HC stays AICF order against chess champ Neelash Saha

first_imgChennai, June 9 (PTI) The Madras High Court today stayed an order of All India Chess Federation (AICF) banning chess player Neelash Saha of West Bengal from representing India in international events for alleged match fixing during the national championship held in Gurgaon last year. Passing interim orders on a petition by Saha seeking to quash AICFs December 21, 2015 order banning him and February 26 last letter restricting him from participating in international events, Justice M Sathyanarayanan said a prima facie case had been made out for grant of the stay. “There shall be an order of Ad.Interim stay till July 15, 2016,” the Judge ordered and issued notice to the AICF President and Union Sports Ministry. He posted the matter for further hearing to July 15. The petitioner submitted that he emerged winner in the national championship held by AICF from August 30, 2015 to July 9, 2015 in Gurgaon with a 0.5 point lead over his immediate rival. By virtue of it, he became eligible for participation and sponsorship for major international competitions, including Asian Championships and World Championships. However, AICF in a showcause notice, charged Saha with having colluded with state-mate Aronyak Ghosh and made him feign indisposition and throw a point to his advantage, thereby enabling him to emerge champion. AICF in its December 21, 2015 order imposed penalties such as not allowing Saha to participate in any national or FIDE- rated eventor district/state championship till April 1, 2016 and not allowing him to participate in any international tournaments till Decmeber 31, 2016 representing India. He was also stripped of the gold medal awarded to him in the Gurgaon tournament. The petitioner alleged that apart from smacking of extreme regional bias, the showcause notice was in effect a pre-conceived order condemning him without any opportunity and on the basis of false statements. “A player of my talent and skill need not have risked my entire career in doing any such unethical act to win the tournament when it was all but certain that I would win against Ghosh,” he said. On his appeal seeking withdrawal of his suspension, AICF on February 19 last sent a reply stating that his appeal would be placed before the General Body, he said. But instead of convening the General Body, the AICF President suo motu wrote a letter on February 26 last relaxing the ban on him with the rider that he would be permitted to participate in domestic tournaments alone, he said. He contended that action of restricting the revocation only to domestic tournaments revealed the larger picture and the primary motivation behind the action against him. Stating that the major purpose of winning national championship was to participate in major international events, the petitioner said the act of AICF shows nepotism and with vested interests. PTI COR VS PAL DKadvertisementlast_img read more

Zagitova Wins at Worlds, Tursynbaeva Lands 1st Quad Jump

first_imgSAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Olympic champion Alina Zagitova won the free skate to capture her first title at the figure skating world championships on Friday.Skating to “Carmen,” the 16-year-old Russian built on her lead from the short program with a strong free skate that included a triple-lutz, triple-toeloop combination in the first half of her program. She added five more triple jumps to finish with 237.50 points.“I realized that I needed a clean skate and I went into each jump determined to land it,” said Zagitova, who also landed two double axels. “I was very nervous, but the experience from the Olympic Games helped me somehow.”Elizabet Tursynbaeva became the first woman to land a quadruple jump at the worlds when she opened her Tango routine with a quad salchow. The 19-year-old Kazakh finished second with 224.76 points.“I can’t believe I landed it,” Tursynbaeva said. “It was good in practice this morning. I couldn’t do it at the last two competitions so I was really glad to be able to do it here.”Two-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia was third with 223.80 points. Her routine featured a triple salchow-triple loop combination, a double axel-triple toeloop as well as four more triple jumps.Medvedeva, fourth after the short program, has struggled in her first season since moving to Canada to train, finishing third and fourth at two Grand Prix events and seventh at the Russian championships in December.“I’ve had a tough season and it was hard to qualify to get here,” Medvedeva said. “But I made it and was able to get a medal and I’m proud of the whole team.”Japan’s Rika Kihira moved up from seventh place to finish fourth. Kihira opened with a triple axel-triple toe loop combination in her program to the “Beautiful Storm.” But she missed her landing on her second triple axel.In ice dance, defending champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France were first in the rhythm dance with 88.42 points. Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov were second with 83.94 points, followed by Russian teammates Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin in third with 83.10.The men’s free skate and the ice dance free dance are scheduled for Saturday, the final day of competition.By: Jim Armstrong, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more