HCL-SRFI India PSA Tour comes to Jaipur
Jaipur: HCL, a leading global conglomerate, today announced that the fourth leg of the HCL-SRFI India Tourwill be held in Jaipur between January31 andFebruary 2, 2020 at the Rajasthan Squash Academy, Sawai Man Singh Stadium.TheHCL-SRFI multi-city PSA Challenger tour aims to host upto 10tournamentswithin 12 monthsacross different citiesof India . Three of these tournaments have already been held in the National Capital Region(August), Chennai (October) and in Mumbai (December) last year.
The multi-cityHCL-SRFI India tour is aimed at helping Indian Squash players improve their international rankings as well as their game by increasing their participation in international grade tournaments held at their home ground. The previous three tournaments have already helped Indian players improve their international rankings significantly.The upcoming tournament in Jaipur will witness participation from top Indian and international players from nine countriesincluding Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia, Egypt, Japan and Canada.
The top Indian players participating in the tournament includes Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu, who won the Mumbai HCL-SRFI Championship, marking his return after a serious injury; Sunayna Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna.
Talking about the initiative, Sundar Mahalingam, Chief Strategy Officer of HCL Corporation said, “Access to international-grade tournaments at the home turf can benefit a large base of Indian Squash players; giving them the critical support needed to make their mark globally. We have received a great response in every city that we have gone to, previously, and we are hopeful that audience in Jaipur will be equally excited to see the Indian stars’ battle for the title in the glass court.”
Cyrus Poncha, Secretary General, SRFI said, “Indian squash is on a steady upswing. Through the HCL Squash Podium Program,that we co-created with HCL, we are ensuring that players get high quality and sustained experience and exposure that will hold them in good stead as their career progresses. The idea behind organizing international-level tournaments across India in quick succession is to allow Indian players to quickly learn from their gaps, improve their game and significantly up their international rankings.”
HCL has been supporting Squash in the country for over three years now and has been organizing HCL Junior Squash tournament since 2016. HCL scaled-up its efforts by partnering with SRFI to organize the HCL Senior National Squash Championship in 2017 and again in 2018.As part of the HCL Squash Podium program, HCL has already hosted a High-Performance camp in June with support from SRFI. This camp provided intensive training to 32 junior players, who were selected to represent India at the Asian and World Championships under British coach – Chris Ryder. Going Forward, HCL and SRFI will also host another High-Performance Camp, Referee Clinics and training camps for coaches.