Squash News 2010
Whilst Egyptian Marwan El Shorbagy retains his men's number one ranking, England's Emily Whitlock makes her debut at the top of the women's list in the new January WSF World Junior Circuit Rankings which are published today by the World Squash Federation.
credits Aussie coach Fitzgerald for her new high
Having wrapped up her season on a winning note in Hong Kong,
India No.1 Dipika Pallikal is back home, for a much-needed
winter break with friends and family.
“It was an
unfortunate injury because I had made prefect movement towards
the ball and it was not like I turned my ankle or anything. One
of the tendons on my toe and the underside of my foot got
injured and I could not even walk after that,” Ghosal said.
The world No
26 was two games up before the injury forced him to forfeit the
match. He said, “I was sad as I had a chance to go to the
final and was playing well, but injuries are a part of the game.
I have worked hard towards gaining the same form I was in during
bed-ridden for three and a half weeks before he could start with
the recovery process.
the Australian Stewart Boswell in the first round of the
Australian Open, Ghosal’s next assignment would be leading the
country in the World teams event in
Ghosal is a
two-time Asian Games bronze medallist but since the sport is not
a part of the Olympic he has not had a chance to become an
Olympian. “Olympics is the biggest stage where sportspersons
can show their skills. It is very unfortunate that squash is not
a part of the Games. It is not something that is in the hands of
the players but the squash fraternity is hoping and pushing for
its inclusion in the future Olympics,” Ghosal said.
stroke? Paralympic swimming selection process under scanner
All is not well in the world of disabled swimming, more so in the
Paralympic Swimming Federation of India (PSFI) that controls
disabled swimmers in the country.
Govt aiming for transparency, says Gill
ministry’s decision came a day after the TOICrest Edition had
questioned the rationale behind allowing sports bosses to
continue in their positions for years together. In 1975, the
government had issued regulations capping the tenure of the
president, secretary and treasurer at not more than two
consecutive terms of four years each. However, this was kept in
abeyance by orders issued in 2001 and 2002 when Uma Bharti was
cryptic order passed on August 8, 2002 by the then minister,
blocking the perfectly valid and well considered regulations of
1975, served no public interest. I have, therefore, set it
aside,’’ sports minister M S Gill told TOI. “I passed this
order in confidence that it will serve the best interest of
sportspersons of the country and will give an impetus to
transparent and professional management of Indian sports in the
order has sent sports federations in a tizzy. A senior official
of the Indian Olympic Association questioned the timing of the
law when foreign delegations were in
ministry said the new order, which comes into effect
immediately, aimed to encourage professional management in
national sports federations, including the IOA headed by Kalmadi
ministry said that existing office bearers who have already
crossed the prescribed limits will be allowed to complete their
terms, provided they were elected to office. The order means
that Kalmadi will have to quit office by the end of his fourth
term in 2012. Similar is the case with IOA secretary general
Randhir Singh, who has been occupying the post for the last 20
The President of any recognized national sports federation
(NSF), including the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) can hold
the office for a maximum period of twelve years with or without
The secretary (or by whatever other designation such as
secretary general or general secretary by which he is referred
to) and the treasurer of any recognized NSF, including the IOA,
may serve a maximum of two successive terms of four years each
after which a minimum cooling off period of four years will
apply to seek fresh election to either post
The president, the secretary and the treasurer of any recognized
NSF, including the IOA, shall cease to hold that post on
attaining the age of 70 years
4. The above dispensation will come into operation with immediate effect.
clips wings of sports bodies’ top guns
long, unending stints of top sports federation office-bearers
who, in many cases, are high-profile politicians and influential
bureaucrats, are going to be over soon. In a potentially
controversial move, the sports ministry has revived a
35-year-old regulation to cap the tenure of prominent
move, aimed at encouraging “professional management, good
governance, transparency”, means that a host of prominent
persons, including Suresh Kalmadi, Vijay Kumar Malhotra and
Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, cannot hold on to their positions in
sports federations for long. it could be no coincidence that the
relationship between sports minister MS Gill and Kalmadi,
chairman of the commonwealth games organising committee and the
Indian Olympic Association (IOA), has been deteriorating for
the new ministry guidelines, the maximum tenure of the president
of a national sports federation, including the IOA, shall be 12
years, with or without a break. For the secretary and the
treasurer, the tenure shall not be more than two successive
tenures of four years each.
secretary and the treasurer shall be eligible for standing for
re-election to the post after a minimum interval of four years.
