The Indian squash men’s team is set to miss out on participating in the World men’s team Championships after SRFI officials were not able to get the necessary clearances within the stipulated time.
The SRFI officials were expected to get the clearance for the players in time from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for the World men’s team squash championships which is to be held from 15th to 21st December in Washington.
“The SRFI was not able to get a meeting with SAI and that is why the approval did not come and SRFI didn’t register the team. It is really sad that players have to bear the brunt of this,” a source told PTI.
It has been revealed that the SRFI had initially submitted its Annual Calendar which included the World Championship participation. But the meeting for the same was convened only on July 30 with last date for the submitting entries already over on July 16.
The spokesman also went on to reveal that the World Squash Federation had declined the SRFI’s request to extend the last date. The players themselves are currently struggling for guidance after the SRFI is not being able to appoint a foreign coach.
India’s previous coach was Achraf Karargui from Egypt. The Egyptian however did not have the best of times and left ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.