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Indian women clinch crown

Men go down to Sri Lanka

Indian women outplayed Sri Lanka 3-0 in the team championship final of the fifth carrom World Cup on Sunday.

However, Indian men continued to find reigning World champion Sri Lanka a tough nut to crack and lost 2-1 in the final.

Rashmi Kumari, Kajal Kumari and S. Apoorva helped India beat Sri Lanka without dropping a game for the women’s title. Rayana Fathimath of Maldives had put up a better fight against Kajal in the semifinals, but could not stop India from recording a 3-0 victory in the semifinals.

In the men’s final, Zaheer Pasha gave a good start to India by beating Shaheed Hilmy, but Nishantha Fernando and Chamil Cooray defeated K. Sagayabharathi and Prashant More respectively.

The results: Men (final): Sri Lanka bt India 2-1 (Shaheed Hilmy lost to Zaheer Pasha 22-25, 11-25; Nishantha Fernando bt K. Sagayabharathi 25-22, 25-7; Chamil Cooray bt Prashant More 3-25, 25-15, 25-21).

Semifinals: India bt Malaysia 3-0 (Prashant More bt Munthasir 25-3, 25-9; Pasha bt Ismail Azmeen 25-6, 25-11; Sagayabharathi bt Ali Azim 25-18, 25-0).

Women (final): India bt Sri Lanka 3-0 (Rashmi Kumari bt Roshita Joseph 19-15, 25-23; Kajal Kumari bt Chalani Lakmali Liyanage 25-11, 25-12; S. Apoorva bt Yasika Rahubadda 25-12, 25-23).

About International Carrom Federation

The International Carrom Federation (ICF) is an association governed by Swiss law founded in 1988 in Chennai, India. Currently the head office is based in Zurich, Switzerland.

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