30 Jun 2018

SNGPL Pakistan International Squash Circuit-II Reaches To Final Stage

SNGPL Pakistan International Squash Circuit-II reaches to final stage

Farhan Mehboob will take on Tayyab Aslam in the men's final while Faiza Zafar will vie against her sister Madina Zafar in the women's final of the SNGPL Pakistan International Squash Circuit-II Men's and Women's 2018 tomorrow (Saturday) here at the Punjab Squash Complex.

LAHORE, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 29th Jun, 2018 ) :Farhan Mehboob will take on Tayyab Aslam in the men's final while Faiza Zafar will vie against her sister Madina Zafar in the women's final of the SNGPL pakistan International Squash Circuit-II Men's and Women's 2018 tomorrow (Saturday) here at the Punjab Squash Complex.
In the first semifinal played here on Friday, one of the promising talents of Pakistan squash Farhan Mehboob outclassed Farhan Zaman 11/3, 11/0, retired hurt in just 10 minutes. Farhan Mehboob never allowed his opponent to stage a comeback and maintained his supremacy till the end, which forced Farhan Zaman to withdraw with injury.
In the second semifinal of the day, Tayyab Aslam overpowered Ahsan Ayaz 3-0. Tayyab though faced tough resistance from his opponent yet he remained focused and played according to game plan, which paid dividend and helped him win the important encounter 3-0 and booked berth in the final of the mega event. The first game proved to be the toughest one, where both the players fought till the end and no one was ready to give up but when the score was equal at 9-9, Tayyab showed his class and won the next two points in row to win the game 11/9.
Tayyab also maintained his dominance in the second game and conceded 6 points to win the game 11/6.
In the third and last game, it was once again Tayyab, who prevailed over his opponent and took the game 11/7 to register an impressive victory in 51-minute marathon match.
In women's first semifinal, Madina Zafar, who was runner-up of the last squash event, routed Saima Shaukat 3-0. Madina Zafar won the first game 11/4, took the second 11/5 and won the third and decisive by 11/6 to win the match in 21 minutes. Madina Zafar once again managed to earn place in the final, where she will face her sister Faiza Zafar, who defeated struggling Riffat Khan by 3-1.
Both Fiaza and Riffat fought hard in the first game, but Faiza then utilized her vast experience and techniques to win the game 11/7. Riffat, who has won a number of national squash titles, then bounced back well and took the second game 11/8. It was all Riffat could get from the match as Faiza then proved too hot for her opponent and won the next two games in a row by 11/6 and 11/5 to win the epic encounter in 27 minutes.
SNGPL Managing Director Amjad Latif will grace the concluding ceremony as chief guest and distribute prizes among the winners.

Kiwi causes upset in squash tournament

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New Zealand squash pro, Evan Williams has scored one of the best wins of his career by knocking out the top seed and world No.61, Rex Hedrick of Australia in the quarter-finals at the PSA Squash XL Open in Auckland.
Williams, a member of the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team on the Gold Coast with a current world ranking of 108 beat the in-form Hedrick in four games 11-7, 11-4, 3-11, 11-9 in 56 minutes in front of a good crowd to move into the semifinals of the tournament.
A recent finalist at the New Zealand National champs, Williams has had solid performances in PSA events this year, semfinal finish in Canberra followed by quarters at Palmerston and Invercargill and now the semis in Auckland, plus a second round result in singles at the Commonwealth Games
The 28-year-old from Wellington will now face the third seeded Englishman Agnus Gillams who beat qualifier Velavan Senthilkumar (India) 11-9, 11-3, 11-9 in 35 minutes in his quarter-final.
In the other semifinal it will be second seed Josh Larkin from Australia against fourth seed Frenchman Victor Crouin.
Larkin too four games and 39 minutes to win his quarter-final over Irishman Sean Conroy while Crouin was a straight game winner in his match over Malaysia’s Darren Rahul Pragasam.
Semifinals are Saturday afternoon with the final on Sunday 1 July on the glass court at the Squash XL Club.
Quarter-final results:
(6) Evan Williams (New Zealand) bt (1) Rex Hedrick (Australia) 11-7, 11-4, 3-11, 11-9 (56 mins),
(3) Agnus Gillams bt (Q) Velavan Senthilkumar (India) 11-9, 11-3, 11-9 (35 mins),
(4) Victor Crouin (France) bt Darren Rahul Pragasam (Malaysia) 11-4, 11-9, 12-10 (31 mins),
(2) Josh Larkin (Australia) bt (8) Sean Conroy (Ireland) 11-9, 9-11,11-4, 11-8 (39 mins).

