Mega Carrom Event / Carrom Festival

The Federation, for the first time in 54 years, shall be conducting three major carrom events together at Varanasi (U.P.) from 27th December 2009 to 1st January 2010.  Three events are - 17th All India Federation Cup Carrom Tournament, 37th Sub-junior National & Inter-State Carrom Championship and 38th Junior National & Inter-State Carrom Championship.  More than 1250 players, managers/coaches, umpires and officials will participate in the Mega event.  The unique feature of Mega event is that 10 categories of players – Cadets Boys & Girls (under 12 years of age), Sub-Junior Boys and Girls (under 14 years of age), Junior Boys & Girls (under 18 years of age), Youth Boys & Girls (under 21 years of age) and Men & Women players will participate in this Festival. Besides, about 150 International and National Umpires will officiate the matches. The matches will be conducted on about 130 Carrom Boards. Carrom film shows, Carrom Quiz programmes and Refresher Clinics for Umpires, Examination for empanelment of National Umpires and musical evening with gala dinner on new year eve will be organised as part of the Carrom Festival spread over 8 days. The Carrom Festival is being organised by the Varanasi District Carrom Association and hosted by Jeevan Deep Educational Institutions.

 Asian Championship - Rashmi and Hidayat become Asian Champions – India wins 11 Medals

Former World Champion, Rashmi Kumari of India clinched her second Asian Championship title when she won Women’s Singles title of the 3rd Asian Carrom Championship concluded at Pune on 14th August 2009.  Defending her Asian title, Rashmi defeated her traditional rival and reigning World Champion, I. Ilavahzaki of India in the final, a thrilling encounter 15-25, 25-01, 25-20 and settled her score of losing to Ilavazhaki in the final of 13th SAARC Countries Carrom Championship.  Earlier, Rashmi Kumari won the coveted title of the Asian Championship in 2007 at Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India.  In the semi-finals, Rashmi beat Parimala Devi of India and I. Ilavazhaki beat Nayana Wickremasinghe of Sri Lanka.  M. Parimala Devi of India secured 3rd position who beat Nayana Wickremasinghe 25-06, 25-16 in a play-off match.

Hidayat Ansari of India lifted Men’s Singles title of the Asian Championship defeating reigning Indian National Champion, B. Radhakrishnan in straight games 25-20, 25-16. Hidayat was in excellent form and displayed high level of skill.  This was Hidayat’s immediate second international title after winning the SAARC Championship. Third position was secured by reigning World Champion, Yogesh Pardeshi of India, who beat D.N. Fernando of Sri Lanka 25-23, 09-25, 25-11. Earlier, Hidayat defeated D.N. Fernando of Sri Lanka 25-08, 17-25, 25-08 and B. Radhakrishnan beat Yogesh Pardeshi in a thriller of the Championship 13-25, 25-15, 25-23.

In fact, it was triple crown for both Rashmi and Hidayat in the Asian Championship. Both of them won Doubles and Team titles also.  Indian Pair of Hidayat Ansari & M. Parimala Devi claimed Mixed Doubles title defeating Sri Lankan pair of Viraj Fernando & Roshita Joseph quite easily 25-00, 25-14.  Rashmi Kumari & I. Ilavazhaki won Women’s Doubles title defeating Yashika Rahubadde & Nayana Wickremasinghe of Sri Lanka 25-09, 25-00 while Yogesh Pardeshi & B. Radhakrishnan of India defeated Chamil Cooray & D.N. Fernando of Sri Lanka 25-14, 25-04. India won both men and Women Team events. Detailed results are available on the website.

Men and Women players from five countries (India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Maldives) participated in seven events of the Asian Championships.  Four countries i.e. UAE, Malaysia, Korea and Nepal did not attend the Asian Championship because of swine flu menace in Pune. Both Singles and Team events were played on league-cum-knock out basis. Team events were played on round robin league basis. Doubles events were played on knock-out basis.

The Asian Championship was organized by the Pune District Carrom Association from 11th to 14th August 2009 at Shiv Chatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, Pune where the last Youth Commonwealth Games were organized by India. The Championship was organized under the auspices of the Maharashtra Carrom Association, the All India Carrom Federation and the Asian Carrom Confederation with the approval of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India.  Mr. Subhash Thorve was the Organising Secretary for the Asian Championship, under whose leadership the Championship was organized.

