Chennai: The HCL-SRFI Indian Tour, a (Skilled Squash Affiliation) PSA Challenger tour begins in Chennai.
The event shall be hosted on the Indian Squash Academy, Chennai between 27 and 31 March. The PSA Challenger tour is part of the HCL Squash Podium Programme – a joint initiative by HCL and Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI), providing Indian gamers alternatives to enhance their worldwide rankings in addition to compete towards the world’s greatest gamers on the residence turf, a press launch stated.
The event will witness participation from round 50 gamers from eight completely different international locations, together with India, Canada, Egypt, France, Japan, Russia, Spain, and The US. Gamers will compete for a prize cash of $20K for males and $12K for ladies.
The primary HCL-SRFI Indian Tour to be hosted because the pandemic, the five-day championship will happen beneath strict Covid-19 protocols. All gamers and officers shall be allowed motion inside a bio-bubble (a safe perimeter together with gamers’ resort and match venue) to attenuate the chance of Covid-19 an infection.
Entry to the venue shall be restricted to a choose quantity and shall be by invite solely. To make sure that Squash fans don’t miss out on the chance to see their favorite gamers in motion, all matches shall be streamed dwell on SRFI Fb web page (www.fb.com/indiasquash ) and HCL & India Squash YouTube channels (youtube.com/consumer/HCLEnterprise and youtube.com/c/IndiaSquash respectively).
With a world rating of No.47, Mahesh Mangaonkar from India would be the prime seed for the lads’s draw, and Sunayna Kuruvilla (India, World Rank – 69) will lead the ladies’s draw. The opposite top-seeded gamers on the event will embrace Todd Harrity (USA, World Rank – 55) and Karim El Hammamy (Egypt, Rank- 59) in males’s class; and Hana Moataz (Egypt, World Rank – 75) and Tanvi Khanna (India, World Rank- 110) in ladies’s class, the discharge stated.