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SRFI not interested in best teams: Joshna

The country's top woman player Joshna Chinappa continues her tirade against the Squash Rackets Federation of India.

india Updated: Sep 12, 2006 18:46 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Continuing her tirade against the Squash Rackets Federation of India, the country's top woman player Joshna Chinappasaid that SRFI was not interested in sending the best Indian teams for overseas competitions.

"The Doha Asian Games are approaching fast but I am still to receive any communication from SRFI," the player ranked 54th in the world claimed.

When asked whether this was hampering her preparations for the mega event, the Chennai-based girl said she believed that being the country's top player, she would be selected.

"I am continuing with my preparations because right now Asian Games are my first priority. But selection methods have been strange. I play on the WISPA circuit so am least affected and give personal entries but the youngsters get chance only through SRFI in international tournaments. It appears that the poor chaps are chosen by rotation," she said.

"Some one is picked for one tournament and dropped in the next for no reason. Perhaps SRFI is not interested in sending the best Indian teams."

Joshna, who is in Jaipur for the All India Harish Chandra Golecha tournament, said even senior players like Mekhla Subedar had been at the recieving end.

"In my opinion, Mekhla is still good enough to be number two in India. She is one of the seniors I miss. But she was not picked for some tournaments. It is a matter of pride to play for the country. When tournaments like Commonwealth and Asian Games are concerned, the SRFI role comes into the picture," she said.

"I don't see anyone coming closer in the near future. It is hard to motivate myself and at times I take things too easy," the player, who aims to enter the top-20 in world rankings, said.

"Youngsters have to work hard. Upcoming players like Surabhi Mishra have to work on fitness and technique. I want to keep myself head and shoulders above the rest. I want them to realise this gap. However, I don't want to be overconfident."

Joshna blamed the federation and said it had done little for the game.

"There are only a few hubs of squash in the country. It should widen its base and only then the new crop will come up. Hard work is the only way out for the youngsters. Even my new coach has observed that I need to work more on fitness, Joshna, who now has Egyptian Mohammad Medhat as her travelling coach, said.

Her recent training stint in Amsterdom had helped her a lot, she said.

"My trainer Vasu has also been associated with the Indian cricket team and I have been training with cricketers like Dinesh Kaarthick and Hemang Badani. But to improve my mental toughness, I had psychological sessions at Amsterdam," she said.

"Yoga has helped me in analysing my game, in keeping calm and analysing my mistakes. Playing on the WISPA circuit is more about mental toughness."

First Published: Sep 12, 2006 18:46 IST