India’s hopes for medals at next year’s Asian Games, scheduled for September in Hangzhou, China, have been boosted as the Asian Squash Federation decided to include mixed doubles events for the first time in the four-year event.
The head of the Asian Squash Federation, David Mui, briefed on the development of the associated country, including the Squash Missile Federation of India (SRFI) and the World Squash Federation (WSF) by email on Wednesday.
“I am pleased to inform you that the mixed doubles will be included as one of the squash races in 2022 at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China (sic),” the ASF chief wrote.
Mui also praised Indian squash administrator Narayana Ramachandra, a former WSF president, for making it happen.
“It is equally important that I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to our patron, Mr. N. Ramachandran, for his tremendous assistance and support in making this happen,” he wrote.
There are currently four squash events at Asiad: Men’s and Women’s Singles and Men’s and Women’s Team Events. And with the inclusion of mixed doubles, leading Indian squash stars Saurav Gosal, Joshna Chinapa, Deepika Palikal Kartik, among others, will seek to add another feather to their hat.
Expressing his happiness on the news, SRFI Secretary General Cyrus Poncha said: “This is great news for India, as we have always been among the contenders for medals at the Asian Games. Having another chance to win a medal is great for India as a whole. as couples are something that India has won in the past at the British Community Games (Deepika and Joshna won the women’s doubles gold in 2014) and will be a strong contender at the Asian Games as well. “
As for Asiad, the non-Olympic squash saw India win 13 medals at the event since its inclusion at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok with one gold (in the men’s competition at the Incheon Asian Games in 2014). .)).
At the last Asiad in Jakarta, India won a medal in all four events, with the women’s team (consisting of Joshna, Dipika, Tanvi Khanna and Sunayna Kuruvilla) losing the final to settle for silver. Saurav’s men’s world number 13 also won a bronze medal while leading the men’s team, while Dipika won the women’s bronze medal.