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Training for disabled

KATHMANDU: Nepal Paralympic Committee is organising the three-month table tennis training for the physcially impaired players in Kathmandu from February 24. The training is part of the preparation for upcoming 9th Fespic Sport Competition to be held in Kuala Lumpur. The selection tournament will take place

on February 18. — HNS

Navratilova to return

TURIN: Even as she approaches her 50th birthday and recovers from knee surgery, Martina Navratilova plans to play a full schedule of doubles tournaments in 2006, including the Grand Slams, and might take another stab at singles. Navratilova originally retired in 1994, with a record 167 singles titles and having spent 331 weeks ranked No 1. — AP

Champions Trophy

NEW DELHI: The ICC Champions Trophy ran into trouble on Thursday after major centres in India declined to host the limited-overs tournament later this year. Two of the three venues, Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi and Wankhede in Mumbai, backed out citing prior sponsorship commitments and reluctance to part with clubhouse tickets. The third venue, Eden Gardens in Kolkata, wants to host only the semi-finals and final in November because of the threat of wet weather in October. — AFP

Giles casts doubt

LONDON: Ashley Giles said that he will not risk missing out on the Ashes tour of Australia later this year by rushing back prematurely to be able to play in England’s upcoming tour

of India. Giles himself, however, cast doubt on whether that would happen by stressing the intensity of England’s schedule over the next 12 months, with the Ashes tour to be followed by the World Cup. Giles underwent an operation in early December and was initially expected to be fit for India tour. — AFP