The Leela Beach Goa is organizing the inaugural
tournament at The Fitness and Racquet Centre. The Leela, Bombay on April 23rd
The tournament is open to Presidents, Chairmen and
Managing Directors of companies in Bombay. The tournament has received a
good response and some of the players who have confirm their entries are as
follows with their seedings.
Prakash Chauhan of Parle Products (seeded third);
Nirmal Bhogilal of Batliboy & Co., Arif Patel Roadways (seeded second);
Vikas Oberoi of Oberoi Builders; Gulu Mirchandani of Onida; Vaman Apte of
Apte Amalgamations Ltd.; S S Shirgaokar of Ugar Sugar Works (seeded fourth);
Manan Shah of Arihant Agro Products;
The game will be played on American points.
Trophies will be distributed to the winner and runner-up of the tournament.
Vaman Apte, of Apte Amalgamations Ltd is the top seed
for The Leela President’s Cup squash tournament at The Leela’s glass back
courts on Sunday.
Apte was ranked in India’s top five in the 80’s. The
second seed is Arif Patel of Patel Roadways who was a swimming champion and
later India’s second ranked junior .
The tournament is restricted to chairmen, directors and
chief executives of companies. Mr. Vivek Nair, chairman and managing
director of The Leela, said that the involvement of the top brass should have
a catalytic effect and help promote sports in their companies. He said The
Leela had promoted a variety of sport in the past and would be staging the
ATP challenger again in October November in Goa.
The captains of industry have been provided with another avenue for
their on eupmanship the squash courts.
The Leela Kempinski will conduct on April 23, the President’s Cup
squash tournament at their glass back courts.
The event is restricted to the creme de la
industry----presidents, chief executives, chairman and directors of
companies. The matches of this one day event will be on American scoring
pattern to be played over best of three sets. Matches will start at 10a.m. and end around
p.m. There are attractive prizes for the winners.
Arif Patel, of Patel Roadways, defeated Vaman Apte, of
Apte Amalgamations to win The Leela President’s cup squash tournament at the
hotel’s glass-back courts on Sunday.
This inaugural tournament was for directors, chairman
and chief executives of companies. Twenty-two year-old Patel, a former India
No.2, junior, picked up everything but still had a fight on his hands as the
older Apte played superb strokes and volleyed well from midcourt, Apte won
the first game and it was 12-all in the second when he missed a volley drop
to let the initiative sip away. Patel began keeping Apte to the back of the
court with some good cross courts and side-wall shots and a few judicious
jobs off the side-wall and walked away with the last two games to win at
3-15, 15-12, 15-9, 15-8.
In the semi-finals, Apte beat Shishir Shirgaokar of
Ugar Sugar Mills 15-9, 15-10 while Patel got past Ajay Bhandare 15-7, 15-8.
With a view to rekindling the love of sport in the top
echelons of the corporate world, the Leela will be organizing a golf and
squash tournament for Presidents, chairman and managing directors of
companies in Bombay.
It will be the second edition of The
Leela Golf Cup
Invitation Tournament, while the Leela president’s squash cup is the new
Addressing a press conference at The Leela on Friday,
the hotel’s Managing Director, Mr. Vivek Nair said that the heydays, to
return to the squash courts and golfing greens. This, he said, would make
them more inclined towards sponsoring further events, which would help in
promoting the sports.
The one-day golf tournament will be held at the Bombay
Presidency Golf Course on May 7, while the one-day squash event will be held
at The Leela’s glass-backed court on Sunday, April 23.
Among the 22 entries received for squash are names like
top seed Vaman Apte of Apte Amalgamations, second seed Arif Patel of Patel
Roadways, third seed Prakash Chauhan of Parle Products, fourth seed S S
Shirgaokar of Ugar Sugar Works, Manan Shah of Arihant Agro Products and
Tournament Organised by ISP
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