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[url="http://us.rediff.com/sports/2003/oct/25snook.htm"]Pankaj Advani wins World snooker crown[/url]
Quote:National champion Pankaj Advani beat second seed Saleh Mohammad of Pakistan 11-6 to win the World Snooker Championship in Jiangmen, China, on Saturday.
Quote:Advani, who is Indian's youngest-ever national champion, had beaten fifth seeded Brendan O'Donoghye of Ireland 8-3 in the semi-finals on Friday.

He is only the second Indian to win the prestigious crown after Om Agarwal, who beat Terry Parsons of Wales 11-7 in the 1984 final in Ireland.

:cool :cool :clapping

hey guys,

First indian snooker world champion was my uncle.

Following is the link for the official afro asian games site.


You can find some very nice pictures of the facilities at the link below.


:thumbsup Good show Mr Naidu. :thumbsup

Spectacular show marks Afro-Asiad opening

Amardeep Bhattal

Tribune News Service

Hyderabad, October 24

A spectacular show, unprecedented in the annals of Indian sports, provided the ideal kickstart to the first Afro-Asian Games amidst a riot of colour and pageantry at the GMC Balayogi Stadium here tonight.

The multi-crore budgeted opening ceremony, attended by a host of foreign and Indian dignitaries, with Priyanka Chopra as host, left the massive gathering in the city of pearls spellbound. Spread over two hours, 40 minutes, the ceremony had almost everyting that exists in the realms of excitement. Synchronised pyrotechnics, dazzling lights, lasers, space canons, a multitude of dancers and China's Imperial Circus kept the large gathering on the edge of their seats. The amazing laser show, Son-et-Lumiere, marked the climax.

With Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishan Advani as chief guest, the ceremony started well in time after a breathtaking paradiving show by personnel of the Air Force. Among those present on the dais were the Andhra Pradesh Governor, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, IOA chief Suresh Kalmadi, secretary-general Randhir Singh, and Chairman of the Miniorities Commission Tarlochan Singh. Also present were India's tennis star Leander Paes and film star Sanjay Dutt.

After buglers from the armed forces livened up the proceedings at the far end followed by the National Anthem, three helicopters carrying the Tricolour, and flags of the Asian Olympic Association and the African Olympic Association flew over the stadium. Another sprinkled flower petals soon after. This was followed by a colourful march past. However, the Indian contingent was without the hockey and football players.

Later, when the Charminar, symbolising dynamism of the capital city which also is the logo of the Games, appeared on the giant screen, a loud cheer went up in acknowledgement. The giant lotus in the middle lit up and the petals opened, followed by spectacular fireworks that lit up the night sky.

Leading vocalist SP Balasubramaniam accompanied by Usha extended the traditional welcome through rendition " Atha Swagat" to the accompaniment of dancing schoolchildren. Mr Advani then declared the Games open. With the arrival of the sacred torch, the chakra rose from the receptacle before ascending the waterway to the torch tower and lighting the flame. With the introduction of 'Sheroo' ,the mascot, by Priyanka Chopra, Sonu Nigam took centrestage accompanied by 1000 children. And then the great continental story amidst chants of peace unfolded.

After some time it was the turn of Shaolin monks to perform kung-fu. This was followed by an unprecedented show depicting Emperor Ashoka circling the track before taking centrestage. The war ballet performed by 1000 dancers, an enchanting experience for most present, followed by the act of laying down arms by Emperor Ashoka drew loud applause with the entire stadium reverberating with the sounds of claps. Enactment of the Dandi march by an actor dressed like the Mahatma, a recorded speech of Dr Nelson Mandela followed by a "mashaal" dance ushered in the spirit of celebration.

Later, the breathtaking performance by China's Imperial Circus and performances by folk artists added colour. Shankar Mahadevan's presentation of the theme song and Priyanka's open invitation to performers to ascend the stage was lustily cheered. And then followed the mesmerising Son-et-Lumiere.

