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Issue 9
Issues 10-14   Issues 15+

28-May, Hong Kong:

Wong wins 3 in a row &
Chiu takes her 10th title

Both the women's and men's defending champions retained their respective titles in the Crocodile Hong Kong Closed Championships.

Asian Games gold medalist and world no 17 Rebecca Chiu captured her 10th title beating promising youngster, 16 year old Annie Au, 9-2, 9-3, 9-0. World ranked no 67 Wong Wai Hang defeated 12 times champion Faheem Khan 9-3, 10-8, 9-7 to make it 3 in a row for Wong.

Following on from this first time successful title sponsorship by Crocodile they will again title sponsor a women's/men's satellite competion, Crocodile Challenge Cup 2005 in Hong Kong from the 12 - 17 July.

Chiu and Hang are currently competing in the Mamut Dutch Open.

Hong Kong Squash announces the HK$180,000 sponsorship of Crocodile Garments Ltd. of the “Crocodile Hong Kong Closed Championships” and the “Crocodile Squash Challenge Cup”.


30-May, Malta:

Malta National team
to face Poland

The Polish National squash team are visiting Malta from 30th May - 5th June to take part in an intensive training camp with National squash coach Paul Lake.

On Tuesday 31st May the Polish players were guests at Cynergi health studio. A full mornings on court training, complemented with a work in the gym and a relaxing cool down in the pool was the days program.

The Polish players all expressed there gratitude to Cynergi's General Manger Martin Azzopardi and were extremely grateful for the chance to train at Cynergi.

In the evening, the Polish team were guests at LivingWell Hilton, to participate in a friendly match against a team of Malta based British players. All the matches were extremely close, with 3 games being decided in the 5th & final set! The final result however was very clear with Poland beating 'the Brits' 5 - 2

The Polish team were using this as a warm up to Thursdays match at the Marsa Sports & Country Club where they will be playing against the Malta National teams (men & ladies)

On Friday all the Polish squad will be participating in this years Malta Open. Play starts on Friday evening & continues all day Saturday.

Maltamedia Daily News
26-May, Brazil:
Pan Ams Postponed
The Pan Am Federation Cup, scheduled to be held this week in Rio de Janeiro, have been postponed at the last minute and rescheduled for 26-Aug to 04 Sep.

The move is believed to be due to the desire of the FPS (Federation Panamericano de Squash) to lobby effectively for Squash's inclusion in the 2007 Pan Am Games. Although included in the last two Pan Am Games, squash is not on the list for 2007 and the new dates coincide with a crucial meeting in Rio of the Pan American Sports Organisation which will decide the final list of sports.
26-May, India:
Delhi squash
players cleared

By: Amitoj Singh

The Delhi High Court has passed an interim order to the Squash Racquets Federation of India to forward the names of the four Delhi squash players to the May 31-June 4 Milo All Star Squash Championship organisers in Malaysia.

Subsequent to SRFI refusing the sanction, the players from Delhi approached the Delhi High Court for relief.

The SRFI was ordered to forward the names yesterday itself and have been issued a show cause notice. The squash body will have to file its reply by July 18.


26-May, India:
Squash academy becomes a boon for players

The India Cements Sponsored Squash Academy in Chennai has been fostering the game for years, helping improve the level of sport in the country.

For the juniors, it's now time for a two-week summer camp. And some of them are on their way to compete in Junior level tournaments in Malaysia next week.

At every level of play, the participants are benefiting from this programme.

"I want to be world champion one day. I've not got there yet and training is an important ingredient and the India Cements Squash academy in Chennai is I'm sure the best place to be in the country," said Saurav Ghosal, men's junior national champion.

But the Academy functions throughout the year picking out promising students from every type of school.

Trained, qualified coaches get to work, teaching not just the rudiments of squash but all that goes into the making of a champion.

"We're really working scientifically and we are making a structured training programme for our athletes - not just for the summer camp, it's round the year - that's what we do," said Cyrus Poncha, The Squash Rackets Federation of India.

The Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu is a valuable participant in these development programmes making the Academy the finest and most professional in the country.

The Academy has nurtured many a champion over the years but its main focus remains spotting new talent and then training and fostering that with the latest techniques available in the country today.


27-May, Bulgaria:
Petros takes BTC title

Magi Maleeva handed over the cups to the winners of this year’s second BTC Squash Tournament. The winners were Petros Tzamaloukas of Greece and Maria Atanasova of Bulgaria. The host of the tournament was Easy Club in Sofia. Presiana Ribarova, marketing specialist in Bulgarian Telecommunication Company, handed over the cash prizes, amounting to 1850 euro.

The next tournament for 2005 will be in September. The organisers have not yet chosen a host. A BTC representative said that BTC was planning to sponsor a training camp for some of the best Bulgarian players, to encourage and develop the players to be able to take part in further international tournaments, and to take top positions in world rankings.

Sofia Echo

26-May, Australia:
Boswell ‘surprised’ by
Title Triumphs

Australian comeback king Stewart Boswell collected his fourth PSA Tour title in six weeks at the WA Squash Open in Perth, but admits his recent run of success has been a total surprise.

The former world No.4 from Canberra returned to the Tour in New Zealand last month following a two-year layoff due to a mystery back ailment and says his aim was simply to win a few matches and remain unscathed.

“It’s been a bit of a bonus to win these tournaments, I wasn’t expecting it, and it’s given me some confidence which is really important,” said the 26-year-old, who continued his triumphant return when he took out the Merredin Open in WA last weekend.

“I was more worried about just getting through the three tournaments than winning them and I hoped to continue that form at the WA Open but I had to pre-qualify which is never easy.”

His success in 2005 has seen his ranking rise from 262 in the world to a respectable 137.

Boswell’s plans for the second half of the year are to gain admission to qualifying for the big events such as the Hong Kong Open and British Open and then return to gaining direct entry to the main draw of the major tournaments in 2006.

“I’m still a fair way off the mark, I’ve got a lot of improvement to make to take on the top guys in the world but I’m at least going in the right direction,” said Boswell, who has yet to drop a game during his opening three tournaments of 2005.

“I’m doing a lot of maintenance work and exercises to help my back but there have been no flair ups and once I start a match I’m not thinking about my back.”

Boswell had spent most of the past two years between the Australian Institute of Sport in Brisbane and living with his parents in Canberra. During this time he visited various physiotherapists, doctors and spinal specialists – without any real success.

That is now becoming a memory and he can concentrate on doing what he does best – winning tournaments.

Squash Australia
26-May, Pakistan:
Naeem, Mahad clinch
junior squash titles

QUETTA, May 26: Favourite Kashif Khan of Sindh fell to unseeded Farzan Rasheed of Punjab in straight sets in the U-19 final, however, M Naeem and Mahad Javed won the U-17 and U-13 titles respectively for Sindh on the final day of third Balochistan National Junior Squash Championship at PSB squash Complex on Thursday.

Kashif, who created a major upset when he squashed top seeded in the semifinal was not in fine touch, lost the match 9-1, 9-5, 9-0 in mere 23 minutes. It was Naeem who first won the medal for Sindh in the U-17 event by beating his counterpart Shehzad Khan from PAF in straight sets.

He smashed deadly drops and brilliant volleys to overpower his rival 9-3, 9-3, 9-4.

The second medal winner for Sindh, Mahad Jawad had to fight hard after winning two sets 9-1, 9-5 easily.

He dropped the next two sets 7-9, 4-9 as promising boy Ahmed Amin (Punjab) bounced back in the match with great drop shots. The last set of the match ended in a thriller as the score reached eight all at one occasion, but Jawad held his nerves to win the last set 10-8 after 73 minutes.

It was a great acheivement for Sindh as we had not won any Junior medal since 2000, a Sindh Squash Association official said.

U-19 Farzan Rasheed (Punjab) beat Kashif Khan Sindh)
        9-1, 9-5, 9-0
U-17 M Naeem (Sindh) beat Shehzad Khan (PAF)
        9-3, 9-3, 9-4
U-15 Auranzeb (Punjab) beat Shaikh Saquib Punjab)
        9-4, 9-1, 3-9, 9-4
U-13 Mahad Javed (Sindh) beat Ahmed Amin Punjab)
        9-1, 9-5, 7-9, 4-9, 10-8

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Issue 8
w/e 22-May-05

21-May, Dubai:
Al Habtoor Motors claim
Dubai 3s trophy

Tracy Brand/Gulf News

DUBAI — Al Habtoor Motors Internationals, led by Renan Lavigne of France, overcame Raymond Sport International 2-1 in the final to win the Dhow Trophy of the Dubai Squash 3s which concluded at the Dubai Country Club here yesterday.

Lavigne, ranked 24th in the world, showed his class in the opening match against Phil Barker of Raymond Sport with an easy 15-8, 15-11, 15-8 to put his side on the way to victory.

Hadrian Stiff, also pursuing his ambition to be in the world top 30, made it 2-0 for the new champions after some resistance from Del Harris. Stiff, who has a current ranking of 15 in the UK, took the opening game 15-8.

But Harris, the youngest player to win the British Championship when he was 17 year-old, stretched Stiff in the second before surrendering 11-15. He put up the same fight in the third but that could not save the game as Stiff won the game 15-10 and the match.

The match between Lee Drew of Habtoor Motors and Paul Johnson of Raymond Sport provided a fitting finale to the championship. It was a match between two-left handers where Johnson had to draw on all his resources before scraping to a hard-fought 3-2 win.

Johnson took the opening game 15-11 but Drew came back strongly to level 1-1 after taking the second game 15-9. Johnson, a former top five in the world and UK No.1, again took the lead 2-1 after winning the third game 15-13. Though Drew took the fourth 15-11, Johnson recovered to capture the fifth game 15-11. Raymond Kelly gave away the trophy to Habtoor Motors.

"I knew it was going to be tough," Johnson said. "I was happy to use my experience while playing a younger player like Lee. I think it was my experience that made the difference in the end."

The event, in its 21st year, is one of the highlights of the squash calendar organised each year and currently is the largest competition in Dubai featuring professional world-ranked players.

