STELCO Kanbalun hails as champions of Ooredoo Masrace, breaks record

Champion of the 11th season of Ooredoo Masrace by Ooredoo Maldives; Team STELCO Kanbalun. (Photo/Ooredoo Maldives)

The 11th season of Ooredoo Masrace by Ooredoo Maldives concluded on Monday, with Team STELCO Kanbalun taking the champion title.

Ooredoo Masrace is an exciting fishing tournament held annually during Ramadan. It has become an integral part of Ramadan in Maldives, enjoyed by communities across the nation, where participating teams will compete in a reef fish fishing competition throughout the month.  

The tournament is back this year after a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

A total of 23 teams took part in this year’s tournament with a very competitive grand finale featuring Team STELCO Kanbalun, Team FSM, Team Goalhians and Team Keyolhu Bappi.

The winning Team STELCO Kanbalun snatched the championship title with a whopping 680.80 points. Team FSM that placed second scored a total of 191.05 points. Team Goalhians came third with 178.85 points.

Closing ceremony of the tournament saw a number of special awards given out winning teams and fishermen.

Team STELCO Kanbalun that placed first received a cash prize of MVR 50,000 from Ooredoo Maldives. The heaviest catch of this year was by Yasir from Team RDC; a 11.95 kilo eight bar grouper. He was presented a cash prize of MVR 5,000 from Ooredoo Maldives. Team STELCO Kanbalun’s Abdul Azeez (Azeebe) caught the most number of fish; being 49 in total. He was also presented a cash prize of MVR 5,000 from Ooredoo Maldives. Team FSM was selected as the most engaging team.