IBAK’s inter-school championship participants and officials pose for a shot before the start of the event.
IES clinch Inter-School crown in style FAIPS squad emerges 2nd overall

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 17: Indian Educational School (IES Bhavan) players showed their class this week to win the Indian Badminton Association-Kuwait’s (IBAK) 2nd Inter-School Championship 2012 in style at the Saad Al-Awzi School in Salwa on Friday. The IES players were so good that they took the crowns in six of the 10 categories and were runners-up in three events to finish with a total of 75 points and with that the overall championship. Ten points were awarded to the team that took the title with five points for the runners-up.
Fahaheel Al Watanieh Indian Private School (FAIPS DPS) saw their squad DPS S take second place after winning two titles and collecting three runner-up spots. Carmel School and DPS D were joint third with Carmel School going home with one crown and one runner-up spot while DPS D were runners-up in three categories.
The last of the titles in the tournament went to the squad from the Indian Central School.


With the tournament being held over five different categories with each being divided into two parts (boys and girls ), IES (Bhavan) took the trophies in Under-14 Boys Singles, Under-14 Girls Singles, Under-14 Girls Doubles, Under-16 Boys Singles, Under-16 Girls Singles and Under-16 Boys Doubles. They were runners-up in Under16 Girls Singles, Under-16 Boys Doubles and Under-19 Boys Doubles.
The DPS S squad took the crowns in the Under-14 Boys Doubles and Under-19 Girls Singles with runners-up spots in Under-14 Girls Singles, Under-14 Girls Doubles and Under-19 Girls Doubles.
Carmel School were the champions in Under-19 Girls Doubles and runners-up in Under-19 Girls Singles while ICS took the crown in Under-19 Boys Doubles. The DPS D team went home with runners-up spots in Under-14 Boys Singles, Under-14 Boys Doubles and Under-16 Boys Singles.


The following schools took part in the championship: Indian Central School (ICS), Fahaheel Al Watanieh Indian Private School (FAIPS DPS), Carmel School, Indian Educational School (IES Bhavan), Integrated Indian School (IIS), Pakistan School of Kuwait and Philippines School of Kuwait.The last two schools were first time entrants in the tournament. Entry to the tournament was free.
The organizers were really stretched to the limit as they had to put in a huge effort to finish the tournament in only one day with the matches starting early in the morning and finishing at 11pm.
The event started with the tournament being declared open by Indian Ambassador to Kuwait Satish Mehta who lauded the efforts of the organizers for all the efforts they have been putting in for the Indian community. He also ensured the Indian Embassy’s continued support for the organization.
IBAK President Dr.Manimara Chozhan first of all thanked the Indian Embassy, all the officials, the volunteers and the participants for their support.
 

Dr Mani added that IBAK was proud to have conducted the 2nd Inter-School Badminton Championship with the participation of over 140 students.He was, however, unhappy with the response of some of the schools.
“Over 18 schools, most Indian, were invited to take part in the event but only seven entered the tournament.When the Indian government is seriously focusing on the Marks for Sports campaign and is aiming to promote sports as a part of the regular curricula in the schools, IBAK is doing its part to promote badminton in Kuwait”, he said.
“Viewed in this context, the response of the schools towards encouraging this activity does not augur well for the inclusion of sports in schools.The fact that there was no entry fee for the tournament and with many schools sending their students for the National Cluster meet of the CBSE schools, this was an opportunity for the selected few to hone their skills and the less fortunate ones to showcase their talent. ”, Dr Mani added. The IBAK president, in his conversation later with the Indian Ambassador, discussed the need to incorporate the government of India’s policy of promoting sports in the Indian schools here in Kuwait.
 

Under-14 Singles Boys
Anirudh of IES was in splendid form to take the Under-14 Singles Boys crown by beating Nithin Subramaniam of DPS-D 21-16 21-5 in the finals.
In the semifinals, Anirudh had thrashed Sai Krishna of ICS-A 21-4 21-12 while Nithin also had a very easy time in his 21-9 21-5 victory over Atul Showriya of DPS-S to set up the championship clash.
Earlier, in the League stage of the event, Anirudh had topped Group A by winning all his seven matches while Nitin had been the best in Group B with a similar result.Atul had remained unbeaten in his six matches to finish the top in Group C while with a similar result Sai Krishna had topped Group D with only those topping their groups moving into the semifinals.

