HER TAKE ON SANIA
MIRZA'S SHORT SKIRT BECOMING AN ISSUE...
WORK HARD, PARTY
TAKING HER GAME
HER TRIP TO MUMBAI..
NOW IN THE US:
Sunday Express : 14th November 2005
"Am I to wear that ?" the national squash champ exclaimed when we held out he jacket. We'd been warned her style was hard core sporty; girlie dressing is strictly for formal functions. But we urged her to try something different and she agreed.
Chinappa's usually in stylish jeans and a casual Tee, but for us she choose a purple, lace-trimmed singlet from Tommy Hilfiger and a pair of denim capries from Mango to match the jacket. Nice, but the jacket still needed some dressing up.
So we tried a fitted denim skirt that flared out near knee and a pale green singlet, both from Mango. To add some glam to the sporty attire she got into a pair of metallic gold and buff Tommy sneakers.
Even though she looks smashing, Chinappa wasn't sure about the jacket . "It's cute and has quite a British touch, but I don't know if I 'd wear it," she said. "I like clothes that fit my body well, and I'd probably pick something with longer sleeves.
not hard to figure out that India’s only women’s squash champ is just
19. every clue is in its place – the Guess jeans, Esprit tee and
sneakers, an arm covered with beaded bracelets, a tattoo, a pierced navel
and a Usher ringtone on her cellphone. But when Joshna Chinappa tells you
she just bought a slinky black Honda City with her own money, it makes you
sit up and take notice.
– based Chinappa’s in the city for the Western India Squash
Tournament, taking place over the nest few days at the Cricket Club of
India. “It’s off season right now, so I’m going to trains really
hard till January – there are no major tournaments to break the training
cycle. But this is good prize money,” she says.
January 2006, the 5’8” champ will bombard the Commonwealth Games, the
Asian Senior Championship and the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games with
her aggressive style and
squash journey started like that of many other sportspeople – watching
her dad play at the gymkhana. She recalls playing tennis and badminton
equally well, but “had to stop being a Jack of all trades, so I picked
squash”. When she was 10 she made it to the finals of the under – 14
Junior Nationals, but lost.
next year Chinappa won her first – ever international tournament – the
under – 13 Singapore Junior Open. “I always remember playing a age
group higher than mine. It’s more fruitful if you win that way,” she
since her career had been decided when she was 10, studies were never a
priority. She tells us that she’d writer just enough to pass her exams,
even though she knew the answers to all the questions. “But I neglected
academics. I know squash is not a sport that can make you millionaire in
three years,” she says. But she tells us that sponsorship problems may
also disappear – she’s been signed up by a big company, but it’s too
soon to mention names.
she’s not training, her time’s spent between the movies, hanging out
with friends and shopping. “I love good clothes –Mumbai has all the
great brands and designers,” she says. The party scene
also had her hooked for a few years. “ I work my butt off through
the week, so Saturday was when I’d go dancing” she says. But since
“Chennai’s no fun anymore – everything shuts by 11pm,” she
unwinds by catching dinner with friends or racing cars with them down
empty roads. “We once had a drag race during peak traffic,” she
Chinappa, it’s never been better that at 19.
|DNA Mumbai (Newspaper), August 19, 2005.|
Eighteen with a dream seems to symbolize Indian sports’ Generation Next. Joshna Chinappa is to squash what Sania Mirza is to tennis. And like her counterpart,Joshna is also set for her first full year on the senior circuit, says Nihal Koshie
The past three weeks have seen the world No.1 junior squash player dealing with a gamut of emotions. Joshna Chinappa’s loss in the final of the World Junior event was hurtful but the new found stardom has also been heartening.
And as Joshna enters her first full-fledged year in the highly competitive senior circuit, she will realize more and more that the subtle changes she will have to bring about in her lifestyle will be more that those in her game.
While the 18- year old may not be as popular as her tennis counterpart Samia Mirza, in terms of promoting the game, Joshna has probably matched Sania. So mush so that the Union Health Ministry has taken note of Joshna’s achievements and appointed her their goodwill ambassador. Joshna was only too willing to oblige. “I will have to find time outside the game for these commitments but that should not be n issue,” Joshna said.
And although she’s open to endorsing products, she admits that her sport doesn’t have too many takers here.
