Laksiri, Issadeen Air Force Open squash winners | Sunday Observer

Laksiri, Issadeen Air Force Open squash winners

Ravindu Laksiri (left) and Fathoum Issadeen
Ravindu Laksiri (left) and Fathoum Issadeen

Ravindu Laksiri and Fathoum Issadeen emerged men’s and women’s champions respectively at the Air Force Open Squash championship that was held at the Air Force courts at Ratmalana from October 20 to 27.

Laksiri won the title for the fourth time when he beat Shamil Wakeel in a well fought out contest. Laksiri was made to work hard to overcome stiff opposition from Wakeel who won the first set. The final scores were 6-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-9.

Fathoum Issadeen won the women’s event beating Kasuni Gunawardena in four sets. Plenty of entertainment was provided to the spectators by some great rallies and players sliding across the courts to pick up difficult shots. The final scores were 11-4, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8.

Chanthima Sinaly of Sirimavo Bandaranaike Balika won a double by emerging champion in the under-15 and 17 categories for girls.

The winners of the Open events were presented with cash prices of Rs 50,000 each and the runners-up Rs 25,000 each according to the organisers.

The chief guest at this event was Director Ground Operations Air Vice Marshall KFR Fernando.

Results. (Girls)

U-9: Winner: Methunki Samaranayake, Runner-Up: Liyana Rajapakse

U-11: Winner: Abigale Dias, Runner-up: Hiranya Wickramasinghe

U-13: Winner: Irudinithi Wood, Runner-up: Dinethri Kulatunga

U-15: Winner: Chanithma Sinaly, Runner-up: Anargi Perera

U-17: Winner: Chanithma Sinaly, Runner-up: Deumini Gallage

U-19: Winner: Kasuni Gunawardena, Runner-up: Sameera Deen

Novices: U-11: Winner: Chanuli Wijetunge, Runner-up: Nuyara Thimandi

Novices: U-15: Winner: Akithmi Hapuarachchi, Runner-up: Disura Wijekoon


U-9: Winner: Manuth Dassanayake, Runner-up: Kaveen Kohombange

Novices U-11: Winner: Induvara Gunaratne, Runner-up: A Ranatunga

U-11: Winner: Mathesha Wijesekara, Runner-up: M.B.B. Nanayakkara

U-13: Winner: Hiruna Coralage, Runner-up: BPD Nilantha

Novices U-15: Winner: Minosh de Silva, Runner-up: Vinuth Wanigarathne

U-15: Winner: Nevindu Lakmal, Runner-up: D.H.T. Randina

U-17: Winner: Ilham Asmone, Runner-up: Nevindu Lakmal

U-19: Winner: Druvinka Perera, Runner-up: Heshan Balasuriya

Men’s Novices: Winner: KWPY Ireshan, Runner-up: S Wasantha

Men’s Over-35: Winner: K.G. Prabath, Runner-up: Asela Wan

Masters Over-45: Winner C.H. Thalagala, Runner-up: Group Captain Upul Wijeweera

Veterans Over 50: Winner M. Rizwan, Runner-up: P.D. Jayasinghe