Seeded players reach SNGPL Int’l Squash Circuit-II semis

Seeded players reach SNGPL Int̢۪l Squash Circuit-II semis
Lahore - All the seeded players qualified for semifinals of the SNGPL Pakistan International Squash Circuit-II Men’s and Women’s 2018 after defeating their respective opponents in the quarterfinals played here at the Punjab Squash Complex courts on Thursday.

In the first quarterfinal of the day, top seed of the tournament Farhan Zaman outsmarted wildcard entrant Kashif Asif by 11/6, 11/5, 11/9. Kashif, who earlier upset seeded player Israr Ahmed, had no answers to powerful shots and technical game of Farhan Zaman and lost his encounter 3-0 in just 19 minutes.
Another Pakistan squash hope Farhan Mehboob, who is sixth seed, once again showed his class against spirited 3rd seed Asim Khan by defeating him 7/11, 11/9, 13/11, 8/11, 11/6 after a tough battle of 79 minutes. Both the players weren’t ready to give up and continued their struggle till the end but it was Farhan Mehboob, who kept his nerve and finally prevailed over his opponent to win the marathon match by 3-2.
Another match of the day was contested between 4th seed Tayyab Aslam and 7th seed Amaad Fareed and the ultimate winner was Tayyab Aslam, who won the epic encounter by 3-2 in 67 minutes. Tayyab though couldn’t start well as he lost the first game by 9/11, yet he made a strong comeback and won the next two games in a row by 11/3 and 12/10. Amaad then changed his game plan, which paid dividend as he succeeded in winning fourth game 11/9. In the fifth and decisive game, Tayyab faced tough resistance from his opponent before winning it 11/9, thus he recorded a hard-fought and well-deserving victory against Amaad.
Young talent Ahsan Ayaz beat Syed Azlan Amjad by 7/11, 11/3, 11/4, 11/5 in 28 minutes. Today (Friday), Farhan Zaman will take on Farhan Mehboob in the first semifinal at 4:00pm while Tayyab Aslam will vie against Ahsan Ayaz in the second semifinal at 4:45pm.
In the senior women quarterfinals, Saima Shaukat thrashed Noorena Shams 11/0, 11/2, 11/3 in 11 minutes, Madina Zafar routed Zahab Kamal Khan 11/4, 11/3, 11/6 in 14 minutes, Faiza Zafar outlasted Noor Ul Huda 11/3, 11/6, 11/6 in 17 minutes while Riffat Khan beat Zoya Khalid 9/11, 11/3, 9/11, 11/4, 11/5 in 42 minutes. Today (Friday), Saima Shaukat will face Madina Zafar challenge in the first semifinal at 2:30 pm while Faiza Zafar will vie against Riffat Khan in the second semifinal at 3:15pm.

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29 Jun 2018

THROWBACK THURSDAY: EL TAYEB BEATS KING IN


Egyptian World No.3 Nour El Tayeb enjoyed her most successful season to date on the PSA World Tour with title wins at both the U.S. Open and Windy City Open marking her out as one of the world’s leading players.

The 25-year-old combined flair with an iron-willed resilience as she wowed squash fans everywhere with a series of incredible displays over the 2017/18 campaign and those two traits were in abundance in the final of the Windy City Open as she came back from two championship balls down to defeat World No.4 Joelle King.

The tournament hadn’t been plain sailing for El Tayeb up until that point, with the Egyptian requiring 3-2 victories over Wales’ Tesni Evans, World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and England’s Sarah-Jane Perry to reach a sixth World Series final.

For her part, King was also in superb form having won the Cleveland Classic earlier on in the month but she was in unfamiliar territory after a semi-final victory over World Champion Raneem El Welily took her through to a first World Series title decider.

El Tayeb and King were meeting for the first time since 2014 and King started the better of the two, going four game balls up in the opener, before El Tayeb came back to go a game ahead.

The next two games were also tightly-contested affairs with King edging both of them on the tie-break as she overturned five game balls in the third to establish a lead for the first time.

El Tayeb came out swinging though as the talented Egyptian punished a series of errors from the Kiwi player to level the scores and take it to a deciding fifth game.

The match looked to be running away from El Tayeb as King – playing with control and authority – pushed ahead to hold two championship balls but she dug in her heels and came back once again to claim victory in an encounter that was named as the PSA Women’s Match of the Season.

Log in to SQUASHTV to watch El Tayeb’s incredible U.S. Open final win over El Welily.

Pray for Nigeria

 Always proud to be a Nigerian,  was birthed here for a purpose and that I will fulfill.

