Cadet Pan American Championships  FIVE SOUTH ASIAN WRESTLERS FROM B.C. AT CADET PAN AM: Wrestling Canada announced its roster for the upcoming Cadet Pan American Championships being held in Recife, Brazil, on May 2-4.The championships are being used to qualify athletes to the upcoming Youth Olympic Games, being held in Nanjing, China, in August in the following weight classes: * Greco-Roman (GR): 42, 50, 58, 69, 85 kg * Freestyle: 46, 52, 60, 70 kg. Canada won 9 medals at last year’s event and is looking to improve on those results.

South Asian wrestlers on the team:
* Cadet Men’s Greco-Roman Pan Am Team:
54 kg – Jaskarn Khela (Abby WC)
85 kg – Ramandeep Khehira (Guru Gobind WC).
* Cadet Men’s Freestyle Pan Am Team:
46 kg – Navdeep Toor (Miri Piri WC)
76 kg – Arshdeep Gurm (Guru Gobind WC)
100 kg – Jimsher Sidhu (Khalsa WC). (See photo)

May 2 results – GRECO-ROMAN

54 kg – Jaskaran Khela (3/3) – BRONZE

vs. Erivan Rocha (BRA) – L 0-9
vs. Daton Fix (USA) – L 0-8

85 kg – Ramandeep Khehira (2/6) – SILVER
vs. Marco Duran (ECU) – W 2-4 by fall
vs. Tyler Johnson (USA) – L 4-7

May 4 results: MEN’S FREESTYLE

76 kg – Arshdeep Gurm (3/10) – BRONZE
vs. Carlos Rivera Rodruigues (HON) – W 12-10 by fall
vs. Carlos Izquierdo Mendez (COL) – L 0-12
vs. Erick Bendezu (PER) – W 9-6

100 kg – Jimsher Sidhu (3/7) – BRONZE
vs. Adam Smith (USA) – W 10-2
vs. Maximiliano Garcia (MEX) – L 3-3
vs. Pedro Morales (CHI) – W 12-0




YOU WON’T GET DETAILS OF DIANNE WATTS’ TRAFFIC CRASH: Back in February I reported that the case in which Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts and her husband Brian Watts were being sued by Shawnene Redekopp in connection with a car crash on April 23, 2010, was scheduled to take place on June 17 in B.C. Supreme Court at Vancouver. The trail was to be by judge alone. The Watts’ Cadillac SUV was involved in a collision with a vehicle at the intersection of 24th. Avenue and 128th Street at about 11 p.m. The Watts suffered soft tissue damage and the mayor also cracked a rib. The driver of the other vehicle sustained serious injuries. Redekopp’s lawsuit claimed that Watts was driving without due care and attention when the crash happened and was suing for damages. In her notice of civil claim, Redekopp claimed the injuries from the accident caused pain and suffering, loss of income and loss of potential earning power. Watts denied the allegations in her response to the civil claim.
But this week, Surrey Now newspaper reported that there had been a settlement. Her lawyer told the newspaper: “It’s gone,” and wouldn’t say why, citing confidentiality issues. Redekopp’s lawyer, Christopher R. Bacon, also told the Now that he could not reveal the details.


BALWINDER SINGH NAGRA ARRESTED IN SIKH PARADE SHOOTING IN LYNDEN, WASHINGTON: Balwinder Singh Nagra, 41, from the Bellingham area was arrested by police after he allegedly grabbed a gun from his vehicle and shot at several men outside of a religious celebration – Vaisakhi Day Parade – at a gurdwara in Lynden last Saturday. The Bellingham Herald reported that officers from the Sheriff’s Office, Lynden, Sumas, Everson and U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement responded to the scene. Nagra was booked on suspicion of drive-by shooting and unlawful possession of a firearm. Interestingly, drive-by shooting in Washington state includes shootings from the immediate area of a vehicle used to transport the suspect, the weapon or both, the newspaper explained. Fortunately, no one received injuries and police are trying to contact the men involved in the fight.


CELEBRATION OF LIGHT FIREWORKS: Vancouver’s beaches and skies will shine bright for the 24th annual Honda Celebration of Light fireworks festival set for Saturday, July 26, Wednesday, July 30 and Saturday, August 2, featuring fireworks performances by teams from the United States (Pyrotecnico), France (F.C. Pyro) and Japan (Akariya Fireworks). Guests will come together on Sunset Beach and English Bay with a weeklong festival of culture, food and the pyrotechnical displays. The competition will begin promptly at 10 p.m., rain or shine, from the barges located in English Bay. Music simulcast can be heard on Shore 104.3 FM and through the festival’s mobile app. The winning country will be announced Monday, August 4.