27 Jun Karnal Abdin of UK defends European Carrom Champion
Karnal Abdin of UK defeated his club mate Mrshad Khan to lift the Trophy of the 17th Carrom Euro Cup 2013 in Leszno near Warsaw, Poland in Singles event on the last day of the Euro Cup on Sunday, 23rd. June. Although almost every match between the top players was very tough and hard contested, sometimes decided by only one point, the Singles final was a one sided affair for Karnal Abdin, who easily defeated Murshad Khan in two sets. The third place was secured by Fabian Pereira of France who had out of eleven (11) matches eight (8) wins and one draw. German Champion Peter Boecker equalized the points with Fabian with 8 wins and one draw, but had less ‘Bucholz’ points and landed on 4th place. The matches were conducted with Swiss League System.
About 120 players from ten (10) European countries participated in the Euro Cup, which was appreciated as a best organized Carrom Euro Cup since 17 years. That too by a host federation which is quite young. The Polish Carrom Association was founded on 19th April 2009.
The Doubles Trophy was lifted for the first time by a Swedish pair Mehedi Hassan and Babu Saravan, who defeated in final UK’s pair
Sunahar Ali and Abdul Malik. The thrid place went to Faian Pereira and Kevin Sieger of France.
The Teams Championship was won by France with Pierre Dubois,
Mouraly Venou, Alfred Rajadurai and young Venou Radjou. The Second place went to UK team with Karnal Abdin, Nazrul Islam, Murshad Khan and Ala MIa. Germany had to rest on third place, despite of equal points with UK, but having lost earlier in straight match with UK. Other countries which took part in Teams Event included Switzerland, Italy, Poland and Czech Republic.
The 17th Carrom Euro Cup was opened with a formal ceremony on 21st June 2013 at ‘Palace in Leszno’ near Warsaw with the speeches of Mr. Jakub Nowakowski President Polisdh Carrom Federation,
Mr. Arif Naqvi President of the European Carrom Confederation and International Carrom Federation and Mayor of Leszno Mr Andrzey Cieslak.
While Jakub Nowakowsky welcomed the participants and assured for best possible hospitality, Arif Naqvi praised the excellent arrangements of the Euro Cup and stressed on the social values of the game of Carrom. He specially praised the rising standard of the Carrom in Europe and appreciated that about one hundred and twenty (120) players are taking part in this years Euro Cup and informed about the planned Ceremonies on 25th Anniversary of ICF in October 2013 in Delhi.
Mayor Andrzey Cieslak not only praised the game of Carrom but assured his full cooperation in any international Carrom event if conducted in his county. He was happy that Carrom is becoming popular in Poland.
A big Indian Cultural festival, with the performance and display of Indian musicand dances, Yoga, Henna paintings, cuisine, carrom, cricket, Indian languages, tourism to India, photo exhibition etc. was organised on the last day of Euro Cup at the lbig lawn of the hotel ‘Palast in Leszno’. It was attended by several thousand local inhabitants and the Carrom players from all over Europe.
It was followed by the Prized Distribution Ceremony of the Euro Cup in the evening, attended by the Mayor of Leszno Andrzey Cieslak and other dignitaries. Speaking on the occasion Arif Naqvi praised on behalf of the players the excellent arrangements by the host federation and the friendly and cooperative atmosphere among the players. Handing over the ECC presidency to UK’s Nazrul Islam, he wished him every success. Nazrul Islam thanked Arif Naqvi for his contributions in ECC and assured that he will do his best to fulfil the new responsibilities which are not easy. On behalf of the UK Carrom Federation Nazrul Islam invited the players to 18th Carrom Euro Cup in London next year.
After the speeches of the outgoing ECC President and the new ECC President the Prizes were distributed by the President and Secretary of the Polish Carrom Association Jakub Nowakowski and Paulina Nowakowska. The main organiser of the 17th Euro Cup Paulina Nowakowska received a rousing applause for her excellent work as the Tournament Secretary of the Euro Cup.
Earlier on Friday ECC President Arif Naqvi and Secretary Elisa martinelli had declared their retirements from their posts in ECC prefering a new team and Nazrul Islam and Josef Meyer were elected unanimously for the same posts.