of National Junior Squash Players 2011
1ST MARCH, 2012 AT BOMBAY
At the felicitation
function of the Junior National Squash champions (from l to r) Daksha Pathak
(Girls U-13), Mahesh Mangaonkar (Boys U-19), Shri Padmakar Valvi, Minister
for Sports, Government of Maharashtra, Veer Chotrani (Boys U-11), Shri
Harshvardhan Patil, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Yohan Pandole (Boys
U-15), Aryaman Adik (Boys U-13) and Urvashi Joshi (Girls U-17)
A squash academy in Mumbai may soon become a reality as Shri Padmakar Valvi, Minister of Sports, Government of Maharashtra is making concerted efforts to procure land for the same at the Kalina University Campus and is hopeful of things firming up in the near future. Shri Valvi was speaking at a function hosted by the Bombay Gymkhana and organised by SRAM and ISP to felicitate the six junior winners of National titles at the recently concluded Junior National Squash Championships and the four players who finished runners-up.
Also present on the occasion was Shri Harshvardhan Patil, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, and Chief Patron of ISP, besides officials from SRAM and ISP.
Maharashtra, led by the talented Mahesh Mangaonkar and Yohan Pandole, procured a rich haul of six gold medals from the ten at stake, with four players winning silver medals in the Junior Nationals in Jodhpur.
This has been largely due to the efforts of the Squash Racquets Association of Maharashtra (SRAM), the support from the squash NGO, Indian Squash Professionals, the selfless dedication of a bunch of committed coaches and the proliferation of squash courts in the city.
In 2011, the State Government recognized SRAM as the official body representing the sports of Squash in Maharashtra, and concerted efforts are now on to gain as much financial and infrastructural support as possible to help players who have played at an international level, besides all the National champions who are harbouring aspirations of turning professional in the near future.
Besides winning the National titles, most of the players have also made a name for themselves on the junior international stage. Mahesh Mangaonkar has been British Open Junior Champion 2009, Scottish Open Junior Champion 2007, German Open Junior Champion 2008 and the Indian Open Junior Champion 2011.
Saumya Karki has participated in the World Junior women’s team Squash Championship 2011, held in Boston, USA and was an U-19 semi-finalist. She also won an U-17 silver medal in the Asian Junior Individual Squash Championship 2011 in Amman, Jordan.
Aryaman Adik represented India in the Boys U-13 and finished in the top 8 in the Asian Juniors in Jordan, besides being the Plate Event Winner in the Milo All-Star in Malaysia.
Nikita Joshi was selected to represent India at the Asian Squash Junior Open, Girls U 13, held at Jordan in June 2011, and won 3rd place at the Scottish Junior Squash Championship, Girls U-13, at Edinburgh in Jan 2012.
By the hands of
Mr. Harshvardhan Patil (Chief Patron ISP and Minister of
Marketing, EGS, Women and Child Development and
All the National winners along with Mr Anil Mahesh (Hon. Sec. JVPG
Club), Mr Ashish Gupta (President, ISP), Mr Dwirek Raj (President, JVPG
Club), Mr. Harshvardhan Patil (Chief Patron ISP & Minister of
Marketing, EGS, Women and Child Development & Parliamentary Affairs)
Mrs Patil, Mr Mahendra Agarwal (Founder Director, ISP) & Noreena
Hon. Minister felicitating National champion Mahesh Mangaonkar (Boys
At the Junior Nationals
2007at Ajmer, the Maharashtra players had done exceedingly well. The
players were felicitated by Indian Squash Professionals at the prize
distribution ceremony of JVPG - ISP Squash Classic. Mr. Harshvardhan Patil
(Chief Patron ISP and Minister of Marketing, EGS, Women and Child
Development and Parliamentary Affairs)gave the awards to the players
Mr.Harsh Toteja (Squash Secretary, JVPG Club) felicitating Abhishek
Pradhan (Runners up in Boys Under-15 category)
Hon. Minister felicitating National champion Yohan Pandole (Boys Under-11
At the felicitation function at Taj
Presidency, Cuffe Parade from L to R :
Shri. Harshvardhan Patil (Minister, Govt. of Maharashtra) along with Noreena
(V.P., ISP), Khalid A-H. Ansari
(Chairman Emeritus, SRAM), Gautam Thakkar (V.P., SRAM,) Mahendra Agarwal
(Founder Director, ISP)
promises more public squash courts in Maharashtra Article in The Hindu, Mumbai : 5th August 2007
Maharashtra may soon
become the first state in the country to have public squash courts in each
of its 33 districts.
