LETTERS

Excellent coverage

Sir, — The Sportstar issue of July 10 was good. The coverage of Euro 2004 was excellent, especially the photographs. The articles by Brian Glanville were interesting. It was refreshing to read the Wimbledon Diary by Nirmal Shekar, who has written after a long gap.

While your coverage of the England-New Zealand series was good, we would like more action photos.

Anil and Anoop, Kochi Fairytale performance

Sir, — Greece's triumph in Euro 2004 was straight out of Greek mythology and like a fairytale. They did the unexpected by beating formidable teams like France, Czech and Portugal. They have proved that with team-work, hard work and discipline, one can achieve great things and you don't need superstars. Remember what happened to Real Madrid last year.

The tournament also proved that coaches' decisions were crucial during a game. Indians have to learn many lessons from them. Hope our administrators will shed bad politics and try to do good to their homeland. It's better that the old guards relinquish their posts and bring in new faces. Euro 2004 had enormous following and your coverage of the championship was comprehensive.

A. Anand, Bangalore Second conquest

Sir, — Roger Federer has proved a worthy successor to the peerless Bjorn Borg. Federer's second successive conquest of Wimbledon lends an exciting glimpse of the super standard of modern tennis. Exercising presence of mind, Federer tamed Andy Roddick with his killer instinct and controlled aggression.

The women's final between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova was a clash between experience and youthfulness. Sharapova's exclamation: "Oh my God! It's unreal" reflects her innocence, humility and candour befitting a lovely champ.

Ranji Philip Stephen, Kozhikode Exciting fare expected

Sir, — The forthcoming Test match between Australia and the Rest of the World is going to be exciting and interesting. My ROW team is: openers Graeme Smith, Michael Vaughan, one down: Rahul Dravid, followed by Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara. Jacques Kallis will be the allrounder in the team. Moin Khan the wicketkeeper. Makhya Ntini, Mohamed Sami, Chaminda Vaas, Harbhajan Singh and Shoaib Akhtar should be the bowlers.

Pankaj Kumar, Chennai Woeful

Sir, — The pathetic performance of the Indian hockey team in the recent four-nation tournament in Amsterdam where India secured the last position, after two successive debacles earlier in similar tournaments in Australia and Japan, brings into focus, the team's woeful inability to convert penalty corners, which has been the bane of Indian hockey for a long time. Today, most teams depend on penalty corner conversions for success and include specialists to do the job. However, the one who could deliver the goods for us, Jugraj Singh, the skilful drag-flicker, has been made to cool his heels. After a fatal accident, he made a comeback and was among the Olympic probables. But he has not been given his due.

P. Ramesh Bose, Kannur