The former World Champion, Saurav Ghosal expressed his opinion to introduce squash in schools and to train the Indian coaches with highly qualified experts. The 37-year-old also said that the level today is higher than when he started, and India is very competitive on the world stage.
Saurav Ghosal attended an event of merchandise unveiling ceremony for the upcoming Delhi Marathon on Wednesday.
Saurav Ghosal was the first player from the country to win Commonwealth gold. Saurav also won many medals including a gold at the World Doubles Championships, twice in the Asian Games, and many more Silvers and Bronzes at global events over an illustrious career of almost 20 years.
Delighted for Squash being included in Los Angeles Olympics: Saurav Ghosal
Speaking at the event, Saurav said, “I started squash more than 25 years ago, the level now is a lot higher and we are extremely competitive on the world stage. The next step is to conquer and dominate at the global level.”
“Squash should be introduced in schools, it’s a great workout within a rather short period. Squash in schools would be great as the kids would be involved, the parents would be involved, and it would create a huge ecosystem for squash,” Ghosal said.
“Some of the things that we need to look at is increasing the player base and also improving the quality of the players. On the higher performance side, we should bring in high-quality coaches (from abroad) so that Indian coaches can learn from them and we can make it sustainable.” Ghosal said on Wednesday.
The former World Champion expressed his delight for squash being included at the Los Angeles Olympics, in 2028.
IOC Session approves @LA28’s proposal for 5⃣ additional sports:
⚾Baseball/🥎softball, 🏏cricket, 🏈flag football, 🥍lacrosse and ⚫squash have been officially included as additional sports on the programme for the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028. #LA28 pic.twitter.com/y7CLk2UEYx
— The Olympic Games (@Olympics) October 16, 2023
The veteran of the sport said that he played alongside a golden generation of Indian squash and also urged his former compatriots to be involved with training and guiding the current generation of players after retirement.