to 8th February 2009 at Juhu Vileparle Gymkhana, Juhu, Mumbai.
All the winners of the Doubles Top 8 & Doubles Handicap alongwith the ISP
officials and on the Dias from left to right :
Aashish Bhagra, Mr. Bere & Ms. Revathi Bere (In laws of Ashok Kamte),
Archana Tyagi (Additional Commissioner of Police),
Mr. Anil Mahesh (Hon. Secretary, Juhu Gymkhana), Harsh Toreja, Film
Actress Rituparna Sengupta &
Mr. Shiv Malhotra (Secretary General, SRAM)
Squash pays its tribute to
Braveheart Kamte Pradeep Vijayakar
Sunday saw the city's sporting fraternity give a fitting tribute to Ashok
Kamte one of three super cops who died in the 26/11 terror blasts.
Agarwal's Indian Squash Professionals held a squash tournament at Juhu
Gymkhana called the Braveheart Ashok Kamte Memorial Squash Tournament.
Bhagra, who played squash with Kamte when he was in the SP Rural Police in
Thane district said, ``He had respect for rules and never argued over
away the prizes Archana Tyagi, ACP, west region, gave newer insights into
Kamte's life. "Kamte was my first SP when I joined the force at Karad. His
mantra was `phele action, phir section'. He meant one could always find
justification for action from the books. He led from the front as we saw
when six terrorists, being taken from Thane to Kolhapur, escaped near
Satar. Kamte wanted to chase them himself all the way to Karnataka but had
to be dissuaded from doing so as his job was to say in charge of his
district,'' said Tyagi adding, "He was the sort of officer I would give my
life for. That's the type of respect he commanded from the constabulary.
At his farewell at Satara people wept openly on the streets, Kamte too.''
Tyagi said Kamte would love play sport with with the constables rather
than fellow officers. At recruitment time he would want to be present to
interview cops with a sporting background. It's numbing when one thinks of
him. One still can't believe he is dead.''
sister-in-law Revati Dhere said Kamte was jack of all trades (sports) and
master of some. ``He played individual and team sports: shot put, javelin
throw, tennis, swimming, basketball, hockey, football, basketball,
weightlifting. He won the best all-round sportsman prize at St Xavier's
College in 1983-84, was Maharashtra champ in the shot put, won laurels in
junior powerlifting and won the Maharaj Singh trophy at the National
Police Academy at Hyderabad and the Akruti Cup for unarmed combat.''
Agarwal announced the tournament will be an annual affair.
Mangaonkar lift title
The combination of experience and youth prevailed in the Top 8 doubles
final of the Rs 50,000 prize money Braveheart Ashok Kamte Squash
Tournament, organized by ISP, which concluded at the Juhu Vile Parle
Gymkhana, here, late on Sunday.
Former India player Vikas Jangra and talented teenager Mahesh Mangaonkar
were just too strong for opponents Kunwarpal Singh and Nitin Chauhan,
wining 15-7, 15-9 to take home the winner's purse of Rs 10,000.
Earlier, in the semi-finals, the champions had to overcome a tough
challenge from Jindal Squash Academy's young pairing of Laxman Joshi and
Arun Sharma, the match going the distance before ending 15-13, 13-15,
15-13 in the favor of Jangra and Mangaonkar.
In the Doubles Handicap event, Samir Mistry and Mukesh Desai got the
better of professionals Sanjay Pawar and Virendra Pawar 15-10, 15-10.