 SAARC Championship - Ilavazhaki and Hidayat are Champions –  Hat trick for Ilavazhaki - India wins 11 Medals

Ilavazhaki of India clinched Women’s Singles title of the 13th SAARC Countries Carrom Championship held at MIG Club, Bandra East, Mumbai, India and made a hat-trick of SAARC titles. Earlier, Ilavazhaki won Women’s Singles title of the SAARC Championships in 2007 at Nagpur, India and in 2008 at Colombo, Sri Lanka. In the final of the 13th SAARC Championship, Ilavazhaki once again defeated Rashmi Kumari of India in straight sets 25-14, 25-15. M. Parimala Devi secured 3rd position defeating Nayana Wickremasinghe of Sri Lanka in a play-off match 25-20, 25-6.
Hidayat Ansari of India, representing his country for the first time, lifted Men’s Singles title of the SAARC Championship. It was triple crown for Ansari who won Mixed Doubles title and Team title also for the country. In the final match, Ansari defeated B. Radhakrishnan of India 25-1, 25-13. He did not give any chance to in form Radhakrishnan. Yogesh Pardesh got 3rd position who beat  D.N. Fernando of Sri Lanka in a one sided match 25-4, 25-0.

Indian pair of Yogesh Pardeshi & B. Radhakrishnan lifted Men’s Doubles title. They defeated Sri Lankan pair of Chamil Cooray and D.N. Fernando 25-8, 25-4. Mohmmad Ali & Hafizur Rahman of Bangladesh got 3rd position.  Rashmi Kumari & I. Ilavazhaki of India won Women’s Doubles title who could record win against Sri Lankan pair of Nayana Wickremasinghe & yashika Rahubaddha 25-7, 18-25, 25-10. Hidayat Ansari & Parimala Devi clinched Mixed Doubles defeating Bangladesh pair of Humayun Kabir & Farzana Banu 25-22, 25-0. Indian won both Men and Women Team titles. Detailed results are available on the website.

Four countries viz. India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bangladesh participated in this Championship. Nepal withdrew at the last minute due to apprehensions about swine flu. Both Singles and Team events were played on league-cum-knock out basis. Team events were played on round robin league basis. Doubles events were played on knock-out basis. SAARC Championship was organized by the Maharashtra Carrom Association at MIG Club, Bandra East, Mumbai under the aegis of the All India Carrom Federation and the Asian Carrom Confederation with the approval of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India. Mr. Arun Kedar, former National Champion, was the Organising Secretary and conducted the Championship in a befitting manner.  Famous international cricketer and Coach, Sandeep Patil inaugurated the Championship and famous actor, gave away beautiful trophies to the winners.

 Indian Carrom Teams selected

(1). The All India Carrom Federation conducted Selection Trials on 10th & 11th November 2009 at Vadodara (Gujarat) for men players and at Chennai for women players, for selecting Indian Men and Women Teams for Three National Carrom Test Series to be held at Male’, Maldives from 20th to 23rd December 2009.  Men and Women Teams of India, Sri Lanka and Maldives would be participating in the Tri-Series. For Selection Trials, players were invited on the basis of National Ranking. Few players had shown their inability to participate in the trials and the Series. Hence, chance was given to the next in the National Ranking. Selection trials were held on the basis of round robin league basis among men and women players separately. All the matches in the round robin league were conducted on the basis of best of three games of 25 points each. On completion of the round robin league, following players were selected:

S.No.

Men Players

Women Players

1

Yogesh Pardeshi (PSPB)

I. Ilavazhaki (TN)

2

B. Radhakrishnan (TN)

Parimala Devi (TN)

3

Md. Hidayat Ansari (AI)

G. Revathy (TN)

(2). The All India Carrom Federation conducted Selection Trials on 6th and 7th June 2009 at Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) for selecting the Indian Men and Women Teams for the 13th SAARC Countries Carrom Championship and the 3rd Asian Carrom Championship to be held at Mumbai and Pune during August 2009.  The Federation invited players for the Selection Trials, as per National Ranking. Few players expressed their inability to participate in the international events and chance was given to the next players in the Ranking.  Selection trials were held on the basis of round robin league basis among men and women players separately. All the matches in the round robin league were conducted on the basis of best of three games of 25 points each. On completion of the round robin league, following players were selected:

S.No.