Maharashtra Minister for
marketing (Women and Child Development and Parliamentary affairs)
Harshvardhan Patil conveyed his intention to fulfill this aim, after
becoming the chief patron of the Mumbai-based NGO Indian Squash
"I will do everything
possible to see that the game is promoted widely in the state of Maharashtra.
The need of the hour is to take the game of squash to the common public and
hence my priority will be the construction of more public squash courts," he
said at a media conference on Friday night.
At present there are
three courts built by the state government in their district sports stadiums
at Jalgaon, Nashik and Dhule.
We would strive to have
at least one court for the public in every other district of Maharashtra,
"There are also plans to
start an academy for squash with six courts, in Mumbai Unviersity's Kalina
campus, which has been allotted six acres of land to build 12 tennis courts
or in MMRDA complex in Bandra or the Sports Authority of India complex in
Kandivali," the minister said.
"I will try and allot
land for Squash Rackets Association of Maharashtra and ISP for this
purpose," Patil said.
The minister also
promised to talk to the School Games Federation of India to urge them to
introduce squash in schools in a big way.
Malhotra’s winning efforts in recent months have won instant
recognition. He was bestowed with the PROSQUASH Award for International
Excellence in Squash with a cash prize of Rs. 51,000 by Mahendra
director, Indian Squash Professionals, at the Press Club on Monday.
ISP is an
organization involved in promoting the game of squash in India and brings
out the PROSQUASH newsletter.
Last week, Vikram was
awarded the ‘Laureus Sports for Good Foundation’ scholarship of Rs one
lakh given to promising Indian junior sportsperson in New Delhi.
The only other junior
from the state was Pune’s badminton player Aditi Mutatkar). Vikram was
the only one chosen from the field of squash and received it from tennis
icon Boris Becker, his idol.
Earlier last month, the
eight-standard lad from Beacon High School, Khar, won the Milo All Star
Malaysian Junior Squash Open Championships 2002.On his way to these
titles he beat top class players like Jerry Foo of Malaysia.
Gautam Thakkar (Bombay Gymkhana,President), Vijay Kumar Gautam (IAS) ,
Paul Ferriera (team member of victorious Maharashtra team), Akhil Behl,
Raj Singh Dungarpurkar, Ashok Sinha (IAS), C.S.Pawar, Riaz Mohammed &
Mahendra Agarwal (Founder Director, ISP) at the function.
Newly crowned National
Squash Champion Akhil Behl was felicitated by the Indian Squash
Professional (ISP) at a function at the Bombay Gymkhana on Thursday
night. Behl had beaten three-times National champion Arjan Singh in
the final in Chennai earlier this month.A Dubai based Indian businessman Shyam Bhatia has
invited Behl to play inter-club and exhibition matches in Dubai.He will also sponsor Behl’s trip.
Behl who was
instrumental in Maharashtra’s triumph in the Inter-State tournament in
Calcutta, was presented with a salver by Raj Singh Dungarpur, the
Behl, the Collector of Mumbai, Vijay Kumar Gautam, hoped that he would
emulate the splendid showing of three former champions from Mumbai,
eight-time National champion Anil Nayar, five-times winner Meherwan
Daruvala and six-times champion Adrian Ezra.
The Maharashtra team
members were also presented with mementos by the President of the Bombay
Gymkhana and former badminton player Gautam Thakkar.
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