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  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.