World junior squash tourney gets underway in Chennai

By Aaditya Anand M Published on Jul 18, 2018 01:24 PM IST

Chennai: The world junior squash championship was formally declared open by the Tamil Nadu Minister for Youth Welfare and Sports Development,  P Balakrishna Reddy in a function at the Indian Squash Academy here on Tuesday.

Chennai is hosting this tournament for the third time after 2002 and 2009. A total of 171 players  from 28 nations participate in the tournament which is to be held from  18 to 29 June.

The matches will be held in Indian squash academy and Express Avenue.

During the event yesterday, flag bearers of the representing countries came in to the arena amidst cheers and Ashita Bhengra was the flag bearer of India.

Speaking at the event, Sports Minister Balakrishna Reddy brought forth the role the government plays in development of sports across the state.

He also highlighted the contribution of 50 lakh made by the state government on Monday for conducting the world junior Squash championships 2018.

President, Tamilnadu Squash Rackets Association, N. Ramachandran thanked the state  government for its support.  'I wish all the players to have a comfortable stay and my request is despite your busy schedule, find time to explore this beautiful city,' he said.

The top seeds, both in men and women, are from Egypt and it remains to be seen whether they can keep up their tag as the squash force of the world.