The competition is so named because of the number of players on each team which traditionally pits the professional teams against top amateur teams.

Andy Staines, chairman of the 3’s committee said during a Press conference at the Country Club yesterday: “This year we have top ranked teams from France, Pakistan, Austria, Germany, and South Africa — so we have some very talented up and coming players who are very exciting to watch”.

Khaleej Times

20-May, Pakistan
Never gave up in tough circumstances, claims Jansher

Legendary Squash player Jansher Khan has said that he hung to top spot in squash for a long time through sheer hard work and commitment.

While talking to a private channel, Former World Squash Champion Jansher Khan said that during his squash career he had to come across various problems but he came out of them successfully.

Replying to a question, he said that his parents wanted him to continue studies but he jumped into the field of squash.

He said that in the initial stage he had to struggle a great deal, as he had no money even to buy squash rackets, balls and even joggers.

"I never gave up in hardships", he claimed.

Responding to a question, Squash Maestro said that his ideal players were legends Jahanghir Khan, Atlas Khan, Mohibullah. They helped him a lot during his career, he stressed.

He opined that if the players are not trained properly then he or she cannot win laurels for the country as it is a tough field.

Pak Tribune

19-May, Australia

Mongolian Squash Team in Visa Mixup

The Mongolian squash team failed to make it to the 2005 Arafura Games in the Northern Australia city of Darwin, due to a visa mix up.

Because there is no Australian embassy in Mongolia the team had to cross the Chinese border to make their visa application.

The team phoned Chinese officials about when they could collect the visas.

But Arafura Games event director, Salli Cohen, says someone forgot to tell them about a national public holiday and the visa office was deserted.

Ms Cohen said the team had to return home empty handed.

"They were so keen to come and we were so keen to have them," she said.

The Arafura Games were officially opened on Saturday night at Darwin's Marrara Stadium.

Almost 3,000 athletes from 30 nations competed in 31 sports from athletics and swimming to the southeast Asian favourite sepak takraw, or volleyball, played with the feet.

Radio Australia

19-May, Malaysia
Malaysia backs Squash and Karate

Five sports are bidding to gain acceptance into the Olympic Games programme but Malaysia will have a keen interest on only two of them – karate and squash.

The IOC executive board will review the programme for the 2012 Games on July 8 with a voting process and the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president, Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar, hopes that karate and squash will get the nod.

“We already have athletes who have reached world standards in these two sports,” said Imran.

“It will be good for Malaysia if these two sports make the list. It will help lessen the burden of delivering medals on the badminton players each time it comes to the Olympics.”

The Star


19-May, England
Great season for Small Club

NEWBIGGIN Squash Club members are celebrating its most successful year ever as the 2004/05 squash season comes to an end.

Playing in the Northumbria Squash Leagues, the club completed a remarkable treble, with the first team winning the prestigious Premier league title for the first time ever, the second team gaining promotion to the Premier League by finishing runners up in Division One and the third team gaining promotion to Division Two from Division Three.

If all that were not enough, two club stalwarts have been picked to represent England in this summer's Home Internationals.

Newbiggin, despite being a small club, have a history of turning out strong and competitive first teams, but the ultimate prize of the Premier League title has always eluded them until this year.

News Post Leader

17-May, England
Potters Bar returning to squash glory
By Paul Wreyford

Potters Bar Squash Club are beginning to relive the glory days.

The club, now part of DHC Potters Bar Health Club, in Mount Grace Road, are once again winning top honours in the world of squash.

From being one of the top clubs in the country in the 1980s, their prominence on the national squash circuit diminished significantly over the years.

But now the good days appear to be back. The club's first team won the Hertfordshire League this season, while the Vintage side (Over-50s) won the Middlesex County League.

The first team had a fantastic season and lost just one match, despite the fact that four regular players were missing.

The season culminated in a final title decider against Harpenden Squash Club at Mount Grace Road, which they won comfortably.

Edgware Times
19 May, India:
Manchanda appointed Squash Observer

The Government of India has appointed Brig (retd) Raj Manchanda as Observer for Squash.

His duties will include ensuring fair play during tournaments, selection of teams representing India and various other areas pertaining to Squash Racquets Federation of India.

Brig Manchanda became national champion at the age of 32 and retained the crown for six years in succession in the 1980s. He continues to win titles in the senior age groups.

He has represented India, and once took on Jehangir Khan in the final of the Asian Team Championship in Pakistan. Manchanda matched Jehangir well in the first game with several stunning winners.

Mid-Day Mumbai
19-May, Trinidad & Tobago
Champions Upset
in Opener

DEFENDING champions QPCC (Queen's Park Cricket Club) Hard Core were slaughtered when Division A of the National Squash League served off Wednesday night at the Queen's Park Oval Squash Club.

A battle royale was expected between Hard Core and a new-look QPCC Old Navy. But last year's winners, led by former multiple national champ Richard Hart, proved no match for Old Navy and were soundly whipped 4-1.

Rick Avey, a former Davis Cup tennis player who only joined the side this season, won the only match for Hard Core when he upset Marc Pontifex 7-9, 9-6, 9-1, 7-9, 9-5.

New members of the Old Navy roster, Josh Pinard, the national under-19 champion, and Adam Alkins, just out of juniors, joined Ryan Jagessar and national champ Paul Jerome De Verteuil in winners' row.

Trinidad & Tobago Express
20-May, England, Times Online:
Khan's quest for Olympic inclusion

By Matthew Syed

Matthew Syed outraged the squash world with an article published in The Times during the British Open ... he went some way to making amends with this new article ...

DO YOU, like me, shudder at the prospect of golf or rugby union joining the Olympic Games? It is bad enough having to put up with the likes of football and tennis, whose athletes seem to regard the greatest sporting event on earth as a second holiday.

Which is one of the reasons why squash ought to be at the top of the ballot paper when the IOC votes on July 8 as to which sports, if any, to add to the Games of 2012. If members of the blazered brigade bestow their favours upon this cruelly overlooked sport, they can at least be assured that the players will express their gratitude by fighting for gold as if their lives depended on it.

Jahangir Khan, who went unbeaten for five years, seven months and one day during the 1980s, summed up what Olympic status would mean. “It would give the sport an unbelievable boost,” he said. “The Olympics would instantly become the most prestigious title, which would make for a great spectacle in 2012. Unlike some of the other candidates for inclusion, squash is a game of real athleticism.”

It certainly is. I met Khan at the Brit Insurance Super Series Finals in London and within minutes of sitting down with the great man to watch Lee Beachill against James Willstrop (two of the world’s top players, both from Pontefract, Yorkshire) I found myself wincing in sympathy. Each rally is a mini epic, transporting the players to the outer limits of exhaustion as they dance around each other in elaborate semicircles. It is near- impossible to kill a rally — the harder the ball is hit, the more it seems to bounce.

Full article on Times Online
19-May, England
Anger after squash club
battlers are kicked out

TWO protesters fighting against the development of a famous squash club have had their memberships terminated.

Clan Real Estates applied to demolish the popular Lambs Squash Club in Lamb's Passage, Finsbury, and replace it with a nine-storey block of flats.

The club - sold to the developers for £4million by former club owner Mike Corby - is considered by enthusiasts to be the squash equivalent of Wimbledon.

Club member Ken Pottinger set up a campaign to save it, gaining support from former Islington South and Finsbury MP Chris Smith.

And earlier this month Islington Council's assistant director of planning, Graham Loveland, threw out the application after more than 200 objections.

Mr Loveland said: "The existing sports facilities on site contribute to the character and liveliness of the area, and play an important role in the borough and the wider area in the provision of indoor sports facilities."

But the protesters received a blow when Mr Pottinger and ladies' captain Tania Loughran's memberships were terminated.

Mr Pottinger said: "Thanks to the success of the campaign, Mike Corby has thrown us out of the club. This is totally unacceptable. As president of Squash England, he is responsible for developing the game at grassroots level. It's a little invidious to start chucking out members just because they've voiced their opinions."

Mr Corby said: "Tania Loughran has had a free membership for the past 18 months because she is meant to be helping us. It was terminated because she said and wrote things that are creating confusion and bewilderment among our staff.

"It's a shame but the campaigners have to accept that squash at Lambs is dead. Even if the planning permission is refused again the courts will be turned into a gymnasium."

Islington Gazette

Wales, 17-May
Squash played a winning role
in Leeke's expansion

Gareth Morgan, Western Mail

THE millionaire head of the Leekes family business has told how sponsoring a squash tournament helped his retail empire skyrocket.

Gerald Leeke, 63, said his commitment to the sport was a turning point that helped take the family name on a journey from Rhondda builders' merchants to the national out-of-town chain recognised nationwide today. Squash may not be as high-profile as football or rugby but it has helped the company spread its profile far and wide.

And Mr Leeke, who is ranked 17th most wealthy Welshman on The Sunday Times Rich List, said that while he has invested a lot of money in sport over the years, it has given a lot back to his business interests. The Leekes empire is now worth an estimated £70m.

In 1989, Mr Leeke was approached by Adrian Davies, a young and cocky professional squash player from Llanelli who had a vision of establishing a world-class team in South Wales.

Within two years they were regularly winning the UK premier league title.

Then came the clincher.

"We decided it would be good to bring the British Open down from Wembley - it is like the Wimbledon of squash," he said.

"I am an enthusiastic follower, and played a lot of sport, from cricket to rugby to squash.

"But I still liked to think that if we were spending money then we would be getting some credit for it. This was a way of getting the top 50 players in world squash down to Cardiff, and just for a couple of hundred grand." At the time it offered the largest prize money in the world of squash.

That investment brought big names like the legendary Jahangir Khan of Pakistan to South Wales, attracting huge attention.

Mr Leeke, who qualified as a chartered accountant before joining the family business in Treorchy, said, "At the time, Leekes was becoming known as the out-of-town department store and the idea was to get national coverage, way beyond South Wales."

Although when the company opened its three stores across Wales and the West Country it would have more money available to invest in sport, this relatively modest start had a huge impact.

The company was instrumental in helping establish a contract between Sky Sports and squash governing-body the PSA, and of course there were company logos plastered all over the event.

