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Dhoni buys Ranchi franchise of Hockey India League; Other Sports Roundup

Dharamshala: Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni during a practice session ahead of the fourth ODI match against West Indies (scheduled to be held on 17th October) in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh on Oct.16, 2014. (Photo: IANS)

Dharamshala: Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni during a practice session ahead of the fourth ODI match against West Indies (scheduled to be held on 17th October) in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh on Oct.16, 2014. (Photo: IANS)

India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sahara Adventure Sports Limited are co-owners of new Ranchi-franchise of Hockey Indian League (HIL), Ranchi Rays, which was unveiled here Saturday. Ranchi Rhinos, who were the inaugural champions of HIL, was scrapped following distrust between owners (Patel-PS Group and Uniexcel Group) and Hockey India (HI).

ADT’s India Masters golf to be played in Bangalore

Singapore: Irish golfer Niall Turner, American Brett Munson and Sattaya Supupramai of Thailand, who are ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit, will headline the inaugural India Masters next week.

The $70,000 event will be India’s first ever ADT tournament and will be staged at the Eagleton Golf Resort in Bangalore from Oct 29 to Nov 1.The local charge will be led by Rahil Gangjee and S.S.P. Chowrasia, who are both winners on the Asian Tour, alongside ADT regulars Shubhankar Sharma and Khalin Jhoshi, who claimed his first professional victory on home soil last week.

Also in the fray are Wisut Artjanawat of Thailand, American James Bowen, Lindsay Renolds of Canada and William Sjaichudin of Indonesia who will be part of the international field vying for honours.The launch of India Masters will raise the 2014 ADT schedule to an unprecedented 21 tournaments which includes 12 tournaments in Malaysia, three in Chinese Taipei, three in the Philippines and two in Indonesia.

The latest addition on the ADT will provide another opportunity for players, especially from India, to bid for success and boost their ADT rankings.With only three events remaining this season, players will have everything to play for as the top-5 finishers on the Order of Merit will earn Asian Tour cards for 2015.

India’s newest professional golf tournament, like all other ADT events, will receive Official World Golf Ranking status and the winner will earn six world ranking points.

Golfer Ormsby aims for title defence at Panasonic Open India

New Delhi: Australian golfer Wade Ormsby believes good rest will be the perfect tonic for his title defence at the $300,000 Panasonic Open India which will be held here Nov 6-9.Ormsby plans to take a week’s break before heading here to defend his title which he won by one-shot at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) last year.

“I treat every week the same but I’m trying to give myself the best chance. I will take a week’s break before the Panasonic Open India so I feel fresh for my title defence. My game is alright and it is getting better,” he said.Ormsby will be joined by a strong line-up of Asian Tour stars which includes Rashid Khan of India, who won his first Asian Tour title at the DGC in March, and an in-form Rahil Gangjee, who is ranked 13th on the Order of Merit.

A return to the Panasonic Open India will evoke a huge sense of achievement for Ormsby who secured his first career win after playing in over 200 events.“It is always good to return to the place where you won your first event. I’m looking forward to returning to the DGC. It is a golf course which suits my game and which I play well on,” said Ormsby.

“Your first win is the big one because you are trying to get that monkey off your back. I played in over 200 events before winning. Before the win, you obviously ask yourself when or if you are ever going to get your first win. I’m glad I don’t have to ask that question anymore.”

The 34-year-old, who earned his Asian Tour card at the 2012 Qualifying School in Thailand, remembers his victory vividly and credits a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole which ultimately denied Boonchu Ruangkit of Thailand from becoming the oldest Asian Tour winner.

“I played better at the start of the week last year and I knew I wasn’t playing well in the closing stretch. I hit a good shot on the 17th hole and made a 25-footer. All I wanted to do on the last was to find the fairway,” said the Australian.“There are always nerves for someone trying to win. It doesn’t matter if it is your first or 20th title. I handled it pretty well and it is nice to cross the finishing line.”

The tournament returns on the Asian Tour schedule for the fourth consecutive year.

AITA president Khanna rubbishes resignation reports

New Delhi: All India Tennis Association (AITA) president Anil Khanna Friday rejected reports that the sports ministry has asked him to step down for violating the government guidelines in the election process and reiterated that the tennis body was the first National Sports Federation (NSF) to accept the sports code.

Khanna said that AITA has not received any letter from the sports ministry and maintained that his election as the president of AITA was well within government guidelines.

“It is evident from the guidelines that a cooling off period is required for the re-election to the post of secretary general or treasurer if either of that position has been held for eight years. For the post of president, however, no cooling off period is required and the president can hold office for three terms of four years till the age of 70 years,” Khanna stated.

“I, as President of AITA, would like to reaffirm the commitment of AITA to the government guidelines and would state that
my election as President is in accordance with tenure guidelines and this has been followed by Ministry of Youth Affairs
and Sports recognition of AITA for 2013 and 2014,” he added.

Khanna said the ministry should have first communicated such issues to AITA before making them public.“I expected MYAS to have at least extended me a normal courtesy of discussing this issue rather than releasing a letter to media which has not been received by AITA on a matter which is still sub-judice,” he said.



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