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Taapse Pannu plays squash for fitness


March 2017

  Online sensation Muffler Man, popular host and actor, Abhilash Thapliyal, has discovered a new sporting passion. 'Pink' actress Taapsee Pannu has taught Abhilash a shot or two about squash during the recent schedule of their upcoming film 'Makhna' in Delhi. Coincidentally, both the actors from Rohini, Delhi and bond over food, Delhi and now squash!

Abhilash says, "Though squash looks very easy but is actually a very physically intensive sport. It helped that I had a mentor like Taapsee who de-constructed the game and initiated me into it. I am definitely looking forward to giving her a tough competition, maybe in the 100th match from now on (laughs)."



At Sheffield, Englad : 6th January 2017

1st Ever title for an Indian as Velavan Senthilkumar emerge as winner in the Under-19 Category

In the Boys’ Under 19 final, played out by unseeded Abhay Singh and Velavan Senthilkumar [5/8] in what was the first ever all-Indian final in the tournament’s history.

The match promised to be a tight contest between the two, with long early rallies played out as neither gave the other an inch. Singh and Senthilkumar entertained the packed crowd on the all-glass show court at Abbeydale Rackets and Fitness Club for one hour before Senthilkumar eventually emerged victorious 16/14, 11/2, 10/12, 11/7.




Once again, squash players have been done in by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and the Squash and Racquets Federation of India (SRFI). Several teams have complained after participation rules were changed at the last minute, which the players allege has happened for the second year in a row.

The All-India Inter University Squash Tournament is on at the Satyabhama University in Chennai. Women players from six of the eight universities that have landed to participate have registered a complaint with the organisers.

Their main grievance was that the women’s tournament was advanced from the original schedule of November 5 to 8.

The bigger complaint is that the format of the team competition has been changed without informing the teams. Players alleged that in contravention of the rules, only three players from the mandated five will be allowed to compete in team competition. And in the individual event, matches have been pruned to best-of-three games from best-of-five.

This change has left many teams in a quandary as they have reached Chennai with five players for the team event. “We were given an unsigned letter that said the rules have changed and we were told they’ll only issue certificates for three, who play as a team. They could have told us before, what will happen to the others who have come?” Panjab University’s Jannat Duhan told HT over phone from Chennai.

Players have also sent a written complaint to AIU secretary in which they have alleged they were threatened by “Mr Harish (Prasad) from SRFI” of disqualification if they continue to protest.

Duhan said organisers did a similar thing at last year’s championships in Haridwar.

AIU chief Gurdeep Singh could not be reached for comment.

A separate complaint has also been filed by coach and former player, Saket Wali, with the AIU. “…none of the participants were informed, otherwise they would not have registered and travelled about 3000 km from Chandigarh, Patiala, Delhi, Gujarat and Indore with six players for a four-player competition,” Wali wrote.


Squash A Mile 2016

  At Bombay Gymkhana : 7th August 2016

Squash A Mile 2016 is an initiative  of Rohaan Advani, Diya Sanghi and Chaitanya Shah to help cancer patients who cannot afford its treatment. The squash community in Mumbai will come together to show its concern and care at a fun-filled event that involves giving. This year as in the previous years, the proceeds from Squash-A-Mile will be given to V Care Foundation.

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Squash Resurgence

  Article by Added Sport : 30th June 2016

There is a new sport resurging in India- it is safe to say that squash is certainly making a comeback in the nation. Junior squash players in India are doing well internationally and are looking for exit options after the junior circuit. With bleak professional opportunities available, the most viable and rewarding exit seems to be “Universities in the US.” Interestingly, US is one of the only countries that allows a player to represent their university team and at the same time get a prestigious degree at top notch universities such as Harvard, Cornell, Princeton etc.


There are approximately 33 Men’s and 30 Women’s universities who actively scout for athletes around the world to join their team. Every squash team has 12-15 players (out of which 9 players qualify into the competition lineup in matches against other universities). Each year, coaches recruit 3-4 players to maintain a competitive team – giving 300-350 squash players from around the world the opportunity to study and compete in the US! Indian squash players have huge potential and are considered valuable recruits for the US university squash circuit. In the last 10 years, India has sent more than 60 students, both men and women, to US universities.