"Soon enough people were noticing this and thinking, 'Gosh, I did not think Leekes was as big as that'."

Despite pumping in excess of £2m into squash sponsorship between 1989 and 1997, Mr Leeke is convinced it started a beneficial relationship between his company and sport.

"It has been a two-way process," he said. "You can spend a lot of money on advertising; to spend a couple of hundred grand on sport and spend that in the public eye is a good investment.

"If I was not interested in sport I would no doubt have found other things to invest in.

"But as a company we are very interested in sport - it is a chance to enjoy yourself too."

Leekes has gone on to become a huge retail success and recognisable chain in its own right, while Mr Leeke's links with sports did not stop there. He went on to establish new interests like the Vale of Glamorgan Resort and Spa - home of two top-quality golf courses. Last weekend it hosted the annual Challenge Tour, a major golf tournament, on its first visit to South Wales.

And next week it will welcome the British and Irish Lions squad after coach Sir Clive Woodward was impressed by the facilities on offer. "Sir Clive was over the moon when he came here. The Lions have already stayed here for a couple of days and the English lads said they could not believe the facilities on offer," added Mr Leeke.

IC Wales

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Issue 7
w/e 15-May-05

14-May, South Africa:
Hansen and Swartz
take SA Titles

Johannesburg - Adrian Hansen and Tenille Swartz have emerged triumphant after the completion of the SA National Squash Championships.

For Hansen victory was very sweet particularly after a disastrous 2004 when he was involved in two car accidents suffering injuries which forced him to scratch in the final against Craig van der Wath and put him out of the Test series against the Netherlands in June.

Hansen, who became the first Kwazulu Natalian to win the national title in 2003 when he defeated Rodney Durbach, lost the first game 5-9 but his relentless retrieving had Durbach at sixes and sevens as the Kwazulu Natalian slipped through the second game at 9-7.

Both players struggled to gain control in the fourth game but it was Hansen who again notched it at 10-8.

More confident and willing to take chances, Hansen dominated play in the fourth game which he pocketed 9-3 against a surprisingly out of sync top seed, who is ranked 32 in the world.

Swartz's victory although perhaps slightly unexpected was the cherry on the top of her 18th birthday celebrations.

In the first game Nitch held game ball twice at 8-6 but tenacious play by the Grade 12 learner saw her win it at 10-8. Unforced errors by Nitch, who has won the title a record nine times, together with a string of attacking shots by Swartz saw the second seed pocket the second game 9-6 and race to a 7-0 lead in the decider.

Nitch clawed back to trail 4-7 but Swartz sensing victory applied more pressure and won the match on her fifth match point.

To add to her delight Swartz was named as captain and number one player in the SA National under-19 side which will participate in the World Junior Team championships in Belgium from July 21 to 31.

Third place in the men's event went to Mike Tootill who reversed his defeat in the Men's 35-39 event by beating Craig van der Wath 3-2 with Farrah Fenner finishing third in the women's event when Nadine Harber was forced to scratch because of a knee injury. - Sapa
Independent Online
10-May, South Africa
SA players for
Squash Games

Johannesburg - Rodney Durbach and Tenille Swartz have been selected to represent South Africa at the World Squash Games in Duisburg, Germany, from July 16 to 19.

Some 15 countries including Australia, Great Britain, and Egypt will be seen in action where the qualifying criteria was a finish in the top 10 in either of the Men's World Team or Women's World Team Championships.

The competition will be fierce with Australia's Rachel Grinham and Vanessa Atkinson, ranked one and two in the world respectively, heading the women's seedings and France's Thierry Lincou and Peter Nicol of England, also ranked one and two in the world respectively, topping the men's.

Manager of the SA team is Richard Castle who has recently been appointed national coach. Castle's appointment has been made possible by funding from the Lotto.

Squash South Africa, because of financial constraints, has not had a national coach since 1994 and as with all federations competing in the international arena, this position is vital in taking the sport forward.

Castle, presently based in Somerset West, is ranked in the country's top 20 and has coached Adrian Hansen, Glenn Whittaker and Farrah Ferner as well as a number of the country's up-and-coming juniors. He coached the KwaZulu-Natal men's squad when they swept to victory in the 2003 Jarvis Cup - the annual interprovincial - winning all three sections.

11-May, USA:
Corporate Squash Emerges in New York City

The second “MSRA Corporate Squash Challenge” has kicked-off in New York City. The tournament is taking place across various clubs in Manhattan between April 29th and May 22nd. The event will be held across a number of facilities in the New York City area, including the Harvard, Yale, Princeton and New York Sports Clubs in Manhattan.

The second “MSRA Corporate Squash Challenge” has kicked-off in New York City. The tournament is taking place across various clubs in Manhattan between April 29th and May 22nd. The event will be held across a number of facilities in the New York City area, including the Harvard, Yale, Princeton and New York Sports Clubs in Manhattan.

Leveraging on the success of the inaugural tournament which received 10 firm entries, the second round of the tournament will include 13 firms and about 26 teams (a firm may submit multiple entries for different divisions). The 13 firms include the pre-eminent investment banking and financial services firms in the world (in alphabetical order):

1. American Express
2. Bear Stearns
3. Citigroup
4. Credit Suisse First Boston
5. Deutsche Bank
6. Goldman Sachs
7. JP Morgan
8. KPMG Corporate Finance
9. Lehman Brothers
10. Morgan Stanley
11. Prudential Financial
12. UBS
13. Warburg Pincus


09-May, Malaysia:
Sally shows her class

SALLY LOOI continued to dominate the SportExcel Premier Squash Championships when she clinched the girls’ title for the second consecutive time at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

After her victorious outing last month in the first leg, the 18-year-old national junior from Petaling Jaya was once again in her element as she whipped Hong Kong’s Joey Chan 9-0, 9-5, 9-0.

Sally recently scored a first for herself when she advanced to her first ever quarter-finals – in the Taranaki Open – since turning professional this year.

Fourteen-year-old Penang- born Low Wee Wern (left) beat Leung Shin Ngu of Hong Kong 9-4, 2-9, 9-4, 9-6 to finish third.

While Joey and Shin Ngu failed, their male compatriot Anson Kwong was crowned champion when he beat Ivan Yuen 9-1, 9- 2, 9-4.

Meanwhile, Penang’s Jesmond Low and Misaki Kobayatsu of Japan were crowned the boys’ and girls’ Under-19 champion in the 3rd leg of the SportExcel- NSC-Milo-MSSM National Championships.

Jesmond downed Mithran Selva of Perak 9-5, 7-9, 9-0, 10-8 while Misaki upstaged Zulhijjah Azan of Kuala Lumpur 9-3, 9-7, 6-9, 10-8.

Results (All finals)
Boys’ Under-13: Kala Devan (Sel) bt Al Ardy Ally (Phg) 9-3, 9-3, 9-2
Under-11: Al Nick Ally (Phg) bt Shaun Kwan (KL) 9-2, 10-8, 9-2
Girls’ Under-13: Leong Sue Ann (Sel) bt A. Logana (NS) 9-1, 9-2, 9-7
Under-11: Celine Yeap (Pg) bt Cheryl Lee (Sel) 9-2, 9-7

Malay Mail

13-May, Barbados:
Top men in Barbados Quarters

ACTION heated up on Wednesday night in the Men's Open of the Barbados Olympic Association sponsored national squash championships currently being played at Marine House courts. Seven of the top eight men's seeds made it safely through the first round to advance to the men's quarter-finals.

The top seed and defending men's champion, Shawn Simpson, had few problems in disposing of national junior player, Alex Garcia, 9/1, 9/6, 9/2. Simpson will next take on the local Under-17 and Under-19 champion, Bryant Cumberbatch, the number five seed who eased past Roger Martin in straight games 9/7, 9/6, 9/1.

Number three seed, Nigel Griffith, easily defeated Tim O'Neal 9/2, 9/6, 9/3 and will face Craig Archer in the quarterfinals. Archer enjoyed a fortuitous walkover when his opponent, number eight seed Fabian Goodridge, failed to show up for his match. In the bottom half of the draw, number two seed, Marlon White looked comfortable against former Barbados' junior representative, Ryan Truss, and won 9/5, 9/7, 9/2.

In the quarters, White will meet number seven Richard Moorjani who dropped the second game against Orson Simpson before closing out strongly to win 9/1, 4/9, 9/3, 9/0.

Barbados Advocate
11-May, England:
Islington refuses developers application to demolish Lambs:

The determination was made May 10, 2005. A summary provided to the Lambs Action Group by Cllr Steve Hitchins Leader, Islington Council, says in part: The reasons for refusal relate to: design of the proposed scheme; standard of the proposed residential units within the scheme; impact on neighbouring properties; setting of the adjacent listed building; and the loss of sports facilities.

The loss of the Squash Club as a reason for refusal was considered at  length ... (as) this issue is not clear cut in terms of the Council's  policies. However having considered our polices, those of the London Plan  and the national planning guidance PPG17 (recreation and leisure, it was considered that a reason for refusal along these grounds could be sustained. Further weight was given to this reason for refusal by the receipt of 200 letters of objection, including letters from Sport England and the Corporation of London (as an adjoining Borough).


13-May, Pakistan:
Jahangir pushes Olympic Bid

World Squash Federation (WSF) president and former Pakistan legend Jahangir Khan said the body was pushing for the game to be included in the 2012 Olympics.

Jahangir, who with compatriot Jansher Khan dominated international squash in the 1980s and 1990s, said the game should replace one of the 28 existing summer Olympic sports which are due to be put to a vote later this year. “The WSF is lobbying hard for squash getting a place in the Olympics,” he told AFP. “We were disappointed when it was not included for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.”

Squash along with golf, rugby, roller-sports and karate, will vie for a possible place at the 2012 Games if any of the existing 28 Olympic sports is removed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on July 8. The IOC earlier this month decided that all 28 Olympic sports will face the vote in Singapore in two months time and must win a majority vote from IOC members to avoid being dropped.

