arora                ton, Ontario, Canada. Since     comprise of these Common        Master plans have been         dium, Siri Fort Sports
                               then, the Common Wealth         Wealth Games are Cycling,       made to improve Delhi’s        Complex along with a
The Common Wealth              Games are held in every         Netball, Rugby, Weightlift-     face which includes 10 new     number of newly con-
Games are organised by the     four years except in 1942       ing, Shooting, Squash, Ta-      flyover projects, there are    structed stadiums in
Commonwealth Games             and 1946 due to World           ble Tennis, Aquatics, Ath-      plans to increase the green    Delhi University and
Federation (CGF), a union      War II. Conducted in many       letics, Gymnastics,             stretches along the road       other places. An entire
of around 70 countries:        other Commonwealth Na-          Hockey, Badminton, Bas-         sides and flyovers. A num-     Games Village is coming
Asia, Africa, America,         tions like London, Sydney,      ketball, Bowls, Boxing and      ber of stadiums are being      up in Noida which will
Europe, Carribean and          Aukland and Kuala Lum-          Triathlon. India took over      built and renovated for the    be the main venue for
Oceania. Common wealth         pur; the latest Common-         the Commonwealth flag           game venues. Delhi’s pub-      most of the gaming
games also strengthening       wealth Games were organ-        from Melbourne on the           lic transport facilities are   events.
the harmonious mutual          ised at Manchester, London      closing ceremony of 2006        also being developed to
relations between the Com-     in 2002. The event will         Commonwealth Games,             improve the city’s messy       A new state-of-the-art
monwealth countries. The       shoot India into the lime-      since then it has been gear-    transport condition. The       Games Village is being
three foundation principles    light for being the second      ing up to meet the interna-     Commonwealth Games             built by the Delhi Devel-
of the Common Wealth           Asian nation after Malay-       tional standards for holding    2010, costing a sum of         opment Authority (DDA)
Games Federation are: Hu-      sia, to host the games.         such a grand event. Host-                                      with a focus on maximiz-
manity, Equality and Des-                                                                                                     ing athlete comfort. The
tiny! These are the parame-                                                                                                   site is off the National
ters held responsible by the                                                                                                  Highway 24 adjacent to
Commonwealth Games                                                                                                            the Akshardham temple
Federation for every mo-                                                                                                      at the Noida intersection.
mentous decision taken                                                                                                        To be created at a cost of
within the federation.                                                                                                        USD 230.7 million
                                                                                                                              (including Residential
To improve the standard of                                                                                                    Zone), the Games Vil-
living of the residents and                                                                                                   lage will be spread over
the societal norms; the                                                                                                       an area of 63.5 hectare
Commonwealth Games                                                                                                            (158.4 acre).
Federation is also a sup-                                                                                                     Surrounded with a dense
porter of education and                                                                                                       green natural cover, the
awareness via sports and                                                                                                      Village will provide a
recreation. The distinguish-
                                                                                                                              relaxing and soothing
ing feature of the Common
Wealth Games is, its for-                                                                                                     environment for the ath-
mation based on history, as                                                                                                   letes and officials. This
compared to the geo-           Delhi, the capital of the       ing such an event is a mat-     Rs.5,165 crores, will be       integrated township will
graphic and climatic fac-      biggest democracy in the        ter of great pride for India    bringing tens of thousands     have stadiums that will
tors responsible for the       world, is the city which has    as well as Delhi. Delhi won     of visitors. The only time     hold sports events. It will
formation of other world       been honored with this          this golden chance of host-     when Delhi saw so many
                                                                                                                              also have residential
sport associations. It also    opportunity to host the         ing the games by defeating      foreigners in the city was
