• The course will impart the latest training techniques
  • The participants numbering 37 will be tested on the concluding day
  • No one from the KSCA has reported for the programme

    Bangalore: A Level One course for physios and trainers is in progress at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) here. The course that commenced on Wednesday will conclude on February 4.

    The course will impart the latest training techniques besides testing the participants numbering 37 19 trainers and 18 physios on the concluding day.

    The group includes first-timers with a couple of those who failed the final test last year.

    The physios and trainers represent a majority of the State cricket associations from all over the Country. The course, an annual program at the NCA, is part of the BCCI's aim of standardising physical fitness training parameters all over India.

    Ramji Srinivasan of the MRF Pace Academy, along with Vaibhav Daga and S. Basu, helmed the course on Wednesday, while the Indian team trainer Gregory King and physio John Gloster held the reins on Thursday.

    Daga, who had bereavement in the family left on Wednesday night and is expected to rejoin the course later this week. Meanwhile King will stay on till February 4, while Gloster will leave for Mumbai on Friday.

    Strangely, no physio or trainer from the Karnataka State Cricket Association has reported for the programme.

    When contacted, the KSCA Secretary, Brijesh Patel, said: "our regular physio Ramakanth is busy with the State team and Muthu, the second physio, is away with the Indian under-19 team in New Zealand.

    "And there is no point in sending someone else to the course if we cannot give them a job at the end of it."

    Goud at the helm

    Yere Goud will lead Karnataka in the South Zone K.S. Subbiah Pillai Trophy limited overs tournament at Hyderabad from February 10 to 16.

    The team:

    Yere Goud (captain), Barrington Rowland, Bharath Chipli, C. Raghu, Thilak Naidu (wicket-keeper), B. Akhil, Deepak Chougule, Sunil Joshi, Vinay Kumar, Raju Bhatkal, K.B. Pawan, Devraj Patil, Gaurav Dhiman, Amit Verma and S. Dhananjaya. Coach: Venkatesh Prasad; Physio: Ramakanth; Manager: J. Abhiram.

    RKM bags cricket title

    RKM Vivekananda College (Chennai) bagged the cricket title in the VIE-2007 All-India Sports Fest, conducted by Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College, here on Thursday. In the final, Vivekananda defeated Gurunanak College by six wickets.

    Gurunanak scored 117 and Vivekananda, powered by Suresh (48), won in 21 overs.

    The results: Cricket (scores): Final: Gurunanak 117 in 31.3 overs lost to RKM Vivekananda 118 for four in 21 overs (Suresh 48).

    Semifinals: Vivekananda 205 (S. Murali 49) bt Presidency (Bangalore) 125 (Raja five for 25).

    Pachaiyappa's College 267 for six in 48 overs (Senthil 85, Francis 58, Santosh 47) lost to Gurunanak 271 for nine in 47.5 overs (Vijayaraghavan 53, Santosh four for 45).

    Hockey (final): Surana College bt SBMJC `A' 5-2.

    Tennis (finals): Men: SBMJC `A' bt Siddaganga College (Tumkur) 2-0; Women: SBMJC bt MCC 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.

    BSFI meeting held

    The executive committee meeting of the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) was held here on Thursday afternoon.

    Speaking on the occasion BSFI president Capt. P.V.K. Mohan said that the need of the hour was to strengthen the hands of the federation more so since the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has affiliated cue sports into its fold.

    "All the state associations will be affiliated to the respective State Olympic Associations and all inactive states and centres will be activated," promised Capt. Mohan.

    "We did formulate a few proposals mainly regarding accreditation of all players at the state association level which could bring about uniformity in all rulings," said Capt. Mohan.

    The new selection committee has been put in place with S. Balasubramaniam, president of KSBA and BSFI vice-president, heading it. Subash Agarwal (chief coach), Ravi Tandon (vice president BSFI), C. Kapoor (secretary BSFI) and Manoj Kothari (tech. head of billiards in Asian Federation), are the others in the selection panel.

    Devendra Joshi has been given overall responsibility of the under-21 grooming programmes and development.

    Jamshedpur will host the next nationals, it being the centenary year of the Tata Group. "The format and onus on giving more fillip to the sub junior and junior events will also be addressed," asserted the BSFI president.

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