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OHANA Continues Support For Malaysian Squash

Fibre Broadband company OHANA Communications, a member of the OMESTI Group, is continuing its commitment to the national squash programme through its title sponsorship of the upcoming OHANA Malaysian Open. The tournament, which forms part of the Professional Squash Association world series, will be staged from 16th-21st October 2017 at the Nicol David Arena, National Sports Complex, Bukit Jalil.

Former Junior National Squash Champion Gerard Monteiro who is Executive Director of OMESTI, confirmed the company’s ongoing support, saying, “The Open is a prestigious tournament and is an important vehicle for our national athletes to showcase their talent against other regional and international players.” The event is being organised by the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia [SRAM] and is expected to attract some of the top players from around the region, including Malaysia’s top seeds.

“We believe it is important to provide sustainable support that will enable young and upcoming players to develop their talent and receive due recognition on the international squash circuit. We hope that our involvement as Title Sponsor of the Open will help the game of squash increase its profile in the world of sport alongside other favourites such as badminton and tennis,” added Mr Monteiro.

The top seed in the men’s draw is Alan Clyne (World No. 25), the Scottish No.1 player who has bagged 8 PSA titles. He is joined in the top half with 3rd seeded, Leo Au (HKG – World No. 28). Leo Au is one of Hong Kong’s most successful players and has several PSA titles.
Malaysian player 2nd seeded Mohd Nafiizwan (World No. 29) and 4th seeded, Ivan Yuen (World No.41) are also in the line-up while Wild Card entry and 2016 World Junior Champion, Ng Eain Yow (MAS – World No.77), comes into this championship fresh and confident after his singles Gold Medal at the recent SEA Games.
In the women’s line-up, top seed Zeina Mickawy (EGY – World No.46) is joined by Malaysian Rachael Arnold (MAS – World No. 50) as 2nd seed, 4th seed and fellow Malaysian, Sivasangari Subramaniam (World No.47) with 3rd seed, Alexandra Fuller (RSA – World No.59) making up the first four.
OHANA first tied up with SRAM under its Title Sponsorship of the re-launched OHANA-SRAM Squash League, primarily targeted for social players. The company has also provided support to two rounds of National Championships and the Malaysian Doubles Championships.

SRAM Director Major (R) S. Maniam said, “SRAM is most thankful to OHANA for taking up the baton of sponsoring the Open. We are excited to be working with the OHANA team again and thank them for their continued support of the game we all love.”

OHANA Datuk Bandar Cricket Tournament Grand Final

Sunday 2nd April 2017

Grand Final!

Love cricket? Heard about cricket and want to see more?
Now's your chance!

Come down to Royal Selangor Club Sports Annexe, Bukit Kiara this Sunday!
It's the dramatic conclusion to the OHANA Datuk Bandar Cricket Tournament as the mighty Kelewar team battle it out against RSC for the coveted trophy. Drop in and catch the action!

Game begins at 10.00am - 40 overs
Directions here

The #OHANA Datuk Bandar Cricket Tournament is organised by KL Cricket Association which works to develop young talent in the game, bringing them to international standard and beyond. You can read more about the Tournament and OHANA's support here

Ohana Bats for KL Cricket

The OHANA Datuk Bandar Cricket Tournament, organised by the Kuala Lumpur Cricket Association (KLCA), got off to a good start recently with the first games of the series being played at Bayuemas in Klang amid much excitement.

This year’s tournament has received the support of Internet Service Provider OHANA Communications, a member of OMESTI Group, which has teamed up with KLCA to sponsor its activities for the 2016 season. In recognition of OHANA’s support, KLCA took the decision to rename the annual Datuk Bandar Cricket Tournament as the OHANA Datuk Bandar 2016 Cricket Tournament.

The Tournament is a premier cricket series that has been played for over 30 years in the Klang Valley. It was initiated with aim of providing a platform for established and budding cricketers to play and achieve recognition with a view to being selected to represent Kuala Lumpur, other states and eventually the country. The format of the matches is the ODI [One Day International] format, with 40 rather than 50 overs played.

OMESTI Group Executive Director Ms Mah Xian-Zhen said, “OHANA means family and we believe in supporting initiatives that provide a connection for people to come together in a way that helps their development and sense of teamwork. We hope that with our support, this year’s Tournament will provide a good platform for young Malaysians to hone their playing skills and progress through the rankings.”

