“I have found the players all charged up for the occasion. I think we should be back with at least four medals, better than last time,” was what Maj S. Maniam, the Consultant Coach of the Squash Rackets Federation of India and more importantly the architect who drew the road map for Indian squash more than a decade ago, said prior to the Indian team’s departure for the Asian Games. What happened at Incheon surpassed even his estimation. True we won four medals but not many thought India would return with a gold, two silver and a bronze. Indeed had Saurav Ghosal, who otherwise had an outstanding display at the Games, not choked in those final moments in that gripping singles final against Kuwait’s Abdullah Almezayen, we would be talking of two gold medals besides a silver and a bronze!
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