Mangalore Spikers hold thrilling Indoor Volleyball Tournament ‘Independence Cup 2016’

Mangalore Spikers hold thrilling Indoor Volleyball Tournament ‘Independence Cup 2016’

Muscat: “Independence Cup 2016”, indoor Volleyball tournament, was organized by Mangalore Spikers in association with Muscat Sports Club, at the Muscat Sports Club Indoor Volleyball Court, Wadi Kabir recently. A bright day filled with thrilling matches with the teams exhibiting great skill.

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Team “Aiman Friends Seeb” clinched the Independence Cup 2016. This tournament was also set in tune for celebrating and marking the 70th Indian Independence day.


Sohar Friends, Canadian Hospital Dubai, Aiman friends, Al Rakha, Muscat Club, And Mangalore Spikers.

Inaugural Function:

The Distinguished Guest, the Indian Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman Indramani Pandey, was given a warm welcome by Devanand Amin. Ashish Kumar presented a floral bouquet to Indramani Pandey as a token of affection on behalf of Mangalore Spikers.

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Girish Kanchan welcomed Dr Sathish Nambiar, President Indian Social Club with a floral bouquet. Devanand Amin welcomed the Principal Indian School Wadi Kabir D N Rao and Umesh welcomed Ramesh Shettigar with a floral bouquet.

Token of Affection

On behalf of Mangalore Spikers, Ramesh Shettigar presented a memento to Indramani Pandey as a token of respect and gratitude. He presented mementoes to Dr Sathish Nambiar and D N Rao as a token of affection.

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Mohandas Hegde, Bhuvanendra Kidiyoor, Ashish Kumar, Girish Kanchan, Divakar Shetty, B Janardhan, Calvin D’Souza, Shivanand Kotian, Nagesh Shetty, Shashidhar Shetty, Harish Sherigar, Yuvraj Salian, Ganesh Shetty and Vinod Shetty were presented a bouquet by the Indian Ambassador to Oman, Indramani Pandey.

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Indramani Pandey shared his thoughts on this occasion and event ,“Independence Cup 2016”. Dr Sathish Nambiar and D N Rao spoke a few words and shared their thoughts.

Tournament declared Open:

Devanand Amin, Mangalore Spikers, escorted Indramani Pandey and Dr Sathish Nambiar, D N Rao and Ramesh Shettigar, for the inaugural ribbon cutting ceremony at the nets.

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Ashish Kumar, Girish Kanchan, Shashidhar Shetty, Calvin D’Souza, Shivanand Kotian, Nagesh Shetty and Yuvraj Salian also participated in the event.

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Indramani Pandey inaugurated the event by serving the first volley by passing the ball to declare the event open.

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Melodious Rendition:

Sakshi Bhagavath, a melodious singer a Zee Kannada Sa Re Ga Ma finalist, regaled the audience, with a melodious rendition of “Ye Mere Wathan Ke Logon” to mark the celebration of the 70th Independence Day of India.

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Moments of triumph:

Fantastic matches were played by the teams. The matches were conducted impeccably from the introduction of teams to the various matches played. A total of nine matches were played between the teams and the final match was best of 5 sets wherein “Aiman Friends“ emerged as winners of the Independence cup 2016, Team “Aiman Friends“ clinched victory over Team “Sohar Friends” and bagged the Independence cup 2016.

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“Team Sohar Friends” secured the Runners position and Team “Canadian Hospital Dubai” won the first Runner-up position.

Mohandas Hegde and Ramesh Shettigar handed over the Trophies to the winning teams and Medals to the team players. Some great smashes, Volleys and perfectly timed shots were the icings on the cake.

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Best Smasher trophy was bagged by Falah from Team Aiman Friends and was presented by Girish Kanchan.

Best Lifter trophy was bagged by Adnan from Team Aiman Friends and was handed over by Ashish Kumar.

The best allrounder trophy was bagged by Mohammed Jabry from team Sohar Friends and was presented by Yuvraj Salian.

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Ramesh Shettigar, a well-known personality, a senior member of the Mangalorean community, has, directly and indirectly, encouraged the art, culture, and sports scenario for many Mangalorean events.

Mohandas Hegde was highly instrumental and has greatly supported to shape up the Volleyball tournament to a great height.

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Mangalore Spikers thanked Shibu Kunjiyappan for encouraging youngsters and conducting volleyball matches voluntarily and Mohandas Hegde presented him a memento and a floral Bouquet.

Mementoes and floral Bouquets were presented to the referees, line referees, score keepers and commentator Shesh Kanchan.

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Anupama Devanand Amin presented a memento and a floral Bouquet to Jaya Shettigar for her support in the event and for the media coverage.

Vote of Thanks:

Jaya Shettigar delivered the vote of thanks on behalf of Mangalore Spikers and expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the sponsors, supporters, spectators, Muscat Sports club, the media and many who enabled to conduct this tournament.

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  1. The concept of conducting a volleyball tournament in Oman was really appreciable that too on the occasion of Independence day. Its an unique effort by the MANGALORE SPIKERS to conduct this tournament – Kudos to them, particularly Mr. Devanand who worked towards this goal selflessly and untiredly.
    Ian an atmosphere where Mangalorean population is conducting their own community based programs , this idea of conducting a tournament with invitation for international l participation is appreciable.
    Mrs Jaya Shettigar who was the anchor of the program did a commendable job in an event spanning one full day.
    Wishing Managlaore Spikers many more such success journeys.
    Thanks for the coverage!

  2. congrats Mangaloren Spikers Very Well Organised Volley Ball Tournament and Successful event
    well Unfortunately we not attend this year I hope next year, Mangaloren Friends Dubai Appreciate Particularly Mr. Devanand who taken Responsibility to organisinig this event As well your Organising Committee, Keep it up Wishing you all many more success full journeys

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