FOOTBALL WATCH: Governors Gold Cup begins – excitement in the air ?!!
Gangtok, Thursday, October 21, 2010, 20:09: The 32nd All India Governor’s Gold Cup Football Tournament began here on Thursday.
As both the Governor and the Chief Minister could not be available for the formal inauguration of the same due to their pre-occupation, Roads and Bridges Minister Ran Bahadur Subba kicked off the tournament at the Paljor Stadium.
The Camelia United Sikkim Sporting Club, founded by Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia, defeated the Royal Bhutan XI in the opening match by 1-0.
The lone goal was scored by Sonam Paljor Bhutia in the 14th minute. Despite playing an aggressive game, the Bhutan team missed a number of chances.
I-League teams ONGC Mumbai and Pune FC are participating in the tournament which also feature Lajong FC (Shillong) and Mohammedan Sporting (Kolkata). (PTI)
Sikkim police enter Governor’s Gold Cup quarters – way to go !!
Gangtok, Oct 22, 2010, 10:10 PM (PTI): Sikkim Police today fought hard to enter the quarterfinal of Governor’s Gold Cup defeating Denzong Boys 2-1 at Paljor Stadium here. Sikkim Police managed to get a place in the quarterfinal through Thupden Bhutia’s goal off a Sisir Karthok cross just two minutes before the final whistle.
Denzong Boys failed to score from a penalty shoot as the Sikkim Police goalkeeper deflected the ball early in the match. In the 28th minute, Sikkim Police striker Chunku Sherpa dribbled the ball from the centre and shot it from outside the D-box to score a goal.
The goal kept Sikkim Police into the lead till the second half whistle. The second half of the game saw both teams playing their best with the sides attacking equally.
The equaliser for Denzong Boys in the game came in the 85th minute when a well anticipated cross was smashed into the Sikkim Police goal by Emanuel Dias Gbamy.
However, Denzong Boys lost after Thupden scored the in the 90th minute of the game.
SPORTS ACKNOWLEGEMENTS: Thank you for wealth not so common – A salute on Lakshmi Puja to the four who have brought rare sporting joy – but without proper sports promotion and inequitable distribution, truly sportsmanship of the state ?!!
POULOMI GHATAK, 27
National ranking: 1
Delhi CWG show: Silver in women’s team event, bronze in women’s doubles.
How life has changed: “The state government has arranged for our felicitation. We have never received any appreciation from them before, not even a letter or a phone call. So this is a marked change (in attitude). But they are giving flats to a chosen few (sportspersons), which isn’t right. If I don’t get a flat this time, I am determined to move out of the state.”
CWG medal she treasures most: “The doubles bronze with Mouma. She and I go back a long way and winning a doubles silver in the CWG at home with her will always be special.”
CWG moment: “It was after the doubles silver…I usually break down when I lose. But this time I found myself crying even after winning. Mouma, who was hugging me, said: ‘Pom, you are shaking’. I became very emotional.”
Fiancé Soumyadeep Roy being there: “I blindly followed his advice on diet and exercise. I even used the racket he asked me to.”
Life at the Games village: “We were very apprehensive before entering it. But we found it to be world class. At the Melbourne CWG in 2006, there were no ACs in our rooms. Nobody complained once the officials explained that the weather was usually more pleasant at that time of the year and, so, they hadn’t installed ACs.”
Sports and sportspersons she loves to watch: “I love tennis and badminton. I watch ODIs too, and admire Sourav Ganguly, especially his leadership qualities.”
MOUMA DAS, 26
National ranking: 7
Delhi CWG show: Bronze in the women’s doubles, silver in the team event.
How life has changed: “There hasn’t been much change, but the media coverage of the Games did make us feel good. We were so happy to finally see ourselves on the front pages! A handful of teams play cricket, still cricketers get all the attention. Around 160 countries play TT and our women’s team is ranked 37, but nobody knew about us. This obviously hurt.”
CWG medal she treasures most: “The team silver. Not only because a silver is better than a bronze, but also because we won it with all the other girls as part of Team India. As for the doubles bronze, I was pretty confident of winning a medal along with Pom.”
Next target: The Arjuna award.
Idols: “Wang Nan of China, who retired recently. Also Jan-Ove Waldner of Sweden.”
Sports and sportspersons she loves to watch: “Tennis and badminton. I was a huge fan of Steffi Graf. In badminton, I followed (Pullela) Gopichand and Aparna Popat. I also watch T20 cricket. I like watching Sachin Tendulkar but support the Kolkata Knight Riders.”
Bollywood idols: SRK, Kajol and Madhuri Dixit.
SUBHAJIT SAHA, 28
National ranking: 2
Delhi CWG show: Gold in men’s doubles partnering Sharath Kamal Achanta. Bronze in the team event.
How life has changed: “I am being invited to so many felicitations in my hometown (Siliguri) that I am overwhelmed. It is high time some sponsors came forward too so that we can participate in more tournaments and improve our rankings.”
CWG moment: “Our final match in the men’s doubles draw against Singapore was the last fixture of the Indian contingent. We were desperate to win and finish on a high. They are ranked No. 1 in the world and we are No. 27. It was pure ecstasy when we pulled it off.”
Force behind his success: “My parents, who were elated. My wife Nandita was travelling with me. Her presence helped me a lot.”
Why the Bengal paddlers missed their date with the Prime Minister: “We were in a hurry to head back home for Puja!”
Next target: “I want to represent India in the Olympic Games. So, it’s London 2012.”
Sports and sportspersons he loves to watch: Football and tennis. (Didier) Drogba and Christiano Ronaldo. In tennis, (Roger) Federer.
SOUMYADEEP ROY, 27
National ranking: 1
Delhi CWG show: Bronze in men’s team event
How life has changed: “The adulation has been terrific this time as the Games were played at home. Even friends and relatives seemed more appreciative. As a team, we had done better in the Melbourne CWG, winning gold.”
Fiancée Poulomi Ghatak being there: “Oh yes! I was a bit down after one of the team games for which I had been ignored by the team management, and which we lost. But she was full of support and it helped me come back in the tournament.”
Next target: “The Asian Games, of course. We will try our best, though it will be tough with China, Korea and Chinese Taipei around.”
Sports and sportspersons he loves to watch: Tennis and football. “I used to be a huge fan of Boris Becker and Andre Agassi. Now it’s Federer. In football, it’s Christiano Ronaldo and in cricket, of course, Souravda (Ganguly). The comeback by Dada in December 2006 is my biggest inspiration. Around the same time, I was sulking after being dropped from the Indian side. The way Dada stamped his authority on that Johannesburg Test gave me the confidence to work hard and make a comeback.”