Asian Juniors, Busan

The Indian contingent has arrived in Busan, Korea to participate in the 2nd Asian Junior Individual Squash Championship being held from from 26-29 June 2008. The players have been selected on the basis of the selection trials and performance in national / international tournaments.

Anaka Alankamony has been given top billing in the girls under 15 category due to her success at the international level. Aparajitha also from Chennai has been seeded 2nd by the (Asian Squash Federation) ASF seeding panel due to her victories at the Malaysian Junior Open and Penang Junior open last month.

The Indian contingent is also confident of winning a second title by way of Dipika Pallikal in the girls under 19. Dipika is seeded 2nd in the event behind Low Wee Wern from Malaysia.

Mahesh Mangaonkar is also 2nd seeded in the boys under 15 category behind Nasir Iqbal from Pakistan.  In the boys under 19, India’s top seed Vikram Malhootra is slotted in 5/8 position.

The contingent is as follows:
Girls u15
Anaka Alankamony  
Sachika Balvani 
Saumya Karki
Aparajitha Balamurukan  

Girls u19
Dipika Pallikal
Anwesha Reddy
Harita Omprakash   

Boys u15
Mahesh Mangaonkar
Abhishek Pradhan
Vivek Dinodia

Boys u19
Vikram Malhotra
Paramit Singh
Ravi Dixit 
Karan Malik

Officials
Cyrus Poncha
Bhuvneshwari Kumari

Although an uphill task the Indian contingent has set a target of winning 2 of the 4 titles.

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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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