There will be a retirement age of 70 years for all members and
office bearers,” the statement issued by the ministry said.
regulation virtually closes the option of re-election for IOA
president Kalmadi, president of the archery association of India
Malhotra and president of the badminton association of India VK
Verma. The announcement followed a hearing of a civil writ
petition in the
could tantamount to transgressing the Olympic charter, which
lays down restrictions on the terms of office-bearers. But the
sports ministry overruled any doubts in this regard.
detailed examination of the charter, it has been found that even
the IOC, which is the mother body of all sports federations,
enforces tenure limits on its members and office bearers,” it
per the charter, the duration of term of office of the
vice-presidents and ten other executive board members is four
years and a member may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms
on the board, followed by a cooling off period of two years. In
case of the president, the Olympic charter allows a term of
eight years renewable once for a four-year term.
IOC charter also prescribes a retirement age for all IOC
members, which is 70 years (for those elected after December
1999),” it said.
Olympic charter is against government interference in the
functioning of sports bodies but it is often deemed a subjective
issue. it may be recalled that IOA secretary-general Randhir
Singh had announced recently that the body would not take funds
from the government from the current financial year. However,
the government announcement pre-empts any move by sports bodies
to be deemed as independent on this basis alone.
The ministry makes it clear it is not just the financial or other benefits that make the bodies accountable to the government. it is also because they get the right to select national teams and represent the country in international bodies, events, meets and conferences.
ministry's eviction notice to Kalmadi and Co
took the Sports Ministry more than nine years, a Public Interest
Litigation (PIL) and a Delhi High Court order to put a cap on
the tenure of sports bosses such as Suresh Kalmadi of the Indian
Olympic Association and Vijay Kumar Malhotra of the archery
has been IOA pres- ident for 14 years now, starting in 1996, and
most people have forgotten when Malhotra start- ed his tenure or
who he suc- ceeded, three decades ago.
Malhotra and a lot of the other sports bosses -- of the National
Sports Federation (NSF) -- will now complete the remainder of
their terms and retire, according to a notification issued by
the Union Sports Ministry on Sunday.
notification doesn't cover cricket, tennis and other sports not
financially supported by the government.
passed this order in confi- dence that it will serve the best
interest of the sportspersons of the country and it will give an
impetus to transparent and pro- fessional management of Indian
sports, in the new century,“ said Sports Minister M.S. Gill.
Gill's ministry has merely brought back a 1975 rule that
specified fixed tenure for sports bosses, but had been put aside
by Uma Bharti as sports minister in 2001.
the ministry might have felt the pressure to come up with the
notification in view of a May 5 deadline fixed by Delhi High
Court for coming up with rules and regulations for run- ning
Mehra, the advocate who filed the PIL last December seeking the
court's interven- tion to stop sports federations becoming
personal fiefdoms, said, “They (the Ministry) were bound to
reply or send a noti- fication after the High Court Order on
this time the Ministry has 'modified' the order in com- pliance
with the International Olympic Council, allowing sports
federations presidents to hold office for a maximum of 12 years.
in the IOA said the association was yet to see the order. V.K.
Verma, president of the Badminton Association, said he did not
know about such an order.
Athletics Federation of India secretary, Lalit Bhanot, who is
also the IOA joint sec- retary, said he would like to reply only
after going through the order. “I have not read the order as
yet,“ he said.
repeated attempts, Malhotra and Kalmadi could not be contacted.
office-bearers will retire when they are 70 years, said the
the order, which comes into effect immediately, will not disrupt
the continuity of the federation heads for now.
senior Ministry official said that with most federations being
headed by people who had completed more than two-three terms,
removing all of them “would create a vacuum“.
said that this had been done keeping in mind the Commonwealth
Games in October. All officials who end their tenure before the
next elections shall not be eligible to contest.
secretary and treasurer are eligible for re-election after
completing two successive terms of four years but only after
“a minimum cooling off period of four years“.
to the notification, the Ministry has also finalised the
retirement age of all office- bearers to 70 years.
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Players did not receive allowance from SRFI
NEW DELHI: India's top squash players Joshna Chinnappa and Deepika Pallikal say they are yet to receive the allowanceof Rs.950 a day, which the core probables training for the Commonwealth Games are entitled to, while the federation insists that it has disbursed the amount.
The core probables are given the allowance for diet, overheads (out of pocket) and food supplements.
Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) said the Rs.3.16 crore grant from the
sports ministry has been released for the training of core probables.
Totally, Rs 9.27 crore has been budgeted for the squash team's preparation
for the Oct 3-14 Commonwealth Games.
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