Vengsarkar asks for a benefit game for drought-hit state
FORMER India captain Dilip Vengsarkar has requested BCCI president N Srinivasan for an ‘additional final’ of IPL-6 season at Wankhede Stadium or DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on May 28. “I am writing this letter in my personal capacity as a former captain of Mumbai and India. Since there is a severe drought in most parts of Maharashtra and as a result a lot of people are suffering who need urgent financial help. The BCCI, in the past, has always come forward and helped in such matters. I earnestly request you to arrange for an additional final of the IPL on 28th May to be played either at the Wankhede stadium or D.Y.Patil stadium after the final at Kolkata on 26th gets over to raise funds. It will go a long way if substantial amount is raised from the match for this worthy cause,” Vengsarkar wrote in his letter.
Top teams for rink hockey tourney
SIXTEEN of the top hockey teams from the city including the likes of Air India, Western Railways, Mumbai Customs, RCF and Union Bank will battle it out for the bragging rights at the Mt. Carmel Open Invitation Rink Hockey Tournament. The annual championship will be held at the Mt. Carmel Church compound in Bandra from May 8 to 11. The tournament will be held under the aegis of Mumbai Hockey Association.
Former Indian captain and joint organizing secretary Viren Rasquinha believes that the tournament promises a lot of action and will be an attraction among fans. He said: “We are very glad that players from some of the top club teams in the city like Republicans Sports Club, Companeroes, Sea View, Rebels Sports Club and SAISA will be rubbing shoulders with former internationals stars like Edgar Mascarenhas, Darryl D'souza and Gavin Ferreira. This 5-a-side format played on a small basketball size court is fast and exciting with plenty of goals and action. Hockey needs this sort of excitement to attract more fans.”
Claudius Desales, who was one of the judges at last year's London Olympics added: “This year, we have introduced a veterans' category as the demand was huge. Players who have completed 45 years are eligible to play in this section. We have six teams registered and it will be great to see our former hockey stars taking to the field once again.”
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