|India's Joshna Chinnappa won the junior Scottish
Squash open defeating Kirtsy McPhee of England 10-9,9-7,7-9,10-8 in the
final on Wednesday night. Joshna Chinnappa had won the under-13 Scottish
junior squash open title last year.
Times of India, Mumbai December 31,1999.
Mid-Day Publications has invited an under 15 Malaysian cricket team to Mumbai for a 14 days Coaching programme at Dilip Vengsarkar's cricket academy from December 14 to 27th.
The team will be here as part of an exchange programme set up by the Petra Foundation, Kuala Lumper and Mid-Day to benefit Malaysia's junior cricket as well as Mumbai's Junior Squash Players.
HRH Tunku Imran of Malaysia(President Emeritus of World Squash Federation) and Mr. Khalid Ansari(Chairman, MID-DAY, and president of Squash Racquets Association of Maharashtra) have initiated this exchange programme.
The 15 Junior players from Maharashtra would visit Kuala Lumper in May-June 2000 and would be trained by the former Malaysian International and reputed coach K.H.Ong at the Lakeside Club in Subang Jaya.
have a balanced team and were are going with confidence at hand more than
experience. We have a young side that is bubbling with desire to win,”
said Maharashtra captain Amit Pal Kohli.
by MID-DAY, the team departed from the Mumbai domestic airport early
morning yesterday. Mahendra Agarwal, the Secretary of the Squash Racquets
Association of Maharashtra (SRAM) also agreed with the Captain but added:
“We are Services will be a tough customer there. Everyone else will not
the last two years the team comprised players like Akhil Behl, Paul
Ferreria, Niraj Shirgaokar and Manish Chotrani. This year however, the
SRAM will be missing the services of these players. While Behl and
Ferrieira are studying in America, the other two players could not avail
themselves due to personal reasons.
year new faces like Amit Chinai, Mihir Kapoor and Santosh More are making
debut on bigger platform. In face , Chinai will be playing his first major
tournament. But the team carrying the biggest asset with them, coach
Rehmat Khan, “Rehmat Sir’s inclusion as a coach has been a big morale
booster for us. I have trained under him and so I know him well. He can
really put in some brilliant ideas during crucial moments,” Kohli added.
also rated Saket Wali as their drop performer. “I am expecting a lot
from Saket. He did well in the CCI Western India Squash beating Major
Khurana and Major Rajdeep Brar in the prequarters and quarters
respectively, “he said.
only other problem that Maharashtra players will face is Delhi’s cold
weather. “We are not used to playing in that cold weather. But this is
no excuse. It will take three four days before the matches start informed
ever it takes, but the team left with confidence and have vowed to come
back with the title for third time in a row.
|MID -DAY 19-11-99|
A few years ago when the concept of a junior development program was crystallized, the boys who benefited used this as a springboard to get into Ivy League Universities in America. The satisfying feeling was they all had done well at a junior level, played for the country and gone on to greener pastures.
For me, there remained the objective of getting a few youngsters from the lower and middle-class end to develop into potential champions.
I don’t need to go into the history books as people who knows squash are well aware of how the famous khans from across the border rose to be world champions.
Today, the Egyptians are a force to reckon with and I feel we do it. It means deploying resources at grassroots level and here the need for public courts is paramount.
The poorer section is not given the
same importance or latitude by the clubs. It is part of life and we have
to live with it.
Public courts would change this and alongside a program for these kids would go along way. I was very happy to see the group from Jindal Sports Club, Vasind.
They had to travel three hours to reach South Mumbai but they did so regularly and without compliant.
I wonder what some of the richer kids would have done had they been asked to play at Jindal for a week or ten days.
The point I wish to drive home is the hunger to succeed. Look at basketball in America.
There are a number of players with rags-to-riches stories. Squash has similar scenarios. The children of our professionals are the ones from whom I feel we come up with a top player. There is a lot of truth in the famous saying, “champions come forms villages and not from private schools.”
Having said that, I was very pleased to see that things have begun to happen in this direction with the Squash Racquets Association of Maharashtra (SRAM) and the Indian Squash Professionals (ISP) taking a lot more interest in attending to the needs of the Professionals. I saw them with Abdul Shaikh.
Their Keenness, the manner in which they were asking him questions and making notes was very encouraging Abdul is a thoroughbred and understands their needs.
If he can be flown down a few times a year, the professionals would benefit a great deal.
It’s been a year since my last visit. It’s been good to catch up with friends, meet the fence sitters and others who still frequent the panwallah across the road. Life without such characters would be dull and boring.
If they didn’t exist, how could the fourth estate write about the past when so little was done for so many by so few who had an IQ level which was lower than their waistline"