India’s medal hopes on the subsequent 12 months’s Asian Video games, slated in China’s Hangzhou in September, got one other push as Asian Squash Federation has determined to incorporate combined double occasions for the primary time within the quadrennial occasion.
Asian Squash Federation chief David Mui knowledgeable of the event to the affiliated nation, together with Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI), and the World Squash Federation (WSF) by way of an electronic mail on Wednesday.
“I’m delighted to tell you that Blended Doubles might be included as one of many competitors occasions in Squash in 2022 Asian Video games in Hangzhou, China (sic),” the ASF chief wrote.
Mui additionally praised Indian squash administrator Narayana Ramachandra, former WSF President, for making it occur.
“Simply as importantly, I might additionally like to present my honest due to our Patron Mr N. Ramachandran for his great help and help to make this occur,” he wrote.
For the time being, there are 4 occasions of squash at Asiad: Males’s and girls’s singles and males’s and girls’s staff occasions. And with the inclusion of the combined doubles, India’s main squash stars Saurav Ghosal, Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal Karthik amongst others might be trying so as to add one other feather of their cap.
Expressing his happiness on the information, SRFI common secretary Cyrus Poncha stated: “It’s nice information for India as we now have at all times been among the many medal contenders on the Asian Video games. Having one other medal-winning alternative is fabulous for India total as doubles is one thing that has received India up to now within the Commonwealth Video games (Dipika and Joshna received girls’s doubles gold in 2014) and might be a powerful contender on the Asian Video games too.”
So far as the Asiad is anxious, squash, a non-Olympics sport, has seen India bag 13 medals on the occasion since its inclusion on the 1998 Asian Video games in Bangkok with one gold (within the males’s staff occasion on the 2014 Incheon Asian Video games).
On the final Asiad in Jakarta, India bagged a medal every in all of the 4 occasions with the ladies’s staff (consisting of Joshna, Dipika, Tanvi Khanna and Sunayna Kuruvilla) shedding the ultimate match to accept silver. Males’s World No. 13 Saurav additionally received a bronze medal whereas main the lads’s staff for a similar whereas Dipika took house the ladies’s bronze.