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India Squash squad add 3 medals; Saurav Ghosal, Dipika Pallikal, Joshna Chinappa win bronze

Indian Squash players Saurav Ghosal, Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa lost their respective semifinal matches  and all settled for bronze medals at the Asian Games 2018.

Dipika Pallikal lost her match by 0-3 against Nicol Ann David of Malaysia. Joshna Chinappa settles for bronze after losing 1-3 in the women’s singles semifinals against Sivasangari Subramaniam of Malaysia. The last hope for India was Saurav Ghosal. But he too lost his Men’s Singles semi-final match by 2-3 against Au Chun Ming of Hong Kong despite leading 2-0.

The Squash squad was bogged down by controversy before leaving for the Asian Games. The Squash Racket Federation of India’s (SRFI) inability to find a full-time head coach after the exit of Egyptian Achraf El Karargui had affected the Indian team’s preparations. This had led the players to prepare individually in different parts of the world. Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa trained in England while Dipika Pallikal went to Egypt to train with  Karargui.

Cyrus Poncha is the national coach on paper but the players refused to train under him. Poncha and former national champion Bhuvneshwari Kumari travelled with the team to Jakarta but that was of little help for the players. Still, India won three bronze and added to the medal tally.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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