May 8, 2010 Leave a comment
Consultant coach for the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) and also World Squash Federation (WSF) & Asia Squash Federation’s (ASF) director of coaching, former Malaysian national squash coach Major (Rtd) S. Maniam became the first person to be inducted into the Asian Squash Federation’s Hall of Fame. Maniam has been involved in squash since 1976.
“The award was for my contribution to the sport for Asia over the last 20 years. I am absolutely elated. It (coaching) is part and parcel of my job. I am enjoying my job very much and did not expect this (felicitation),” Maniam said. The 56-year-old coach, who once groomed the current world squash champion Nicol David, is based in Chennai and shaping up the Indian squash players.
ASF director of referees Munir Shah of Singapore became the second person to be inducted into the hall of fame during a ceremony held at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai. National coach Cyrus Poncha received the ASF Coach of the Year award for the brilliant performance of the Indian women’s junior team in 2009 winning 2 bronze medals.