The Squash Racket Federation announced a joint venture with HCL. The aim of the agreement is to promote the sport in the country. HCL has introduced the Squash Podium Program in partnership with the federation.
Under ‘HCL Squash Podium Program’ multiple championships will be organized at both junior and senior levels besides clinics for the existing coaches.
The president of SRFI, Debandranath Sarangi commented, “Indian squash has grabbed a lot of attention in the recent years with players like Joshna Chinappa and Sourav Ghoshal securing important international win for the country. However there are only three Indian players in top 50 PSA rankings in the world today. To ensure that Indian Squash not only continues its success but emerges at the top, it is important that the next rung of players get the right exposure both in terms of quality of tournaments as well as coaching.”
The primary goal here is to increase the number of PSA-level tournaments in the country. Around 12 PSA challenger tournaments for both men and women, with prize money ranging from 5000 dollar to 20,000 dollar, will be conducted across the country over the coming years. India hosted only two PSA tournaments last year. Squash team in India doesn’t have a full-time coach. It has been announced that efforts are being made to appoint a coach.