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Squash: Golan among stars set to compete on second Indian Circuit

The Indian Squash Circuit, launched last year (pictured), returns for a second swing in September and October. Photo: Nitesh Square.

The Indian Circuit, launched last year, returns with an expanded schedule starting in September. Photo: Nitesh Square.

July 21, 2015: The second JSW Indian Squash Circuit is set to attract some high-profile newcomers to its expanded schedule of six tournaments in September and October, the PSA announced.

 

With two PSA M35 tournaments headlining the circuit, prize money for the entire circuit has risen almost 100 per cent to US$120,000 through JSW’s continued support after the steel company extended its partnership with the mini-tour.

 

The circuit begins in Mumbai on September 3 with the NSCI Open before two M35 events, the CCI International and Kolkata International, are held in Mumbai and Kolkata respectively from September 10-13 and September 24-27. The circuit concludes with an event in Chennai from October 19-22.

 

Spain No. 1 Borja Golan, Egyptian star Marwan Elshorbagy and recent Indian national champion Saurav Ghosal are among the big names set to compete in various legs.

 

Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu, Ghosal’s compatriot, will also compete after he won three of the four events on last year’s circuit, while Joshana Chinappa will be the leading home hope in the women’s event in the Mumbai opener.

 

Mumbai and Chennai both hosted events last year, while the addition of Kolkata has helped to increase the circuit’s geographical spread around India, exposing more fans across the country to top-level squash.

 

Tournament Promoter Raj Arora said: “We are excited that the Indian Circuit will continue for a second successive year. We’re thrilled to have some of the world’s leading players on show and can’t wait for what looks set to be a superb set of events.

 

“The circuit has a strong line-up containing some of the most recognisable names in the sport. It is hoped that seeing such luminaries of the sport in action will help to inspire a new generation of Indian players.”

 

With a number of local players taking part, the circuit will again give young Indian players a chance to gain experience on the PSA World Tour while potentially attracting newcomers to the sport.

 

Alex Gough, Chief Executive of the PSA, said: “We are delighted that the Indian circuit has grown considerably following last year’s successful debut. These events give young Indian players the platform to perform on the biggest stage and helps to promote the sport in the best possible way.

 

“JSW are once again providing valuable sponsorship to the event and we look forward to working with Ivy Sports again, whose staunch commitment to the Indian Circuit has enabled the events to prosper.”

 

Source: PSA World Tour (www.psaworldtour.com); Editing by SportAsia

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