- HCL and SRFI have launched a Squash Podium Program
- The Program will work on improving the Squash ecosystem in India
- A 360-degree overall will include the improvement in the standard of both players and coaches
Squash is still struggling to find its feet in India despite household names like Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Joshna Chinappa. In order to help the progress of the game in the country, Indian multinational information technology and consulting company HCL has launched a Squash Podium Program in partnership with Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI).
The program will work on significantly improving the Squash ecosystem in India with a 360-degree overhaul. It includes the improvement in the standard of players and coaches on both junior and senior level. Increasing the popularity of Squash in the country will also be one of the biggest challenges for HCL and SRFI.
— SRFI (@indiasquash) May 15, 2019
HCL and SRFI will host the HCL India Tour – Professional Squash Association (PSA) multi-city circuit in India. This will create opportunities for Indian players to face the world’s best players in their backyards.
HCl’s Role in developing Squash in India:
SRFI President Debendranath Sarangi ensured that the program will help the progress of Squash in the country. “Indian Squash has grabbed a lot of attention in the recent years with players like Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghoshal securing important international wins for the country. However, there are only three Indian players in Top 50 PSA rankings in the world. To ensure that Indian Squash not only continues its success but emerges at the top, it is important that the next rung of players get the right exposure both in terms of quality of tournaments as well as coaching.”
“With HCL, we have found common synergies in terms of our goals for Indian Squash. I am confident that through our combined efforts we will enable India take its rightful place in the pantheon of great squash playing nations,” said the President.
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HCL has been a part of SRFI’s programs for some time now as they have organized 74th and 75th National Squash Championship in 2017 & 2018 respectively. The IT Company has also organized 3 HCL International Junior Squash Championships so far.