Guntur–based Andhra Carrom Association secretary Abdul Jaleel has been appointed manager of the Indian team for the 5th Asian Carrom Championship to be held at Kolkata from May 8 to 11, according to All India Carrom Federation (AICF) general secretary Bachher in a release from New Delhi on Saturday.
Jaleel, a former national player and umpire, said that his role as manager assumed importance as host India was world champion and was playing at home. “As many as nine countries are talking part in the four-day championship. We will face tough encounters with players from Sri Lanka and Maldives,” he added.
Jaleel, as a player stood third in singles in the South Zone championship in 1999 and later he was qualified as AICF umpire and officiated several national and international tournaments.
In a big way
As Guntur District Carrom Association secretary, he promoted carrom in big way in both Guntur and Vijayawada and was elevated to the position of general scretary of Andhra Carrom Association in 2009.
“In the Junior National held at Faridabad in 2001, Ongole’s Sk. Elahi went on become the national junior champion and Andhra boys’ team took third place in the team championship,” he said.
Jaleel said that in the 2013 Junior Nationals that concluded recently at Varanasi, Andhra’s Pawan Kumar finished third in the boys singles and was qualified for the junior World Cup to be held at Gurgaon in October.
During Jaleel’s tenure Andhra girls, especially cadets, did well and won several medals in the national tournaments. Members of ACA and KDCA and GDCA congratulated Abdul Jaleel for his national assignment.