Fernando New World Champion
For the 1st time in the history of the Carrom World Cup, a champion has emerged outside the Indian subcontinent. Nishant Fernando the Sri Lankan veteran played amazing carrom throughout the tournament to deservingly break the Indian monopoly on the world circuit, winning the world title soundly defeating C. Bharthidasan of India 2 matches to 0.
Overwhelming crowd favorite Fernando won the first game of his world title final against his formidable opponent Bharthidasan 25-4. And, continuing to play an aggressive game he quickly subdued his opponent in the second game 25-10.
An ecstatic crowd of over 600 Sri Lnakan spectators who jam-packed the Galadari Hotel were jubilant at having their local lad lifting the world crown. This was somewhat of a consolation to their cricket team’s T20 World Cup defeat to West Indies in the final a few weeks ago in Colombo.
Yogesh got back some pride claiming the third place beating the youngster from Hyderabad, K. Srinivas 11-25, 25-14 & 25-5.
Fernando was in great form in his semi-final match against 20 year old K. Srinivas of India. In a thrilling game he defeated Srinivas 25-18 & 25-21. In the other semi-final, favorite Yogesh Pardeshi had a rude awakening by his team mate Barthidarsan. In the first game it was see-saw all the way until Bharthidasan pipped Yogesh to the finish. He also had a white slam in his upset win over the current world title holder Yogesh 25-24 & 25-4.
In the women’s final, an all Indian affair, the former world champion Rashmi Kumari dethroned the current twice world champion I.Ilavazhaki 25-12 & 25-10. Rashmi was in great form and did not allow her renown opponent and colleague Ilavazhaki to get into the game winning both the games easily.
In the 3rd place, Kavita Somanchi defeated Parimala Devi 25-12 & 25-23 in an interesting encounter between the two Indians.
Earlier in the semi-finals, Ilavazhaki beat Parimala Devi 25-3 & 25-20, while Rashmi Kumari defeated Kavita Somanchi 25-2 & 25-18.
Prakash Gaikwad the current Asian champion won the Swiss Round Robin League, finishing on top after eight rounds of play. Nishant Fernando came in second, with Yogesh Pardeshi and K. Srinivas following third and fourth respectively.
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