bags the honour of being       world’s 3rd largest sporting    22 other contesting nations     in 1982, during the Asiad      complexes to provide
the only Games Federation      event.                          by 46 votes. Such an event      games.                         accommodations to par-
that has a common lan-         The last or recent Com-         would not only bring fame       Te venues for the sporting     ticipants, staff and volun-
guage for conversation i.e.    monwealth Games were            and glory to the city.          events will be spread all      teers. The site will be
English. For this reason,      conducted between 15-26         The prime concern of Delhi      across the city. The events    ready by the end of next
the Commonwealth Games         March 2006; in Melbourne,       government has been to          will be Rugby, Weightlift-     year. Within its immedi-
have also been coined as       Australia, the capital of       develop infrastructure of       ing, Squash, Table Tennis,
                               Victoria state and the sec-     the city to host the 2010       Aquatics, Athletics, Gym-      ate vicinity exist interna-
"Friendly Games", and
thus; have been a source of    ond largest city of the Kan-    Commonwealth Games.             nastics, Hockey, Badmin-       tionally known monu-
inspiration amongst the        garoo Continent. India will     Delhi has been working on       ton, Basketball, Boxing        ments and landmarks
Youth of the Common-           also be hosting the Com-        it for five years now, by the   and Triathlon. The events      like the Bahai Temple,
wealth Nations, to excel in    mon Wealth Games for the        end of 2009, Delhi aims at      will be taking place in the    Humayun’s Tomb,
games and sports. The first    first time and Asia for the     becoming a world class          already existing outdoor       Akshardham Temple etc.
Common Wealth Games            second time; in 2010, in        city with excellent infra-      and indoor stadiums like
(1930) were held in Hamil-     Delhi, the capital city of      structure along with trans-     Indira Gandhi Indoor Com-
                               India. The sports that will     port and gaming facilities.     plex, Talkatora Indoor sta-
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                                     ……Game with life
A Real Conquest, Barcą ready for challenge
By G. Janani                                                                                                              Nothing has changed in
                                                                                                                          terms of chances but
Real Madrid gave an elec-                                                                                                 everything has changed
trifying performance
                                                                                                                          in terms of attitude. True,
against Seville where they
recuperated from a trail of                                                                                               Real will still have to
2-0 to win the match by 3-                                                                                                beat Barcelona to clinch
2. Subsequently they took                                                                                                 the trophy but the fact
over Spanish league top                                                                                                   that it has re-entered the
spot on goal difference                                                                                                   battle field as a worthy
from Barcelona for the first
                                                                                                                          opponent is only thanks
time in weeks.               Dragutinovic that caught         when the crowds grew       two super performers from
                             out Real keeper Iker Casil-      weary of impatience, in thethe rest of the clubs as Va-     to this development.
Match stats                  las. But then Real struck        very last minute Van der   lencia at number three           Meanwhile, Barcelona
At tenth minute into the     back twice in the next 4         Vaart’s winning shot took  stands with only 46 points.      themselves remain unaf-
second half, even the ar-    minutes and changed the                                     With 13 games to go it is
                                                              the tally up to 3-2 and Real                                fected. Only recently
dent sports buff could have course of events. A de-           Madrid won.                highly unlikely that any         Barça defender Gabriel
sworn Real Madrid were       flected pass from Marcelo                                   team would slip up, so we        Milito confidently said
about to drop three points. reached Cristiano Ronaldo         La Liga standings          can safely hope for a tight
                                                                                                                          that the team continues
For Sevilla’s early domina- who scored the first of           Post Barça’s 2-2 draw with final between Real Madrid
tion of the game was evi- these goals at the 60th min-        Almeria, Real Madrid and and Barcelona.                     to believe that it is possi-
dent in the 9th minute own- ute and Sergio Ramos lev-         FC Barcelona are both tied                                  ble for them to win La
goal from Xabi Alonso and elled the scores heading in         up with 62 points each. A Title fight                       Liga. Let us hope they do
a later free-kick from Ivica a corner in the 64th. Just       good 16 point separate the                                  not underestimate them.

