Velavan Senthilkumar wins the men’s event and Tanvi Khanna wins the women’s event in the $12k category
Chennai, August 26, 2021: HCL, a leading global conglomerate, today announced the successful completion of theHCL-SRFI Indian Tour, held at the Indian Squash Academy, Chennai. The four-day tour, which started on August 23, saw participation from47players from across the country. Velavan Senthilkumar won the Championship in the men’s category of $12K; while Tanvi Khanna won in the women’s category of $12K. The winners were felicitated by Arun Rajendran, Country Head, Malaysia, HCL Technologies and Cyrus Poncha, Secretary-General, Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI).This is the third edition of the Tour in Chennai, with earlier Championships held in March 2021 and October 2019. The Championship was hosted with the support of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Sports Authority of India. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the matches were hosted following bio-bubble protocols with only Indian players as participants to ensure player safety.
This HCL SRFI Indian Tour was organized to help the Indian players benefit from PSA’s new guidelines that allow players to score global ranking points even if they participate in a domestic tour. This event and similar platforms can help bridge the world ranking difference between Indian players and top-ranking international players and can assist Indian players transit into PSA (pro).
Congratulating the winners, Sundar Mahalingam, President- Strategy at HCL Corporation said, “HCL SRFI Indian Tour is part of the HCL Squash Podium program, aimed at improving the Squash ecosystem in our country. This is our second Championship during the pandemic and sixth PSA since the launch of the program in 2019. We are thankful to the sports bodies for their support towards hosting the Championships even during the pandemic as these play an important role towards helping domestic players hone their skills and earn precious ranking points.”
Cyrus Poncha, Secretary-General, Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) said, “It was heartening to see an enthusiastic response to the third leg of the HCL-SRFI Indian Tour. We saw 23 new faces this time who put their best foot forward in a closely contested Championship. Through our joint efforts with HCL, we hope to transform the squash ecosystem in India and raise the overall level of the sport in the country and the HCL SRFI Indian Tour is a key component of these efforts”.
The final match in the men’s category was played between Velavan Senthilkumar and Abhishek Pradhan where Velavan Senthilkumar won the title with a score of 11-7, 11-8, 11-5in a match that lasted for 25minutes. In the women’s category, the final match was playedbetween Sunayna Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna, where Tanvi Khanna won the title with a score of 5-11,11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 13-15in a match that lasted for 44minutes.
To ensure that squash enthusiasts do not miss out on the opportunity to see their favorite players in action, all matches were streamed live on the YouTube channel of India Squash.
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The Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) was formed to oversee the promotion and development of the sport in India. The SRFI has more than 20 state associations and affiliated units with its headquarters in Chennai. The federation is affiliated to World Squash Federation / Asian Squash Federation & recognized by Government. of India. SRFI has been forging ahead with dynamic plans ensuring promotion, development and performance of the sport at all levels.
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