Chennai, May 15 : HCL, a leading global conglomerate, on Wednesday launched HCL
Squash Podium Programme in partnership with the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) to significantly improve the sport's ecosystem in India.
The multi-pronged program will focus on driving a 360-degree overhaul in Indian Squash by improving both player (senior and junior) and coaching standards and enhancing the overall prominence of the sport in the country.
As part of this initiative, HCL and SRFI will also host the HCL Indian Tour--a Professional Squash Association (PSA) multi-city circuit in the country, giving the Indian players an opportunity to compete against the world’s best on their home turf.
The year-long programme would see multiple coaching camps and referee clinics--HCL and SRFI will work towards capacity--building and skill enhancement for existing Indian coaches and referees and benchmark them to standards recommended by the World Squash Federation (WSF).
Referee clinics would be held alongside every PSA tournament to improve refereeing standards, SRFI President Debendranath Sarangi and Sundar Mahalingam, Chief Strategy Officer, HCL Corporation, told reporters here.
As part of HCL Indian Tour, SRFI will organize multi-city PSA tournaments in both men’s and women’s categories to help upcoming players in the country gain international ranking points and climb up the PSA rankings.
These tournaments will also offer a larger number of Indian players the opportunity to compete against some of the best international players without making the investment of travelling to international locations.
The Indian Junior Open, the annual flagship event in the junior category , will now be held as a Platinum event under the Asian Squash Federation (ASF) calendar and will be rated as a six-star tournament by SRFI.
The top players from this tournament will receive ranking points which will add up to their junior Asian rankings in the relevant group. (UNI)