World Masters Squash, Cape Town

MEN 45-49
R4:Gary Barker (RSA) bt Vaman Apte 9-7 9-4 1-9 6-9 9-5
R3:Vaman Apte bt Andrew Price (Swi) W/O
R2:Vaman Apte bt Jaco de Witt (Nam) 9-4 9-1 9-3
R1: Bye

Men 40-44
R3: Gary Piggott beat Rohit Thawani 5-9 9-6 10-8 9-1
R2: Rohit Thawani beat Gideon Gerber
R1: Bye

Hong Kong Squash Open 2006 First Round

[9] Karim Darwish (Egy) bt Ritwik Bhattacharya (India)  11/5, 11/4, 10/12, 11/5 (36m) Read more of this post

News Today article on Maj Maniam & Asian Games

It will be a feather in the cap of the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) should the National team land up with a medal at the Asian Games to be held in December at Doha. In the words of Major (Retd) S Maniam, Director of Coaching, Asian Squash Federation and Consultant Coach, SRFI, that will be the ultimate achievement of the sustained efforts of the federation, with a dynamic personality like N Ramachandran at the helm. ‘As the president of Asian Squash Federation, Ramachandran’s contribution to the game is phenomenal. The game is growing every day thanks to his unstinted efforts and his passion for squash. He has been instrumental in the sport continuing in Asian Games. I saw the grand vision when he detailed the role he had in mind for me. Right from the day I landed am enjoying the role. It is absolutely team work when we scout talents.’

Maniam is on a mission. Not that he is averse to challenges. As the top-ranked Malaysian player for five years he had a charmed existence. National champion for three years and the East Asian Player of the Year were the just rewards.

Maniam could have turned into a pro player but turned his attention to coaching. The surfacing of world top-ranked players – Ong Beng Hee and Nicole David – was a pointer to his sustained brilliant work in moulding the talent to the desired shape. Maniam is to double up as a Technical Delegate of the Asian Games and the World Squash representative at Doha. The proud recipient of that honour said he will find the time to follow the Indian challenge.  ‘Ritwik (Bhattacharya) and Sourav (Ghosal) have it in them to give it a best shot. Joshna(Chinappa)  is likely to run into World No 14 Rebeca Chiu or the 22nd ranked Sharun Wee and with a little luck could face Hong Kong’s Christine Mark, ranked 39.  A profitable experience it should be for Joshna.’

As part of the preparation, SRFI is planning to have the expertise of the British coach Malcolm Wilstrop. ‘We are optimistic of getting the Ministry clearance, having acknowledged the positive ways and the results.’