Kerala Association of Bradley Stoke & South Glocestershire, UK’s Badminton Tournament in Bristol

KABS Badminton Teams UK - 2013

KABS Badminton Teams UK – 2013

The Badminton Tournament in Bristol organised recently under the auspices of the Kerala Association of Bradley Stoke & South Gloucestershire (KABS) was a great success. A total of 16 teams signed up for the competition, which was run in a doubles format at the Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

Kerala Association of Bradley Stoke & South Glos- Badminton Runner's Up Trophy presentation 2013

Kerala Association of Bradley Stoke & South Glos- Badminton Runner’s Up Trophy presentation 2013

The games of the tournament were conducted league wise, progressing to quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals. The final game between George Luke & Teny Antony and Sunil Chellappan & Velson Thomas was a hard fought match, with some incredible rallies raising the thrust of the game. However George and Teny ultimately won the match using their best manoeuvres and were crowned champions. In the loser’s finals, George Varghese & Ramnishanth Anaswara won the third place whilst Asif Ali & Aneesh Virakan shared the fourth place. In other interesting games, the teams lead by Sundeep & Vijay, Jayamohan & Sanath, Praveen & Kumaran, Siju Jose & Sunil Daniel fiercely fought to gain the scores.

Kerala Association of Bradley Stoke & South Glos's - Badminton Second Runner's Up Trophy presentation 2013

Kerala Association of Bradley Stoke & South Glos’s – Badminton Second Runner’s Up Trophy presentation 2013

All the games were exciting and remarkable. There were also friendly contests between women’s teams in the badminton courts, nevertheless were not tallied. Many members, friends and families came to cheer up the badminton players. Refreshments were provided to all participants as well as enthusiastic spectators. Thus the sporting event offered opportunities to socialise as well as for collective fun and entertainment.

Badminton Matches in progress - Kerala Association of Bradley Stoke & South Glos

Badminton Matches in progress – Kerala Association of Bradley Stoke & South Glos

The tournament was officially inaugurated by Councillor Tom Prabin Aditya, the President of the Kerala Association. In his speech, Cllr Aditya narrated an interesting story connecting India and Bradley Stoke with the Badminton game. He said that Badminton as game was started by the local Duke of Beaufort (who owned most lands in Bradley Stoke earlier) at the nearby Badminton House in 1873 taking inspirations from Duke’s experience at Poona in India. He commented that due to its Indian origins, Indians should have a natural instinct to play badminton. He added that badminton is now one of the most played sports in the world. Councillor Tom Aditya appealed all the participants to take full advantage of the tournament. He stated “This is an appropriate platform for the players to enhance their skills, whatever challenges, and hindrances comes forth needs to be solved to get the output”. He pointed out that much has to be done in the future to enable the talented players to be provided opportunities to participate at the county level and national level competitions. The President appreciated the efforts and the contributions made by the Association’s Sports Co-ordinators Mr Sunil Chellappan and Mr Jayamohan Kumar for organising the tournament very efficiently.

Kerala Association Badminton Matches in progress - Bristol,UK

Kerala Association Badminton Matches in progress – Bristol,UK

The Winner’s trophy and its rewards were presented to George Luke & Teny Antony by Mrs Surya Sunil and the Runner’s Up Trophy and prizes were handed over to Sunil Chellappan & Velson Thomas by Mrs Renu Rajasekharan.

Kerala Association Bristol Winners  Trophy presentation

Kerala Association Bristol Winners Trophy presentation

Agreeing to meet again for the Association’s Christmas New Year celebration, all the participants commented that the KABS Badminton Tournament 2013 was a memorable experience.

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