World Carrom Championship; India set their supremacy once again
Kaushik Bhattacharya | 28 Feb 2008

Experienced campaigner Yogesh Pardeshi who became National Champion in recently held Senior National Championship which held at Championship annexed the crown of World Champion in the Fifth World Carrom Championship which is scheduled to be held Palace de Festivals, Cannes in France. Pardeshi outclassed his team mate M Nataraj in two straight set of games at 25-22 and 25-12.
In the second game Pardeshi a white slam i.e. break to finish. Earlier, Pardeshi was seeded two in the world ranking. Similarly, RM Shankar (India) defeated Pardeshi’s team mate R Arokiaraj after a tough battle from both sides (8-25 25-11 25-6). However the fifth to eighth place secured by D Nishant Fernendo (Sri Lanka), Sumahar Ali (UK), Shake Challa (USA) and Nazrul Islam (UK) respectively.
Thereafter, India reigning National Women Championship also captured the Women World Champion title defeating teammate P Nirmala at 25-11 and 25-11. Previous world champion Rashmi Kumari has to satisfy with the third place when she defeated her G Revathi (India) by 25-17 and 25-1. G Revathi is also a ex-world champion for India. However, fifth to eighth place are captured by Amitha Wickramasinghe (Sri Lanka), Yashika Rahubuddhe (Sri Lanka), Udeshika Kumari (Sri Lanka) and Elisa Martinelli (Italy) respectively.
Simultaneously, Indian pair pocketed the Men’s Doubles crown when RM Shankara & M Natraj ousted Chamil Cooray and Nishant Fernando of Sri Lanka after a tough three set battle by 20-25, 23-18 and 25-14. Hence, India lost the silver medal in Men’s Doubles and secured the bronze medal when Yogesh Pardeshi and R Arokiaraj thrashed another Sri Lanka pair G Goonewardena and Viraj Fernando at 20-15 and 25-13. In women’s category, Indian duo claimed the gold and silver medal both. Rashmi Kumari and P Nirmala beat their country mate Illavazhaki and G Revathy to clinched the gold. Similarly, Sri Lank’s Udeshika Kumari and A D’souza and A Wickramasinghe and Yasika Rahubuddhe bagged the third and fourth place respectively. Major set back to India was the first time in Carrom history India missed the men team championship title against Sri Lanka.