Hindu article on Maj (Rtd) S. Maniam

Maj (Rtd) S. ManiamSquash in India has come a long way. The country today has an Asian Champion, two British Open Under-19 winners and a sprinkling of other spectacular performers. Of late, recognition has come to the national squash coach Cyrus Poncha too — he was honoured with the coveted Dhronacharya award. In short, the sport has been garnering attention for its continuing exploits, both within and outside the country. It is well known that one of the reasons for this major boost is the far-sightedness of the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI), in particular its Secretary-General, N. Ramachandran. It was he who made a squash academy in Chennai a reality with support from the SAI and the SDAT and opened the doors for planned development.However, to make things happen, the SRFI needed an expert and the choice fell on Maj (retd) S. Maniam, who is known to have turned Malaysian squash fortunes around. Today if top Malaysian players — Nicol David, Ong Beng Hee and Mohammed Azlan Iskander, to name a few — have one thing in common, it is the benefit of Maniam’s junior development programme. The retired Malaysian Army Major, a suave man with a delightful sense of humour, has a knack of moulding talent.  Hindu Metro Plus article

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About Cyrus Poncha
I was born and lived in Bombay before moving to Chennai in 2001 to coach the Indian national squash team....what a journey its been!!

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