HCL Squash Podium Program was launched

HCL, a leading global conglomerate, announced the launch of HCL Squash  Podium Program in partnership with the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) to significantly improve the Squash ecosystem in India. The  multi-pronged program will focus on driving a 360-degree overhaul in  Indian Squash by improving both player (senior and junior) and coaching  standards and enhancing the overall prominence of the sport in the  country. As part of this initiative, HCL and SRFI will also host the HCL  Indian Tour – a Professional Squash Association (PSA) multi-city circuit in  the country, giving the Indian players an opportunity to compete against the  world’s best on their home turf. 

The year-long HCL Squash Podium Program will host:- 

Multiple coaching camps and referee clinics –HCL and SRFI will work towards capacity – building and skill enhancement for existing  Indian coaches and referees and benchmark them to standards  recommended by World Squash Federation (WSF). With this HCL and  SRFI aim to significantly improve the current number of 13 WSF Level  2 Coaches in the country to help the upcoming Indian players  greater access to world-class coaches and enhance their overall  performance. HCL and SRFI will also host referee clinics along with  each PSA tournament to help improve refereeing standards.  

HCL Indian Tour– HCL and SRFI will organize multi – city PSA  tournaments in both men’s and women’s categories to help upcoming  players in the country gain international ranking points and climb up  the PSA rankings. These tournaments will also offer a larger number  of Indian players the opportunity to compete against some of the best  international players without making the investment of travelling to  international locations.

HCL Indian Junior Open –the annual flagship event in the junior category by HCL will now be  organized as a Platinum event under the  Asian Squash Federation (ASF) calendar (the highest level  championship in the Asian Circuit) and will be rated as a Six-star  tournament by The top players from this tournament will receive  ranking points which will add up to their junior Asian rankings in the  relevant age group.

HCL High Performance Camps – half-yearly,two – week performance camps for 32 shortlisted junior players with top national and  international coaches. These camps will be geared towards improving  game tactics, strength and conditioning and will also focus on  nutritional direction and psychological counselling. Individual player  assessment reports will be created during these camps by leveraging  sports science, to offer customized guidance to each player and help them perform better against their international counterparts.

HCL has been supporting Squash in the country for over three years now  and has been organizing HCL Junior Squash tournament since 2016. HCL  scaled-up its efforts by partnering with SRFI to organize the HCL Senior  National Squash Championship in 2017 and again in 2018.

Indian player rankings 

Last month, Saurav Ghoshal became the first Indian male squash player to  enter the top 10 in the latest PSA world rankings. Egypt’s world champion  Ali Farag, meanwhile, maintains his position at the top of the ladder. The  other Indian male in the top 50 is Ramit Tandon (49). 

In the women’s rankings, Joshna Chinappa continues to be the best – ranked  Indian, moving up to the 15th position. Dipika Palllikal Karthik had earlier  become the first Indian woman to be ranked 10, she is currently ranked 73  as she has not being playing competitive squash since October 2018. 

Author: nammamadrasnews

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