Asian Junior Championship, (Iran 23-27 Aug’15)

Navaneeth Prabhu’s Gold medal bid ended in disappointment on going down to M.A. Amirul from Malaysia 11-9, 6-11, 4-11, 10-12 in the U-13 final of the Asian Junior Individual Championship in Teheran, Iran.

A trainee at the Indian Squash academy the young Navaneeth started off well but saddled with pressure he slipped in consistency.  Still he had the pride of being the only Indian to enter the final in the championship  Navaneeth had to be content with the silver medal.

In addition India had a tally of four bronze medals: Tushar Shahani (boys U-15),  Harshit Jawanda (girls U-19), Nikita Joshi (girls U-17) and Megha Bhatia (girls U-13).  All of them had lost in the semi-final stage.
 
The results: semi-final:
Boys:
U-15: Tushar Shahani  lost to M. Hafiz Zhafri (Mal)10-12, 7-11, 11-8, 9-11
U-13: Navaneeth Prabhu bt Danial Gharooni (Irn) 8-11, 14-12,  11-8, 11-8
Girls:
U-19: Andrea Lee (Mal) bt Harshit Jawanda  5-11, 11-9,11-9, 11-3;
U-17: Sivasangari Subramaniam (Mal) bt Nikita Joshi 12-10, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7
U-13: Kiroshanna Manoharan (Mal) bt Megha Bhatia  12-14, 11-4, 11-3, 11-7

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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