As host of the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China has begun its preparatory work in the right earnest. A reflection of this was seen in the keenness shown in viewing and studying the squash facility in the city by a 12-member delegation from the Guangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (GAGOC) on Monday. “We are here basically to start a dialogue with the Asian Squash Federation (ASF) with regard to the technical expertise and assistance for the successful conduct of the squash event in the Asian Games,” the delegation head, Liang Yong, Deputy Director, Venues and Overlays Department of the GAGOC, said through an interpreter.
After an hour long meeting with the ASF officials – N. Ramachandran, President, Srivatsan Subramaniam, Secretary General and Maj. S. Maniam, Director (Coaching) – the delegation seemed satisfied and apparently impressed with the way the federation was functioning, as was seen from Yong’s remarks on their discussions. Ramachandran said the visitors had made detailed enquiries on the rules, the team composition and about the courts apart from seeking inputs for the conduct of the competition.
Joining the discussions from the SRFI were Rajiv Reddy and Ganapathy Subramaniam. Yong said that Chennai was the second stop for the delegation after New Delhi where they had gone to procure information on matters relating to kabaddi. “Our aim is to visit the various Asian federations in disciplines that will have competition in Guangzhou,” he said. “From Chennai, we are flying to UAE to meet the President of the Asian Chess Federation based in the Emirates (Al Ain),” he said. The delegation spent a good time at the ICL Academy Courts viewing the various facilities and also making enquiries about all of them. Ramachandran said that at the 2010 Asian Games squash would have team competition also in addition to open events.