SGFI National School Games, Chennai (10-14 Feb’16)

Players from Tamil Nadu dominated the 4th edition of the squash event at the National School Games.

In the team event, of the six categories the Tamil Nadu contingent won four gold medals while Delhi won two. Delhi won the gold in the U-14 boys and girls sections.

Nine state/ unit  teams took part in this event, which was inaugurated by the State Minister for school Education, Mr K.C. Veeramani.  The teams were, apart from Tamil Nadu, Assam, Delhi,  CBSE Welfare board, Goa, Maharashtra, IPSC, Gujarat and Vidya Bharathi.  Competitions were in U-14, 17 and 19 categories for boys and girls.

Fresh from her campaign in the South Asian Games in Guwahati,  Sunayna Kuruvilla added value to the State U-19 team, which won the gold. The silver medal came in the girls U-14 section.

The final placings:

Boys U-19: 1. Tamil Nadu 2. Delhi , 3. Maharashtra;

Boys U-17 1. Tamil Nadu, 2. Maharashtra, 3. Delhi;

Boys U-14: 1. Delhi; 2. Maharashtra, 3. Goa

Girls U-19:  1. Tamil Nadu 2. Maharashtra 3. Goa;

Girls U-17: 1. Tamil Nadu 2. Maharashtra  3. Goa;

Girls U-14:  1. Delhi 2. Tamil Nadu 3. Maharashtra .

In the individual event Tamil Nadu’s Sunayna Kuruvilla and Delhi’s Yash Bhargava won the U-19 categories. S. Samita (Tamil Nadu) and Megha Bhatia (Delhi) won the girls U-17 & U-14 section.

While In the boys’ section,  Rahul Bathiya (Maharashtra) and Yash Salunkhe (Goa) were the U-17 & U-14 gold medallists respectively.

Other placings: Boys U-19: 2. Karan Navin Rathore (TN); 3.  R.A. Charaniya Selvan (TN);

Boys U-17: 2. Gautam Nagpal (CBSE) 3. Sankalp Anand (Delhi) ;

Boys U-14: 2. Druv Vazirani (Maharashtra) 3. Athrva Yadav (Delhi) ; 4. Didar Rebello (Del);  Girls: U-19:

Girls 2. Ashita Pranay Bhengra (TN) 3. Jaya Pandey (Maharashtra);

Girls U-17: 2. Sunita Patel (Maharashtra) 3. S. Rathika (TN);

Girls U-14: 2.  Darshana Vasudevan (TN) 3. R.  Abhisheka Shannon (TN)

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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