Indians dominate 1st CFO Badminton Tournament 2013

Indians dominate 1st CFO Badminton Tournament 2013
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Indians dominate 1st CFO Badminton Tournament 2013
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Updated 21 October 2013

Indians dominate 1st CFO Badminton Tournament 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.