The decision is opposed by some of the IOC members but if the voting comes about and any sport is axed, the IOC Executive Board will select a replacement from the five applicants. No sport has been axed from the Olympics since polo from 1936 Berlin Olympics. “I am very hopeful because some of the Olympic sports do not have any appeal for the public as well as for the television audience and I hope squash is on the verge of an Olympic place,” said Jahangir.

“Squash is played worldwide and the choice of venues in squash offers more charms than a lots of other sports to earn a place in the 2012 Olympic Games,” he said. The IOC is likely to decide in July the host city of the 2012 Olympics with London, Paris, New York, Moscow and Madrid in hot pursuit. “All those cities who are bidding to host the 2012 Games have exciting venues for squash,” said Jahangir, who has won six world and a record ten British open titles. afp

Daily Times

10-May, New Zealand:
Bay woman to take on the big boys

Shane Hurndell

Hawke's Bay women's squash player Shelly Te Uki will set a first for the province's Super League which begins tonight.

The Hastings A2 grader will play in the men's section of the third annual More FM Super League. Unbeaten in the top women's berth last year, Te Uki, has the No.3 men's spot in the Hawke's Bay Refrigeration side.

"I don't want the switch to be seen as a put-down of other women in the competition ... I'm making the move in the hope it will motivate me to do a bit more," she said.

"Hopefully, it will see me better prepared for the district eliminations later in the year and the Squash Eastern rep team should I have time to play for them," said the mum of three girls - a 10-year-old and three-year-old twins.

Hawkes Bay Today
10-May, England:
WISPA Introduces Mentoring

A mentoring initiative intended to smooth the early years for younger players on the women's world squash circuit has been introduced for the membership of the Women's International Squash Players' Association (WISPA)

The scheme, which will be managed by England's world No8 Jenny Tranfield (a PhD in Sports Psychology), WISPA Executive Director Andrew Shelley and consultant Bob Morrison, will link a mentor (i.e. an experienced Tour player) with a newly-joined one (which WISPA is calling a mentee).

"The advantages for the mentee include advice, of course, but the benefits extend beyond this," explained Shelley. "The overall goal is greater enjoyment and overall an improved Tour experience for WISPA members."    Full Details
May 11, India:
Squash Gains Ground in India

Squash in India is a sport that is slowly but surely making its way up.

The Indian Oil-Otters Open Squash Tournament is one of the few showcases for national squash talent.

A constant complaint from the senior players has been that besides the national there is a lack of opportunity to play squash and make a living off the sport.

However, the younger bunch is slightly more optimistic. India's future squash prospects are bright with the likes of Ritwik Bhattacharya and Saurav Ghoshal who are already ranked on the international circuit.

They agree that there isn't enough backing for the racket game but say it is up to them to do well.

"If we can perform at senior level also, then maybe the priorities of the sports ministry will change, they will start supporting us. A lot depends on us and on how we perform. After all the government does have its limitations, it cannot support all sports," said Sourav Ghoshal, winner, Indian Oil-Otters Open.

Top ranked women's player Joshna Chinappa has been in the limelight thanks to some recent success. She believes once Indian squash comes of age, it will be on par with international standards, giving Indian players a level playing field on world courts.

There's plenty of work still to be done for Indian squash to be able to create an impact on the world scene. But the success of tournaments like the Otters Open with prize money of about Rs 3 lakhs indicate the future of the sport might be well served in the country.

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30-April, England
WISPA Launch
On-Line Entry

WISPA is launching a new service which will enable its members to make their WISPA World Tour event entries directly on-line. Additionally, they will be able to withdraw their name before entries close and instantly view current entry lists.

"By entering the Members Area of the WISPA website and logging in with their personal password they will be able to manage their entries at any time of the day from anywhere in the world without it needing to be processed by the office during our business hours," commented WISPA Executive Director Andrew Shelley.

The arrival of on-line entry is another facet of the general enhancement of services for members and promoters that is being taken forward by the Women's International Squash Players' Association.
in the (Island) Games

While squash is still hopeful of inclusion in the Olympics, one milestone has been reached with its inclusion for the first time in the Island Games, which features 15 sports from Archery to Volleyball. The Island games are called the "friendly games", but are taken very seriously by the participating islands.

To be held this year in Shetland from 9-15 June, nine islands have confirmed their participation: Bermuda, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Jersey, Orkney, Shetland, Western Isles.

The Cayman Islands were hoping to compete, but due to Hurricane Ivan they have been without squash courts for the last six months so cannot make it.

Scottish squash are supporting the games, and sending a technical team up to Shetland. The squash will take place on three new courts at the Clickimin Centre, which feature moveable walls to provide two doubles courts.

Full details on www.shetland2005.info
28-April, England

End of an era as squash club closes

A sports club which has been a focal point of a Shropshire town for more than 35 years will close its doors for the final time today. Shifnal Squash Club is set to be demolished to make way for a housing development

Owner Brian Downing said: "The staff are sad and I am sad, but it is a bit of both really, it's a mixture of sadness and excitement."

The building, off Aston Street, will be bulldozed as part of a multi-million pound scheme to build 41 homes, including a mixture of two and three-storey apartments and houses.

Developer Westbury Homes is expected to move in next week and work is likely to last for about a year.

Mr Downing, who has owned the club for 18 years, said that the last few years had been difficult and he was pleased that he was now able to look to the future.

Shropshire Star

28-April, India
Top players for
Otters squash

India number one and men’s top seed Saurav Ghosal and women’s top seed Joshna Chinappa will seek to defend their titles when the Indian Oil-Otters Open Squash Tournament to be held at the Otters Club from May 1 to 7.

Ghosal will face a strong challenge from the formidable Manish Chotrani of Mumbai and Gaurav Nandrajog and Amjad Khan of Delhi.

Ghosal will also have the added responsibility of defending the boys’ under-19 title, where he faces another challenging line-up that includes local lads Manek Mathur, Rushabh Vora and Vikram Malhotra.

Joshna Chinappa will be up against the likes of fancied Dr Deepali Anvekar.

Mid-Day Mumbai


25-April, Barbados

Marlon White wins another Over-35 title

MARLON WHITE continued his good form on Friday night, making claim to another title in the Barbados Olympic Association sponsored Veteran s Squash Championships.

The top seed and defending champion, White carried off another National Over-35 squash title as the competition continued at the Barbados Squash Club s Marine House courts, Hastings.

In his final round robin match White faced some stern resistance from Jason Small, who managed to win a close second game before White turned up the pressure and won at a canter 9/5, 7/9, 9/0, 9/1.

In other action on Friday night, the top two seeds in the men s Over-40 event safely swept through to the final in sharply contrasting fashion.

Number two seed Mark Sealy imperiously dismissed the number four seed, Craig Archer, in 20 minutes for the loss of only five points, 9/2, 9/1, 9/2.

On the other hand, top seed Nigel Griffith, who is the defending Barbados Southern Caribbean and Caribbean Over-40 champion was severely tested in a marathon semi-final by number three seed, John Cumberbatch. He bravely clawed his way back from 0-2 down in games, to two all, and then led Griffith 5-0 in the fifth and deciding game.

However, the indomitable Griffith then dug in deep down to somehow find another gear and called on all his reserves of stamina and bravery to reel off nine straight points to defeat his opponent 9/7, 9/6, 3/9, 5/9, 9/5 in 55 minutes, the longest match of the tournament.

Barbados Advocate

30-April, Netherlands
goes Dutch

The Dutch Open has found a new sponsor in Mamut, the business software company that last year sponsored the English and Oslo Opens.

To be held in Almere on 31st May to 5th June, the event features PSA and WISPA draws, with an exceptionally strong entry expected for the $31k women's event.

rank van Loon, director of Squash Bond Nederland, is very content with the promotion squash in the Netherlands. "With half a million regular squash players the Netherlands belongs to one of the leading squash countries in the world.

"Last year we had the World Team Championship for females and this year we have the European Team Championship for men and women and the Mamut Dutch Open Squash 2005."

Full details
US Professional Champs adds women's event

Bob Hanscom, LAAC Squash Professional reports ...

The 2005 United States Professional Squash Championships will again be hosted by The Los Angeles Athletic Club, over the weekend of June 23-26, 2005.

George P. Sape, Managing Partner for the law firm of Epstein Becker & Green has confirmed that his firm will once again be the Title Sponsor.

Celebrating its fifth-year, the event will have a new format this year, with a women’s professional division being added. In addition to the top eight U.S. male professional players, the event will feature eight of the top female players living in America today as well. The event is sanctioned by both the USSRA and WISPA.

Full details
28-April, Australia
McKay backs Squash for Olympics

Squash is on the program for next year's Melbourne Commonwealth Games but the sport's greatest ever player Heather McKay believes it should also be included in the 2012 Olympics.

McKay, recently inducted into the nation's Squash Hall of Fame, says the sport's inclusion in the Olympics will propel it to greater recognition in Australia, a country that has already produced an abundance of champions.

Michelle Martin and Sarah Fitz-Gerald, two former world champions who followed in McKay's giant footsteps, won gold medals for Australia at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur and 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games.

But squash is still battling for credibility at the Olympic level and is currently locked in a dogfight with rugby union, golf and roller sports for inclusion in the 2012 Games.

"I hope it'll keep growing and when we get into the Olympics, and I'm sure we will, I think that'll give it a tremendous boost," McKay said.

"That will certainly drive it on a little bit more throughout the world and give it a lot more recognition."

Sydney Morning Herald
01-May, Pakistan
PSF disciplinary committee
to probe Rehmat, Farhan clash

ISLAMABAD: The disciplinary committee of Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) will meet in a few days to probe differences between squash coach Rehmat Khan and player Farhan Mahboob.

The national coach a few days ago had exchanged hot words with Farhan at the sports complex when Farhan reportedly refused to follow the coach’s instructions during the training.

Reports said that assistant coach Ayyaz Khan, who is a nephew of senior coach Rehmat Khan, also had a physical clash with Farhan.

Other players present at that time, however, prevented a fight.

An official of the Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) said that the matter was not that serious as it was made out to be.