 Under-14 Singles Girls
 Neha of IES had emerged the champion in this category when she overcame a fighting SwethaKrishnan of DPS-S 21-14 21-18 in the finals of the tournament.
Neha had reached the finals after mercilessly crushing her own teammate Sheril 21-2 21-2 in the semifinals while Swetha had been pushed to the limit by Niveda (UT) 21-19 13-21 21-10.
Earlier, the top player in each group had qualified for the semifinals with Sheril winning all her three matches in Group A, while Swetha had the same record in Group B, Niveda dominated Group C and Neha was the best in Group D.

Under-14 Doubles Boys
Jay and Gunsimar (DPS-S) took the Under-14 Boys Doubles crown when they overcame Nithin and Sahil (DPS-D) but not before they were made to fight for every point in their 22020 21-19 victory.
In the semifinals, Jay and Gunsimar had to fight for every point before thyey could stop Sayooj and Dharsan (ICS) 22-23 21-10 21-15 while Nithin and Sahil cruised Mayank and Atul (DPS-S) 21-15 21-15.
In the League stage, Nithin and Sahil won both their matches to top Group A while all the other three pairs had similar records to earn their places in the semifinals. Sayooj and Dharsan were the best in Group B, Jay and Gunsimar took the top honors in Group C and Mayank and Atul topped Group D.

Under-14 Doubles Girls
Neha and Archana (IES) proved to be the best in this category when they took the crown after sailing past Swetha and Vasanthi (DPS-S) 21-17 21-13 in the finals.
The semifinals had seen Neha and Archana thrash Sheril and Susmitha (IES) 21-3 21-4 while Swetha and Vasanthi had taken Sreeja and Anisha (DPS-S) to task 21-11 21-7 to set up the championship clash.
There had been only two groups in the League phase of this event with Neha and Archana winning all their three matches to top Group A while Swetha and Vasanthi were second after two wins and a defeat. Sreeja and Anisha were the best in Group B as they were unbeaten in all their three matches while Sheril and Susmitha were second with two wins and a loss.

Under-16 Singles Boys
Shyam Sunder (IES) easily won the title when he took Parth (DPS-D) to task his 21-9 21-7 victory.
Earlier in the semifinals, Shyam Sundar also found the going easy to stop Gokul (IES) 21-13 21-14 while Parth had a tough time in his 21-11 16-21 21-19 victory over Arunachalam (DPS-D).
With only the top players in the Elimination Round qualifying for the semifinals, Gokul had been in the best in Group A as he won all his three matches, while Parth had a similar record to top Group B, Arunachalam led Group C after remaining undefeated in three games. In Group D, Shyam Sundar was unbeaten in all the four matches to emerge the leaders.

Under-16 Singles Girls
Harsha of IES took the championship after beating her teammate Saili 21-6 21-6 in what surprisingly turned out to be a one-sided affair.
Both the finalists had easily qualified for the finals with Harsha cruising past Maria (Philippines) 21-5 21-9 and Saili hammering Edelyn (Philippines) 21-10 21-10.
For the Elimination Round all the teams had been put together in one group. Harsha had been the best also in the League phase as she had won all her eight matches to top the group, while Saili was second with six wins and two defeats and third with a similar record had been Edelyn and fourth Maria after five wins and three defeats.

Under-16 Doubles Boys
Heamchandran and Shyam of IES emerged the Under-16 Doubles Boys champions when they beat their teammates Vineet and Sarath 21-9 21-8 in the final.
In the semifinals, Heamchandran and Shyam cruised past Samuel and Steve of Carmel School 21-11 21-10 while Vineet and Sarath had found the going tough against Arun and Parth before they won 21-18 21-18.
Earlier in the Elimination Round, this category had been divided into two groups with the top two in each qualifying for the semifinals. Vineet and Sarath had been the best in Group A as they won all their matches while Samuel and Steve had come second with four wins and a defeat.
In Group B, Heamchandran and Shyam had taken the top honors after tremaining unbeaten in all their four matches while Arun and Parth had lost only one of their games with three victories to take second place.

