The Indian men’s squash team will miss the 2019 edition of the World men’s team championship that is scheduled to be held in Washington from December 15 to 21, due to an administrative blunder involving both Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI).
The last date for India to submit its entry was July 16 and the SRFI had written to the SAI little over a month earlier, on June 14 for approval, as clarified by a spokesman of the SRFI. It is believed that the late clearance by SAI has, however, denied the men’s team a chance to play at the World men’s team Championship.
“The Federation had, in fact, submitted its annual calendar for Competitions and Training to the SAI as early as January 2019 wherein participation in the World championship was a point mentioned,” said an SRFI official. However, no ACTC meeting was called for in the subsequent months from February to April when such delay do not normally take place.
The meeting took place on July 30, the last date for Championship entry had by then elapsed. The spokesman further added that the federation, in a bid to save the situation, had even used its good offices to seek permission from the World Squash Federation (WFI) to extend the last date, citing the genuine reasons for the same and its anxiety that the players should not miss the opportunity. This was, however, denied, he said, making it clear that the Federation did not slacken its efforts to ensure participation.