District Administration Felicitates Young Achievers from Noida


The District Gautam Buddh Nagar Squash Rackets Association with the support of Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority and its friends in both Electronic & Print Media are felicitating the outstanding achievements of players from the district in the recent U.P. State Games for Squash.

Organized on behalf of the U.P. Olympic Association (Lucknow) and under the aegis of Uttar Pradesh Squash Rackets Association (Kanpur) the event saw our players return with some outstanding results.

  1. Ms. Nanadani Agarwal – Won the Gold Medal in the Ladies event.
  2. Master Divyanshu Sharma – Won Silver Medal in the Junior Boys.
  3. Master Rajneesh Srivastava – Won Bronze Medal in the Men’s event.

Noida came second only to Allahabad which has a long history of producing squash players. The U.P. Olympic Games Medal Tally for Squash stood as – 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.

  • Squash which is the toughest sport in the world and one that has great benefits not just to fitness but also to the overall personality of an individual especially children
  • Is extremely cheap to play with rackets costing less than Rs 800/-.
  • Lack of public infrastructure is the biggest drawback for the sport in the district with squash courts only available in residential complexes or clubs. If this could be overcome Noida – which on the eve of Formula One is sitting on the threshold of making an International Mark in sports can produce world class players.

Under the stewardship of the Chairman (DGBNSRA) – Mr. Anil Agarwal, the District Body continually keeps working hard at giving opportunities to our players to compete with the best and perform better. So much so, that the association has organized 3 tournaments in just the last 6-8 months. We would also like to thank our Patrons Jaypee Greens & Lotto Sports Italia (India) and all our friends in the Press for taking the extra step in ensuring news reaches out to the masses. We would like to thank you all for this voluntary service to not just the residents of the district but also to the nation at large.

Vikas Sharma Secretary DGBNSRA NOIDA SQUASH


DGBNSRA would like to thank Mr Gurbir Singh (President of the Netball Federation of  Inda), Mr Rajendra Singh General Manager Properties, Mr Yogendra Sinha Manager Marketing, Mr Vivek Goel, for taking time out from their busy schedules to honor local talent. Mr Ashish Narang Manager Marketing – Mail Today for facilitating the event and making sure the atheletes find a rightful mention in the media.

Secretary DGBNSRA



Yash Bhargava created sensation in Mumbai and did everyone proud when he beat the Top Seed Mumbai’s Dev Vazirani in five games 4-11, 9-11, 11-2, 12-10, 12-10

The Under – 11 Little Master has taken promising strides in the last one year enjoys playing his squash from the ” T “ took sometime to get the blood circulation going before getting his act into place with his high looping serves, good length and calculated side-walls and drops to take away the match quiet easily. Yash who plays a mature game  despite his tender age excels by not creating any self created pressures  that children older than him can not do.  He had earlier taken a game of Yohan Pandole before losing to him 1-3 in the Quarter Finals of the Under -13

The other player from NCR – Junaid Muzzafar continued to play his own very smooth style of squash to reach the semi-finals of Under -13. Junaid is to play Kunj Rawani in the semi-finals.

For more details on the score please click on the following LIVE LINK …..


UP State Senior Team Trials Concluded

The Noida Squash Courts saw some senior level action for a change when players from Kanpur, Dhampur incluidng local players contested for a place in the UP State Team for the Senior National Inter State Championships.

The trials were organised by Uttar Pradesh Squash Rackets Assocaition and hosted by District Gautam Buddh Nagar Squash Rackets Assocaition  on Sunday November 22nd. In all 16 matches were played. These include regaular selection matches as well as challenge matches between players.

As per  UPSRA NOTIFICATIONS the following players have been identified by the UPSRA and names have been forwarded to SRFI

  • Rachit Gaur – Dhampur
  • Raghav Behl – Noida
  • Kushal Singh – Allahabad
  • Ranjeet Singh – Dhampur
  • Abheek Dutta – Noida
  • Ishan Ahmed – Allahabad
  • Dr. Tarun Sahani – Noida (Manager of the Team)



Report on Daly College Junior Nationals with Results

The Sub Junior and Junior Nationals 2009 were hosted and contested at the Daly College Indore (Estd. 1882)

The School which even houses a Business School was built by Sir Henry Daly is built on 118 acres.  The school is built on the land donated by then rulers of Indore Holkars.

The campus used to be outside the hustle and bustle of the citylife  even as early as 15 years ago when the author last visited it,  today finds the Indore City’s development engulfing it. Despite all this the institution has been able to maintain its place as a respected Indian Educational Institution both within the country and abroad.