Secretary PSF Wing Commander Zulfiqar Ahmmed said that the matter had been brought to the notice of Air Marshal Rashid Kaleem, Senior Vice President PSF, and he would soon call the disciplinary committee meeting to sort it out.

The members of the disciplinary committee are Wing Commander M Zulfiqar Ahmed, Secretary PSF, Secretaries of provincial squash associations and two Pakistan Squash Federation Vice Presidents Qamar Zaman and Mansoor Khan - both former squash players

Pakistan Times
01-May, Canada

Edmison & Pritchard
win national junior squash titles

Third-seed Stephanie Edmison of Toronto upset number-one seed Neha Kumar of Oakville, Ont., to win the women's under-19 final Sunday at the 2005 Canadian junior squash championships.

Edmison overcame a 0-2 deficit to win 8-10, 6-9, 10-8, 9-1, 9-5. Last year the two players met in the under-17 final with Kumar taking the title. Edmison also fought back from 0-2 in that game but lost the fifth game.

"I wanted revenge," said Edmison, a 17-year-old high school student. "In the first two games today I felt really nervous. So I tried to focus on the aspects that got me to the final such as my speed, endurance and determination."

In the men's under-19 final, top-seed Keith Pritchard beat Patrick Bedore fellow Calgarian 9-7, 9-6, 5-9, 9-1. Bedore, seeded seventh, also impressed this week eliminating the number-two and three seeds on his way to the final.

"I know Patrick well and I wasn't surprised to see him in the final," said Pritchard. "He had been playing well leading into the tournament. He does a lot of talking with the refs so I tried to stay away from that and keep focused. I was pleased with how I overcame the pressure to win as top-seed in my hometown."

The Canadian Press
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Australia, 23-Apr:
Indian Juniors Down Under

3 top Indian Juniors (Dipika Pallikal, Anwesha Reddy & Harita Omprakash) accompanied by National Coach Cyrus Poncha arrived into Adelaide on 13Apr on a 25 day tour. We will participate in the Australian national junior series (15-23 April) and undergo a 2 week (25 April - 7 May) training stint at the Victorian Institute of Sports.

The first of the 2 tournaments started on the 15April and the Indian girls did very well to clinch 2 titles, the under 13 title claimed by Harita Omprakash playing only her 2nd international event and the under 15 title went to Dipika Pallikal, claiming her 2nd title in 2005 after winning the French Junior in Feb.

Anwesha Reddy claimed the 5th place in the Girls u15 losing only to team mate Dipika.

All girls train at the India Cements Squash academy in Chennai. While the path to the no 1 positions were not all that easy the INDIAN too made short work of their opponents winning the finals in straight games.

We now look forward to the next tournament and have great expectations and hopes that the second one would be as good as the first.

The link for the tournament is www.squashsa.asn.au

Girls u-13
R 1- Harita Omprakash beat Kathryn Cousins(SA) -
QF- Harita Omprakash beat Alyssa Mcimerney(SA) -
SF- Harita Omprakash beat Crystal Tahata (NZ) -
Finals - Harita Ompraksh beat Moana Mclelland (NZ) -

Girls u-15
R 1- Dipika Pallikal (bye)
Anwesha Reddy (bye)
R 2- Dipika Pallikal beat Cassie Reilly (WA) -9-0,9-1,9-2
Anwesha Reddy beat Catherine Carlson (NZ) -9-0,9-1,9-3
QF- Dipika Pallikal beat Anwesha Reddy -9-6,9-1,9-3
SF- Dipika Pallikal beat Lana Harrison (NZ) -9-4,9-1,9-4
Finals - Dipika Pallikal beat Zoe Petrovansky (QLD) -

5th - 8th place - Anwesha Reddy beat Mikayla Maricic(WA)
5th -6th place - Anwesha Reddy beat Grazia Gudia ((VIC)
England, 21-Apr:

Some readers will know of the very sad demise of Frome Squash Club, essentially to make way for more housing (see shorts #1)

It has existed in Adderwell Road for nearly 40 years and has been a gem of a sports facility, largely ignored save for the many who have passed through to play squash.

The club has been hanging by a knife edge for a number of years. The owners of the site were asked for a stay of execution to allow for the fact that Westbury Homes is some way off developing the Cuprinol site.

It has to be said that the owners have been quite philanthropic over the years but at the end had the requisite merciless streak.

Frome has now lost a very valuable sports facility which has no comparison. The fact it catered for several junior England players has gone ignored. The fact that it catered for several schools and other children has also been ignored.

Little effort was made to determine how such a facility should be replaced. Less sports facilities and yet more housing.

Mendip District Council has absolved itself of responsibility by remarking that all the Section 106 monies were allocated to affordable housing and there were other plans for a similar facility in Frome which were a non-starter.

All very ironic considering the agreed need for children in particular to take up sport and the current political clap trap about health and the drain on the NHS of unhealthy people.

Welcome to fat Frome.

Somerset Standard 
Pakistan, 23-Apr
Pakistan Open
Back On

The Pakistan Open Squash Championship will be held in Karachi from 22 July to 29 July 2005, with a $65,000 prize fund. 

  James Willstrop wins 2004 event

Germany, 21-Apr:
Olympic Sports to be put to the Vote

Each of the 28 sports in the Summer Olympics will be put to a vote in July when the IOC decides whether to make changes in the program for the 2012 Games.

The International Olympic Committee finalized the procedures Wednesday for the vote, which will be held when the general assembly meets in Singapore.

The IOC is considering whether to drop any of the existing 28 sports and add any of the five sports hoping to get into the Olympics golf, rugby, karate, squash and roller sports.

No sport has been cut from the Summer Olympics since polo in 1936.

IOC president Jacques Rogge maintains the Olympics must continue to have a maximum 28 sports, 301 medal events and 10,500 athletes. No new sport will be added unless one is dropped.

"We can have no more than 28 sports, but there is no obligation to have 28," Rogge said Wednesday. "We could end up with 26 or 27."

Under the system adopted Wednesday by the IOC executive board, IOC members will vote by secret ballot July 8 on each of the 28 sports contested in Athens last summer. The IOC has 117 eligible voting delegates.

To stay on the program, a sport must receive a simple majority of 51 percent. Any sport failing to get a majority will be dropped for 2012.

If one or more sports go out, the IOC executive board will meet later on July 8 to decide which of the five sports on the waiting list should be proposed for admission. The next day, the IOC assembly will vote by secret ballot on whether to accept the new sport.

A two-thirds majority is required to be admitted as an Olympic sport. That would be followed by a simple majority vote for official inclusion in the 2012 program.

In 2002, Rogge proposed that baseball, softball and modern pentathlon be removed, and golf and rugby added. But IOC members resisted and no vote was taken.

The IOC is now carrying out a review of all sports after each Olympics.
ESPN Sports News

Malaysia, 24-Apr:
Big turnout for squash programme


THERE was a surprising big turnout for the Ultimate Squasher's junior squash introductory programme held at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil

About 100 students, aged from five to 17, turned up for the two-hour programme headed by former three-time Asian Junior champion Sandra Wu and Singapore former Asian Games bronze medallist Della Lee.

Current internationals Sally Looi and Lim Yoke Wah also took a break from their training schedule to share their experiences with the newcomers. Another former international, Choong Wai Li, was also present to help her former teammates.

Wu, who last played for Malaysia in the 1998 Commonwealth Games, said they hoped to see more youngsters involved in squash.

“We were quite surprised by the response from young kids. Another refreshing factor was the presence of parents and teachers.

“Parents stayed back to watch the day's proceedings. Looking at the positive feedback from the parents and teachers, we can easily expect about 50% of the participants to take up squash.

“Our ambition is to see squash become as popular as badminton in Malaysia,” said Wu.

Metro KL

Pakistan, 19-Apr:
Pakistan may shelve
Women's tournament plans

Pakistan Squash Federation [PSF] is considering shelving plans of hosting an international women’s tournament in the country this fall, a PSF official said on Sunday.

Wing Cmdr Zulfiqar Ahmed, Secretary PSF says that the PSF might give up the idea of hosting a world ranking women’s event as it might not be of much benefit for local players.

"Our girls still lag far behind female squash players from most other countries and that is why holding an international tournament at this stage might be too early," said Zulfiqar.

The PSF had announced their plans last month to host a Women’s International Squash Players Association [WISPA] tournament worth around US$5000 this year. The PSF said they would stage the WISPA-sanctioned event in Wah sometimes in September or October this year. If held, it would have been the first ever WISPA event in Pakistan.

To a question, Zulfiqar said that a recent incident in Gujranwala where a marathon was disrupted by extremist groups because of the participation of women had nothing to do with the second thoughts the federation is now having about the holding of the proposed WISPA tournament.

Though Pakistan’s female squash players compete in both national and international events wearing t-shirts and sports pants, the dress code at the international level makes short skirts mandatory for participating players.

But Zulfiqar said that unlike a marathon, squash tournaments are played in closed venues where an international event can be conducted smoothly.

He said that the main reason why Pakistan might delay plans to host an international women’s tournament is because the country presently does not have any world-class player.

"Without any good players, it would be a futile exercise to hold an international tournament for women here," he said.

Pakistan Times
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MUMBAI, India, 15-Apr:
Making of a champ

By Pradeep Vijayakar

How does one make a world champ? Simple, by engaging people who have been associated with other world champs. Satinder Bajwa was manager of Jansher Khan during his heyday. Now he is churning out champions at Harvard where a bright young Indian, Siddharth Suchde, is their leading player.

Anjan Chinappa, father of British Junior Open under-19 girls champion Joshna is not relying on history repeating itself -- British junior champs also winning the world junior champs -- NIcole David, Omenya, among others.

The father thought it best to send Joshna to train with Bajwa five months ahead of the World Juniors in Belgium where she could be the top seed. Joshna made history when being the first Indian girl to win the British Junior Open title in January. She had won the under-17 earlier to emulate Anil Nayar who had won the Drysdale Cup in 1964. Saurav Ghoshal also joined the elite club when claiming the boys under-19 title in 2004.

