GAMES WATCH: NTPC, PowerGrid pull out of CWG sponsorship

GAMES WATCH: NTPC, PowerGrid pull out of CWG sponsorship – pulling the plug so soon, not thinking of the larger National Image ?!!

Shera the CWG mascot with smiling politicians - time to run for cover after the games ?!! (PT)

FROM THE PTI STAFF WRITER

New Delhi, Aug 19, 2010: 13:15 HRS IST  (PTI): The crisis-riden CWG has received a further jolt with two power PSUs, NTPC and PowerGrid, deciding to hold back their Rs 40 crore sponsorship money out of a combined committed sum of Rs 60 crore for the event.

NTPC, which has already given Rs 20 crore in February out of the committed Rs 50 crore sponsorship deal, is also asking for an audit by a government appointed agency for the sum it has paid to the CWG organising committee.

The Board of the state-run power producer on its meeting on Wednesday decided to withdraw any further sponsorship for the Games to be held here during October 3-14 this year.

Those guilty of corruption in CWG not to be spared: Sonia – not to be taken lightly ?!!

Sonia Gandhi - enough is enough, get your act together India ?!!

FROM THE PTI STAFF WRITER

New Delhi, Aug 19, 2010; 11:14 HRS IST (PTI): With allegations of corruption plaguing the Commonwealth Games, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said those found guilty will be punished after the event.

Terming the Commonwealth Games as a matter of national pride, she said the Games were not related to any political party or individual. “It was a matter of national pride and efforts should be made to hold them successfully.”

At the same time, she said that those found guilty of corruption in works related to the Games should be punished after the event.

Addressing the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) here, Gandhi referred to the Group of Ministers set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to look into the preparations for the Games.

Gandhi also expressed concern over the situation in the Kashmir Valley and said efforts should be made to reach out to the people of the region.

SPORTS: Futsal replaces football – Space crunch forces hills to go for modified match – woa, oo-la-la, ‘Footer-ball’ a better name perhaps Capt Prakash, comprende ?!!

Players of Rockvale Academy Kalimpong (left) and West Point Darjeeling line up before the start of the final match of a futsal tournament at the Sacred Heart School ground in Kurseong recently - Futsal sounds too 'footsie' to catch on impressively ?!! (TT)

FROM THE TELEGRAPH
BY VIVEK CHHETRI

Darjeeling, Aug. 19: Football has reinvented itself into futsal in the mountainous terrain of Darjeeling, where level fields are a rarity, to keep alive the passion of the game.

Apart from a few major educational institutions in the hills, most schools do not have a proper football ground.

“The passion for football is tremendous and since most schools do not have playgrounds in the hills, we decided to introduce futsal tournament in our academic calendar,” said Prakash Pradhan, the director of Rockvale Academy in Kalimpong.

The Association of Heads of Listed ICSE Schools, a conglomeration of 30 non-Anglo Indian schools from the hills, has introduced futsal in a major way and has managed to host an AHLIS Inter-school Futsal Tournament.

The game is very similar to football but instead of 11 players only five are allowed to take the field. The duration of each half of the match cannot exceed more than 20 minutes with an interval of 10 minutes. The ball used in futsal is much smaller than the one used in football.

Futsal may not have been as popular as football in India but it is a major draw in the South American countries. The game was said to have been played for the first time in Uruguay in 1930 — the year when the Fifa World Cup was hosted and won by Uruguay — but the name futsal was coined in the mid-80s.

“We had a qualifying round just like in any major international tournament following which eight teams were selected. The finals were held at Sacred Heart School in Kurseong recently, where our school team beat West Point, Darjeeling,” said Pradhan.

The hill tournament was not held indoors but in outdoor.

“It has been a huge success as the players had more opportunities to showcase their creativity and skills in this form of the game,” Pradhan said and added that the AHLIS was also preparing to start an inter-school futsal tournament for the girls.

Propelled by the success of the new game, the AHLIS is gearing up to hold a competition of different kind — that of power point presentation —among its member schools. “We are trying to reinvent ourselves further and we will be holding the first inter-school power point presentation on October 3,” said Pradhan.

The head of Rockvale Academy believes that a thorough knowledge on power point presentation will help children move ahead in life. “Power point presentations have become such an important aspect in our day-to-day lives and turning this into a competition should be enjoyable even for the students,” said Pradhan.

Participating schools will be given a topic two weeks before the start of the D-Day and students have to deliver a five-minute speech to go along with the slide show.

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