Indians dominate 1st CFO Badminton Tournament 2013

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Updated 21 October 2013

Indians dominate 1st CFO Badminton Tournament 2013

The 1st CFO Badminton Tournament 2013 organized by Almarai Badminton Enthusiasts (ABE) successfully concluded recently with final matches and awards ceremony at the Almarai Head Office Villa’s badminton court on Exit 7, Al-Izdihar District on the outskirts of Riyadh.
The tournament was sponsored by the company’s Chief Financial Officer, Paul Louis-Gay, with the help of the Group Finance Manager–Joint Ventures & Investor Relations, Ikram Ulhaque, and followed the badminton Season 1 (Feb. 2–27) and Season 2 ( May 4–June 03) held in the first and second quarters of this year.
Part of the initiative to promote the employees’ well-being and encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle by playing sports, the men’s doubles tournament with the theme “a celebration of of health and fitness and that ran for a month attracted 40 teams and 80 players from the Almarai head office.
Indian players dominated the finals with Jayakrishnan Nair and Sasikumar Pillai winning the centerpiece Level A championship, and Sibin Anthony and Sony Joseph Eapen as runners-up. Leonel Mark Tuscano and Sonyboy Fugaban clinched 3rd place against Junga Thapa Magar and Narayan Parajuli (4th placers).
Saleim Mulla and Mudassar Gheewale took home the Level B the champion trophy with the pair of Shajahan Aliyar and Anoop Maranath as runners-up. Frederick Obana and Lito Villamor took 3rd place against Robert Bondoc and Mark Jensen Herrera.
The Sportsmanship Awards went to Suresh Kambiranda and Ramakrishna Setty in Level A and Redentor Esguerra and Edwin David in Level B.
Ulhaque, Yasantha Fonseka, divisional finance manager of Quality and Product Development Division, and tournament chairman Enrico Abad attended the awards ceremony in which medals, rackets, and trophies were handed out to the winners.
The Level A category was for experienced players and Level B for beginners. There were 16 teams for Level A and 24 for Level B. All teams were equally distributed into 4 brackets for each level. Brackets 1 and 2 form Group 1 while Brackets 3 and 4 constitute Group 2. The top 2 teams (i.e., based on accumulated team points) from each bracket in the elimination round advanced to the second round from where the top 2 teams of both groups went on to the semifinal round, which was played in best of three format. In the semis Super 4 top 1 of Group 1 battled against Top 2 of Group 2 and vice versa that determined teams for the coveted championship and 3rd place.
Helping make the event a big success are the company’s sporting events organizers namely Roland Rojo, Owen Marte, Avelino Apostol, Thomas McLean Ledesma, Ace Arce Galleta, Miguel Alarcon, Christian Ayade, Arwin Balason, Richard Kirong, and Daniel Desiderio.


Neymar future remains up in the air as PSG reject Madrid offer

Updated 23 August 2019

Neymar future remains up in the air as PSG reject Madrid offer

  • Paris club said to turn down an offer from Barcelona of €40 million plus Coutinho and Rakitic

PARIS: Neymar remains no closer to getting his desired move away from Paris Saint-Germain amid reports Thursday the French club have rejected an offer from Real Madrid of €100 million($111 million) plus players.

French sports daily L’Equipe said Real had offered cash plus Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and goalkeeper Keylor Navas, but PSG turned it down because “the overall value of the offer did not match their expectations.” 

Paris paid €222 million to sign Neymar from Barcelona two years ago and their sporting director Leonardo is understood to be determined to only sell the forward for a deal considered to be of the same value.

Real have spent the summer trying to offload Bale, while James is unwanted after returning from a loan at Bayern Munich and Navas is no longer the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.

Meanwhile, Barcelona remain hopeful of bringing Neymar back to the Camp Nou, but Catalan daily Sport claims an attempt to sign the player on loan with an obligation to buy for €160 million at the end of the season has been firmly rejected in Paris.

Sport claims Barcelona feel “it is very clear that PSG are trying to prevent the Brazilian from returning to the Camp Nou in any scenario.” 

PSG had previously reportedly turned down an offer from Barcelona of €40 million  plus Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic. Coutinho has since joined Bayern on loan.

Juventus are also believed to have stated an interest in signing the 27-year-old, who has not featured in any of PSG’s matches so far this season having been frozen out amid the uncertainty over his future. The transfer window closes in France, Spain and Italy on Sept. 2, meaning time is fast running out for a deal to be done.

Watford loan Sweden winger Sema to Udinese

Watford winger Ken Sema has completed a season-long loan move to Udinese, the Serie A side confirmed on Thursday.

The six-times capped Sweden international only moved to Vicarage Road last summer from Ostersunds FK and made 22 appearances for the English club.

The 25-year-old's departure follows the arrival of Senegal international Ismaila Sarr to the Premier League outfit on a club record transfer of €35 million   ($38 million) from Rennes. The northeastern Italian club and Watford are both owned by the Pozzo family.

Udinese host AC Milan in their opening match of the Serie A season on Saturday.