Joshna met Indian sports minister Sunil Dutt on April 15. Through the good offices of Mahendra Agarwal of Indian Squash Professionals, Dutt released a sum of Rs five lakhs for training for Joshna Chinappa.

So how was it training a budding champ, one asked Satinder Bajwa. Excerpts from the interview:

What are requirements of a good coach?
Just like a player under match conditions, the coach has to be instinctive under coaching conditions.

What do you do when elite calibre players like Joshna Chinappa come to you?
I adjust the flow based on the day. This is determined by many factors such as fatigue, particular needs, attitude on the day, day-to-day morale. All these things determine the outlook of a particular session on any given day.

What areas does Joshna need to work on?
She has abundant skills but she needs to work on all the basics. What I mean is that she finds it easy to play, it becomes hard for her to grasp why she would need the basics. However, through many discussions and mutual evaluation ... a big part if a coach wants the co-operation of his player ... we are at a stage where she is making great strides.

Can you specify in which areas?
I think her focus, movement, speed, diet and recovery.

Are you happy with the job done?
One needs a minimum of three months to lay down a good foundation and develop an understanding with one another. With Joshna at Harvard only for a month, I am also focusing on her ongoing progression that can keep her heading in the right direction once she leaves here.

Pradeep Vijayakar


The Times of India

Barbados, 14-Apr:
Parris & Cumbernatch sweep all before them

Reigning Caribbean Under-15 girls champion, Cheri-Ann Parris, and five-time Caribbean junior title holder, Bryant Cumberbatch, swept all before them to claim two titles each as the curtain came down on the Sagicor General Junior National Championships  at the Barbados Squash Club (BSC).

Fourteen-year-old Cheri-Ann Parris had already won the girls Under-15 title the previous day by beating Tanya Marshall without dropping a game, but it was in the Under-19 age group final that she really showed the audience her true class by comprehensively outplaying her rival, Nadia McCarthy, in three straight games.

The boys Under-19 final was no less intriguing. The top seed and defending champion, Rhett Cumberbatch, faced his younger brother and #2 seed Bryant in yet another age group final. The final three points in both of these games were won in a single hand by the confident Bryant who triumphed 7/9 9/7 9/4 9/5 in 42 minutes. Alex Jordan finished third and Alex Garcia fourth in this age group.

Barbados Advocate

Borneo, 12-Apr:
UBD Squash Champions

Hj Mohd Noor Hj Abdul Rahman
emerged as champion in the Male Students category as he came back from a set down to defeat Darlin Sia 3-1 in the UBD Squash Championship 2005 Finals at UBD Sports Complex

Borneo Bulletin


Isle of Man, 13-Apr:
Thornton takes Manx Title

AN enforced retirement to top seed and defending champion Dave Norman was the major shock of last week's 18th Trident Trust Isle of Man Squash Championship.

At two games up versus Mike Gardener, Norman pulled out to leave the men's competition wide open.

Sean Keefe faced another local resident Hamish Thornton in the final in front of a packed gallery. Some of the week's best play was seen in this tussle with Thornton winning the first two games 15-9.

With the crowd behind him, Keefe forced Thornton to dig deep as 12-12 was reached in the third. At 14-13 Keefe was unlucky not to force set point but his adversary held his nerve to take the championship.

A total of 48 players took part in the championships, with eight lining up in the women's event.

Isabell Klose was always the favourite after finding her feet following an injury a few months ago, and true to form she reached Saturday's final to face Wendy Hogan.

Following a tough week for Hogan in the mixed competition, fatigue set in and Klose took the first two games 15-3 15-6. Despite a lift from the crowd, Hogan could not strike back in the third with Klose winning 15-12 and sealing the title.

Isle of Man Today


Pakistan, 12-Apr:
Bilal & Sara take Pakistan U19 Titles

Pakistan Air Force’s Bilal Zaman won the Under-19 title of the National Junior Squash Championship defeating Farzan Rasheed of Punjab 9-2, 9-3, 9-5 at the PSA Complex here on Monday.

Bilal displayed mid court play with lovely drop shots and accurate placing returning some difficult balls from the back parts of the court.

The Under-17 title went to Sohaib Hasan of Punjab who ousted Alamzeb of PAF in the longest battle of the day in 79 minutes with a score line of 9-6, 7-9, 6-9, 9-5, 9-5.

Waqar Mahboob from PAF claimed the Under-15 title giving a squash lesson to Asif Khan also from PAF 9-3, 9-2, 9-0 in just 20 minutes.

Danish Atlas
from PAF won the Under-13 title beating Awais Rehman of Punjab in the shortest match which lasted just 18 minutes. The score was 9-1, 9-2, 9-4.

In the girls, Sara Awan of Punjab crowned herself with the Under-19 title defeating Zaiba Pervez 9-1, 9-2, 9-6 in 27 minutes.

Anna Batool
won the Under-15 title overcoming Aniqa Awan 10-8, 9-7, 3-9, 9-4 in 34 minutes in an all-Punjab final.

Rifat Khan
outplayed Samar Anjum 9-6, 9-3, 7-9, 9-0 in the Under-13 final in 20 minutes

Pakistan Daily Times

New Delhi, India, 15-Apr:
Joshna sets eyes on
world junior squash title

Asian Junior Squash champion Joshna Chinappa today said she was fully confident and prepared to give her best shot to clinch the World Junior title to be held in Belgium in July.

"I am fully confident and geared up for the world junior championship. I will start favourite as I am currently the world number one junior player," Joshna said, after receiving Rs 3 lakh cash award from Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Sunil Dutt, here today.

Dutt congratulated Joshna for her achievements and wished her good luck for the world junior title. "Work hard and win more laurels for the country," the Sports Minister told Joshna while handing over cash award.

The Sports Ministry had earlier given her Rs 3.07 lakh for her month-long training expenses in Boston.

The 17-year-old girl from Chennai said she was extremely happy to earn the award and this would give her more confidence for future tournaments.

"My immediate aim is to win the World Junior title. My next aim is to clinch gold in the Asian Games in Doha and Commonwealth Games in Australia," Joshna said, adding, that her ultimate ambition was to win the world senior title.

"A squash player is at her peak when she is around 24-25. So I have another 7-8 years left to get to the top," she noted.

The Hindu

Joshna with Indian National Coach Cyrus Poncha

Pakistan, 15-Apr:
40m Rs for Pakistan Squash

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Thursday approved a grant of Rs 40 million for the establishment of three world class squash facilities in Karachi, Quetta and Rawalpindi.

Bilal ZamanHe made this announcement while addressing junior squash players at Prime Minister’s House where he gave cash prizes of Rs 10,000 each to the 16 players and awarded them with appreciation certificates in recognition of their outstanding performance during the last two years.

“Squash has been the glory of Pakistan and you have to work hard to achieve that glory again. You are our future as the juniors of today are the seniors of tomorrow,” he commented.

He said Pakistan dominated world squash just after the independence and the game brought recognition for Pakistan. But he regretted that today Pakistan was nowhere in the game after Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan.

He said: “You have to work hard to fill the gap created after the retirement of these two great players. One thing I can assure you: nothing is impossible in this world provided you are committed to the cause. Hard work is the key to success.”

He said that the government was offering monetary incentives so that retired players could also explore coaching opportunities abroad.

Pakistan Daily Times
St Vincent & Grenadines, 13-Apr:
Vincy squash players do well
in Trinidad & Tobago

As the 2005 Vita Malt Junior Open came to a close in Trinidad, an eight-member Vincentian contingent returned home with one gold, two silver and one bronze medals.

The tournament  featured top players from Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and hosts Trinidad and Tobago.

In the Boys Under-15 division, 12-year-old Andrez Bascombe found the goings tough in a higher age group, losing in straight games to Trinidadians Kevin Ross and Jean-Paul Bones.

Meanwhile, No. 2 seed Diarra Venner cruised to the final, defeating Trinidad’s Stephan Jeffrey and Kale Wilson 9/2, 9/7, 9/0 and 9/2, 9/2, 9/3 respectively. Venner then met his match, when he was pitted against nemesis and top-seeded Justin Sanguinette of Trinidad. Hopes of an upset were thrashed, as Sanguinette handled his rival with a 9/1, 9/3, 9/3 victory.

On the distaff side, the Vincentian trio of Amber Glasgow, Aiko Roudette and Sherina Slater battled for top spots in the Girls Under-17 division against Trinidadians Amy Gillezeau and Emily Bones.

The Vincentian
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Issue 3
w/e 10-Apr-05

England, 08-Apr:

EVERGREEN Carlisle squash star Ronnie Bell has been honoured for giving more than 30 years of service to the sport in Cumbria.

Bell, 52, has received the inaugural Hazel Tait Cumbria Squash Personality of the Year award for his efforts in helping to develop the sport throughout the region.

Bell, who regularly makes the Carlisle squash club facilities available for county use, played in the England over-50 team last season and is now formally qualified as a level four coach.

He has been hard at work since January to get the city’s squash club back in decent condition after the devastating floods and Cumbria Squash chairman Tom Armstrong said: “This honour for Ronnie is well overdue but this is a very appropriate, meaningful and excellent way of saying thank you to him.

Cumbria News & Star

India, 05-Apr:
Raj Manchanda in squash Hall of Fame

Pradeep Vijayakar from Mumbai

To India's oil giant Bharat Petroleum goes the credit of instituting India's first hall of fame.

Six-time national squash champion Brig. (retd) Raj Manchanda was on Sunday inducted into the first-ever Speed 93 Hall of Fame. ``I thought I was history,'' said Manchanda at a function on April 3 at Otters Club. The Indian champ from 1978-83 known for his courtcraft was recently appointed the government observer for squash. Another to be included was Fali Madon, the finest player not to win an Indian national title.

"Injuries prevented me from playing in three nationals in my prime. Anil Nayar was the champ then. At a CCI final in 1973, I came within one point of beating him in the decider,'' was how Madon explained his claim to fame.

Three other players included were not present. They were US-based Anil Nayar who won the national title at the age of 18 in 1964 and first Indian Drysdale Cup winner; Adrian Ezra who won the junior and senior title at 17 and Meherwan Daruwala who won the men's between 1983-87.