“The Datuk Bandar Cricket Tournament has showcased many talents over the years. From the greats of the past like Karu Selvaratnam and Hector Durairatnam to the present day stars like Virandeep Singh and Shafique Sharif. It gives budding cricketers a platform to showcase their talents and test their skills,” said Alex De Silva of KLCA. “Players like Virandeep Singh, a product of KLCA/RSC Junior Development Programme, used the Tournament to hone and sharpen their skills to gain entry to the Malaysian senior team.”

The Tournament will run over the next few weeks at venues around the Klang Valley culminating in the Finals which are scheduled for January. “We intend to make the day an occasion for cricket fans in the Klang Valley to enjoy and remember. We are planning a family day filled with fun and activities,” added Mr De Silva. “With OHANA’S participation this year, KLCA has the opportunity to enhance the Tournament in terms of prizes and maximise the fun factor. We hope to introduce the game of cricket to a lot more people in the Klang Valley.”

Visit “KL Cricket” Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006250964976. for updates on the Finals Day and news on the Tournament.

About KLCA
Kuala Lumpur Cricket Association (KLCA) is the governing body for the game of cricket in Kuala Lumpur. It was formed in 1974 with Tuanku Tan Sri Imran Bin Tuanku Jaafar as founding President. Then called The Federal Territory Cricket Association, it changed its name in 2009 to Kuala Lumpur Cricket Association or KLCA.

KLCA hires coaches to coach cricket in schools in the Klang Valley and runs an active junior development programme in conjunction with the Royal Selangor Club (RSC) at is Sports Annexe in Bukit Kiara. KLCA also organises cricket tournaments for various age groups involving clubs and teams in the Klang Valley (U-12, U-16 & U-19) as well as tournaments for the more accomplished players such as the OHANA Datuk Bandar 2016 Cricket Tournament.
KLCA has built up a consistent track record in producing and supplying many players to the Malaysian U-16, U-19 and senior teams. Recently, the Malaysian U-19 team won the ACC U-19 World Cup Qualifiers in Kuala Lumpur. This entitled the team to take part with the elite teams of Asia, ie India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, in the Asia Cup to be held in Sri Lanka in December 2016. The Captain and four other players in the successful Malaysian team came from the KLCA/RSC Junior Development Programme.

About OHANA
OHANA provides integrated communications solutions including Fibre Broadband, Voice, Web Presence and Security, specifically tailored to SMEs, as well as enterprise-scale Metro E and Network Services. As a member of the OMESTI Group, a portfolio of As-A-Service solutions including VIDA Intelligent Video Analytics, HCM Cloud and Account365 is also available. www.ohana.com.my

OHANA National Squash Championships Reach Thrilling Conclusion

The OHANA 2016 National Squash Championships brought some thrilling action during the Semi-Finals and Finals at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil as existing champions Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan and Delia Arnold fended off strong challenges to retain their titles.

In the Semis, Mohd Addeen Idrakie, who had stunned three-time winner Ong Beng Hee in the quarter-finals, put up a good fight against National No 2 Ivan Yuen but in the end was overpowered.

In the men’s final, national No. 1 Nafiizwan was stretched by Yuen before prevailing 11-8, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8 after a gruelling 77 minutes of play.

In the women’s competition, like Nafiizwan, national No. 2 Delia Arnold was also made to work hard for an 11-9, 11-2, 11-9 win over Low Wee Wern in the final, a victory which she secured in 54 minutes.

The trophies and prize money were presented to the winners by YAM Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Tuanku Jaafar, Founding Secretary of Championship organisers SRAM [Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia] and Gerard Monteiro of OMESTI Group, parent company of title sponsor and fibre internet provider OHANA Communications.

OHANA Supports National Squash Championships

OHANA is continuing its commitment to Malaysia's national sports development by taking up the Title Sponsorship of the 32nd National Squash Championships 2016. This year's Edition, which takes place at the National Squash Centre, Bukit Jalil, from 15th – 20th November 2016, has attracted a large number of participants in multiple categories and looks set to be an exciting Tournament.

OHANA first tied up with SRAM under its Title Sponsorship of the recently launched OHANA-SRAM Squash League 2017 which is primarily targeted for social players, having the dual aims of reviving the League and popularising the game of squash.

When approached by SRAM to also be a supporting partner for the Nationals, Gerard Monteiro, Executive Director of OMESTI, was quick to confirm the company’s support, saying, “The Nationals is an important annual event for our national athletes and competitive social squash enthusiasts alike. As a company whose core business is connecting communities, we believe that it is only fitting that OHANA get involved and take up the Title Sponsorship role.”

