Nations Cup 2016: Tug-Of-War Finals

The Nations Cup Tug-of-War games began on the 8th of November and ended on the 11th of November at the sports complex field. The games were supposed to end on the 10th of November, but due to unfortunate weather it was extended to an extra day. The games began at 6.00 pm in the evening and consisted of 11 participating teams in total.

There were 6 male teams (Egypt, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Mauritius and Sri Lanka) and 8 female teams (Sudan, Maldives, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Rest of the World 1 [ROW1] and Rest of the World 2 [ROW2]).

The Malaysian team huddling before their match.

The Malaysian team huddling before their match.

Despite the rainy weather, supporters gathered around to support their respective teams. The participants could be seen cheering with enthusiasm and pride for their countries. Roaring cheers could be heard from the crowd as they cheered on excitedly.

A few intense rounds later, the results for the women’s event was determined and Team ROW 1 emerged as the gold medallists. Team Malaysia won the silver medal followed by bronze for ROW 2.

Team ROW 1 battling hard en route to their gold medal in the women's event.

Team ROW 1 battling hard en route to their gold medal in the women’s event.

Midway through the men’s event, the relentless rain halted proceedings and forced the final to be held on the next day instead. The atmosphere was better the next day as there was less concern about the weather. Participants and audience gathered around the field at approximately 6.00pm and the men’s finals was kicked off at 6.05pm.

Participants and supporters alike running to the comfort of the shade as they sought to avoid the downpour.

Participants and supporters alike running to the comfort of the shade as they sought to avoid the downpour.

The match was over within 10 minutes as Egypt emerged as the gold medallist after a convincing victory over Malaysia. Prior to the finals Pakistan had battled Mauritius and secured the bronze medal.

The Egyptians celebrating their commanding victory over Malaysia in the men's finals.

The Egyptians celebrating their commanding victory over Malaysia in the men’s finals.

The games ended at 6.20 pm as everyone convened at the field for the kick-off of the closing ceremony.

 

 

 

By Harishma Remanan
Photographs by Malik Hisyam and Hariz Danial

I have two sides; one which is overly-passionate and far too inclined to start debates, and the other that just wants to curl up with a book forever. Writing is and will always be my true love.

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