The squash greats were presented with a silver salvers by chief guest, S. Ramesh (General Manager, Retail Strategy, Bharat Petroleum). The whole idea was conceived and executed by Professional Management Group, the event management compnay owned by Sunil Gavaskar and Sumed Shah.

UK Squash Academy

UK, 07-Apr:
UK Coaching trio launch New Squash Academy

Coaching trio John Milton, Paul Selby and Mike Varney are set to launch their new Squash Academy based at Harlow Sportcentre Essex.

The academy will focus on strengthening the talent base around the surrounding counties and look to increase participation in the sport and support local clubs by linking the academy to junior programmes already in place.

Co founder Paul Selby spoke of his desire to see this academy grow and offer a focal point for Squash players in providing a base with an extra tier of coaching to ones already available. The Academy would also act as a base for full time professionals which will give the academy a supply of players to run either a National League or Super League team next season.

The two other founders Mike Varney and John Milton bring with them vast amounts of experience both in the coaching fields but also in the fitness and physiotherapy side. John having run successfully the Prospects group of professional players from Broxbourne Squash including a winning National League side.

Presently the Swedish National Coach he has helped elevate Swedish Squash to new levels. The academy will help give a UK base to Swedish players hoping to break through onto the professional stage. Mike is a trained physiotherapist having spent a successful period with Tottenham Hotspur FC where he introduced squash to quite a few of the household names of the day such as Glenn Hoddle, Ray Clemence and Garth Crooks amongst others.

His passion for the game has extended in recent times to help guide Sue Wright to the top of the professional game where she reached a world ranking of 3. All three are keen to pool their resources to fill a gap where the elite side of the game has grown apart from its roots and the recent lack of success in some areas by the England National teams is hopefully a trend that can be reversed and the Academy can work together with England Squash and other partners to strengthen the base of the game once more.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the academy can email info@uksquash.co.uk

Malaysia, 09-Apr:
Chuah to train overseas ...

Malaysian number three squash player Tricia Chuah can look forward to an overseas training stint in September if she can break into the top 50 of the world rankings by the middle of this year.

The 22-year-old Kuala Lumpur lass, is currently ranked 54th.

The Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) executive director, Wong Ah Jit, said that they wanted to have five women players on overseas attachments by next year.

“At the moment we only have two players Nicol (David) and Sharon (Wee) training overseas. We hope Tricia can break into the top 50 soon,” said Ah Jit.

“If Tricia manages to achieve the target by the middle of this year then she will go to Holland, Belgium or England in September.”

World number four and national number one Nicol is training in Amsterdam under former world number one Liz Irving while national number two Sharon, who is ranked 24th, is training under Shaun Moxham in Antwerp.

The Star Online
Islamabad, 07-Apr:
Pakistanis denied Swiss visas

The Switzerland Embassy in Islamabad has refused visas to three young Pakistani players who wanted to participate in the $10,675 Losone Open Squash Tournament to be played in Loson, Switzerland from April 12 to 17. The players who have been refused visas are Farrukh Zaman, Aamir Atlas and Farhan Mehboob.

Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) secretary Zulfiqar Ahmed said the players applied for visas through a proper channel. “The embassy officials also conducted interviews of the players on Wednesday and asked them to collect their passports next day. But when they collected their passports there were no visas,” he added.

Zulfiqar said he had taken up the matter with the Professional Squash Association (PSA), the governing body of the international squash events. “The PSA has assured us that it will look into the matter. The visa refusal to our players, who have already visited European and Asian countries for important international events, has really disappointed the young players,” he maintained.

Daily Times
USA, 06-Apr:
Move Over Soccer ...

Racket sport gains popularity among youngsters

Like soccer once did or cricket still does, squash is one of those sports that exists on the periphery of American athletics. But that's changing at one Bethesda gym.

When Connie Barnes began her job as Bethesda Sport and Health's resident squash pro three years ago, the gym had about 40 squash players. Now it has 200.

Players start as young as 7, and squash is a sport Barnes said she'd like to encourage more youngsters to try.

"I want to get them around soccer age," she said, explaining that squash can become a habitual Saturday morning activity much as soccer has. She hopes by getting them interested young and showing them the fun in the sport, she'll create a new generation of devotees.

"It's not just bashing a ball," Barnes said during one recent break from afternoon lessons. "You have to think strategically -- it's extremely physically and intellectually challenging."

Maryland Gazette
Cayman Islands, 07-Apr:
Boost for Cayman Squash

Appleby Spurling Hunter (ASH) has confirmed its commitment to supporting squash in the Cayman Islands by agreeing to sponsor the grand re–opening of the South Sound Squash Club taking place June 4.

The Cayman Island’s National team competing at the Junior Caribbean Squash Championships. This event, taking place July 21 to 31, is to be held in Trinidad & Tobago.

The Cayman Island’s National team competing at the Senior Caribbean Squash Championships. This event, taking place August 6 to 13, is to be held in Bermuda.

“When approached by Dean Watson, South Sound Squash Club Manager and National Team Coach, the firm had no hesitation in agreeing to continue its association with the game. We are delighted to be supporting the game at the grass roots here in Cayman as well as enabling our top athletes to compete at the highest level on the international stage,” said Appleby’s Marketing Manager, Matt Duggan.

“We look forward to celebrating the re–opening of South Sound Squash Club and wish all of those representing the Cayman Islands in the Junior and Senior Caribbean Championships every success,” said Appleby’s Managing Partner, Mr Huw Moses.

Caymanian Compass
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Issue 2
w/e 03-Apr-05

England, 31-Mar:
Harrogate take Yorkshire Title

HARROGATE Squash Club have won the Powerplay Yorkshire Premiership for the first time.

Needing only three games to take the title, 'Gate finished the season in style, beating Hallamshire 3-2 in Sheffield - taking 11 games just to make sure of the silverware.

Harrogate's title success broke the trend of victories by Pontefract and Wigginton in recent seasons; and now the side aim to round off their best season by winning the Yorkshire Cup to take a memorable double.

The third game which triggered title success came from the racket of Philip Barker when he captured a two game to one lead in his match against Darryl Selby.

The first of the three vital games had been taken by Adam Nowakowski in the second game of his winning encounter over Mick Stead.

Skipper Paul Hornsby couldn't hide his delight.

"It's absolutely fantastic," he told.

"It started sinking in that we could really win it last week. It wasn't sudden elation. It was just gradual. Now the more I think about it the more superb it is.

"We have had a tremendous bunch of players who were easy to organise and dedicated to the cause. They certainly didn't just turn up for the money."

Harrogate now await a date for their Yorkshire Cup semi-final clash against Queen's, Halifax, when they will bid for a place in the final at Pontefract on April 27. The other semi is between Pontefract and Heaton.

Harrogate are planning a championship celebration at the club but cannot fix a date until they get their hands on the trophy.

"It's going to be quite a night," promised Hornsby, who admitted victory over Hallamshire was not achieved easily.

Hornsby had planned to be first on court in a bid to secure the three games needed to become champions.

Harrogate Squash are the champions
Harrogate Today

England, 30-Mar:
'Home of squash'
faces demolition

THE "HOME of Squash" is set to be demolished to make way for a nine-storey block of flats.

Lambs Squash Club, in Lamb's Passage, Finsbury, is considered the squash equivalent of Wimbledon.

It has nine courts and around 1,400 members, and ex-world champion Jahangir Khan has described it as the "best club I have ever played at" and the "most famous squash club in the world".

It was opened in 1979 by former British squash star Mike Corby and is the flagship club in a chain of 14.

But Mr Corby is about to retire and sold the freehold for the site for £4million in September.

Now developers Clan Real Estate have revealed plans to knock down the centre at the end of the year and replace it with a nine-storey block of flats and office units.

Members have launched a campaign to save the club, which will be left homeless if the proposal goes ahead. Objectors have until April 7 to to contact Islington Council's planning department.

Lambs Squash Club member Ken Pottinger, 57, who is organising the campaign, said: "We mustn't allow the club to be destroyed. All the world-famous squash players have played there. It is one of the oldest sports clubs in London and home to many world famous players."

The members are calling on Islington Council to turn down Clan Real Estate's planning application. So far 29 official letters of objection have been sent to the planning department.

Club member Tariq Tahir added: "It is the spiritual home of the game. Members are very upset about it."

Councillor Bridget Fox (Liberal Democrat), Islington's executive member for sustainability, said: "I'm aware a planning application has been submitted to the council to develop a building in Lambs Passage. As with all planning applications all residents, businesses and community groups will be able to have their say and if residents feel strongly I would encourage them to take this chance."

"When this comes to committee, councillors will have to decide not only whether the proposals meet planning guidance but also if they are acceptable for the community as a whole.

'Home of squash' faces demolition
Islington Gazette

New Zealand, 30-Mar:
Shuja close to Melbourne

Former Pakistan squash representative Kashif Shuja has overcome a key hurdle to representing New Zealand at next year's Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Pakistan has granted Shuja, who moved to New Zealand in 2002, permission to turn out for his adopted country.

Shuja, 25, qualified to play for New Zealand under WSF rules when he gained citizenship last month.

However, he still needed clearance from Pakistan, which he represented at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Squash New Zealand today said the Pakistan Olympic Association had sent a letter to its New Zealand counterpart confirming that the Pakistan Squash Federation had no objection.

The WSF was now expected to give the final stamp of approval to Shuja's change of allegiance.

Shuja's present world ranking of 58 makes him New Zealand's highest ranked player, ahead of Callum O'Brien at No 65.

He walked away from squash after the 1998 Commonwealth Games, but returned to the sport on arriving in New Zealand.

He is currently playing part-time on the world circuit but has said he intended playing full-time next year, when making the world top 10 was a major goal.

Shuja closer to selection for Melbourne
New Zealand Herald
Czech Republic, 30-Mar:
1-2-3 Squash

As one of the world's most popular racket sports, squash is an excellent way to get in shape, improve your eye-hand coordination, reflexes, agility, and general cardio-vascular condition.

