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Media Release

Muscat, Apr 26: Mangalorean Catholic Centre of the Parish (MCCP) led by Team-28 recently conducted an exciting ‘MCCP Annual Badminton Tournament’ at the Indian Social Club, Darsait.

The huge popularity of the game ensured a large gathering of members and their families creating an electrifying atmosphere. Young, as well as elders of the community, compete with each other with tremendous enthusiasm and vigor with a true spirit of sportsmanship.

The program commenced at 9.15 am with registration and breakfast was provided for the participants and their families present at the venue. The matches commenced after the opening prayer and were addressed by the spiritual director, Fr Marian Miranda. Donald Pinto, one of the strongest pillars and core committee members of the MCCP, and his wife Eula Pinto, who is the longest member and ardent supporter of the MCCP, were the guest of honors.

Remembering Late Sharon Alva, internal auditor of the MCCP Team 28, who left to heavenly abode on March 12, 2022, a 2-minutes silence prayer was observed by all the assembled to pay the tribute to his great soul. His support to humanity and the whole community at large was gratefully remembered.

President Jessie Vivian Pereira and executive committee members, Tressy Menezes, Reshma D Costa, Merita D Souza, Silvia Fernandes, Praveen Serra, and Vikas Fernandes, have put their tremendous efforts into making all the necessary arrangements at the venue. The cultural secretary Praveen Serra led was the master of ceremonies of the event.
The president, Jessie Vivian Pereira, Fr Marian Miranda, Eula Pinto, and Donald Pinto played the opening strike, thereby announcing the opening of the much-awaited tournament by the Mangalorean Community.

The tournament was divided into six categories, which included Under 13 doubles, under 18 Doubles, below 40 Men’s Doubles, below 40 Mixed Doubles, above 40 Men’s Doubles as well as above 40 Women’s Doubles. The tournament saw an overwhelming response with a total of 27 teams being registered for the tournament. The members were asked to pre-register themselves on the MCCP website which was overlooked by the Sports Secretary Reshma D Costa to ensure all the participants’ names were well tabulated for quick and smooth conducting of the matches.

Dolly Gomes an ardent supporter of MCCP and a great lover of sports took over the reins of conducting the matches, by drawing lots in each category first, followed by sequencing the matches for conducting the matches in a smooth manner in the two badminton courts available at the venue.
Vinod Abraham and Gururaj B were the match referees.

Winners of the different categories were:
Under 13 Doubles:
Winners: Aman Dcosta and Cleon Elrige Dmello
Runners: Calida Rodrigues and Lianne Saldanha

Under 18 Doubles:
Winners: Christine Angeline Danthi and Amanda Dcosta
Runners: Anisha Dcosta and Leanne Alva

Men’s Doubles – Below 40:
Winners: Arul Lobo and Jackson Mendonca
Runners: Jason Cardoza and Loyson Dsouza

Mixed Doubles – Below 40:
Winners: Joel Dsouza and Reshma D Costa
Runners: Suneel Menezes and Rinet Menezes

Men’s Doubles – Above 40:
Winners: Sunil Prakash Dalmeida and Sunil Alwyn Dsouza
Runners: Ronnie Pereira and Cyril Danthi

Women’s Doubles – Above 40:
Winners: Preethi Dmello and Flavia Dsouza
Runners: Flavia Dsouza and Anitha Danthi

Winners of the annual Crib competition held for the last 3 years were also felicitated during the event.

During the event, sumptuous lunch was provided for the participants and the attendees at the venue. Before the audience and participants dispersed for a lunch, Silvia Dias offered grace before meals.

The event was sponsored by Stevan Andrade. The juice, water, milk, and laban drink was sponsored by Mazoon Dairy Company SAOC. MCCP thanked Dr. Satish Nambiar and ISC team for providing the venue.

MCCP executive committee was indebted to the participants and sponsors for their wholehearted support for the tournament that made it a memorable one.

The event supporters were:
Zahrat Al Rawdha Trading (Raphael Quadras)
South Express (Lancy Lobo)
Henry pinto
Walter Mendonsa
Ajay Dsouza
Hanson Dsouza
Melwin Menezes