O God of creation, direct our noble course.  Guide our Leaders right & help our youth the truth to know.
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Obasanjo National Squash Open

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Support Fast rising star, Nigeria U-19 squash player-Ayomide Oladipupo



To all Squash Lovers across the country, let's all come together to assist one of us who sustained a SEVERE ANKLE INJURY and presently in need of Medication.
Ayomide Oladipupo a.k.a(psycon) has been down with this severe ankle injury for over 6 Months now though some players have been contributing towards supporting his treatment.
His Account- Name: Oladipupo Ayomide Michael
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Report from a senior colleague Idowu Enimakure on Ayomide's present health status: I visited him last week in his house, he's still under medication and needs financial support.


Oladipupo Ayomide Micheal popularly known as (Psychon) is a Lagos State player. He his one of the Talented upcoming player. He played the last cargolux held at Lagos country club against the current under 19 Champion Onaopemipo Adegoke which ended in favour of Adegoke by a close margin. Major score 3/2 in the Finals.


Info source: Lanre Abdulrahman(08075273283) & Idowu Enimakure(08061348716).
For more details please feel free to contact the above numbers.

28 Jun 2018

World Junior Squash Championship: Pakistan players denied Indian visa; seek world body's intervention for help

The Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) has sought world body's intervention after it failed to secure visas for its team which is set to take part in the World Junior Squash Championship to be held in India next month.
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The PSF has asked the World Squash Federation to help it in procuring Indian visa or else cancel the event.
PSF secretary Tahir Sultan said that the Indian authorities were doing injustice with the Pakistani sports persons.
The World Junior Championship is an international event of the World Squash Federation and it has been given to India to host next month. Unfortunately, so far we have been denied visas by the Indian authorities to send our contingent, Sultan told PTI.
We are in the final stages of our preparations for the event having selected a team of six players and three officials. We have now asked the world body and other affiliated members to intervene and ensure we get the visas or else the World Championship should not be held in India, he said.
The PSF official said Pakistan was a pioneer in squash and had produced several world champions and top players.
I would think that in India where the sport is becoming popular they would benefit from watching our team play there, he said.
The World Junior event is scheduled to be held from 18-23 July in Chennai.
Pakistan is the defending champions, having won the title in 2016 in Poland.
It is strange and deplorable that India has refused visas to our contingent and we have asked the world body and members to take notice of this, he said.
We have requested the world body to ensure participation of our players in Chennai or cancel the event, Sultan added.
He noted that last year also the Indian authorities did not grant visas to the Pakistan senior team for the Asian Individual Championship.
Pakistan has remained a major force in world squash over the years producing champions like Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan but in recent years there has been a decline in the performances of the players and standards of the sport in the country.
Sultan said the PSF had followed all the required procedures of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad while applying for visas.
We had applied for visas in April. We also informed all the relevant squash bodies about this. On 20thJune, the Indian High Commission returned all our passports and refused the visas for the contingent, he said.
We have always believed that sports can help in strengthening relations among nations.

Professional Squash hits Auckland this week


The PSA pro squash tour around New Zealand comes to a conclusion in Auckland this week with the US$10,000 men’s Squash XL Open in Auckland which features a wide variety of players including a couple of rising stars
Ten nations are represented in qualifying and main draw and five players ranked inside the top 100.
Main draw play starts on Wednesday 28 June with the finals on Sunday afternoon. One of the key pointers for the event is whether top seed and world No.61, Rex Hedrick from Australia can make a fourth final in a row. He was a finalist in Malaysia then in won his next event in Canberra before the Aussie Commonwealth Games rep was a finalist last week in Invercargill.
There’s just two Kiwis in the main draw, one of them is sixth seed, Evan Williams who reached the second round of singles at the Commonwealth Games and recently was a beaten finalist at the NZ Nationals. He has a current ranking just over 100 and is joined by New Zealand junior rep, Anthony Lepper who plays out of the XL Club which currently has the only permanent glass court in the country.
There’s still an opportunity for three additional Kiwis to make it through the final rounds of qualifying: Zac Miller a Commonwealth Games doubles player for New Zealand on the Gold Coast, Luke Jones from Palmerston North and 19-year-old Lwamba Chileshe from the Waikato.
Fourth seed Victor Crouin of France is ranked 88th in the world and is still a teenager. He has one title to his name in 2018 and has reached the final at two others in the past six months. The 19-year-old who is also a student at Harvard had his birthday earlier in the month and is regarded as a top prospect and is included in the Squash FORWARD programme for the top eight male and female players under the age of 23 as agreed by the World Squash Federation (WSF) and Professional squash Association (PSA).
Other seeds at the tournament include No.2 Australian Josh Larkin at 76 in the world who was a semi finalist at both the PSA events at Invercargill and Palmerston North, followed by third seed Angus Gillams from England at 83 in the world.

