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Champions IBAK All Stars defend title five times in a row

IBAK-KBC, Kuwait Badminton Challenge 2019 concludes

Participants and organizers pose for a group photo during the closing ceremony of the IBAK-KBC, Kuwait Badminton Challenge 2019.

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 17: In the three days of badminton extravaganza, IBAK-KBC, Kuwait Badminton Challenge, the defending champions IBAK All Stars made it five in a row. The runners-up slot was filled by the Al Arabiya Victor abruptly ending the journey of Team 5.30 and IBCK in the semifinals.

In a hard fought Final IBAK All Stars edged Al Arabiya Victor 3-2. The competition offered visual treat for the spectators while world class players showcased their talent.

The following are the results: Mens Doubles Above 45 – 1. Pratheep Kumar+Jose Mathew Kunnel, India/Kuwait; 2. Davis Sebastian+Jaison Xavier, India; 3. Dr.Manimara Chozhan+Dr Maran Thankavelu, Kuwait/India; 3. Ramesan Koliyat+Satheesan Shine, Qatar

U-17 Girls Doubles – 1. Fiona Cabral+Anjali Mary John, Kuwait; 2. Sharon Justin+Mrudhuksha Mohandas, Kuwait

U-17 Boys Doubles – 1. Chris Sijo Lukose+Ajay Abhilash Mathew, Kuwait/India; 2. Surya Manoj+Aidan Anesh Mathew, Kuwait; 3. Chakra Kodhandapani+Suprasanna Sivaprakash India/Qatar; 3. Kris Benny+Ebin Shijo, Kuwait

U-17 Girls Singles – 1. Prakriti Bharath, Qatar; 2. Aadhya Shine, India; 3. Valli Ganga, Kuwait; 3. Fiona Cabral, Kuwait

U-17 Boys Singles – 1. Varun Sriram, Kuwait; 2. Chris Sijo Lukose, Kuwait; 3. Chakra Kodhandapani, India; 3. Jay Shah, Kuwait

U-14 Girls Doubles – 1. Lizbeth Elsa Binu+Samiha Santhosh Shetty Bahrain/Qatar; 2. Anjana Sajeev+Emil Susan Thomas, Kuwait; 3. Neha Susan Biju+Kamalini Ramesh, Kuwait; 3. Venkatesh Nandhana+Venkatesh Nandhitha India/Kuwait

U-14 Boys Doubles – 1. Adharsh Premkumar+Arjun Shine, Qatar; 2. Rajat Raj Ramesan+Chase Sijo Qatar/Kuwait; 3. Shrihari G+Rohan Vagvala, Kuwait; 3. Roland Allen+Jack Abraham Samuel, Kuwait

U-14 Girls Singles – 1. Prakriti Bharath, Qatar; 2. Amrita Anaikumar, India; 3. Neha Susan Biju, Kuwait; 3. Aadhya Shine, India

U-14 Boys Singles – 1. Dhruva Bharadwaj Tarikere Ramesh, India; 2. Ajay Abhilash Mathew India; 3 Chase Sijo, Kuwait; 3. Shrihari G, Kuwait

U-11 Girls Doubles – 1. Sharmistha Ravishankar+Amirtha Swaminathan, India; 2. Angel Subin+Shruti Vagvala, Kuwait; 3. Cassie Mariya Alen+Faiha Nazmi Latheef, Kuwait

U-11 Boys Doubles – 1. Pridhav Shyam Gopan+Viraj Pranshu Motupalli, Qatar; 2. Aakash Sakthivel+Heavendrine Likhiya Shanto, India/Bahrain; 3. Addison Sumesh+Arden Paul Sumesh, Kuwait; 3. Aditya Anaikumar+Varun Siva Sajith, India/Kuwait

U-11 Girls Singles – 1. Samiha Santhosh Shetty, Qatar; 2. Amirtha Swaminathan, India; 3. Shruti Vagvala, Kuwait; 3. Angel Subin, Kuwait

