Mumbai sporting reclamation
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One of the oldest cricket clubs on the Mumbai circuit, Dadar Union finally got a makeover. Thanks to former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar, who spent 25 years at the club. Dadar Union polished the game of a number of cricketers who went on to don India colours — Sunil Gavaskar, Vengsarkar, Sanjay Manjrekar.
It has set an example for other vintage clubs of the city by changing for the better — old shanties have given way to a proper pavilion.
For years, the city has excused itself from hosting big badminton events as it does not have a venue that offers both a decent wooden floor and tiered seats for spectators.
National Sports Club of India in Worli has flattered to deceive. The impressive glass and chrome structure is mired in court cases and poll politics. However, with a few local tourneys held successfully, Mumbai could well bid for hosting rights now.
Seniors challenge for MM
Mahesh Mangaonkar, the lanky squash player from Mumbai playing his final British Juniors, faces an uphill task as he moves to U-19 category. A former U-15 champ at the prestigious event, Mahesh is also looking for a smooth transition to the senior category and took his first steps by winning Prague Open Challenger 5 last month. Mentored by Ritwik Bhattacharya, the almost 6-footer is ready to jump.
Bom Gym to defend All India
Altaf Shaikh is barely 5'4" and lives in low-income housing at Kurla playing on First XV for Bombay Gymkhana, where he was a parking attendant as a kid. But the diminutive rugby player outwitted a hulky, well-oiled and well-maintained Army unit at All India this year. He scored the lone try in the final in Kolkata.
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