 FIFA WC’10: Teams, Fans and Hosts get ready for the biggest event

   World Cup teams in their Groups                               Fixtures for the Cup Matches

By Nisheet Upadhyay            beginning of the FIFA          Africa is getting all ready     Arrangements are made     only for the event. Ar-
                               World Cup in South Af-         for this huge event and        to ensure smooth func-     rangements are made to
In just 88 days the world      rica. A month long event       promises to present a          tioning of the event and   accommodate the fans in
will witness yet another       would showcase some of         show which would live          also for the security of   the best possible hotels
extravagant event. 11th        the best football talents of   forever in the hearts of       teams and thousands of     with affordable prices.
June 2010 will mark the        the world. The Host South      millions of football fans.     fans who will be coming
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                                             Tennis and Table Tennis
Davis Cup: A Bitter Sweet Experience
By G. Janani                   game. Kunitsyn straight-         they toyed the Russian
                               away seized this chance          duo with deft strokes and
India’s performance in the     and turned the match             finished the game with an
Davis Cup is a classic         around by winning the            impressive 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
case of letting opportuni-     second set in the tie-           triumph. The effortless
ties slip through your fin-    breaker. His smart net           display of first-rate tennis
gers. For despite Nikolay      play and powerful shots          won them their 24th
Davydenko and Igor An-         did the rest as he clinched      straight victory and con-
dreev’s withdrawal, the        a 6-7(6), 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-4       tributed to Paes and Bhu-
injury-hit Russia trounced     win over Devvarman.              pati’s unbeaten record of
us by 3-2 in the world         Meanwhile, it took an            not having lost a single
group ties. In the wake of     hour and 42 minutes for          Davis Cup doubles rubber
this loss, India will have     world no. 13 Mikhail             as a team after 1996.
to perform in the Septem-      Youzhny to make mince-           Reverse Singles
ber play-offs if it wants to   meat out of Devvarman’s          Mikhail Youzhny had a            Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes celebrating their win
remain a part of the world     compatriot Rohan                 field day with Devvarman
group.                         Bopanna in the other sin-        at his mercy in the first of     setpoint in the 10th game      Even so Indian rankings
Singles                        gles match. Youzhny’s            the reverse single               and one more in the tie-       improved. Somdev Dev-
The hero behind India's        deadly strike power se-          matches. He wore out the         break, but eventually fin-     varman went up seven
entry into the World           cured for him a comfort-         Indian with umpteen drop         ished with an impressive
                                                                                                                                places to 121st spot in
Group after 12 years,          able 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 victory       shots and directed the           volley. Even with his lim-
Somdev Devvarman, him-         over Bopanna.                    course of the game which         ited experience of playing     the latest ATP singles
self laid the foundation for   Doubles                          he eventually won by 6-2,        just two singles matches       rankings. Rohan
its ousting by losing the      Leander Paes and Mahesh          6-1, 6-3. Rohan Bopanna          this season, Bopanna           Bopanna also climbed
first rubber to Igor Kunit-    Bhupathi saved us from an        was obviously not one            served and volleyed with       up 26 rungs to re-enter
syn in the singles match.      embarrassing finish by           who goes without a fight         the confidence of a pro.       the top-400 and sits at
The Indian 128th ranker        winning the doubles rub-         and he proved it by win-         He singularly demon-           390. The doubles stand-
won the first set in an ex-    ber over Davis Cup nov-          ning the last dead fifth         strated dexterity in hitting
                               ices Teimuraz Gabashvili                                                                         ing remains unchanged
tended tie-break and had                                        rubber after beating             neat groundstrokes on
attained a break point to      and Igor Kunitsyn. Paes          Teimuraz Gabashvili by 7         both margins.                  with Leander Paes (6)
go up 4-0 in the second set    and Bhupati were a differ-       -6 (5), 6-4. In the first set,   Rankings                       and Mahesh Bhupathi
but lost control of the        ent class altogether for         Bopanna missed out a                                            (8).

Sharath Kamal, Poulomi Bag Top Honours at National Meet
                               and inter-State table ten-       tion of Anirban Nandi and        The women’s final, a           nent. Shamini’s chances
                               nis tournament. This was         Sourav Chakraborty.              clash of two generations,      of defending the title
                               Sharath Kamal’s fifth            Sharath Kamal went about         went the distance. Pou-        started dwindling with
                               National title.                  in a workmanlike fashion         lomi, using all her experi-    her erratic form even as
                               In the women’s final Pou-        demolishing the challenge        ence,     excelled     with    her senior opponent
                               lomi Ghatak dethroned            of Sourav Chakraborty,           flashes    of    brilliance    started gaining in confi-
                               holder Shamini Kumare-           who was playing his third        against her younger oppo-      dence.
                               san in a hard-fought final       final and his second meet-
                               for her sixth National title.    ing with the former in the
                               The success of Sharath           title round. Sourav, hav-
                               Kamal and Poulomi also           ing won the men’s dou-
Sharath Kamal                  emphasised the domi-             bles previously, was un-
By Jatin Sharma                nance of the Petroleum           able to counter the sharp-
                               Sports Promotion Board,          ness and power of Sharath
Achanta Sharath Kamal          which swept all the titles       Kamal.
trounced Sourav Chak-          on offer, except one, in         The course of the encoun-
raborty in a straightfor-      the individual section.          ter became clear in the
ward final to retain the       The only title that eluded       first game itself when top
men’s crown for the            Petroleum was the men’s          seed Sharath Kamal came
fourth straight season in      doubles, which went to           out firing strong returns
the 71st senior National       the West Bengal combina-         on both sides of the table.
                                                                                                 Poulomi Ghatak

