India is a sporting country and we love all our sports, a lot more than we love other things. Cricket is definitely the protagonist of sports, but other sports are paving their way as well. It is absolutely refreshing to see how India is working on the betterment of Squash.
Squash, as a sport in India, has been left far far behind. Wrestling, badminton, hockey, tennis, and even kabbadi are all sports that have gained a worthy spot in India’s sporting world. However, it seems like things are set to change for squash as well. Multinational information technology service and a consulting company – HCL has shown a lively interest in the scenario of the sport in India.
Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) has partnered with HCL to launch the Squash Podium Programme. This program is a huge step in the overall boost of the squash ecosystem in India.
The program has multiple factors and is set to focus on the 360-degree upliftment of squash. The senior and junior players, as well as the coaching standards, will see a clear rise thereby providing impetus to the overall scenario.
SRFI President Debendranath Sarangi was happy about the development and said:
“Indian Squash has grabbed a lot of attention in the recent years with players like Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghoshal securing important international wins for the country. However, there are only three Indian players in Top 50 PSA rankings in the world today (including Joshna and Saurav). 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.”
“With HCL, we have found common synergies in terms of our goals for Indian Squash. I am confident that through our combined efforts we will enable India to take its rightful place in the pantheon of great squash playing nations,” he added.
Another noticeable feature of this program is the HCL India Tour – a Professional Squash Association (PSA) multi-city circuit in India. This will give the Indian players an opportunity to compete with foreign players on home soil.