With a duration of nine minutes, the laser show left a lasting impression not only on the average Hyderabadi but also on all every visitor. As the colourful rays lit up the night sky, the stands reverberated with cheers in every corner. After all it was something unprecedented.
[url="http://us.rediff.com/sports/2003/oct/27aaghock.htm"]Gagan scores twice as India down Pakistan[/url]
Quote:India awoke from a brief slumber in the first-half and scored thrice in the second to beat arch-rivals Pakistan 4-2 in their concluding Group B league match in the hockey tournament at the Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabd on Monday.
[url="http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=34278"]Indian performance on day 6[/url]

Medal tally

China 14 4 2 20

South Africa 8 7 9 24

Japan 7 2 1 10

Korea 6 2 3 11

Nigeria 5 4 5 14

Kazakhstan 4 1 2 7

India 3 17 13 33

Algeria 2 5 3 10

Ethiopia 2 2 0 4

Kenya 1 0 1 2
India comes in the sniffing range of second position.With another tennis gold almost certain and with good chances in boxing,tennis ,hockey,football,atheletics and shooting they are in a good position to surpass south africa in another couple of day.


China 17 6 3 26

South Africa 12 11 13 36

Japan 9 3 1 13

India 8 21 21 50

Nigeria 6 6 10 22

Algeria 6 6 4 16

Korea 6 4 4 14

Kazakhstan 4 3 5 12

Ethiopia 3 3 1 7

Kenya 2 0 3 5
Isn't the Hockey finals between India & TSPland? <img src='http://www.india-forum.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/unsure.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':unsure:' />
India win AAG women's hockey [url="http://in.rediff.com/sports/2003/oct/30aaghock.htm"]http://in.rediff.com/sports/2003/oct/30aaghock.htm[/url] :thumbsup
India climbs to second position.

How did South Africa go from 12 to 10 golds <img src='http://www.india-forum.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/unsure.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':unsure:' /> ??

Latest medals tally.

China 23 11 5 39

India 17 29 27 73

Japan 15 6 2 23

South Africa 10 11 15 36

Nigeria 9 10 13 32

Korea 7 6 10 23

Algeria 7 6 9 22

Combined Africa 6 4 0 10

Kazakhstan 5 5 6 16

Ethiopia 5 5 3 13
Is anyone watching the India-Paki hockey final ?If yes then ....SCORE PLEASE.
[url="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=260923"]Yeah Baby Yeah!![/url]
[quote name='siddhartha_shukla' date='Oct 31 2003, 06:07 PM'] India climbs to second position.

How did South Africa go from 12 to 10 golds  <img src='http://www.india-forum.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/unsure.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':unsure:' /> ??

Latest medals tally.

China  23  11  5  39

  India  17  29  27  73

  Japan  15  6  2  23

  South Africa  10  11  15  36

  Nigeria  9  10  13  32

  Korea  7  6  10  23

  Algeria  7  6  9  22

  Combined Africa  6  4  0  10

  Kazakhstan  5  5  6  16

  Ethiopia  5  5  3  13 [/quote]

some technical problem with your eyes? <img src='http://www.india-forum.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='B)' />

from here on please replace every 0 with 2 and 2 with 0 and then read, everything will be O.K. <img src='http://www.india-forum.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />
[quote name='siddhartha_shukla' date='Oct 31 2003, 09:25 AM'] [url="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=260923"]Yeah Baby Yeah!![/url] [/quote]

Look at the smile on gagan's face. <img src='http://www.india-forum.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />

Chak de phattey! :cool
The sports revolution taking in place in Shahbad has added glitter to the gold medal won by the Indian hockey eves at the Afro-Asian Games. Four members of the Indian women’s hockey team from Shahbad near Kurukshetra are Suman Bala, Jasjeet Kaur, Surinder Kaur and Gurpreet Kaur.

Gold medal assumes an added significance since these girls hail from humble background and through sheer dint of hardwork and countless hours of practice have they reached the pinnacle of success. Even as the residents of Shahbad are delighted with the performance of these girls, they say that Indian women’s hockey will be revolutionised by the girls from Shahbad.

The girls of Shahbad have proved that undaunted spirit is the key to be a successful sportsperson. Their family background would not have made it possible for this achievement had it not been for coach Baldev Singh.

Mr Amar Singh, grandfather of Jasjeet Kaur, said that he was delighted with the achievement of the Indian women hockey team. “I was always confident that Jasjeet would do well, and we are happy for her achievement which helped India in getting a gold medal,” he said. He added that besides Jasjeet Kaur, three more persons from his family are hockey players.

The proud grandfather said that Jasjeet has to report for practice everyday at 5 am. “After the hockey practice, she goes to school. From the school, she again goes for hockey practice. She is currently studying in class XII,” he said. “The coach, Mr Baldev Singh is a very strict man and it is due to his efforts that Jasjeet did so well in the match,” he stated.