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Vancouver Winter Olympics: Canada at Top while Korea, China in Top
By Jatin Sharma            eighth place with 11 med-                                    Japan came tied for 15th       with 30 (10-13-7) and
                           als, the same as in Turin                                    place overall with five        Canada with 26 (14-7-5).
Host nation Canada fin-    2006. But whereas in Tu-                                     medals – three silver and      Korea’s six Gold medals
ished with more Gold than rin, China won only two                                       two bronze while Kazakh-       came from speed skating
anyone else in the history Gold medals, along with                                      stan finished tied for 24th    (3), short track (2) and
of the Winter Games, end- four Silver and five                                          place with one silver          figure skating, while
ing with 14 to Germany's Bronze, this time they                                         medal. The United States       China came out top in
10. The US and Norway took home five Gold med-                                          led the overall medals         short track (4) and figure
both won nine.             als, two Silver and four                                     table with 37 (9-15-13),       skating.
China finished tied for    Bronze.                                                      followed by Germany

By Jatin Sharma             exclusive five-year televi-   In addition, all OneAsia      first year, with most of the   alternative pathway to the
                            sion agreement to show-       tournaments will be cov-      events scheduled in 2010       PGA Tour and the Euro-
Sports broadcaster ESPN case live coverage of             ered on ESS’ news pro-        offering a minimum purse       pean Tour. The OneAsia
STAR Sports has signed a OneAsia events across 24         grammes SportsCenter          of $ 1 million.                season will kick off at the
multi-year regional televi- territories across ESS’       and Score Tonight and         Of the current list of         Luxehills Chengdu Open
sion broadcast partnership regional footprint in 2010.    weekly magazine show          events, ten remain full        in Beijing on 1 April.
with the Asian Tour rival OneAsia currently has 11        Golf Focus.                   field OneAsia tourna-
OneAsia to showcase its tournaments under its             The OneAsia tournament        ments purely for the lead-
new golf tour series. The ambit and this is expected      schedule has grown to 11      ing golfers in the region,
partnership comprises an to increase to 23 by 2014.       confirmed events after its    providing players with an

Asian Badminton Gets a Shot in the Arm
By Jatin Sharma            and Educational institu-       tles, will be delivered to    continents with Badmin-        nity to grow their grass
                           tions project for member       schools through respec-       ton World Federation dur-      root badminton develop-
The Badminton Asia         associations. Under the        tive national associations    ing the development            ment in their country and
Confederation, in a bid    project, basic badminton       - the Badminton Asso-         meeting in Lausanne last       make badminton the num-
to promote badminton in    equipments which include       ciation of India in India’s   September.                     ber one racket sport in all
every part of Asia, has    twelve badminton racquets,     case. The attempt is an       “All member associations       schools,” a BAC media
launched     Badminton     two badminton nets and six     echo to the understand-       are encouraged to take         statement said.
Awareness in Schools       tubes of Yonex Mavis shut-     ing achieved between all      advantage of this opportu-

                                                                          THE TEAM
        EDITOR                                                     Latika Arora
   Anchal Kakroo                                                   G. Janani                                LAYOUT AND DESIGN
                                                                   Somalya Shantikakri                      Anchal Kakroo
                                                                   Binayak Dasgupta
                                                                   Nisheeth Upadhyay
                                  EDITORIAL                        Anchal Kakroo
                              G. Janani                            Prince Raj
                              Somalya Shantikakri
                              Binayak Dasgupta
                              Nisheeth Upadhyay
                              Anchal Kakroo                         PHOTOGRAPHS BY
                                                                   G. Janani                                    PRINTING BY
                                                                   Somalya Shantikakri                      Anchal Kakroo
                                                                   Binayak Dasgupta
                                                                   Nisheeth Upadhyay
                                                                   Anchal Kakroo

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