Carrom, a sort of ‘strike and pocket’ coffee-table snooker played with checkers pieces and a nimble finger, is either a game or a sport, depending on you point of view.
Whichever, it’s a favourite of Sri Lanka’s tuk-tuk drivers and anyone else with time to spare—and there’s quite a few of them! And a lot of them are about as good as its gets.
Witness the latest news from Birmingham in the UK, where Sri Lanka’s men’s carrom team have just beaten India in the World Carrom Championship.
The Daily News reports that the winning team—Chamil Cooray (filmed above at a previous match), Nishantha Fernando (the defending world champion), Mohammed Shaheed and Mohammed Sheriffdeen—made short work of the opposition.
The women’s team was not so lucky, and finished runner-up after losing the final in a tough fight to India. Joseph Roshita led the women’s team, which included Chalani Lakmali, Yashika Rahubadda and Arosha Wickremasinghe.
The Carrom World Championship is held every four years, and this year’s edition held in Birmingham was billed as the largest competition held so far, with 23 countries participating.
They included Canada, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, United States of America, India, Bangladesh, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and others.
Cooray is a 12 time national champion and with his showing at the Carrom Championship 2016 he became the only Sri Lankan to win the Swiss League on two consecutive occasions, having previously won it in 2012.