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Sunday July 16th 2017, Edgbaston Reservoir was once again host to the 9th National Nowka Bais. Now in its 3rd year in its Midlands home, Nowka Bais promised bigger and better and it certainly delivered.

With 18 teams from all over the country competing for the coveted title of Nowka Bais UK Champions 2017, they first had to beat off 2016 winners Team Shahjalal from Birmingham who were impressive throughout their heats clocking in the fastest time of the day in 43.58 seconds. They would battle another local Birmingham team in Sylhet Sporting Club who were competing in their second championship and the most experienced team in Oldham Dragons in the final, attempting to win their 3rd Championship in 5 years. In a hugely competitive final, it was Sylhet Sporting Club that took the title away from Team Shahjalal by the narrowest of margins clocking in a time of 47.02 ahead of last years winners Team Shahjalal in a time of 47.19. Oldham Dragons making up the podium with a respectable time of 48.96.

From Sylhet Sporting Club was delighted with his victory… " QUOTE “

A hugely successful day on the water but accompanied by some splendid traditional entertainment as the Purbanat team of young adults, children and women conducted a colourful procession around the reservoir displaying the full splendour of traditional Bangladeshi culture.