POPULARIZING SQUASH IN UKRAINE


The development and popularization of squash in Ukraine is promising, CEO of the World Squash Federation Andrew Shelley has stated.
“There are good squash courts in Ukraine and new ones are coming in. Your young squash federation is doing a good job, therefore you have everything. Squash in Ukraine is moving forward,” he said during his visit to Ukraine.
Shelley noted squash does not require large financial resources.
“This is a great sport, and the more people try to play it, the more will be involved,” he said.
Multiple world squash champion Ramy Ashour and six-time European champion Camille Serme visited Ukraine within the worldwide program for squash development “Ambassador WSF 2018” on June 23-24.
Coach and referee seminars, demonstration matches, thematic conferences, the sparring and training of the Ukrainian men’s and women’s squash teams with the leading world players, trainings for children from the children’s squash academy were held in Kyiv within the framework of this program.
“More than 20 million people play squash all over the world. In Ukraine their number amounts to thousands. We have room for improvement, and we really are developing. Squash is appreciated as an entertaining sport and an excellent relaxation for amateur sportsmen. We are grateful to the World Squash Federation for including our country in the program of squash popularization and teamwork,” the program coordinator, Vice President of the Ukrainian Squash Federation Maksim Urakin said.
Squash is a sport with a ball and a racket played indoors. The game is conducted by special rackets on a court surrounded by walls from four sides. In 2003 the Forbes magazine recognized squash as one of the most “healthy sports” both in terms of injury rate and the most energy-consuming sport in the world by the number of calories burned. More than 20 million people around the world play squash.
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Second qualifying round of Int’l Squash Circuit-II held

 Second qualifying round of Int’l Squash Circuit-II held
Four matches were decided on Tuesday in the second qualifying round of the SNGPL Pakistan International Squash Circuit-II men’s and women’s 2018 and the winners qualified for the main round to begin today (Wednesday) here at the PSA international complex.
In the seniors’ men category, Zahir Shah (Pak) had to struggle hard to beat Noman Khan (Pak) 11/6, 11/3, 6/11, 1/11, 11/4 in the first match of the day in 31 minutes. The second match of the day saw Danish Atlas Khan (Pak) outclassing M Farhan (Pak) 11/3, 11/3, 11/0 in just 19 minutes.
Waqar Mehboob (Pak) faced tough resistance from Uzair Shaukat (Pak), who went down fighting 13/15, 11/4, 9/11, 11/6, 11/2 in the third encounter of 33 minutes while Bilal Zakir (Pak) edged past Haris Qasim (Pak) 8/11, 11/4, 11/6, 11/8 in the last match of the day in 28 minutes.
The main round of the international event will commence today (Wednesday). At court number one, the first match of the main round will be contested between Amna Fayyaz and Saima Shaukat at 12pm while Noor-ul-Ain will take on Madina Zafar in the second encounter at 12:45pm, Amna Shahbaz will face Noor-ul-Huda at 1:30pm and Riffat Khan will vie against Amna Mustafa at 2:15pm.
At court number two, Noorina Shams will play against Komal Khan at 12pm, Zohaib Kamal Khan will take on Sabga Arshad at 12:45pm, Faiza Zafar will face Muqaddasa Ashraf at 1:30pm and Muqaddasa Javed will vie against Zoya Khalid at 2:15pm.
The boys’ competition will be conducted at court number three where first match will be contested between Kashif Asif and Israr Ahmad at 12pm, second between Waqar Mehboob and Asim Khan at 12:45pm, third between Syed Ali Mujtaba Shah and Ahmed Fareed at 1:30pm and the last one between Danish Atlas Khan and Ahsan Ayaz at 2:15pm.
At the centre court, Farhan Zaman will take on Zahir Shah at 12:00pm, Farhan Mehboob will play against Bilal Zakir at 12:45pm, Tayyab Aslam and Khawaja Adil Maqbool at 1:30pm and Adnan Amjad will vie against Umair Zaman at 2:15pm in the last match of the day.

27 Jun 2018

There is potential for popularizing squash in Ukraine - World Squash Federation CEO

The development and popularization of squash in Ukraine is promising, CEO of the World Squash Federation Andrew Shelley has stated.
"There are good squash courts in Ukraine and new ones are coming in. Your young squash federation is doing a good job, therefore you have everything. Squash in Ukraine is moving forward," he said during his visit to Ukraine.
Shelley noted squash does not require large financial resources.
"This is a great sport, and the more people try to play it, the more will be involved," he said.
Multiple world squash champion Ramy Ashour and six-time European champion Camille Serme visited Ukraine within the worldwide program for squash development "Ambassador WSF 2018" on June 23-24.
Coach and referee seminars, demonstration matches, thematic conferences, the sparring and training of the Ukrainian men's and women's squash teams with the leading world players, trainings for children from the children's squash academy were held in Kyiv within the framework of this program.
Squash is a sport with a tennis ball and a racket played indoors. The game is conducted by special rackets on a court surrounded by walls from four sides. In 2003 the Forbes magazine recognized squash as one of the most "healthy sports" both in terms of injury rate and the most energy-consuming sport in the world by the number of calories burned. More than 20 million people around the world play squash.