“Squash is not as popular as other racquet sports like tennis. If I was playing tennis, it would have been easier to get endorsements,” Joshna said.
However, despite the relative low-profile character for her chosen sport, the Chennai-based girl has had to deal with increased pressure on her privacy, especially after her runner-up performance at the World Junior event in Belgium. The dusky, charming player with the infectious smile, however, is up to it. “More and more people recognize me, come up to me and say hello and congratulate me. I am more of a known face. I have been interacting with the press and have also appeared on television, maybe that is why people know me now,” said.
Joshna, who has fondness for good clothes and loves dressing up for the occasion, is basking in the new found recognition. “I would be lying if I said that I did not enjoy all the attention. I like meeting people,” Joshna said.
However, she insists that all the adulation has not changed her at all. “I’ve not changed. I remain the same person.”
The pressure of an individual sport is immense, but Joshna has her own way of dealing with it. By her own admission, she had devoured chocolates after losing the World Junior final. “It is something I love and something I fall back on when I am down,” she said. For someone whose game is established enough to win the junior Asian and British Open titles, eating chocolates seems a rather childish fetish.
Especially for someone who seems to have a mature head on her shoulders. Her targets are set. “I want to break into the top-20 within a year,” Joshna said. Her first event startsin Islamabad on August 30. the Doha Asian Games will be the next big arena. “Gold at the Asian Games is what I am gunning for,” she said. After that? The world will be her oyster.
|Article in Femina : http://www.feminaindia.com/articleshow/msid-772425,prtpage-1.cms|
Sunil Dutt (Minister
for Youth Affairs and Sports) and Smt. Sheila Dixit (Hon.
Chief Minister of Delhi) felicitating
Chinappa is by far the highest achiever in the history of Indian Squash.
She announced her arrival in World Squash as an Under-13 player by
becoming the first Indian ever to win a title at the Scottish Junior Open.
She has reached the 3rd position- the highest ever by a girl in
the Australian Junior Open. To top it all, she has won two Titles at the
British Junior Open- the highest rated Tournament in the World, winning
the Under-17 Title in 2003, and the Under-19 Title this year, while being
the Runner Up in Under-19 in 2004. She is the only Indian ever with this
level of achievements in the British Junior Open. She is the Asian Junior
Champion winning the Individual Title in July 2004, and has won laurels
for India in the Asian team events, including the Asian Seniors Bronze
medal. She is the only Indian to have won the SAF Games Title- winning the
Individual and Team Gold medals in April 2004. She is the reigning
Women’s and Junior National Champion having held both titles for the
last four years. She became the youngest ever Women’s National Champion
at the age of 14, a record that surpasses that of any Indian in any sport.
she received bans and disciplinary actions instead of awards from the
Squash Rackets Federation of India, Indian
Squash Professionals- an organization dedicated to promotion of Squash
founded by Mahendra Agarwal is honouring Joshna. All along her Squash
career, ISP has helped Joshna by in various ways, including getting a
sponsorship of over Rupees Five Lakhs from Switcher, a Swiss garments
company. The monetary award due to Joshna from the Ministry of Sports,
Government of India has been delivered to Joshna through the efforts of
Sunil Dutt the sports minister has taken special interest in the career of
Joshna who is aiming to become India's first-ever junior champion boy or
girl at World Juniors in Belgium this August.
Yesterday, 16th April 2005, Mr. Sunil Dutt invited Joshna Chinappa and Mahendra Agarwal (Director of Indian Squash Professionals) to the Ministry of Sports at Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi where he handed over 2 cheques to Joshna Chinappa. The first cheque of Rs. 307000/= was a reimbursement of the expenses for her training at Harvard University with world renowned coach Mr Satinder Pal Bajwa, the second cheque of Rs. 3 lakhs was given to her for her achievements in the year 2003 (Asian Sr. Women Championship (Team), Kualalampur 2002 , Silver : Rs.1 lakh, Asian Jr. Squash Championship, Pakistan 2003, Gold Rs. 0.50 lakh, Asian Sr. Women's Championship, Kualalampur 2004, Bronze Rs. 1.50 lakhs.)
