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June 17, 2006

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June 17, 2006

Ahmadinejad not expected in Frankfurt

FRANKFURT: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an avid soccer fan, is not expected to attend his country’s World Cup match against Portugal in Frankfurt on Saturday, local police said. “Ahmadinejad is not supposed to be here,” Frankfurt police spokesman Peter Freier told a news conference on Friday. Some German politicians have said Ahmadinejad would not be welcome in Germany after he questioned whether the Holocaust happened and because of his calls for Israel’s destruction. Some 1,000 people, among them Israel supporters and exiled Iranians, demonstrated in Nuremberg in connection with Iran’s opening World Cup match against Mexico on last Sunday. Ahmadinejad was in China on Friday as an observer at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a Central Asian security group.



Three Pakistanis in Chennai quarters

KARACHI: The trio of Pakistani youngsters vying in Chennai Open squash tournament have made their way into the last eight stages of the event after winning their respective first round matches on Thursday at Chennai, India. According to details of the US 10000$ event available on Friday, top seed Khayal Muhammad, Majid Khan and Yasir Butt entered the quarter-finals of the 16-draw competition. Khayal took only 30 minutes to surpass local player Naresh Kumar 11-6, 11-10, 11-7 to advance into the next stage while Majid Khan crushed Englishman Neil Hitchens 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 in 32 minutes to sail into the last eight. The most outstanding performance of the day came from Yasir Butt when the youngster excelled to quash another Indian Harinder Pal Sandhu 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 in just 24 minutes with his superb finishing.



Karachi bag Sindh Games tennis

HYDERABAD: Karachi triumphed in the tennis event of the 10th Sindh Games, defeating Hyderabad 2-1in the final here at the Hyderabad Gymkhana Thursday night. Karachi’s Nomi Qamar defeated Omar Kazi in the first

(singles) match 6-4, 6-1; Omar Kazi and Saad Baloch of Hyderabad defeated Jalil Khan and Khalid Ali of Karachi in the doubles match 6-4, 6-2 while in the reverse singles contest, Karachi’s Jalil Khan overcame Saad Baloch of Hyderabad 6-3, 6-3. Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas secured silver and bronze medals in the event respectively.



Elimination deeply painful, say Paraguay

BERLIN: World Cup elimination was hard to swallow for Paraguay coach Anibal Ruiz after his side lost 1-0 to Sweden on Thursday, their second defeat in a row in Group B. Ruiz gave a brief news conference, refused to answer questions and left. “Sweden had more opportunities to score, they had more possession,” he said. “It hurts but we have to congratulate the other team. Let me say that it is really deeply painful. There are no excuses, we just couldn’t reach our goal,” he added. Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz said his team’s final ball proved their downfall. “We played a good match, we tried hard, but what was lacking was that last pass, that last push that you need to score,” said Cruz.



Sharapova moves step closer to third title

LONDON: Champion and top seed Maria Sharapova charged into the semifinals of the Birmingham Classic with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Italian Mara Santangelo. Meilen Tu continued her impressive run at the tournament when she beat sixth-seeded Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-4. The American will next take on unseeded Russian Vera Zvonareva, a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 winner over Francesca Schiavone of Italy.











Talent Hunt Tennis from 23rd

KARACHI: The Sindh Tennis Association (STA) will be organising its sixteenth STA Talent Hunt Sindh Ranking Tennis Championship here from next week at the City Sports Complex, Kashmir Road. Youngsters, besides top players of the province, will be seen in action in the event to be played from June 23. The events in the competition include men’s singles, boys’ U-17 singles, U-15, U-13, U-11 and U-9 while the event for females are ladies singles and U-17 girls’ singles. Three events for doubles will be competed that comprise men’s double, U-17 and U-15 doubles. The last date for confirmation of entry is June 21 while all outstation players have been advised to send their entries through their respective tennis associations to the Secretary STA Khalid Rehmani till the last date.



Giant screen installed at KPC

KARACHI: A giant screen has been installed at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) for watching ongoing World Cup football matches, being held in various German cities. The screen was inaugurated by a leading industrialist Yasin Malik at a ceremony here at the KPC on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, Yasin said with a combined effort, football could be promoted in Pakistan, saying abundant talent is available in the country.



CZECH REPUBLIC play their second Group E match today (Saturday) against Ghana in Cologne, at 9.00pm Pakistan Standard Time. In their group opener on June 12, they had started by defeating USA at Gelsenkirchen by a 3-0 margin.

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