WSF Ambassador visit a ‘Dream Come True’ for Ukraine Squash

The WSF Ambassador Programme visit to Ukraine was a ‘dream come true’ for squash in the country said the Ukrainian Squash Federation President Anastasiia Netrebchuk at the end of an action-packed two-day series of events in the capital Kiev led by Egypt’s three-time world champion Ramy Ashour and France’s British and US Open champion Camille Serme.
Launched in 2011, the World Squash Federation international promotional initiative takes two leading squash players, together with an international coach and referee, into younger squash nations to inspire and help raise the sport’s profile through clinics, exhibition matches, refereeing and coaching seminars, and media presentations.
Ukrainian players, junior and senior, lined up to play Ashour and Serme at the city’s Grand Prix club – while Belgian national coach Ronny Vlassaks enthused coaches from the length and breadth of Ukraine and Belarus on the art of coaching, and Slovenian international referee Marko Podgorsek conducted two well-attended workshops to explain the finer points of refereeing in squash.
It was standing room only at a packed press conference at Grand Prix, where Ukraine Sports Committee President Illia Shevlyak told the media representatives:
I will do everything I can to support squash in Ukraine.
“Squash and the Olympics is a perfect fit – I think squash will be in Paris,” added Shevlyak, who oversees the 47 non-Olympic sports in Ukraine. “It’s a very dynamic sport.
“The Ukrainian Squash Federation, which was only established six years ago, is a brilliant example of what can be done to promote a sport here.
“I am so happy to see so many journalists here, supporting squash.”
When asked about the sport’s inclusion in the programme for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France’s six-time European champion Camille Serme said: “If we make it, I hope I will be able to participate – I’ll only be 35!”
Former world number one Ashour, who played a major part in the 2020 campaign, said: “I’d be very happy if we made it – and would be proud to tell my kids that I helped it happen!”
When asked about his coaching presentations, Vlassaks told the media: “I had 25 coaches in my workshop – which is fantastic!
“You will definitely have a world champion in the future – but first you’ve got to find him or her, then you’ve got to help them develop.”
Squash in Ukraine can trace its roots back to 2000 when Anastasiia Netrebchuk and Semen Lazutenkou both played squash on the country’s sole court at Kiev Sports Club. So enthusiastic was property developer Lazutenkou after a visit to Amsterdam in 2008 to support Ukraine’s first appearance in the European Team Championships that he decided to build the four-court Grand Prix club.
“Last year was a highlight for Ukrainian squash as we competed for the first time in the World Games in Poland,” said Netrebchuk, now the federation’s President. “And now this year our top junior player Nadiia Usenko has been selected as a SquashFORWARD ambassador by the WSF.
“And to top it all, we now have this Ambassador Programme visit. It’s a dream come true for us,” said Netrebchuk. “It’s big step towards developing squash in our country.
“We already have courts in other cities but we need to build even more facilities around the country – not just in Kiev. We want to bring on our juniors and compete in more international events, not only all the European championships including U15, U17 and U19 categories, but also world championships.
“The current success of players like Nadiia Usenko and 17-year-old Alina Bushma, will give other juniors here a focus.”
Usenko is Ukraine’s most successful junior. Currently ranked No.2 in the European U19 rankings, she moves to the USA later this year autumn to start studying at Trinity College in Connecticut.
“I started playing tennis at the age of six but when I saw my parents come home at weekends with trophies for their squash success, I decided to give it a try,” said the 18-year-old from Kiev. “For a time I played both sports, but when I decided I wanted to be a professional athlete, I went for squash.
“I am so happy to be a SquashFORWARD ambassador.”
Later, a farewell reception for the team was attended by Yaroslav Madriy, State Coach of the Sports Ministry, who said: “Squash has really come on in this country in the last few years.
“This Ambassador Programme has been a very good initiative for the sport here. But what makes it so special is that your top athletes are not just visiting us but also giving our players the chance to be with them on court.”
Camille Serme was delighted with her maiden appearance as a WSF Ambassador: “It was an honour to be chosen, for me and for French Squash, and to be here with Ramy made it extra special – he’s such a champion.
“It was my first visit to both countries. People have been so welcoming, it was great to see so many adults and kids happy that we were here – that was good.
“I have seen Nadiia (Usenko) improve a lot over recent years and I think she could become a top player.”
With his impressions of the Ambassador Programme initiative, Ashour added:
“It’s very healthy for the sport, going around the world and having this kind of coverage and being on TV in different countries and different cultures – showing the world what we have got and how cool the sport is. The more we do these things and get the word out there, the more people around the world will understand us.
“I’ve never been to Ukraine or Armenia before so that made it even more special for me. I like to know where squash is in every nation and every culture – I want to be more aware of these kinds of things. I think the WSF is doing a great job promoting the sport by getting us there and pursuing the Olympic dream.
“It’s really been a delight and pleasure to meet so many enthusiastic people. I am very humbled and very grateful to be part of this – it’s been amazing.”
Ronny Vlassaks, who was welcomed back with open arms having presented the first coaching course in Ukraine nine years ago, said:
“Things have developed well over the past nine years. When I first came here there was nothing in terms of coaching, or even players. They’ve done a good job since then.
“Many years ago it was an elite sport here, but now you have clubs which you can just go in and play.
“It surprised me quite a lot just how many junior players we saw here. That’s a good sign and a few will come through, for sure.”
Marko Podgorsek was also pleased with the interest in his workshop:
“There were 15 referees on my course, not only from Ukraine but also from Russia and Belarus.
“Refereeing is better organised here than in many countries, mainly thanks to Robert Wrobel, a Russian who has helped translate the rules into the language of various countries including Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Latvia.
“It was good to be able to add to their basic knowledge of the rules with an insight into where squash refereeing is going and to know what to look out for.”
WSF Chief Executive Andrew Shelley summed up the leadership of Ukraine Squash and their community in general at the media conference, saying:
“You have a strong tradition of boxing in Ukraine – we know the career of the Klitschko brothers, of course – and to borrow a phrase from that sport, Ukrainian Squash definitely punches above its weight!
“You have great squash leadership and a really vibrant community spread across the country. You are achieving international success now too – including new SquashFORWARD member Nadiia Usenko, a top junior who will help shape the future of our sport.
“Squash in Ukraine is in good hands and flourishing, we salute you.”
Since 2011, the WSF Ambassador Programme has visited Latvia, Malawi, Namibia, Panama, Venezuela, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, Romania, Croatia, Dalian and Macau in China and last week Armenia.
Grand Prix owner Semen Lazutenkou (seated) flanked by Ukrainian Squash Federation Secretary General Alena Alena Ogonesân, Executive Director of the Federation ; USF Vice President Maksim Urakin; Camille Serme; Anastasiia Netrebchuk; Andrew Shelley; Ramy Ashour, and and Konstantin Rybalchenko, head of the Coaching Committee.