Men Players

Women Players

1

B. Radhakrishnan (TN)

Rashmi Kumari (BSNL)

2

Yogesh Pardeshi (PSPB)

I. Ilavazhaki (TN)

3

Md. Hidayat Ansari (AI)

Parimala Devi (TN)


 Hidayat Ansari and Kavita claim Institution National titles

Hidayat Ansari (Air India) captured his first national title when he won Men’s Singles title of the 11th Inter-Institution National Carrom Championship held from 2nd to 5th June 2009 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.  Hidayat Ansari, displaying wonderful skill, defeated experienced Prakash Gaikwad (LIC) in the final 13-3, 10-0 to claim his maiden national level title.  Yogesh Pardeshi could get 3rd position. Kavita Somanchi of RBI won Women’s Singles title defeating her colleague from RBI, Sangeeta Chandorkar in a very exciting match 9-3, 3-7, 17-0 in the final.  Rashmi Kumari (BSNL) had to satisfy herself with 3rd position.  Air India pair of R.M. Shankara and M. Nataraj won Men’s Doubles title beating PSPB pair of Yogesh Pardeshi and Ramesh Babu 2-13, 19-5, 6-5. Kavita Somanchi and Sangeeta Chandorkar of RBI claimed Women’s Doubles title defeating D. Swarnalatha and R. Sharmila of IAAD 15-0, 14-0. Indian Airlines won Men’s Team while Indian Audit & Accounts Department took Women’s Team title. Five White Slams and One Black Slam were scored in the Championship.

This was the first national level championship organised on the basis of new rules. The Championship was organised by the Kerala State Carrom Association with the support of G.V. raja Foundation at Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram. Men and women players from 12 Institutions participated in the National Championship.

 Pankaj Pawar and Rashmi Kumari annex Inter-Zonal National titles

Pankaj Pawar of West Zone and Rashmi Kumari of Institution Zone annexed Men and Women Singles titles of the 7th Inter-Zonal National Carrom Championship held from 9th to 11th July 2009 at Siliguri (West Bengal). Pankaj Pawar, a promising player surprised Yogesh Pardeshi of Institution Zone and defeated him 17-14, 9-6. Rashmi Kumari defeated I. Ilavazhaki of South Zone 15-4, 9-5. Institution Zone clinched Men Team title and South Zone annexed Women Team title.  Team events were played on round robin league basis and Singles were played on league-cum-knock out basis.

Inter-Zonal National Championship is also a National Ranking Tournament. Six teams of North, East, West, South, North East and Institution Zones participated in the Championships. Top six men and six women players were selected on the basis of their performance in the Zonal Tournaments. Institution Team was selected on the basis of Inter-Institution National Championship. The Championship was organised by the Siliguri District Carrom (29”) Association at Municipal Corporation Indoor Stadium, Siliguri. It was for the first time that a carrom championship of such stature was organised in Siliguri.

 Zonal Championships and Zonal Coaching Camps

South Zone: Sagayabharati and I. Ilavazhaki of Tamil Nadu won Men and Women Singles titles respectively of the South Zone Carrom Championship held from 22nd to 24th May 2009 at Puducherry. M. Vinod of Karnataka and T.N. Jayashree of Tamil Nadu clinched Jr. Boys and Girls titles. Tamil Nadu won both Men and Women Team titles.

North Zone: Gagandeep and Tuba of Chandigarh won Men and Women Singles titles respectively of the North Zone Carrom Championship held from 12th to 14th June 2009 at Faridabad (Haryana). Salman of Delhi and Arpita of Haryana won Junior Boys and Girls titles. Delhi and Chandigarh won Men and Women Team titles.

West Zone: Nitin Meshram of Vidarbha and Ayesha Mohd. of Maharashtra won Men and Women Singles titles respectively of the West Zone Carrom Championship held from 12th to 14th June 2009 at Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh). Yogesh Kasabe and Maitreyi Gogate of Maharashtra clinched Boys and Girls Singles titles. Vidarbha and Goa won Men and Women Team events respectively.

North East Zone: M. Madhop Singh of Manipur and Barsha Barua of Assam clinched Men and Women Singles titles respectively of the North East Zone Carrom Championship held from 4th to 6th July 2009 at Guwahati (Assam).  S. Gautam and S. Binita Devi of Manipur clinched Junior Boys and Girls Singles titles respectively. Manipur and Assam won Men and Women Team events respectively.