WHEN IT COMES to winning the game, instructions of technique and strategy could fill entire books (and have). For the sake of this article, we'll concentrate on factors that will help you maximize performance while minimizing the risk of injury.

The article, by Todd F. Shaw,  goes on to describe Rackets, Shoes, Clothing, and has interviews with two Czech businessmen squash players ...
One, two, three, Squash!
The Prague Tribune
Pakistan, 28-Mar:
Mansoor wins All Pakistan NWFP Squash Cup

PESHAWAR: Top seed Mansoor Zaman defeated Farrukh Zaman 3-2 to clinch the All-Pakistan NWFP Squash Cup at the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Hashim Khan Squash Complex here on Monday.

Mansoor and Farrukh Zaman enthralled the audience with their spirited game as both stretched to a five-set encounter which lasted for 77 minutes. It was not an easy victory for Mansoor as he faced a tough resistance from Farrukh Zaman. Both Mansoor and Farrukh adopted attacking strategies with some fine cross courts shots smashing nick shots, forehand and back drives.

Mansoor took the first set 14-12. Both tried their hard for a single point as the set was tied at 5-5, 6-6, 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, 10-10, 11-11 and 12-12. Mansoor won 14-12. Farrukh came back strongly winning the third and fourth sets 7-11 and 9-11 to level the tally at 2-2. The match was supervised by Jamshed Gul and Mehboob Khan.

Mansoor wins All Pakistan NWFP Squash Cup  Daily Times

An innovative way of attracting new young players to squash is under way on the Iberian Peninsula ... Panda Squash.

Part of a children's TV series to be shown in Spain and Portugal in April, initial filming took place in March with a host of enthusiastic youngsters - and seniors - loving their opportunity to get on court with the Panda.

Further updates to follow ...

More photos & Video

Egypt, 30-Mar:

Reeme Mansi reports from Cairo

Thursday 31st March sees a charity fund-raising match between Egypt's two world top ten players, Amr Shabana (aka 'The Prince of Egypt') and Karim Darwish ... former world open and world junior champions.

Featuring a 'lightning round', an exhibition and the 'match against cancer', the event will provide a feast of squash for fans at at Cairo International stadium.

The event is an ideal warm-up for the Egyptian National Championships, which start on the 7th April, and will be held at the at Alexandria Sporting Club in Alexandria.

Previous championships have been held at Cairo Stadium, which has five courts, but the Alexandia's Club's recently renovated 12 courts will provide a great setting for the championships.


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Issue 1
w/e 27-Mar-05

Brunei, 27-Mar:
Princess Bags Youth
Squash 2005 Crown

Bandar Seri Begawan – Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah won the Invitational Youth Squash Championship 2005 held yesterday at the National Squash Centre in Berakas.

The tournament began Monday, March 21.

Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Sarah defeated Jormasnidah Jormasie from the Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College with three games to one.

Her Royal Highness also won the Most Promising Player prize.

Prizes were presented by Pehin Dato Dr Haji Awang Hussain, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Princess Bags Youth Squash 2005 Crown   Bru Direct

USA, 26-Mar:
Sports writers to honor Yale, Trinity squash teams

The Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance will honor the Trinity men's squash team and Yale women's squash team, both national collegiate champions, at the 64th Gold Key Dinner on April 17 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

Trinity won its seventh straight title this past winter in men's squash, while Yale won its second consecutive national title.

Sports writers to honor Yale, Trinity squash teams  Newsday
USA, 25-Mar:
Portlander wins national squash championships

Julian Illingworth says a weight has been lifted off his shoulders.
And he was the one who lifted it.
The Portland native and former Lincoln High soccer player became the No. 1 squash player in the country last week, winning the U.S. national championship at Harvard University.

“I’d been knocking on the door for a couple years, so it’s pretty relieving,” says Illingworth, a 21-year-old Yale junior.

He is the first amateur and first collegian to win the tournament.
Yale coach David Talbott calls him a “fabulous athlete who works really hard at his game, practicing twice a day — an unassuming kid who gets better and better every year.”

Portlander wins national squash championships  Portland Tribune
England, 24-Mar:

Frome Squash Club is to close after 27 years in the town. The club house will close on April 16 and is to be demolished as part of a major redevelopment of the nearby Cuprinol site.

The building was converted into seven squash courts and now has a multi-gym, aerobics room, sauna and bar. At its height the club had more than 700 members.

One of the founder members is Norman Baldwin, who is now a club coach.

He said: "It has always been a very family-orientated club and we have coached national champions."

The club has been part of the Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire squash leagues but membership has dwindled to about 80 members over the past few years because of the threat to the club.

"At the end of the day if the owners choose to demolish the building there is nothing that the district council can do about it."

Houses Swallow Squash Club Site  Somerset Standard
New Zealand, 23-Mar:
Former champion keen
to boost numbers

Squash in Hawke's Bay has a huge potential in its junior ranks but the code needs to roll up its sleeves to rally long and hard in the game of marketing to boost membership.

That's the verdict of Rachel Monks, 24, the Squash Eastern development manager who on March 8 resigned from her position to start up her private business in web-designing and marketing in Napier.

The former under-19 Auckland champion is still involved with the squash organisation in the interim until a replacement is found. She has organised a coaching clinic for coaches at the Hawke's Bay Squash

Former champion keen to boost number  Hawkes Bay Today

Pakistan, 19-Mar:
Sara Wins National Title

Sara Awan of Pakistan Army defeated Maria Toor Pakay of NWFP 3-2 to win the National Women’s Squash Championship at POF Wah Squash Complex on Saturday.

Former Pakistan squash star Jahangir Khan, now the President of World Squash Federation, was the chief guest on the occasion and gave away the winners’ trophy to Sara Awan. Also present on the occasion was the Senior Vice President of Pakistan Squash Federation Air Marshal Raashid Kaleem.

Sara wins women’s squash title Daily Times
Pakistan, 15-Mar:
Pakistan Squash gets its
first woman referee

Nadia Aziz is slated to create a history in Pakistan by refereeing in a squash match during the National Women's Championship to be held in Wah on March 16.

Former squash player Nadia would be the first Pakistani women squash referee and would oversee the league matches of the championship.

"We want to encourage ladies for referring job and as such have offered the new role to Nadia," The News quoted Zulfikhar Ahmad, secretary Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) as saying.

Squash gets its first woman referee in Pakistan: New Kerala
Pakistan, 26-Mar:
NWFP chalks out ambitious
plan to promote squash

By Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR: With a view to develop squash at the grassroot level, the NWFP Squash Association has chalked out an ambitious plan to hold junior and senior men's and women's tournaments at the district level throughout the province this year.

"Separate squash courts for female players will be constructed in Peshawar and the services of female coaches would be hired", said, Ghulam Hussain, president NWFP Squash Association after chairing the general council's meeting of the association on Saturday.

Besides, secretary of the association, former world champion Qamar Zaman, joint secretary Rukhsana Rajput, former world champion Jansher Khan and former world number 2, Mohibullah Khan were also present on the occasion.

He said that conditions of the existing squash courts in various districts of the province were also being improved.

NWFP chalks out ambitious plan to promote squash  Dawn
Abu Dhabi, 24-Mar:
Abu Dhabi Squash Open
goes international

The Abu Dhabi Squash Open goes international with the inclusion of a PSA (Professional Squash Players Association) ranking tournament set to draw some of the budding young professionals in the world circuit.

The PSA event is a new addition to the capital’s championship that is set to draw over 150 entries in the super division, first and second divisions, and juniors U-13, U-17 and U-19, both singles and doubles.

Dr Tina Pavlova, chairperson of the Abu Dhabi Squash Racquets Association and spa-recreation manager of Le Meridien, said this year’s Abu Dhabi Open is elevated by the inclusion of the PSA event.

“We have been working on the development of squash and the PSA tournament is one more forward step to the sport in Abu Dhabi,” she told reporters in a Press conference here at the Le Meridien yesterday.

Abu Dhabi Squash Open goes international   Khaleej Times
USA, 24-Mar:
Episcopal girls tops in squash

The Churchwomen, led by sophomore Logan Greer, won two titles and finished unbeaten.

The Episcopal Academy girls' squash team is celebrating a perfect 10-0 season, one that was marked by numerous late-match wins that caused some anxious moments for coaches Demer Holleran and Dawn Gray.

The Churchwomen not only won the the Inter-Academic League championship, but the Mid-Atlantic School Association title as well.

"Different individuals repeatedly pulled through in the clutch," said Holleran, who conducted the practices and handled much of the administrative work for the team, while Gray coached during matches.

Episcopal girls tops in squash  Philly.com
USA, 23-Mar:
Quibell adds another
championship for w. squash

Michelle Quibell '06 and the women's squash team capped off a spectacular 2004-05 campaign by dominating not as a team, as they had all season, but as individual players.

The Elis left the Collegiate Squash Association National Championship with many of their opponents seeing blue, as Quibell took her second-straight individual national title by beating Harvard's Kyla Grigg in the Ramsay Cup finals. Other Bulldogs also found success at Dartmouth, despite having to overcome what captain Frances Ho '05 described as anti-climatic feelings because the Bulldogs had already won the Howe Cup.

"Playing individuals is always tough," Ho said. "Everyone stayed focused and it just showed how dominant and how talented we are. It was a nice finish."

Quibell adds another championship Yale Daily News
South Africa, 15-Mar:
SA Squash hosts
important guest

South African Squash hosted a very important guest today. George Mieras, the technical advisor of the World Masters Squash Federation, visited Cape Town to inspect the courts and facilities that will be used for the World Masters Championships next year.

After meeting the organising committee this morning, Mieras went on to inspect the courts of the Western Province Cricket Club and other venues in the Mother City.

South Africa beat America, New Zealand and the Netherlands to stage the event in October next year. A record number of more than 800 players are expected to enter for the event. "This is a great centre. It is the new ESP system, it is well presented. Good galleries, plenty lighting, I'm very happy. Plus of course the magnificent quite incomparable outlook onto the mountain which the masters are going to love," said Mieras.

In the 2003 world championships held in Finland, South Africa won six gold, three silver and four bronze medals.

SA Squash hosts important guest  SABC News
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