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Saurav harps on quality

Calcutta: India’s top-ranked squash player Saurav Ghosal feels that the national championship should be given its due importance since it’s the first step to form a core group for the future.

Ghosal stressed on the aspect of the nationals being a mode of providing squash enthusiasts and aspiring players, especially from the hinterland, with a much-needed exposure and the experience of watching the nation’s top players from close.

“It’s important for the top players, too, to participate in the nationals since this is the biggest on the domestic front. Moreover, there are players coming from far corners of the country, like Jammu & Kashmir, to take part in this event. It’s important for them to see us play and practice.

“In fact, when I was young, watching the top guys honing their skills in the nationals gave me enough motivation. I strongly believe that nationals should be a kind of showcase of what the country has to offer,” he said on the eve of the 60 th National Squash Championship, at the Calcutta Racket Club.

Ghosal, ranked 21 in the world, is the top seed in the competition, followed by Harinder Pal Singh and Mahesh Mangaonkar.

Meanwhile, Siddharth Suche has pulled out because of an ankle injury.

Ghosal, however, believes that there should be at least one squash academy in each of the four metros.

“The academy in Chennai that started some 10 or 11 years ago has produced quite a few juniors. Now, we need more such academies in major cities,” he said.