East Zone: Mohd. Ovais of U.P. and Guriya Rani Singh of Bihar clinched Men and Women Singles titles respectively of the East Zone Carrom Championship held from 5th to 7th July 2009 at Siliguri (West Bengal).  Umar Tanveer of U.P. Kajal Singh of Bengal annexed Junior Boys and Girls Singles titles respectively. Bihar won both Men and Women Team events.

Besides Zonal Championships, the Federation conducted Zonal Coaching Camps for Junior, Sub-Junior and Cadet players. Players were imparted training by international Coach, Arun Deshpande. Each Camp was of one week’s duration.  South Zone was organised at Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), West Zone at Akola (Maharashtra), North Zone at Faridabad (Haryana) and East & North East Zones at Varanasi (U.P.).

 South India Prize Money Tournament

Bharathi Dasan of Tamil Nadu won South India Prize Money Tournament held from 1st to 3rd July 2009 at Kavali, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh. Bharathi Dasan also won cash prize of Rs.12,000.  R.D. Dinesh Babu of Hyderabad secured Runners-up position and got Rs.7,000 as prize money. B. Radhakrishnan of Tamil Nadu could get 3rd position and the cash prize of Rs.4,000. Players of six States of Southern India participated in the Tournament. The Tournament was open to Men players only and only Men’s Singles event was organised in the Tournament. The Tournament carried a prize money of Rs.31,000/- was distributed among the top 8 players of the Tournament. The Tournament was organised by Nellore District Carrom Association.

 Training for Trainers (Coaches) Course

The Federation conducted 1st Training for Trainers (Coaches) Course at Mumbai from 17th to 19th May 2009. Twenty four candidates attended and qualified the course. It was well organised by the Mumbai District Carrom Association with Mr. Arun Kedar at the helm of affairs. The course was designed on scientific pattern and included subjects like History and growth of Carrom, Sports Psychology and killing instinct, Role of the Coach, Mental and Physical Fitness, Yoga, Meditation & enhancement of concentration, Laws of Carrom, Discipline and of course practical lessons on how to train boys and girls and the seniors. The subjects were covered with visual and audio aids and power point presentations.  Arun Deshpande, B.K. Haranath and S.K. Sharma were the faculty members. The following were awarded DIPLOMAs on qualifying the assessment norms:

S.No.

Name

State

1

Bharat Bhushan 

Bihar

2

Khurshid Khan   

M.P.

3

V.D. Narayan   

Delhi

4

M. Govindraj     

Karnataka

5

Arun Kedar

Maharashtra

6

Narsing Rao Sakari 

Maharashtra

7

Naval Meshram

Vidarbha

8

P.K. Shanvar 

Kerala

9 Anil Palan Hyderabad
10 S.K. Abdul Jaleel  Andhra
11 A. Lingaraj Kannan   Tamil Nadu
12 Jeevan Kumar Thapa   Bihar
13 Tanveer Ahmed   Vidarbha
14 S. Shoban Raj Hyderabad
15 Ms Kamna Yadav Haryana
16 K. Kumar Singh Manipur
17 Dilip Kumar Sawant Goa
18 Surjeet Jha  Jharkhand
19 Chandrashekhar Ajabe  Maharashtra
20 Ravi Soni Chhattisgarh
21 Ramesh N. Joshi  Gujarat
22 V. Senthil Kumar Puducherry
23 S. Dattatray  Maharashtra
24 Aloke Dey Bengal

 India wins Test Series with United Kingdom and Sri Lanka

India won the Test Series against United Kingdom by 3-0 organised by the U.K. Carrom Federation at Surrey in U.K in August 2008. The Indo-UK Test Series was started by Late Mr. Krishan Sharma, President of the UKCF and ICF in 1996. The Test Series was played in both men and women categories. Indian players won all their matches but Ms Rehura Altaf of UK beat the former World Champion, G. Revathy in one match. India won another Test Series played with Sri Lanka by 3-0. The Indo-Sri Lanka Test Series was organised in Sri Lanka by the Carrom Federation of Sri Lanka (CFSL) in both men and women categories as part of their Golden Jubilee Celebrations in June 2008. Test Series between the two countries is played every two years. Last Series was played in India during March 2006 on the occasion of Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the All India Carrom Federation. India won all the three Test Matches played in Sri Lanka.

 
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