What makes Indian squash players so attractive to American coaches is that we have a lot more to offer in addition to our superb squash skills. Firstly, we come with the huge advantage of being educated in the English language, which makes it easier to transition into the American university system. Secondly, Indian students do considerably well in the SAT/ACT exams due to a high proficiency in Math and data interpretation.


So, a fair question is - what does it take to become a US university squash player? A student with a top 25-30 squash ranking in India and high grades in Class 9 and up (B+ to A- average) should consider leveraging their sport for better opportunities beyond high school. Few things to keep in mind are that each student should create a list of approximately 15 prospective universities and contact all the respective squash coaches. It is also advisable to identify one’s financial needs (if any) to a coach early in the conversation so that they can evaluate if they have the resources to admit you into the team and university.


In addition, potential students should select universities not just purely based on squash rankings, but also by looking at course of study, campus environment, community engagement etc. For example, I chose Cornell as it had a campus away from a big city, which gave me a feel of being close to my university friends without the fast-paced city life. At the same time, it offered me a competitive degree in Economics, where I had the privilege to attend classes under professors who were Economic Advisors to the Finance Ministry- and even the Prime Minister of India! The immense research opportunities at Cornell caught my fancy and the camaraderie among the squash team made it my dream university. I cannot fathom having attended any other institution. As I did, I believe everyone must make a list of all their priorities in order to better identify their “dream” university.


Lately, many athletes across India are recognizing the value in using a professional service to guide them through the complications that arise during their US university athletics recruitment process. I work at AddedSport – a sports management company that specializes in helping athletes across Asia leverage their sport to gain admission into top academic and athletic US universities. We help with applications, scholarship negotiations and identifying the “best-fit” universities for our athletes – on both fronts, academically and athletically. We are in constant communication with all US university squash coaches and they constantly express their eagerness to recruit squash players from India through us.


I believe that AddedSport is the much needed bridge between sports in Asia and US Universities. The door is wide open, and it is about time for our squashers to grab this opportunity with both hands!


  Dipika Pallikal determined to win WSF International Doubles Championships
  Article in Sports Keeda : 13th June 2016
  And she definitely has reasons to be so upbeat. Last time, she teamed up with the India No. 1 Joshna Chinappa, the girls clinched the prestigious gold medal in women’s doubles at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Indians will be aiming to repeat their success at the upcoming world doubles where a total of seven nations will be competing in all the three categories of doubles – men’s, women’s and mixed. India, who is participating in all the events, will have tough competition from Malaysia, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, Colombia, besides hosts Australia.

Dipika is yet to begin her practice with Joshna but she sounded pretty confident about their chances as they complement each other very well.

“Obviously, we [Joshna and I] have not practiced together. We will have to do it soon,” she told The Hindu on the sidelines of a car launch on Saturday.

“The tournament will be as competitive as the Commonwealth Games. We might be seeded either one or two. We have to win it.

“We enjoy playing together. We complement and understand each other well. We are eager to do well in the Darwin event,” the former World Championship quarter-finalist revealed.

Absence of squash a big loss for Olympics
The 24-year-old further added that squash not featuring at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was a big loss for the mega quadrennial games, rather than the other way round.

“Squash has grown a lot in the last seven years. It is only the Olympics which is the loser rather than squash,” the India No. 2 said.

Pallikal pointed out that the sport had left no stone unturned in order to secure the much-coveted Olympic spot but in the end, it was all in vain. It was a frustrating situation for the squash fraternity who had no clue why they fell short again.

The Chennai girl had no qualms in admitting that the players simply laughed off when they learnt that sports such as skateboarding, surfing, karate, sports climbing and baseball/softball had been given preference over squash.
  ‘Olympics the loser, not squash’
  Article in The Hindu : 12th June 2016

Dipika Pallikal, one of India’s top squash players, said the sport not figuring in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is not a loss for the sport but for the Olympics.


“Squash has grown a lot in the last seven years. It is only the Olympics which is the loser rather than squash,” she said.