Following this, a glittering function was organised in the evening at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi under the aegis of ISP to felicitate Joshna Chinappa and her wish her luck for the forth coming World Junior Squash Championship to be held at Belguim in July 2005. Smt Sheila Dixit (Hon. Chief Minister of Delhi) was the chief guest of the evening. She wished Joshna good luck and expressed confidence that she will bring many more laurels for the country. The function also saw the presence of some of most well known faces in the social circuit of Delhi, particularly Nafisa Ali, Louis Salman Khursheed, Rita Dixit and Secretary Sports Mrs Meenaxi Anand Chaudhari, symbolising the force of emerging women power in various fields including sports.
PRIDE OF INDIA
MAKING OF THE WORLD CHAMPION
Joshna Chinappa has squash flowing in her blood for four generations. Her great grandfather field Marshall K.M.Cariappa, India's first Commander-in-Chief of Army played squash, so too her grandfather who was a Lt. Col. in the army, and ofcourse her father Anjan Chinappa who plays regularly at the Madras Cricket Club courts and has represented Tamilnadu many times. His greatest match was against Kumari Bhuneshwari in 1986 at M.C.C. Courts. Candy was the National Champion and Aashish Kamat of Mumbai wagered that Candy would beat Anjan. It was a great match with Bhuvneshwari finally getting the better of Anjan. In fact years later when Joshna was only 6 years and had started playing squash the very same Kumari Bhuvneshwari watching Joshna hit the ball told Anjan "I see a Champion in the making, do encourage her all the way" The rest as they say - is history.
Joshna created history by being the first Indian girl to win the British Squash Championship title 2003, at Sheffield, U.K. and also winning the The Asian Junior Women Squash Championship at Islamabad, Pakistan on 6th Feb 2003. Making history has been a way of life with Joshna. She earlier in the year 2000 created history in the Indian sports, by winning the senior national squash title, at the age of 14 years. In this significant achievement, she eclipsed the other greats of Indian sport namely Vijay Amritraj – Vishwananthan Anand – Ramesh Krishnan and Prakash Pudukone, by holding the Senior & Junior national titles at the age 14 years while the above mentioned greats simultaneously held the Senior & Junior titles above the age of 15 years.
Joshna has also won squash championship titles in Malaysia , Singapore , Hong Kong , Scotland, Europe-U.K, and today is currently ranked world No 1 in the under 17, age category.
In her endeavors to pursue her aims and ambitions , she has to participate in numerous international squash tournaments.
Exposure & participation at the most competitive level of squash will ensure that Joshna can climb higher & higher in the world rankings.
To achieve this for Joshna, The Indian Squash Professionals and Mr. Mahendra Agarwal has decided to help her by way of appealing to all NRI’S (non resident indians) worldwide to contribute towards sponsorship for Joshna Chinnapa to participate in international tournaments.
Joshna Chinnapa will bring honour and glory to India by becoming a world champion and your contributions will go along way towards this being a reality. Kindly send any amount from 10$ to 10000$ in the name of INDIAN SQUASH PROFESSIONALS.
Still a couple of months short of being 15, Joshna gave first notice of her talent when she was barely ten years old. Blessed with a good physique, Joshna possesses an array of strokes that can compare with the best in the business and when they start landing, then one can only feel sorry for her opponents.
At the age of 12, Joshna was already winning under-14 tournaments abroad and, if she can focus mentally, she will continue to do so. At present, making a career out of squash seems a viable proposition for this talented lass, but that depends upon a lot of factors.
A doting father, who is
determined to see his daughter scale the pinnacle of squash, is Joshna’s
plus point, but that is if she can remain focussed on the game in the
years to come.
However, one thing is
clear, unanimously, that a talent like Joshna has not been seen in Indian
women’s squash for some time now.
of Joshna’s Achievements in Squash
ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2004
ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2003
11TH Asian Senior Squash Championship, May, 2002 – Malaysia – Joshna led The Indian Women’s Squash Team to a Silver Medal for the first time ever.
Joshna’s Achievements in 2001
Achievements in the Year 2000
Joshna creates a record in the 48 years history of Indian Squash by becoming the youngest National Championship (Women’s) at 14 years of age.
was given award “ Best School Girl
In Sports In Tamil Nadu For
1998-1999” by the Tamil Nadu Sports
She was given “The Most Promising Junior “ award at Western India Open event.
was given a “Youth Merit Award, by Rotary Club of Madras Temple City in