Southern PSA squash tournament televised in United Kingdom

  Ivan Yuen (left, Malaysia) eyes up a shot in his match with Rex Hedrick (Australia) in the final of the Southern PSA at ...
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Ivan Yuen (left, Malaysia) eyes up a shot in his match with Rex Hedrick (Australia) in the final of the Southern PSA at Squash City in Invercargill.
United Kingdom company Squash TV screened the final and semifinals of the Southern PSA tournament in Invercargill at the weekend.
Squash City, using its own equipment, live-streamed the tournament on Face Book and provided a link to Squash TV. The Leeds-based company liked what it saw, Squash City club captain Simon Flett said.
"We got an email on Friday saying they were impressed [with the coverage] and would be televising the semifinals and final."
The live-streaming was being done without commentators until Squash TV asked for some. The New Zealand PSA men's coach, Kashif Shuja, of Palmerston North, and several visiting players took turns at commentating.

Squash City was hosting the US$10,000 (NZ$14,470) Southern PSA for the fifth year. Malaysian Ivan Yuen won the title on Sunday, beating Rex Hedrick, from Australia, 11-7 7-11 13-11 11-8, in 76 minutes.
Fortunes changed for both players in the third game, with Hedrick going from leading 10-8 to losing 13-11.
"That was a crucial moment; I let things slip," Hedrick said.
"Ivan came up with the right shots at the right times."
Yuen said winning the third game lifted his confidence slightly but he had concerns about the long rallies.


"The rallies were neverending and I had to take a few risks [to stop them]."
While Hedrick will compete in the Squash XL Open in Auckland this week, Yuen will return to Malaysia to prepare for the Malaysian Championship and Malaysian Open in July.
Yuen also won the International Squash Classic at Palmerston North on June 10.

