Vaman Apte survived a close first round tussle before
he, more or less, cruised to clinch the Body Scape Corporate Squash Cup at
the Resort Hotel’s air-conditioned court at Madh Island on Sunday.
An executive director of Apte
Amalgamations, ran into
young Sanjay Goyal of Juhu Centaur and just about managed to scrape through
with a 21-18 outcome.
Then onwards, Apte, who also heads the state squash
body and is a regular on the competitive circuit, did not encounter much
opposition before he thrashed Winmark Trading’s Ashish Gupta in the final
It was generally being felt that the final could have
been a much closer affair had Gupta not played his previous two rounds in
quick succession before the final against Apte.
This exclusive event, restricted only to chairmen,
presidents, chief execs, and managing directors of any company in Mumbai,
attracted 40 entries.
Vaman Apte of Apte Amalgamations claimed
the Body Scape Corporate Squash Cup beating Ashish Gupta of Winmark Trading
by 21 points to eight in the final at The Resort’s glass-back courts at Madh
Gupta, among the top six at Khar Gymkhana, played
some good shots but repeated obstructions cost him many a point in the best
of 21 final.
Apte, the president of the Squash Rackets
Association of Maharashtra, showed good mobility about the court and is
entitled to two nights stay at the hotel. Gupta, the runner-up, can order
dinner for two.
As many as forty turned up for this exclusive event
for the chairmen, presidents, Chief executives, managing directors or
directors of companies, organized by the Maharashtra Squash Professionals.
Apte had a close call in the opening round when
Sanjay Goyal of Juhu Centaur took 18 points off him before bowing out. Apte
had finished runner-up to Arif Patel of Patel Roadways two years ago.
The Resort, a Raheja Group Hotel at Aksa Beach,
Malad, will organize the Bodyscape Corporate Squash Tournament for
top-level corporate executives at their court on Sunday, August 24.
Almost 30 CEOs MDs and various top bosses of the
industry are expected to participate in this one-day event which is being
held under the auspices of the Indian Squash Professionals. Outlining the
details of the squash tournament, Brian Sopher, Spa and Recreation Manager,
said that it will be a 21 points one-game knock-out tournament.
The tournament is a bid to promote the newly opened
Bodyscape, perhaps the first world-class spa in the country. Designed and
programmed at the Canyon Ranch of Arizona, USA, Bodyscape offers a complete
mind and health package for the clients.
The spa which is built on 12,000 sq.ft area, is
complete with state of the art cardiovascular and strength training
machines. The package includes diet consultancy and customized nutrition
programme, aerobics, yoga classes, Jacuzzi massage rooms and beauty parlour.
Squash, tennis and swimming form the outdoor activities.
“We will be the first hotel to offer a complete
family health vacation,” said Anuj Prakash, General Manager, The Resort.
“BodyScape forms the physical activities, nutrition will be another
important part of our future programmes.”
Apart from the physical activities, nutrition will
be another important feature “A detailed questionnaire will have to be
filled by the customer. We will analyze certain things such as the fat
content of the body and later design a balanced menu which will provide him
every vital food component,” said Executive Chief Bimal Sharma.
About two score men at the helm of well known companies
found the rigorous game of squash a different ball game from marshalling
their thoughts in the boardroom, at the Bodyscape Corporate squash Cup held
at The Resort, Madh Island on Sunday.
On a rainy day, Vaman Apte, Executive director, Apte
Amalgamation, made hay as he ploughed through a unique conglomeration of
CEOs, presidents, directors and chairman to emerge triumphant in the
tournament, sponsored by Bodyscape, the sophisticated health spa at The
Apte, a former India Player and former Maharashtra
captain, prevailed over managing director Ashish Gupta 21-8 in a keenly
The tournament Organized by the Maharashtra squash
professionals and held under the auspices of the Indian squash
professionals, was played under the 21 American points system.
Apte’s reward is a two-night stay at The Resort, while
Gupta earned a dinner for two at The Resort’s restaurant, High Tide.
Said Apte who also is the association of Maharashtra:
“I am naturally delighted to have won his tournament. I think squash is
gradually gaining in appeal. I wouldn’t say it’s a game, rather I believe it
certainly is breaking barriers.”
Earlier, in the semi-finals Apte beat Bharat Shah,
director, Aurico Textiles 21-10, while Gupta beat Ashish Bhagra of the
Jindal group, 21-15.
Tournament Organised by ISP
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