He said that in yesterday’s final match after the tie-breaker, Jasjeet converted the first stroke for India. “Initially, we were reluctant for her to take up hockey. But, she would go for practice on her own. It is her liking for the game that has brought the desired result,” he said.

For Reshma Devi, mother of star hockey player Suman Bala, the happiness is unbounded. “I can’t describe in words how I feel. She has not only made us proud, she has done the country proud,” Mrs Devi said even as the excitement in her voice was palpable.

Working on the handloom when this correspondent visited their home on Ladwa road, Mrs Reshma Devi said that Suman Bala has been playing hockey for the last couple of years. “Initially, coach Baldev Singh said that he is forming a team with girls from poor background. Although we were reluctant, he managed to convince us. The girl’s performance has proved him correct,” she said.

She said that Suman Bala is currently working in Railways at the Divisional Railway Manager complex in Ambala Cantt. “She would go for practice early in the morning. She gets up everyday at 4 am. After returning from office, she would go for practice,” she said.

“We had called Suman up at Hyderabad. Suman was thrilled on having won the gold medal. Earlier, she had also done well in the Manchester tournament. We had never expected that she would do so well,” she said. “Laxmi has come to our home,” she added.

The penalty corner converted by Suman Bala in the final match brought India back into contention. It is believed to be the turning point in the match.

Surinder Kaur’s residence was more difficult to find. It is located in Balkar Singh colony. There is no metalled road leading upto a group of houses. When The Tribune team reached her home, her father Mr Sukhdev Singh, was working in the fields.

The smile on his wrinkled face said it all. “I am an illiterate man but hockey has turned around the life of my daughter Surinder Kaur. I am very happy with the yesterday’s achievement,” he said.

He said that Surinder had been playing hockey for the past 10 years. “She has succeeded in overcoming adverse conditions. I am proud of her. It is difficult to explain the role played by hockey in changing her life. She is working in the Railways,” he said.

Mr Manmohan Singh of Unique Hockey Welfare Society said that the Shahbad has been producing excellent women hockey players since the last one decade. “A number of girls from Shahbad have shone in national as well as international tournaments. Our society helps in nurturing talented girls from humble background,” he said.

He said that the girls from Shahbad who have made a mark in hockey include Suman, Kiran, Surinder Kaur, Gurpreet Kaur, Nutan, Sandeep Kaur, Suman junior, Devinder, Balwinder, Meenakshi, Rajwinder, Simarjeet, Sarika, Navpreet and Sonia.

It may be pointed out that astroturf is going to be established in two places in Haryana. While one is in Gurgaon, the second one is in Shahbad. Earlier, the astroturf was being set up at Ambala but it was later changed to Shahbad. At present, the hockey players regularly practice at Shri Guru Nanak Pritam Girls Senior Secondary School, Shahbad

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Sukhdev Singh, father of Indian hockey player Surinder Kaur, a member of the Indian women hockey team that won gold in Afro-Asian Games
Final medal tally.

1 China 25 11 5 41

2 India 19 32 29 80

3 Japan 15 6 2 23

4 Nigeria 10 12 13 35

5 South Africa 10 11 15 36

6 Korea 7 6 11 24

7 Algeria 7 6 9 22

8 Uzbekistan 7 2 3 12

9 Combined Africa 6 4 0 10

10 Kazakhstan 5 8 6 19
[url="http://indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=34726"]Pathan’s 9/16 blast at Lahore, India enter final[/url]

Quote:No player before Irfan Pathan has taken nine wickets in a one-day game since the limited overs cricket started at England in 1961.

ODI RECORD 8/19: Chaminda Vaas - Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Colombo (2001-02)

NATIONAL RECORD 8/15: Rahul Sanghvi - Delhi vs HP at Una (1997-98)

WORLD RECORD 9/16: Irfan Pathan - India u-19 vs Bangladesh u-19 at Islamabad (2003)

Quote:Bangladesh were bundled out for a paltry 34 in 14.5 overs as Pathan proved too hot for their continental minnows in a totally one-sided contest.
[url="http://indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=34733"]19-yr-old’s world record journey began from Vadodara mosque[/url]

Great to see people coming from modest backgrounds doing the country proud.
One of the greatest Indian icons that it is already, the Railways has always been at the forefront in supporting Hockey with so many hockey players playing for India employed with them.

I'm so proud of this country! *sigh*




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