U-11 Boys Singles – 1. Pridhav Shyam Gopan, Qatar;  2. Viraj Pranshu Motupalli, Qatar; 3. Aakash Sakthivel, India; 3. Jai Sarvesh Kumaran Senthilkumar, India

Mixed Doubles – 1. Tiara Rosalia Nuraidah+Agrippina Prima Rahmanto, Indonesia; 2. Anggia Shitta Awanda+Putra EKA Rhoma, Indonesia; 3. Thanapim Kaweenuntavong+Nopparut Hiripongsa, Thailand; 3. Purnima +Bennet Antony, India

Flight 3 Men’s Doubles (Kuwait Advance Players) – 1. Anaikumar Radhakrishnan+Mohammed Sameer, Kuwait; 2. Prakash Muttel+Sajeev Punnakkal, Kuwait; 3. Rijo K Joseph+Antony Vt, Kuwait;  3. Shabin Arayanthoppil+Nihas Malik, Kuwait

Flight 2 Men’s Doubles Open – 1. Noufal K.V+Ajmal V.A., Qatar; 2. Aneef K Latheef+Arshad Nv, Kuwait; 3. Hisham Ezzi+Harshant Kader Usman, Kuwait; 3. Jabbar Farooqi Farooqi+Subin Varghese, Kuwait

Flight 1 Men’s Doubles Open – 1. Lukhi Apri Nugroho+Agrippina Prima Rahmanto PuIt, Indonesia; 2. Bennet Antony+Sreejith Rsr, India; 3. Hendra Aprida Gunawan+Lim Tze Jihan, Indonesia/Malaysia; 3. Muhammad Zulkifli Lana+Aria Wijaya Indonesia

Men’s Singles Open – 1. Iskander Zulkarnain, Malaysia; 2. Sathish Kumar Karunakaran, India; 3. Ryanto Subagja, Indonesia; 3. Daniel Farid India

The tournament was inaugurated by the Indian Ambassador to Kuwait Jeeva Sagar in the presence of Capt. Ali Al Marri, Vice President Badminton Asia Confederation at Saad Al Awzi School (IBAK Gym).

The Ambassador of Ukraine graced the event as a special invitee for the event accompanied by Adel Abdullah Al-Hammad, General Manager Boubyan Bank.

The tournament provided world class quality games. Chairman of IBAK, Dr Manimara Chozhan thanked IBAK’s members, tournament organizing committee, badminton lovers of Kuwait, players and teams participating in the tournament and sponsors for making the tournament a grand success.

The Event Sponsors were – Gold Sponsor Boubyan Bank and Silver sponsor Mahatta Trading Co. IBAK thanks Al Omani Foodstuff Company, Waadiabad Company, Smart Look Co, Gold India Foodstuff Co, Fajr Al Jadid Company, KEMG, International Interiors, Al Mailem, Al Tawaf Commission Agent, Indian Labanese Restaurant, Star Venture Co, Mohemmed Bahrami, Karthik International, Janata Trading Co, Shahad Asia Foodstuff, FTC, Shourouk Co, Transw General Trading & Contg Co, Kohinoor Radiator Co, Abdul Kareem Abdul Rahman Al Audah & Sons Spare Parts Co, Kubbar Co, Alghanim Catering, Advanced Tech Co and Al Ameed Foodstuff Co for their whole-hearted support for the event.

Victor team was sponsored by Al Arabia clinic and vouchers were given to winners of Flight 2 winners and flight 3 winners. Al Arabia goodie bags were given to contest winners by Jof Alen. Dr Mathew Koshy attended the tournament as a representative from Al Arabia clinic. Team 5.30 was sponsored by ACME International, Burhan Tec, Technobolt Industries and Veritech.

IBAK is committed to improve badminton in, Kuwait. As part of this effort the fourth badminton coaching clinic for 2019 kicked off on Nov 11, 2019. The coaching clinic imparted by Indian coach Dr T. Maran will continue for the next three weeks.

By Paul Francis X. Fernandes

Arab Times Staff

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