There is potential for popularizing squash in Ukraine - World Squash Federation CEO


The development and popularization of squash in Ukraine is promising, CEO of the World Squash Federation Andrew Shelley has stated.
"There are good squash courts in Ukraine and new ones are coming in. Your young squash federation is doing a good job, therefore you have everything. Squash in Ukraine is moving forward," he said during his visit to Ukraine.
Shelley noted squash does not require large financial resources.
"This is a great sport, and the more people try to play it, the more will be involved," he said.
Multiple world squash champion Ramy Ashour and six-time European champion Camille Serme visited Ukraine within the worldwide program for squash development "Ambassador WSF 2018" on June 23-24.
Coach and referee seminars, demonstration matches, thematic conferences, the sparring and training of the Ukrainian men's and women's squash teams with the leading world players, trainings for children from the children's squash academy were held in Kyiv within the framework of this program.
Squash is a sport with a tennis ball and a racket played indoors. The game is conducted by special rackets on a court surrounded by walls from four sides. In 2003 the Forbes magazine recognized squash as one of the most "healthy sports" both in terms of injury rate and the most energy-consuming sport in the world by the number of calories burned. More than 20 million people around the world play squash.

Pak to not play World Junior Squash Championship as India rejects visas to players


“Passports were returned by Indian High Commission stating that they are not in a position to issue visas to Pakistan Contingent and no substantial reason was mentioned” Photo: File
The Indian High Commission refused to grant visas to Pakistani players and officials scheduled to participate in the World Junior Squash Championship in Chennai next month, an official of Pakistan Squash Federation informed on Monday.
The official said that PSF submitted visa request in April, the Indian HC returned the passports without visas after a span of two-month.
“Although visa processing time for India as per the official website of High Commission of India is 35 days, whereas event is planned to start from 18 July but the PSF had applied for Indian visa well in advance (ie in end April,18),” said Flight Lieutenant Aamir Iqbal, Game Development Officer of PSF in a statement.
“Timely intimation of visa processing was also forwarded to WSF, ASF and organizers so that required assistance could be ensured,” he added.
However, according to Aamir Iqbal, the High Commission of India in Islamabad returned all passports of Pakistan Contingent on 20th June refusing visas to the contingent.
“Passports were returned by Indian High Commission stating that they are not in a position to issue visas to Pakistan Contingent and no substantial reason was mentioned,” he said.
Meanwhile, the PSF has approached World Squash bodies to look into matter and ensure participation of Pakistan players in the World Junior Championship 2018 or cancel this event.
“This is totally against the ethics of sports. We believe that sportsmen help in strengthening relations amongst nations,” the statement from PSF stated.

Wilson Foundation awards $375,000 for squash program


A youth squash program has received a three-year, $375,000 matching grant challenge from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.
716 Squash will use the funds to support its year-round academic and athletic youth development program.
“The mission of 716 Squash is to empower youth in Buffalo with limited resources to reach their full potential," said Hope Blinkoff Lynch, the executive director.
716 Squash recruited 28 fourth- and fifth-graders this spring from West Hertel Academy and West Buffalo Charter School, and provided after-school tutoring at no cost to families.
716 Squash participants are attending a free, five-week-long enrichment camp this summer at Nardin Athletic Facility. The program has formalized a facility partnership with Nardin Academy for year-round access to its courts and classroom space.

top level CD squash doubles tournament grades

 CD Squash men's doubles champions Matt Ratcliffe (left) and Stephen Bennett.
Hometown player Matt Ratcliffe stood up when it counted to help produce an upset win in the men's division 1 match-up at the annual Central District Doubles tournament hosted by the Whanganui Squash Club at the weekend.
Ratcliffe teamed with Palmerston North's Stephen Bennett, while the mixed division 1 final also featured a hometown hero, Rod Bannister, but he and young central junior rep Abbie Holmes from Hawera succumbed to top seeds Mickayla Kerr from Palmerston North and Whanganui's Kent Darlington.
The women's division 1 title went to 2nd seeds Kerr and Holmes, who upset top seeds Jacinta Harrison and Chelsea Aim from New Plymouth.
The tournament turned out to be a thrilling few days of tough matches across all divisions and with up to 60 different pairings between all three draws it was a big improvement for the event over the last few years.

