Sports Reporter :
AFTER a lengthy break in sporting activities, Goa hosted an event that was refreshingly different. ‘Enthu Cutlets’ — the world’s largest social networking group of badminton enthusiasts, in collaboration with Panjim Badminton Club, an affiliated unit of Goa Badminton Association, organised a badminton event at its multipurpose stadium, Peddem in Mapusa, where badminton players (35+ and above) competed in a team format. City’s noted Government Approved Auditor Prasad Raj Vaidya was one of the members of Darklords that won the event.
Other members of the team were: Kamlesh Kanji (Captain), Nitin Akhade, Shailesh Dias, Pravin Upadhyay, T Srinivas, Bhavin Parekh, Ashok Kumar B, Sashi Kumar Ayer, Savio Lamb and Geetha. The third place match was won by Atomic Blasters who defeated Royal Lions with a similar 147-140 scoreline. Eight teams —Atomic Blasters, Baddie Squad, Birdie Hunters, Darklords, Mischievous Mammoths, Ninja Smashers, Power Maulers and Royal Lions, with 7 doubles matches in each tie, played in relay format. After three days of intense competitive action, Darklords emerged champions of the event, edging out Mischievous Mammoths 147-140 in a pulsating contest. Prizes worth Rs 1.2 lakh were presented to various winners. The event was powered by Adidas Badminton and Parama Heartbeat Sports.