GBA hosts successful Mash badminton tourney
The Guyana Badminton Association last weekend completed the annual Mashramani Badminton tournament at the National Gymnasium, as champions were crowned in various categories.
The tournament was played in two segments- the Open for Men’s and Ladies and the age group for juniors. It attracted the country’s leading male and female players, who were engaged in heated rivalry during the annual event.
The Open Ladies division was won by Guyana’s most decorated female player, Priyanna Ramdhani, who won the final against Greer Jackson. Pricilla Moore and Ayanna Wickham-Watson shared the third spot.
The consistent Jonathon Mangra won the Open Men’s Singles after beating Nicholas Ali in the final. Darrell Carpenay and Avinash Odit shared third.
Kayla Jordon took top honours in the Under-11 Girls Singles, with Haily Choo-a-Fat ending second and Gianna Ramnarine third. Jonathan Debidin was the Under-11 Boys Singles champion, with Avinash Ramnarine taking the runner-up spot, and Jared Bird and Nikhil Sookraj sharing third.
Lesha Singh took the Under-13 Girls Singles title from Sasha Singh, while third place was shared by Lathika Kandayel and Elese Sangster.
Andrew Debidin was the top Under-13 Boys player, while Vikash Mootoo was second best and Matthew Beharry third. In the Under-15 Girls Singles, Crystal Permaul was the overall champion, leaving Sarah Samad to settle for second.
President of the Guyana Badminton Association and national coach, Gokarn Ramdhani, who coordinated the event, lauded the players for putting on a good show, noting that the tournament has been able to unearth some new talent.
The tournament was once gain exclusively sponsored by the National Sports Commission.