Dipika said the squash administration had done all it could to promote the sport — getting good television coverage, building new glass courts and changing a lot of rules — but those were to no avail.


“It was really frustrating. We were clueless (on why squash was left out),” she said, on the sidelines of the launch of the Audio R8V10 plus car here on Saturday.


The World No. 18 said when it was reported that baseball/softball, karate, sports climbing, skateboarding and surfing were provisionally selected for the Tokyo Games, “we [squash players] all laughed about it.”


Dipika said her focus was on the World doubles championship to be held in Darwin (Australia) from August 15 to 19.

“Obviously, we [Joshna and I] have not practiced together. We will have to do it soon. The tournament will be as competitive as the Commonwealth Games. We might be seeded either one or two. We have to win it,” she said. “We enjoy playing together. We complement and understand each other well. We are eager to do well in the Darwin event.”

About the new coach of the Squash Rackets Federation of India, Ashraf El Karargui, Dipika said, “he has big shoes to fill as Maj. Maniam had a huge impact on us. We are looking forward to working with the new coach,” she said.


Aditya’s aim

Aditya Patel said his aim was to finish in the top three in the 2016 Audi LMS Cup where he will be driving for Team Audi China.

  HC revokes conferment of sports prize to IOA President : Article in PTI News

HC revokes conferment of sports prize to IOA President

Article in PTI News

New Delhi, Aug 31 (PTI) The Delhi High Court today revoked the conferment of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar (RKPP) 2011 to Indian Olympic Association President N Ramachandran, saying it was finalised without "proper inquiry and application of mind." 

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports had instituted the RKPP in 2009 for contribution to sports by individuals, corporates or institutions. Ramachandran was awarded RKPP award in the category of "Establishment and Management of sports academies of excellence." 

"This court therefore holds that the award of Puraskar to the fifth Respondent (Ramachandran) was finalised without a proper inquiry and proper application of mind, no attempt to verify the claims of achievement of the fifth Respondent were seriously made. The said decision, based on the Selection Committee's recommendation, is therefore unsupportable in law," a bench comprising justices Ravindra Bhat and R K Gauba said. 

It said the manner in which the whole selection took place, with respect to Ramachandran not only reveals a "casual and uncritical acceptance of whatever was and offered by the applicant, but also exemplifies what is wrong in such matters in Indian sports." 

"Sportspersons and where they function and the general public they entertain, are a world apart, it so seems from the world of sports administrators! This disconnect is deeply thrown up in sharp relief in the facts of the present case where regardless of the facility which was claimed to have been developed, the ultimate user, i.e. the squash players/ coach etc. had no voice in the selection of Puraskar or its awarding," the bench said. 

The bench directed the sports ministry, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadufirst to pass consequential orders, revoking the grant of Puraskar to the Ramachandran, within four weeks from today. 

It also asked Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to include eminent sportspersons in the selection committee of RKPP for 2016. 

"This Court holds that ? first, the exclusion of eminent sportspersons from the Selection Committee of the Puraskar was without any basis; and directs the first Respondent to make appropriate provisions for the same in the Scheme of the Puraskar for 2016," the bench said in its verdict on a plea filed by one Tatpal Singh Jaggi who challenged the conferment of the award to Ramachandran. 

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Tushar Sahani the star of Khar Gymkhana

"Tushar Shahani, the star of Khar Gymkhana Squash Academy has been sponsored by Mahindra Sona Ltd. The sponsorship covers his travel and hotel expenses for all his tournament participation till the end of this financial year.
Tushar is the reigning national champion and world No-7 in Boys Under-15 age group. He will remain in this age group till March 2016. However, he is participating in Boys Under-17 to get better match practice. In this age group too, he is in the top 8 ranks in the country!

We hope this sponsorships helps him attain more glory!"


Squash A Mile 2015 is an initiative of Rhea & Rohaan Advani, Sireena Divecha & Riddhi Sampat to help cancer patients who cannot afford its treatment. The squash community in Mumbai will come together to show its concern and care at a fun-filled event that involves giving. This year as in the previous years, the proceeds from Squash-A-Mile will be given to V Care Foundation.

This year the event is on Sunday, 23rd August 2015 from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at the Bombay Gymkhana Squash Courts. 

