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Dipika, Joshna withdraw from Squash Women’s Team World Championship

Dipika, Joshna withdraw from Squash Women’s Team World Championship
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Published: 6 Sep 2018 2:58 PM GMT
After the Indian squash contingent returned with its best ever medal tally at the Asian Games, it seems that the women's team is fraught with obstacles. The CGG WSF Women’s Team Championship was scheduled to begin in China in less than a week. While Joshna Chinappa announced her intention to withdraw from the tournament two days back, news surfaced today that Dipika Pallikal will not be participating in the elite tournament either. She has cited a recurring ankle pain as the reason for skipping the tournament. In the face of this sudden change, the Squash Rackets Federation of India has named a substitute for Joshna. They already replaced Chinappa with
Aparajitha Balamurukan
for the Championship which start next week in Dalian, China, but there is no word yet on Pallikal Karthik’s replacement. The recent developments will be a worrying sign for Indian squash. Keeping in mind the format of the tournament, the Women's World Team Championships are held once in every two years, alternate to the Men's Team Championships. India has a poor history in the tournament having never once finished in the Top 3, basically we have never won a medal here, since 1979 when the tournament first began. It might be pertinent to note here that Joshna and Dipika won individual Bronze and team Silver medals at the just-finished Asian Games in Jakarta, and were both playing in the China Open in Shanghai this week. An official statement on the tournament's website read: "The Indian Team seeding was dropped from seven to eleven due to the Chinappa withdrawal, but will remain unchanged in accordance in World Championship Regulation provisions following this withdrawal." What happens in the tournament now remains to be seen. For now, it can be agreed upon that this is a huge setback for the Indian team.
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