Pizza Hut IBAK Masters Cup 2019 concludes
KUWAIT CITY, April 2: The Indian Badminton Association of Kuwait (IBAK) organized the Pizza Hut IBAK Masters Cup 2019 at its venue in Salwa on March 27 and 28, 2019. Kout Food Group (Pizza Hut) was the title sponsor of the event.
Tournament had six categories for competition namely: Professional Men’s Doubles, Advanced Men’s Doubles, Intermediate Open Doubles, Open Singles, Above 40 Men’s Doubles and Ladies Doubles.
In a fiercely fought final match for the Professional Men’s Doubles title, Aneef K. Lathif and Bastian James proved their supremacy over Arshad N.V. and Sanju V.K. (23-21, 21-16).
Arshad N.V. was crowned the Singles Open champion. He beat Varun Sriram (19-21, 22-20, 23-21). In the Advanced Men’s Doubles, Aju Joy and Binoj Chalisserry had a relatively easy win over Saleem Mohammed and Shajahan V.A. (21-13, 21-14). In the Above 40 Men’s Doubles, Prakash Muttel and Sajeev Punnekkal won the finals beating Ajoy Felix and Ajay John (21-11, 21-17). Intermediate Doubles was won by Binoy Thomas and Wilson Crasta who had to sweat against Joel Varghese and Sabin Sam before winning the match (15-21, 21-11, 21-17). Ladies Doubles crown went to Valli Gangadharan and Sirisha Nagapadma. They defeated Joy Villanueva and Nikka Dos Roda (21-15, 21-14).
Professional Men’s Doubles:
Winners: Aneef K. Lathif and Bastian James
Runners-up: Arshad N.V. and Sanju V.K.
Semifinalists: Yashin Bose and Bader Kalliparambil & Harshath Kader Hussain and Liju Thomas.
Winner: Arshad N.V.
Runner-up: Varun Sriram
Semifinalists: Bastian James and Sarvesh Rajkumar
Advanced Men’s Doubles:
Winners: Aju Joy and Binoj Chalisserry
Runners-up: Saleem Mohammed and Shajahan V.A.
Semifinalists: Kaiser Hamid and Saddam Hussain & Gireesh D.S. and Nahs J.M.
Above 40 Men’s Doubles:
Winners: Prakash Muttel and Sajeev Punnekkal
Runners-up: Ajoy Felix and Ajay John
Semifinalists: Francis Ceasor and Rajiv Venu & Binu P.D. and Saiju Chandran
Intermediate Men’s Doubles:
Winners: Binoy Thomas and Wilson Crasta
Runners-up: Joel Varghese and Sabin Sam
Semifinalists: Kiran Sureshkumar and Nithin Mathew & Sunil Abraham and Ullas
Winners: Valli Gangadharan and Sirisha Nagapadma
Runners-up: Joy Villanueva and Nikka Dos Roda
Semifinalists: Biju Neha and Fiona Jenson Cabral & Kundana Kishore and Ainur D.
Ms May Omran, Asst Manager – Marketing, Kout Food Group (Pizza Hut) formerly inaugurated the event in the presence of Captain Abdul Hadi Mohammed, General Secretary – Kuwait Badminton Federation. Speaking on the event Dr Manimara Chozhan thanked Pizza Hut for their continued support to IBAK.
During the inaugural ceremony Captain Abdul Hadi Mohammed, General Secretary – Kuwait Badminton Federation has also distributed BWF Shuttle Time certificates to the Shuttle Time participants.
Event was a grand success with close to 250 badminton enthusiasts around Kuwait taking competing in the event. A huge gathering of multi nationalities assembled in the venue for two days to witness the major event in National Elite Circuit.
Competition witnessed impressive performance by all participated. With many close fought and spirited matches, Pizza Hut IBAK Masters Cup 2019 was full of thrill and excitement. Tournament found many seeded players bowing out of competition early.
The Indian Badminton Association Kuwait (IBAK) has been the pioneer association promoting and showcasing badminton among all the badminton lovers in Kuwait. IBAK has been providing a professional platform for the sport of badminton to the willing young players since a decade. IBAK is the only one in Kuwait to be associated with Kuwait Badminton Federation.
IBAK’s next open event Kuwait Open Ranking Tournament will be conducted on May 2 and May 3, 2019. Registration link for Kuwait Open Ranking Tournament will be published soon.