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  The draw for the 2015 JSW Indian Squash Circuit NSCI Open, PSA M15 & W15 tournaments has been released with Adrian Waller due to head a supremely competitive Men’s field when the tournament gets underway at the NSCI Club, Mumbai on Thursday September 3.

Waller, who is recognised as one of the fittest players on the PSA World Tour, makes his debut on the Indian Circuit and is looking to add to the four PSA World Tour titles that he has achieved thus far in his career.

The Englishman might need to get past Raphael Kandra if he is to take the crown with the German named as the number two seed. Kandra is the form player heading into the event having already won a trio of titles in 2015 and is looking to earn back-to-back titles for the third time in his career.

Seeded to meet Waller in the semi-final is Tsz Fung Yip while on the other half of the draw Mahesh Mangaonkar, the Indian No.2 who is competing in his home-town, could spar against Kandra for a place in the showpiece finale.

World Junior Champion Habiba Mohamed headlines the Women’s event as she looks to continue her meteoric rise on the PSA World Tour but will have to be wary of other highly-regarded players such as Nicolette Fernandes and Joey Chan.

Mohamed could meet Chan at the semi-final stage if both players perform to their seeding while Fernandes has a path to the final that is fraught with danger as she could face both Nouran El Torky and Joshana Chinappa en-route.

“We are delighted to have such a strong line-up for the start of the Indian Circuit,” said Tournament Promoter Raj Arora.

“There are no easy matches for anyone in the draw and it should make for a stunning spectacle.”

2015 Men’s JSW Indian Squash Circuit NSCI Open – Main Draw
[1] Adrian Waller (ENG) v Peter Creed (WAL)
Joel Hinds (ENG) v [5] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND)
[7] Mohamed Reda (EGY) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v [4] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
[3] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) v [WC] Kush Kumar (IND)
Tom Ford (ENG) v [8] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG)
[6] Ben Coleman (ENG) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v [2] Raphael Kandra (GER)

2015 Women’s JSW Indian Squash Circuit NSCI Open – Women’s Draw
[1] Habiba Mohamed (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Sarah Cardwell (AUS) v [8] Laura Pomportes (FRA)
[7] Nadine Shahin (EGY) v [Qualifier]
[WC] Sachika Ingale (IND) v [3] Joey Chan (HKG)
[4] Joshana Chinappa (IND) v Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
[Qualifier] v [6] Deon Saffery (WAL)
[5] Nouran El Torky (EGY) v Fiona Moverley (ENG)
[Qualifier] v [2] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY)

My Next Target Is To Push Towards Top 10: Saurav Ghosal : Article in  


India’s top squash player and talisman, Saurav Ghosal has set his sights on breaking into the top 10 of the men’s singles rankings. Saurav had reached a career-high ranking of No. 15 in December 2013 , so this is one target that is on the horizon.

The 2014 Asian Games gold medallist recently conveyed his plans on the sidelines of an exhibition match between Saurav and the World No. 2 Gregory Gaultier at the 222-year-old Calcutta Racket Club.

The India No. 1 who has now slipped to a ranking of 21 also revealed that he dreams of winning an individual Commonwealth Games medal for India in 2018.

“I am now ranked #21 in the world. I would like to get back into top 20 and push towards top 10. 2014 was a big year for me and 2018 is another big year coming up. Hope I can win an individual Commonwealth Games medal in 2018.”

Saurav Ghosal also expressed disappointment on squash missing out on achieving the status of an Olympic sport. The top Indian squash player reasoned that squash deserved an opportunity to be a part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Considering that we have multiple Olympic medals for sports like rhythmic gymnastics and synchronized swimming, it is a well founded logic that bears consideration.

“It was a massive disappointment and a travesty that squash could not make it to 2020 Olympics. We definitely deserve to showcase our sport.”

However, all is not lost for squash. The sport can still harbour hopes of making it to the quadrennial event. The new IOC president Thomas Bach is planning to expand the 2020 Olympics programme and this situation has presented the racquet sport a second chance.

