In a prestigious event hosted by the University of Sharjah, His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, presided over the crowning ceremony of the Japanese team as champions of the inaugural Asian Padel Champions Cup this Sunday evening.
His Highness presented the championship cup to Japanese team players Leon Taira and Shungo Kusakabe, acknowledging their triumphant performance against the Australian team, securing victory with a scoreline of three games to one. He congratulated the players for their outstanding achievement and title, commending their impressive skill demonstrated throughout the match. Additionally, His Highness honored the Australian team players Timothy Brown and Marius Zilba with the position cup, recognizing the efforts exerted by the Australian national team during the intense match.
Witnessing the final match marked by competitiveness and enthusiasm, His Highness the Deputy Ruler of Sharjah praised the high levels of performance exhibited by the players, underscoring the tournament’s fierce competition from its initial stages to the climactic final confrontation.
In a gracious ceremony, His Highness bestowed commemorative shields upon the top three teams in the amateur category, tournament sponsors and supporters, and the referees of the final match. Photographs were taken to commemorate the occasion as His Highness commended the organizing committee for their efforts, extending best wishes for their continued success.
The tournament, which attracted 30 players representing 10 Asian countries, including the UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Japan, Iran, China, Indonesia, the Sultanate of Oman, Jordan, and the Philippines, employed a knockout system that culminated in the final match. The Japanese team emerged victorious, claiming the championship.
Attending the final match and crowning ceremony alongside His Highness the Deputy Ruler of Sharjah were Jun Imanishi, Consul General of Japan in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, Dr. Hamid Majoul Al Nuaimi, Director of the University of Sharjah, representatives of sponsoring companies, and a substantial gathering of enthusiastic fans who avidly follow and love the game.