Interest in squash among youths growing, says association

Farid (right) presenting a token of appreciation to Gobind (centre) at the appreciation dinner. (Left) The champions and winners of the Under-19 Perangsang Selangor Junior Squash 2018 with their trophies and medals.

A TOTAL of 239 players took part in this year’s Perangsang Selangor Junior Squash 2018 tournament held at the squash complex in University Malaya.

The Selangor Squash Racquet Association (SRAS) considered the event a success as the tourney attracted a big number of players since its inception in 2015.

SRAS president Farid Yunus said the number of participants reflected the growing interests among the young to the sport.

“The association has put in a lot of effort to make the sport popular especially among the young by working closely with schools,” she said at the prize-giving event at Crystal Crown Hotel in Petaling Jaya.

Meanwhile, Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) president Nik Razeen Adam Daud commended the state body for making continuous efforts in promoting the sport.

The champions and winners of the Under-19 Perangsang Selangor Junior Squash 2018 with their trophies and medals.

“We have been doing very well as a squash nation and are ranked among the top behind Egypt in the world rankings and it shows that all the effort has not gone to waste,” he said.

SRAS vice-president A. Sivanesan said players from as young as seven took part in the tournament, which had age groups from below nine and above 18 years old for both boys and girls.

Besides the prizes, he said the tournament offered players the chance to compete and showcase their talents.

“We hope to develop our players to become national-level players who will be able to compete with the best in international tournaments,” he said.

Eight winners from each age group category were given prizes, including cash, medals and trophies.

The prize-giving ceremony was attended by Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo, who also acknowledged that the sport required more support from the Government.

“I realise that squash is a sport that has a lot of potential and we can do more to make it big with support from all quarters,” he said.

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