SNGPL Int’l Squash Circuit-II gets underway

 
Lahore - The first qualifying round matches of the SNGPL Pakistan International Squash Circuit-II men’s and women’s 2018 were played here at the Punjab Squash Complex on Monday.
In the first qualify round of men’s senior category, Zahir Shah (Pak) defeated Saifullah (Pak) by 12/10, 11/7, 11/7 in 29 minutes, Noman Khan (Pak) routed Zain Ramzan (Pak) 3-0 with the score of 11/7, 11/4, 11/4 in 25 minutes, M Farhan (Pak) beat M Abdul Qadir (Pak) in hard-fought match by 9/11, 13/11, 14/12, 14/12 in 30 minutes, Uzair Shaukat (Pak) downed Salman Saleem (Pak) by 6/11, 11/6, 11/5, 11/5 in 25 minutes.
Danish Atlas Khan (Pak) had a marathon match against M Uzair (Pak), which he won conceding just one game with the score of 11/1, 10/12, 11/6, 11/6 in 39 minutes, Waqar Mehboob (Pak) faced a little resistance in winning his match against Mansoor Zaman (Pak) as he won the 44-minute long marathon match by 12/10, 3/11, 12/10, 11/3, Haris Qasim (Pak) beat Haseeb Taj (Pak) quite easily as he completed the rout in just 13 minutes with the score of 11/4, 11/3, 11/2 and in the last match of the day, Bilal Zakir (Pak) beat Abdul Malik Khan (Pak) by 10/12, 12/10, 11/8, 9/11, 11/8 in a closely-contested 45-minute match. All the winners have booked berth for the second qualifying round to be contested today (Tuesday) while the main round will get underway tomorrow (Wednesday).
SNGPL Managing Director Amjad Latif graced the opening ceremony as chief guest and inaugurated the international squash event in the presence of Pakistan Squash Federation vice president Tahir Khanzada, Punjab Squash Association (PSA) officials, SNGPL Sports Cell President Suhail Gulzar, vice president M Waseem, Gen Secretary Ashraf Nadeem, Sr GMs Syed Jawad Naseem and M Aslam, GMs M Arshad and Amir Latif, Chief Admin Officer Khalid Mehmood, Member Sports Adeela, Sports Officer M Haroon, Manager Farrukh Amin, coaches and players.
Speaking on the occasion, SNGPL MD Amjad Latif said: “This SNGPL-sponsored event has brought back international squash to Lahore. I am glad to see a huge participation of players in the mega tournament, which will help in bringing more international sports events in Lahore. SNGPL has always supported sports and it will continue its efforts for the promotion and betterment of sports in Pakistan.
The dynamic leadership of Pakistan Squash Federation has been striving hard for the uplifting of squash and soon Pakistan squash will regain its lost glory in this game, which the country has ruled for decades.”
The international event began with an exhibition match played between top seeds of the tournament Tayyab Aslam and Israr Ahmad. Both the players amused the chief guest, guest of honours and the spectators through their outstanding games and skills. After a tough fight, Tayyab managed to win the exhibition match and was widely applauded by the entire spectators.

25 Jun 2018

Update of results from the just concluded LAGOS Squash LEAGUE FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE.



 Last Quarter finals update:
Abel Shedrack 2 Onaopemipo Adegoke 0.

Abubakar Ismail 2 Tobi Jimoh 0

 Semi finals result:
Rofiat AbdulAzeez 2 Blessing Issac 0
Ebifemi Taiwo 2 Busayo Olatunji  1
Men semi finals.
Abdulrahaman Lanre 2 Gabriel Olufunmilayo 0
Abel Shedrack 2 Abubakar Ismail 1.
Final Results:
Female final:
Rofiat AbdulAzeez beat Ebifemi Taiwo 3 games to 1.
Men Final:
Abdulrahaman Lanre  beat Abel Shedrack 3 games to 0.



On behalf of the players Abdulrahman Olarenwaju says a big thanks to the sponsors Captain Adedayo Awobokun and Mr Wale Oyedeji for their support..


Hamza, Noor reach U-15 squash final



Mohammad Hamza and Noor Zaman made it an all-Pakistan under-15 final in the Borneo Junior Squash Open under way in Malaysia.
Hamza beat Mohammad Ammad in the semis while Noor Zaman toppled top seed Australian Chen Gregory 12-10, 7-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-6 in other semis. Pakistan players however lost under-17 and under-19 semi-finals.
Results: U-15: Mohammad Hamza bt Mohammad Ammad 11-8, 11-7, 11-6; Noor Zaman bt Chen Gregory (Australia) 12-10, 7-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-6. U-17 semis: Hammad Khan defeated by Tray Cliford (MAS) 8-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 8-11. U-19 semis: Zeeshan Zeb defeated by Chun Yet Long (HKG) 10-12, 9-11, 10-12.

Happy Birthday Babatunde Ajagbe


Happy Birthday to Nigeria's number one Squash player, Naija Squash Media Celebrates you. Have a fun filled day

Egypt & England to contest Women’s World Final in Dalian

For the fifth year time in seven years, Egypt and England will contest the final of the CGG WSF Women’s World Team Squash Championship in...