Saurav explained that the sport was given a feedback from the IOC. There is a focus now on attempts to dress up the sport a bit more and improve its overall quality. The World No. 21 remains optimistic and one will know IOC’s final decision by middle of next year. Hopefully squash makes it to the list! Future of Indian squash is bright

Talking about the Kolkata exhibition, which is the first of its kind in India, Saurav Ghosal said that he had been thinking about such an event for a long time and he hopes that this will inspire youngsters to take up squash.

“The idea is to basically get someone of Greg’s stature so that the juniors can have a front-up view of what it takes to be a champion. Hope this is going to make lots of youngsters take up the sport.”

With India claiming the women’s doubles Commonwealth Games gold and the Asian Games men’s team gold last year, squash is on an upward curve in India. Saurav Ghosal believes the future of squash in the country is looking bright at the moment and the next 4-5 years will see a surge in squash talent.

“The future of squash here is a lot better than before. Many juniors are coming in to train. In the next 4-5 years there will be a gravitational pull that will bring in many more youngsters.”

The Kolkata lad also saw an improvement in the Bengal’s squash landscape.

“The scene here is much better than when I started out. With me and Ramit Tandon (coming back from the US in June this year), it is going to be exciting.”

There’s no better country to look at other than Egypt when it comes to squash. With five of the current top 10 being Egyptians, the African nation has established itself as a dominant force in the sport. Former British Open winner Gregory Gaultier pointed out that it is no wonder Egypt is doing so well.

“Squash is big in Egypt, right after football. Even one of their presidents was a fan of squash. Now there are even squash schools in Egypt,” said the 32-year-old Frenchman.

Saurav also stressed on the need to have more PSA events regularly in India which will give the Indian players a chance to play at home. In 2014, there were five PSA tournaments for the first time. Ghosal hoped that the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) is able to find sponsors that will enable India to host World Series events.


Thanks to SRAM’s (Squash Racquets Association of Maharashtra) constant efforts, Mumbai’s young, talented and established squash player Mahesh Mangaonkar has received a grant of Rs five lakhs from the Maharashtra Government, late last year.

Ministry officials from the state government handed over a cheque to the player at his residence recently.

The 20-year-old Mahesh has steadily risen from the junior ranks into a top class player and is currently ranked at a career high of 44 in the world professional circuit. He has done exceptionally well last season winning two major titles on the PSA Tour and finished runners-up in three other events. Earlier last year, he clinched the $5,000 Men’s Open du Gard 2014, at Nimes, France and back home, won the $10,000 Men’s JSW PSA Indian Circuit No2 2014, at Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana Club, Mumbai, last October.

Mahesh’s mother Anjali was quite satisfied with the cash award her son received and was all praise for SRAM. “SRAM has been promoting squash for a long time and have been supporting Mahesh from a very young age. SRAM has taken care of Mahesh throughout his entire junior career, his training and now they have used their good offices to push his credentials which helped to obtain this grant of Rs 5 lakhs,” mentioned Anjali.

SRAM Treasurer, Mahendra Agarwal, mentioned that this was just a small gesture for a player who has brought laurels for Mumbai, Maharashtra and someone who is a bright future for Indian squash. “Mahesh deserves this award. He has done very well from the junior ranks and now at the world level. With his achievements we approached the state government and they agreed to sanction this sum, with a promise to offer more funds later,” he pointed out. 

Agarwal further stated that the SRAM is confident the new government in Maharashtra will soon confer Mahesh with the Shiv Chhatrapti Award, the highest award given to a sportsperson from the state. “He (Mahesh) is eligible for the award and I’m 100% confident that this new Maharashtra Government will recognise the achievements of Mahesh and give him the Shiv Chhatrapati Award very soon. It would also be the first time a squash player receives this award,” stated Agarwal. 

“This funding from the government is not much and we are now looking forward to support from the Central Government. We are also looking to rope in sponsors and are confident that the SRAM and ISP, who have done a lot for the game, will help to get a sponsor. I will be grateful if corporates come forward to support Mahesh,” Anjali said modestly. 

The tall, dapper Mahesh is currently in Boston, USA training under coach Shaun Moxham preparing for his first major event, the Tour Champions, starting in New York later this month.