N. Ramachandran Awarded Olympic Order

The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board has awarded the Olympic Order to Mr Narayanaswamy Ramachandran, the President of the Indian Olympic Association, for his outstanding services to the Olympic Movement.

In a letter to Mr Ramachandran, who is also the President of the World Squash Federation, the IOC President Dr Thomas Bach said, “it is with great pleasure that I inform you that the IOC Executive Board by decision of June 1, 2016 has awarded the Olympic Order to you for your outstanding services to the Olympic Movement. My heartfelt congratulations.” Read more of this post

PSA Ranking June’16

India’s highest ranked squash player in the world Joshna Chinappa improved her stature further by rising to 11th place, her career best as per the latest rankings released by the Professional Squash Association. Read more of this post

HKFC International, Hong Kong (23-29 May’16)

13327376_10154248491951151_8479161327208047206_nIndia’s national champion Joshna Chinappa was on the threshold of winning her 12th professional title at the HKFC International in Hong Kong but fell at the final hurdle to the top seed Joelle King of New Zealand. All she won were encomiums from her famed rival after putting up a grand fight in the aftermath of two energy sapping five-setters in the earlier two rounds. If statistics were anything to go by then Joelle’s win (11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9) was in keeping with her huge ascendancy over the Indian since they first met in the March of 2009. Read more of this post

SquashTime #18

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18th Asian Team, Chinese Taipei (11-15 May’16)

IMG_20160515_175318.jpgThe Indian contingent returned from Chinese Taipei after the Asian team championship with 2 medals. Where it had to be bronze medals only on the last occasion from Hong Kong two years ago, this time the women brought a silver and the men settled for bronze. But what was important, as national coach Cyrus Poncha who had accompanied the team, said was that both the boys and girls had done pleasingly well. “The boys did give Pakistan a close run in the quarter finals and that itself was praiseworthy considering the team was without a senior like Saurav Ghosal while the girls had ousted the top seeds Hong Kong enroute to the final to show that there is enough potential to bring more laurels during the year,” he said in his assessment. Read more of this post

SquashTime #17

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ISA Junior (4-7 May’16)

Abhay - Doubles ISA JuniorThe latest edition of the ISA junior open presented a pleasing departure from past. While competitions in the nine-categories formed the core of the programme, the TNSRA, the organisers decided on bringing Malaysia’s top player Delia Arnold in and arrange exhibition matches in the midst of the junior programme. Read more of this post

PSA Ranking (India) – May’16

The highest ranked Indian in world squash, Joshna Chinappa improved her ranking by a rung to be at 13 as per the latest list released. Joshna thus regained the place she was in earlier in December last.

Dipika Pallikal remained on 19 and Saurav Ghosal in the men’s also did not change from 18. As for the rest, Mahesh Mangaonkar remained on 58, Harinder Pal Sandhu dropped by one place to 67, Vikram Malhotra remained on 92, Kush Kumar jumped a rung to 94. In the women’s section, Sachika Ingale was at 82.

SquashTime #16

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ISA Day – 22 April 2016

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13015454_932721823511916_8042532593074007003_n.jpgA vibrant evening showcased the Indian Squash Academy (ISA) annual day function at the Taj Connemara. Aside from the annual awards, the spotlight was on Maj. S. Maniam (retd), Consultant Coach of SRFI who is due to lay down office in June and return home to become the CEO and Director of Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia.

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