Team Canada leaves on the 10th of September to participate in the Carrom World Cup, which will be held this year on Sun Island’s 7 star prestigious Sun Resorts, from the 13th to the 18th of September 2014. The tournament is hosted by the Maldives Carrom Federation, under the auspices of the International Carrom Federation.
Mr. Arif Nagvi, the President of ICF is thrilled with the venue and is confident that the event will be successful. Mr. S. K. Sharma, Secretary General, the backbone to ICF is excited in having 16 teams taking part, repeating the participation in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This year, last World Cup Winners, India, Runners-up Sri Lanka, 3rd Place finisher, Bangladesh and 4th placed Canada will participate. Hosts Maldives, Pakistan, Malaysia, European Champions, UK, Runners-up, France, formidable USA, Germany, Korea, Japan, Italy, Switzerland & Poland are the other nations taking part.
In the last championship Canada, in its maiden appearance finished a very laudable fourth, behind carrom power houses India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This year’s team consists of Louis Fernandes, who recently had 3 very successful tournaments – Champions Trophy, US Open and New Jersey Open and is expected to perform well. With dedicated practices he has the potential to showcase his talent internationally. Anurag Chanda, though, having limited international experience, has tremendous pocketing skills, which should threaten any opponent. Mohanathas Velusamy, a newcomer to competitive carrom has improved leaps and bounds. Competition is not new to him, as he has represented Sri Lanka in wrestling in the Common Wealth Games. Francis D’Costa, the lone survivor of the 4th placed World Cup team has enough experience to turn tables on any formidable opponent. They will be accompanied by John DeSouza as the Manager. John, a competitive carrom player himself, is also a professional photographer, who will be a great asset to the carrom community on the whole.
For men there will be 4 competitions and for women 3. (1) The team event will have 3 players playing singles against another team and the team with the maximum number of wins will be declared the winner. (2) A doubles event. (3) A mixed (men & women) Singles event on a Swiss league basis and, (4) A Singles Event, the winner becomes the world champion.