LONDON: Sri Lanka defeated India in a sensational World Carrom Champion final to secure 7th World Carrom Champion team event. Maldives stood 3rd in the championship held in Birmingham.
Indian women’s carrom team successfully defended their world title during the event. Moreover, Pakistan Carrom Federation presented Life Time Achievement award to Italian female player Elisa Zucchiatti and host federation’s Nazrul Islam a Milestone Achievement Award.
7th World Carrom Champion concluded yesterday in Birmingham after 5 days of sensational battles in men’s singles, women singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mix doubles matches. The championship was inaugurated by the Mayor Councilor of Birmingham Mile Robinson inaugurated the championship. Bangladeshi Ambassador to England was also present on this occasion.
The event was hosted by U.K Carrom Federation under the supervision of International Carrom Federation and held at the Badshah Palace in Birmingham. Sixteen countries including; Pakistan, Champion Sri Lanka, Maldives, Malaysia, India, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Korea, Canada, U.S.A and U.K participated in the event. A total of 164 men and women players including Pakistan’s contingent comprising Murtaza Khan Zulfee, Muhammad Amil, Ramzan Ali and Anas Bin Murtaza participated in the event.
Sri Lankan team defeated Indian Carrom team by 2-1 in yet another historical victory. However, Indian women’s team were successful in defending their title. Sri Lankan rivalry with India in the game of Carrom dates back to 1950s.
Indian players dominated the singles matches by securing top three positions in both Men’s Singles and Women’s singles matches. Chamil Cooray of Sri Lanka on the other hand successfully defended his titles in the Swiss League.
Lord Mayor of Birmingham Carl Rice was the Chief Guest in the closing ceremony. President ICF Josef Mayer, Former President Arif Naqvi, Secretary General ICF Mohammad Saeed, P.S Baccher and Bharat Bhushan of India, Hero Shibano and Asami of Japan and other salient officials from participating countries were also present on this occasion.