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The essence lies here- JMD proves again that Pickleball is truly a ‘Sport for All’

The JMDYC Pickleball Tournament Season 3 was held in Mumbai from 27th to 29th May 2022, where around 200 players participated from across different districts of Maharashtra.

Jal Mangal Deep Society (JMD) continues to remain an inspiration; it is here where sport is elevated from sweating and performing on the field to become the love and life for the residents. Sport to them means fraternity and friendship. It is from this concept that the society premises buzz with sporting activities almost everyday. Led by the enthusiasts, JMD has formed a Youth Club, under whose aegis regular sports tournaments are organised.  

Players in action at JMDYC Pickleball Tournament Season 3

The JMDYC Pickleball Tournament is one such activity that reached its third season this year. The participation and competition level, both have dynamically increased since the inception of the tournament in 2019. In the first season there were 120 participants, followed by 160 players in the second season in 2021 and this time there was active participation of 198 players.

It was a 3-day affair where players from Pune, Jalgaon, Aurangabad, Bhusawal, Mira Road, Thane, Palghar and Mumbai fought for glory in 10 distinct categories. Around 310 matches were conducted in all these categories. In a statement issued, the JMDYC authorities said, “All the matches were held as per the scheduled timings. Most of the matches were closely fought with many new players showing encouraging signs of superiority over the best of players.”

Aslam Sheikh at JMDYC Pickleball Tournament

Aslam Sheikh, Cabinet Minister of Maharashtra and also the Guardian Minister of Mumbai graced the final day of the occasion. The Minister tried his hands at the game and assured All India Pickleball Association (AIPA) of all his possible support for the due recognition of Pickleball in the state.

The winners were presented with medals, trophies and cash prizes. Arvind Prabhoo, Chairman of AIPA, glitz up the colourful and vibrant prize distribution ceremony by announcing the coming of Bainbridge Cup 2022 to India. Arvind Prabhoo ecstatically announced, “It is a historic moment for India to host the World Cup of Pickleball. The likely dates will be the end of November or December of 2022.”

List of Winners:

Under 16 Boys Doubles:

Gold : Yash Gaikwad and Piyush Gaikwad (Aurangabad)

Silver : Aditya Singh and Trishan Patel (Mumbai)

Bronze: Harsh Mutha and Ninad Kulkarni (Aurangabad)

Under 16 Girls’ Doubles Winners

Under 16 Girls Doubles:

Gold : Saumya Lele and Lakshita Chitale (Mumbai)

Silver : Arushi Agarwal and Prisha Shah (Mumbai)

Bronze: Jinisha Kshrisagar and Anjali Pol (Jalgaon)

35+ Women Doubles:

Gold : Bela Kotwani and Ruchi Shah (Mumbai)

Silver : Leena Mulgaonkar and Manisha Barot (Mumbai)

Bronze: Aarti Patel and Trupti Singh (Mumbai)

Senior Mixed Doubles:

Gold : Mihir Khandelwal and Ruchi Shah (Mumbai)

Silver: Ashok Nathani and Ekta Goel (Thane)

Bronze: Kiran Salian (Thane) and Denise Bruchette (USA)

40+ Men’s Doubles Winners

40+ Men Doubles:

Gold : Ajay Seth (Thane) and Sameer Oak (Mumbai)

Silver : Sandeep Tawde and Marius Pareira (Thane)

Bronze: Mihir Khandelwal and Abhishek Sapre (Mumbai)

50+ Men Doubles:

Gold : Sandeep Tawde and Ramesh Masurekar (Thane)

Silver: Ashok Nathani (Thane) and Suresh Bhansali (Mumbai)

Bronze: Chetan Sanil and Savio Rodrigues (Mumbai)

60+ Men Doubles:

Gold : Girish Shenvi (Mumbai) and Ramesh Masurekar (Thane)

Silver: Sunil Vazirani (Mumbai) and Alok Thirani (Thane)

Bronze: Dilip Karekar and Balakrishnan Iyer (Mumbai)

Open Women’s Doubles Winners

Open Women Doubles:

Gold: Vrushali Thakare (Pune) and Snehal Patil (Jalgaon)

Silver: Sakshi Bawiskar and Puja Wagh (Jalgaon)

Bronze: Sujay Parekh and Shakuntala Devnani (Mumbai)

Open Mixed Doubles:

Gold: Vanshik Kapadia and Sujay Parekh (Mumbai)

Silver: Tejas Mahajan (Jalgaon) and Vrushali Thakare (Pune)

Bronze: Aniket Durgawli and Urvi Abhyankar (Mumbai)

Open Men Doubles:

Gold: Armaan Bhatia and Aniruddha Dhairywaan (Mumbai)

Silver: Gaurav Rane and Kashyap Baranwal (Mumbai)

Bronze: Pranav Rohira and Vanshik Kapadia (Mumbai)

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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