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Squash World Cup to be held in Chennai

other Updated: Feb 27, 2011 23:36 IST

Top players, led by Malaysia's world number one Nicol David, will compete in the WSF squash World Cup to be held here from March 8 to 12.

A total of nine teams have been grouped in two pools with the top two teams from each moving on to the semifinals. Hosts India, seeded sixth, have been drawn in Pool B along with England (2), Australia (3) and Mexico (7), while Pool A comprises top seeds Egypt, France (4) Malayaisa (5), South Africa (8) and Sri Lanka (9).

"The 2011 WSF World Cup, the first of three mixed team biennial events will be staged initially at the Indian Squash Academy. The final rounds would be played on an all-glass show court.

Egypt would be led by former world number ones Ramy Ashour and Karim Darwish. Also in the Egyptian squad are Mohamed El Shorbagy, Raneem El Weleily and 17-year-old Nour El Tayeb, ranked 9, 11 and 18, in the world.

Sunny-Rohit win

New Delhi: Sunny Sidhu and Rohit Michael on Sunday clinched the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm Rally title, pipping the nearest rivals Rai Virendra Singh and Gunpreet by almost a five-minute margin.

Sidhu and Michael emerged winners in the Xtreme T1 category — competition for modified cars — as they clocked 14:35:06hrs in their Suzuki Grand Vitara.

Virendra and Gunpreet, who drove a Gypsy, finished second with a timing of 14:39:56 hrs while the second runners up were Gaurav Chirpal and Nikhil Pai (14:56:03 hrs).

Close to 300 participants traversed about 3500 km in the six-day rally, which was flagged off from Ahmedabad and concluded in New Delhi.