Masirah blank Oman club to emerge champions of Oman Squash tourney

Sports Sunday 30/June/2024 16:33 PM
By: Times News Service
Masirah blank Oman club to emerge champions of Oman Squash tourney

Muscat: Masirah blanked Oman Club 3-0 in a thrilling final to emerge champions of the 2024 Oman Squash Club Championship at Squash Halls in Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat on Saturday. Iraqi player Mohammed Ferman delivered an impressive show in the game's opening set to beat his opponent, Egyptian Mazin Mohammed from Oman club, by 3-0. In the following set, Oman’s top-ranking squash player Salim al Maqbali stunned his rivals Mohammed al Battashi 3-0 to make it 2-0 before Waleed al Neri from Masirah club confirmed the victory for his team by securing the third consecutive set win by 3-0.
In the third and fourth playoffs, Seeb club players outclassed the Saham team by 2-1 to claim the third place award. The Seeb team was represented by Taha al Anqoodi, Ahmed al Abri, and Mujtaba.  
Iraq’s first-ranking squash player, Mohammed Ferman, and representative of the Masirah team expressed delight in clinching the title in Muscat and assisting his team, Masirah, in this top domestic squash event. “ Thanks to the tournament organisers, Oman Racket Sports Committee (ORSC), for the great conduct of the tournament. I am very glad to attend this event in Muscat, and I did not expect to win the title, especially since the competitions were very tough in the final stages of the tournament. Thanks to my teammates and I am looking for more achievements in the coming period,” he added
Engineer Said Rashid al Asmi, CEO of Seeh Al Sarya Engineering LLC, was the chief guest for the concluding ceremony in the presence of Dr. Abdulrahim bin Musallam al Droushi, Chairman of ORSC, and several club representatives and invitees. The chief guest congratulated the winners and delivered the awards and medals to the top three club winners. Seeb players handed over the bronze medals, while Oman clubs received silver medals. The champion Masirah players got the gold medals and the tournament trophy from the chief guest, besides the cash award.
The three-day event featured the participation of nine clubs, including Oman, Suhar, Salalah, Masirah, Seeb, Quriyat, Boushar, Sur, and Al Kamil Wal Wafi. The championship featured high technical levels and exciting matches. The participating clubs were divided into two groups. The first group included Oman, Salalah, Quriyat, Suhar, and Sur, while the second group included Masirah, Seeb, Boushar, and Al Kamil Wal Wafi. Oman and Sohar clubs qualified from the first group, while Masirah and Seeb clubs secured tickets from the second group. Masirah players defeated Sohar 3-0 in the semifinals, and Oman players won against Seeb 2-1.
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Dr. Abdulrahim bin Musallam al Droushi, Chairman of ORSC, expressed his full satisfaction with the successful conclusion of the 2024 Oman Squash Club Championship. “ It was a unique championship as the technical rules of the tournament allowed clubs to have a contract with one ranked international player. This step was aimed to improve the technical levels of local players and create a highly competitive environment,” he added
“ Thanks to all our partners, including the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Youth, as well as the sponsoring companies Seeh Al Sarya Engineering LLC and Renaissance Services. Special appreciation goes to the domestic  clubs at this championship for their positive participation, and hope to see more clubs in future editions,” he ended