Under-19 Singles Girls
Simran (DPS-S) took the top honors in this category after hardly breaking any sweat in her 21-10 21-4 victory over Swetha of Carmel School in the championship game.
Earlier, in the semifinals, Simran beat Anusha (DPS-S) 21-11 4-21 21-13 to emerge the best while Swetha had to use all her skills to overcome Sue Allen of Carmel School 19-21 21-16 21-16.
In the Elimination Round, Anusha had topped Group A by winning all her six matches while Sue Allen had been second with five wins and a defeat.Group B had seen Swetha at the top with five wins and a loss while Simran had a similar record but finished second.

Under-19 Doubles Girls
Sue Allen and Swetha of Carmel School made sure that their institution took home at least one trophy when they beat Anusha and Himagi of DPS-S 21-16 19-21 21-19 to emerge champions in the Under-19 Doubles Girls category.
In the semifinals, Sue Allen and Swetha had overcome their schoolmates Pooja and Bhagya 21-10 20-22 21-19 while Anusha and Himagi found the going easy in their 21-15 21-16 win over Harsha and Saili of IES.
In the Elimination Round, all the semifinals had remained unbeaten to top their respective groups to move into the next round.

Under-19 Doubles Boys
Raja and Jovin of the ICS went home with the trophy after hammering Anirudh and Paul of IES 21-11 21-13 in the final. On their way to the final, Raja and Jovin had sailed past Kartik Ganesan and Mohammed Meezan 21-12 218 while Anirudh and Paul also had an easy time in beating Aditya Jayasanker and Sanju 21-13 21-11. The tournament, which saw over 40 volunteers lend their services to ensure the success of the event, saw the participation of over 140 students who were involved in 292 matches, all held on the same day. The championship’s success was mainly due to the more than 15 hours effort from the IBAK Central Committee, the Tournament Committee and the volunteers.

 The following were members of the Tournament Committee:
Ajay Kumar Vasudevan (Tournament Director), Prasad K. Thandachery, Srinivas Sreedhara, Oommen, Mohammed Sirajudeen, N.N. Giri, Noor Klamatta, Sreekumar Gopinathan and Thomas Jacob K.

The following volunteers ensured the success of the event :
Mohammed Arief, Dr. Subhash, Aun Foizen, Satish, Vijay Srihatti, Sunand Nair, Jaya Prakash, Madan Mohan,Latheef, Rafeeq, Bharani, Vineet, Velumuragan, Pradeep, Ashir, Allen Jose, Kishore, Shajahan, Jose, Aravind, Pranavesh, Sunil Moorkanat, Shyam Sadhwani, Chandra, Saju Thomas, Suresh Ramachandran, Faheem Contractor, Vivek, Allen Jose, Relin Thomas, Mahi, Abbas, Rasheed, Vineet Baburaj, Saravanan, Gangadharan, Kundana, Uma Manimaran, Shobha,

IBAK made sure that everyone was comfortable at the playing venue as they provided a sumptuous lunch with sandwiches in the evening and free refreshments (coffee, tea, snacks) throughout the day to all the participants and spectators as well as all the officials accompanying the teams.

Winners
Under-14 Singles Boys
Champion — Anirudh (IES)
Runner-up — Nithin S (DPS-D)

Under-14 Singles Girls
Champion — Neha (IES)
Runner-up — Swetha Krishnan (DPS-S)

Under-14 Doubles Boys
Champions — Jay & Gunsimar (DPS-S)
Runners-up – Nithin & Sahil (DPS-D)

Under-14 Doubles Girls
Champions – Neha & Archana (IES)
Runners-up – Swetha & Vasanthi (DPS-S)

Under -16 Singles Boys
Champion – Shyam Sunder (IES)
Runner-up – Parth (DPS-D)

Under -16 Singles Girls
Champion – Harsha (IES)
Runner-up – Saili (IES)

Under -16 Doubles Boys
Champions — Heamchandran & Shyam (IES)
Runners-up – Vineet & Sarath (IES)

Under -19 Singles Girls
Champion — Simran (DPS-S)
Runner-up – Swetha (Carmel)

Under -19 Doubles Boys
Champions—Raja & Jovin (ICS)
Runners-up – Anirudh & Paul (IES)

Under -19 Doubles Girls
Champions – Sue Allen & Swetha (Carmel)
Runners-up – Anusha & Himangi (DPS-S)


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