Friday, 21 April 2017

7th Carrom World Championships 2016, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Team Malaysia - Who represented the team

Official championship logo
1. Christopher Walter (Player cum Team Manager)
2. Mohd Suhaizan Mat Karri
3. Mohd Azahar Zakaria
4. S. Gopi

1. Suzana Sulaiman
2. Jamilah Ibrahim
3. Norzalina Mokhtar
4. Roslina Mohd Nordin

The team met for centralized training at least on 2 separate weekends and there was a lot of coordination work and effort by just a few to make this trip a success. Namely Mr. Samohon (President of the national association) & Mr. Sahipul (Sec. Gen. of the association) and not forgetting yours truly. I remember the President doing most of the runs to government agencies, t-shirt suppliers and making tonnes of calls to get things ready for the team to leave. And there are some members sitting on the sidelines, doing just about nothing. Amazingly on the day of AGM, all they do is point fingers at others except themselves, worst of all they want/demand for positions in the association. After all that's said and done - ZERO contribution. A sad state of affairs.

Having said that, the team departed on the 5th of November to Birmingham, UK and returned on the 16th/17th respectively depending on the flights they took.

Types of Events

There was 4 events in total and the Malaysian contingent participated in all 4.

1. Singles (Men & Women)
2. Team (Men & Women)
3. Swiss League (Open Event)
4. Doubles (Men & Women)

Day 1 - Doubles
Day 2 - Swiss League
Day 3 - Team Event
Day 4 & 5 - Singles


1a. Singles - Men (Total 62 participants)

1. Christopher Walter (Ranking - 34)
2. Mohd Suhaizan Mat Karri (Ranking - 46)
3. Mohd Azahar Zakaria (Ranking - 59)
4. S. Gopi (Ranking - 57)

1b. Singles - Women (Total 33 participants)

1. Suzana Sulaiman (Ranking - 20)
2. Jamilah Ibrahim (Ranking - 26)
3. Norzalina Mokhtar (Ranking - 30)
4. Roslina Mohd Nordin (Ranking - 29)

2a. Women Team (Total 3 Groups)

Group 1 - India, Europe & Malaysia
Group 2 - Sri Lanka, Germany & France
Group 3 - Maldives, USA & UK

Malaysia ended up losing both matches and did not proceed to the next round.

2b. Men Team (Total 3 Groups)

Group 1 - India, France, USA & Czech
Group 2 - Maldives, Switzerland, Poland & Malaysia
Group 3 - UK, Canada, Pakistan & Korea
Group 4 - Sri Lanka, Germany & Italy

Malaysia ended up finishing 3rd in the group and did not proceed to the next round.

3. Swiss League (Total of 127 players)

Final ranking of our players after 8 rounds (in bracket).

1. Mohd Suhaizan Mat Karri (Ranking - 37). 5 Wins & 3 Losses
2. Christopher Walter (Ranking - 38). 5 Wins & 3 Losses
3. Mohd Azahar Zakaria (Ranking - 64). 4 Wins & 4 Losses
4. Suzana Sulaiman (Ranking - 103). 3 Wins & 5 Losses
5. Jamilah Ibrahim (Ranking - 107). 3 Wins & 5 Losses
6. S. Gopi (Ranking - 109). 3 Wins & 5 Losses
7. Roslina Mohd Nordin (Ranking - 112). 2 Wins & 6 Losses
8. Norzalina Mokhtar (Ranking - 118). 2 Wins & 6 Losses

4a. Women Doubles (Total 15 Pairs) - Knock-out

Pair #1 (Suzana/Jamilah) vs (Yasika/Arosha) SL - Lost (1-25, 9-25)
Pair #2 (Roslina/Nor Zalina) vs (Aminath/Aminah) MDV - Lost (4-25, 10-19)

4b. Men Doubles (Total 30 Pairs) - Knock-out

Pair #1 (Chris/Suhaizan) vs (Shankara/Prashant) IND - Lost (1-25, 4-25)
Pair #2 (Azahar/Gopi) vs (Hilmy/Sherifdeen) SL - Lost (0-25, 0-25)


Team Discussions 
Team Discussions 
MY Women Players
MY Team
MY Men's Team
With Louis from Team Canada
Brand new SYNCO boards but with many faulty ones 
Championship Logo on the board frame


Poland vs Italy 
Poland vs Italy
Maldives vs Germany
Maldives vs Germany
UK vs Germany
UK vs Germany
Swiss vs France
Swiss vs France
Czech vs Korea
Czech vs Korea
Canada vs Pakistan
Canada vs Pakistan
Maldives vs USA
Maldives vs USA
Poland vs Italy
Poland vs Italy
Canada vs UK
Canada vs UK
Switzerland vs USA
Switzerland vs USA

Sri Lanka vs Malaysia 
Sri Lanka vs Malaysia
Maldives vs Malaysia
Italy vs Poland
Maldives vs Malaysia
Switzerland vs Sri Lanka
Italy vs USA
Czech vs Korea
Sri Lanka vs France
Sri Lanka vs France
Friendly practice between Yogesh & Kajal
Friendly practice between Rashmi & Pierre 
France vs USA 
Maldives vs Italy
Sri Lanka vs France
Sri Lanka vs France
India vs Czech
India vs Czech
UK vs Switzerland
With Rashmi Kumari of India
With Rashmi Kumari of India
Men Doubles semi-finals (India vs Sri Lanka)
Men Doubles semi-finals (India vs Sri Lanka)
Women Doubles semi-finals (India vs Sri Lanka)
Women Doubles semi-finals (India vs Sri Lanka)
Women Doubles semi-finals (India vs Sri Lanka)
Women Doubles semi-finals (India vs Sri Lanka)
Men Doubles q-finals (India vs France)
Men Doubles q-finals (India vs France)
Aerial view of Men Doubles finals (India vs India)
Men Doubles finals (India vs India)

Women Doubles finals (India vs India)

View of the playing venue/hall

Prize giving ceremony for Doubles

Women Doubles 3rd place (Chalani/Roshita of Sri Lanka)

Women Doubles runners-up (Parimala/Tuba of India)

Women Doubles CHAMPION (Appoorwa/Kajol of India)

Winners of the Women Doubles with the Officials

Men Doubles 3rd place (Hilmy/Sherifdeen of Sri Lanka)
Men Doubles runners-up (Shankara/Prashant of India)

Men Doubles CHAMPIONS (Riyaz/Sandeep of India) with the Officials


Victorious Men's Team Champions (Sri Lanka)
Men's Team Champions (Sri Lanka) - joined by the Women's Team

Men Doubles - Sandeep Deorukhkar & Riyaz Akbarali (India)
Runners-up - R.M. Shankara & Prashant More (India)

Women Doubles - Kajol Kumari & S. Appoorwa (India)
Runners-up - Parimala Devi & Tuba Sehar (India)

Swiss league champion - Chamil Cooray (Sri Lanka)
2nd place - Sandeep Deorukhkar (India)
3rd place - Nishanta Fernando (Sri Lanka)

Men Team Champions - Sri Lanka
Runners-up - India
3rd place - Maldives

Women Team Champions - India
Runners-up - Sri Lanka
3rd place - Maldives

Men Singles Champion - Prashant More (India)
Runner-up - Riyaz Akbarali (India)
3rd place - Yogesh Pardeshi (India)

Women Singles Champion - S. Appoorwa (India)
Runner-up - Parimala Devi (India)
3rd place - Rashmi Kumari (India)
Thank you for reading and apologies for the delay in publishing this report.