SRAM Director Major (R) S. Maniam said, “SRAM is most thankful to OHANA for taking up the baton of sponsoring the Nationals. We are excited to be working with the OHANA team for this event and our upcoming Squash League in 2017 to promote and popularise this sport that we love.” He added, “We also record our sincere thanks and appreciation to Mr. Thomas Chan for his support of the Nationals for the past six years.”

Defending Champion Delia Arnold will be looking to retain her title in the Women’s Premier Event but should face stiff competition from Low Wee Wern, the 2014 Champion who is quickly coming back to form from an injury last year. Coming hard on their heels will likely be fast-improving S. Sivasangari, Rachel Arnold, Teh Min Jie and the other national juniors.

The Men’s title could have a new champion this year as Mohd Nafiizwan Mohd Adnan is currently competing overseas. In his absence, Ivan Yuen starts as favourite with keen competition expected from Sanjay Singh, Addeen Idrakie, Ng Eain Yow and Syafiq Kamal. Seasoned players such as Elvinn Keo, Asyraf Azan and Valentino Bong will also be hoping to make a bid for the title.

Co-Sponsor Dunlop continues to support the Nationals for the 7th year running by offering prizes to the top eight finishers in each division.

About SRAM
The SQUASH RACQUETS ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA more often known as SRAM is the governing body for the game of Squash in Malaysia. Founded in 1972, SRAM has a continuous commitment to growing the game in this country. Squash used to be the sport of the elite in the British Clubs of old. Today squash is truly the sport of the people, with squash courts available to all Malaysians in every state of the nation. SRAM is active in running tournaments at junior, university, senior and professional levels that attract top international players to our shores. The National Squads are trained by our coaches who are some of the best in the world. In addition, SRAM also continues to certify coaches and referees to the standards of the World Squash Federation. www.malaysia-squash.org

OHANA Helps Revive SRAM Squash League

The worlds of sport and technology have come together to launch the inaugural OHANA-SRAM Squash League which will kick off in January 2017. The Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia [SRAM] has partnered with OHANA Communications, a member of OMESTI Group, to provide a new lease of life for the League.

The original idea was first mooted by SRAM Director of Coaching Mej (R) S. Maniam. A former national squash champion himself, he recalls the League being very popular during his playing days but which had sadly lapsed since 10 years ago. “I grew up playing in the League. It not only helps you to improve your game but it also enables you to make many friends. It is vital to revive the League as it creates greater awareness amongst the public,” said Maniam, adding that it will also increase the base of people playing squash socially.

Maniam also highlighted that while SRAM mainly focused on elite players, there was a need to broaden the base and provide a platform for identifying upcoming talent. This prompted him to approach his former prodigy and National Junior Champion Gerard Monteiro, now Executive Director of OMESTI Berhad. Monteiro represented the country in the late 1980s to early 1990s.

“OHANA means family and we are all about connecting people and communities,” said Monteiro. The discipline and commitment I learned during my playing days have continued to serve me well throughout my business career. With this initiative, we are delighted to be able to give back to the sport and play a part in helping to bring back the League.”

The 2017 OHANA-SRAM League takes the theme “Squash For Life” and will kick off in January next year at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil. It will be held over a period of four to six months depending on the number of entries and will be divided into various divisions. “We are looking at signing up 50-70 teams from around the Klang Valley. They can be from private clubs, universities, colleges and schools. We are not gender nor age biased for this competition,” said Maniam. “We are open to all.” Each division will be divided into 8 teams with each allowed to register six players including one National player. Entry fee per team is RM300. Closing date for registration is December 15th 2016.

OHANA provides integrated communications solutions including Fibre Broadband, Voice, Web Presence and Security, specifically tailored to SMEs, as well as enterprise-scale Metro E and Network Services. www.ohana.com.my

The SQUASH RACQUETS ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA or SRAM is the governing body for the game of Squash in Malaysia. Founded in 1972, SRAM has a continuous commitment to growing the game in the country. SRAM is active in running tournaments at junior, university, senior and professional levels that attract top international players to Malaysia. The National Squads are trained by SRAM coaches who are some of the best in the world. SRAM also continues to certify coaches and referees to the standards of the World Squash Federation. www.malaysia-squash.org

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