FOR PLATINUM JUBILEE MAGAZINE
When I set out to better the lot of
the professionals, or markers as they were called in squash, little did I
realize that the saying’ One good deed deserves another’ would ring so
loud and true. My interaction with The Times of India’s long-serving
squash writer Pradeep Vijaykar and others opened doors I had never
The media lapped up the cause of the
pros. They supported the development of activities we did-camps,
tournaments, felicitations, our website recognition for the sport and
backing players who were getting a raw deal from the power-that-be.Of all
the activities the one I value most is the in stature of the
professionals, Today thanks to our efforts and team work there is
co-ordination and teamwork amongst professionals.
The minimum a pro can get has risen
from Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 at any club though a lot still needs to be done.
One pro I supported has two flats and a Maruti Zen,and is a role
model for the team of professionals he leads.
When ISP started, we were a small
group. Today has a highly motivated team of specialists as committee
members lead by Ashish Gupta. an active Director, Patrons, regular
sponsers, dedicate if experts coaches, editors for our magazine and
contributers for our website across the country. We have recognition and
appreciation from the who’s who of squash from major squash-playing
Our think tank is presently working
towards upgrading our professionals further.
professional coaching knowledge base. so that they may command more
respectable fees develop players better.
In years to come I hope others will
replicate my efforts in their own way and do their bit. I believe if we
give up fillip to the lowest rung of our squash, only then it can grow at
the top and bring laurels the country has lacked. The Pakistani raised
their pros to the skies and they ruled the world.,
As we celebrate the 75th
tournament I hope we can do more for the grassroots, ensure the sport is
played all over the state and country. From quantity will come quality as
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