The championship saw a few upsets but the final result was not very different from the seedings that were given in the intial draw. Some noticable performances witnessed are highlighted below:

Boy’s Under – 19 : Ramit Tandon upset second seed Ravi Dixit in a five stter to stage a final show-down with Aditya Jagtap of Maharashtra which he lost. Final Standings in U-19 Boys were:-

  1. Aditya Jagtap (Maharashtra)
  2. Ramit Tandon (Tamil Naidu)
  3. Ravi Dixit (Tamil Naidu)
  4. Karan Malik (Tamil Naidu)
  5. Karm Kumar (New Delhi)
  6. Sami Johnson (Maharashtra)
  7. Akshay Deepak (Tamil Naidu)
  8. Adita Zaveri (Maharashtra)

Boy’s Under – 17 : Saw Abhishek Pradhan overcoming the top seed and favourite Mahesh Mangoankar to finish as No. 1 in this category.  The small Abhishek has come a long way since the author saw him at the Senior Nationals last year where he played India No. 2 Ritwik Bhattacharya.  The other standing in this category were as under: 

  1. Abhishek Pradhan (Tamil Naidu)
  2. Mahesh Mangaonkar (Maharashtra)
  3. Vrishab Kotian (Tamil Naidu)
  4. Vivek Dinodia (West Bengal)
  5. Aakash Borwankar (Maharashtra)
  6. Dhananjay Singh (Madhya Pradesh)
  7. Siddharth Nahar (Madhya Pradesh)
  8. Toshar Kothari (Rajasthan)

Boys Under – 15 : This category saw Deepak Mishra cause what according to the author was perhaps one of the biggest upsets in the tournament. Seeded Second behind Kush Kumar, Deepak spoke with the author on the eve of  final matche and was given a simple piece of advise that he used to great effect.

Over powering the more flamboyant Kush Kumar would never have been made look so easy as was executed by Deepak on the last day of the championship. Deepak started from the word go maintaining pressure and taking the first two games 11-4 and 11-6 before briefly loosing his momentum and loosing the third 8-11 before pulling up his socks and getting the better in the fourth 11-8. 

The final standings in Under – 15 Boys were as under:

  1. Deepak Mishra (Tamil Naidu)
  2. Kush Kumar (Tamil Naidu)
  3. Manik Dutta (Madhya Pradesh)
  4. Rishi Tandon (Tamil Naidu)
  5. Divij Singh (Delhi)
  6. Vijay Kumar (Rajasthan)
  7. Raghav Mehrotra (Maharashtra)
  8. Anuj Bahel (Maharashtra)

Boys Under – 13 : Roshan Kumarakannan from Tamil Naidu powered his way to winning the Under 13 Boys with ease. Though Roshan was tested in the Semi Finals by Maharashtras Yohan Pandloe he proved to be a better player winning despite being down 5 -10 in the fifth and deciding game with Yohan. Standings in Under – 13 were as under:

  1. Roshan Kumarakannan (Tamil Naidu)
  2. Sandeep Ramachandran (Tamil Naidu)
  3. Yohan Pandole (Maharashtra)
  4. Kunj Rawani (Maharashtra)
  5. Junaid Muzzafar (Delhi)
  6. Ranjit Singh ( Uttar Pradesh)
  7. Aditya Khatri (Mahrashtra)
  8. Siddharth Singh (Rajasthan)

Boys Under – 11 : Final standings in Under – 11 Boys was as under:

  1. Solomon Ravi (Tamil Naidu)
  2. R. A. Chalayselvan (Tamil Naidu)
  3. Dev Vizrani (Maharashtra)
  4. Aryaman Adik (Maharashtra)
  5. Yash Bhargava (Delhi)
  6. Chaitanya Shah (Maharashtra)
  7. Aditya Raghvan (Tamil Naidu)
  8. Param Maru (Maharashtra)

Girls Under – 19 : Dipika collected what would be her last Under – 19 title – the other standings were as under : 

  1. Dipika Palikal (Tamil Naidu)
  2. V Anvesha Reddy (Tamil Naidu)
  3. Dheeya Somaiya (Madhya Pradesh)
  4. Tanvi Jain (Madhya Pradesh)
  5. Komal Sharma (Tamil Naidu)
  6. Tulika Lal (Delhi)
  7. Anissa Malhotra (Mahrashtra)
  8. Urvashi SIngh (Rajasthan)

Girls Under – 17 : Sumya Khakri from Maharashtra caused an upsets of sorts when she defeated top seed Anaka Alankamony 6-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-5,  11-6. The other standings were as follows: 

  1. Sumya Khakri (Maharashtra)
  2. Anaka Alankamony (Tamil Naidu)
  3. Aprajitha Balamukan (Tamil Naidu)
  4. Ankita Sharma (Maharashtra)
  5. Sachika Ingle (Delhi)
  6. Shria Khatri (Maharashtra)
  7. Diya Kumar (Delhi)
  8. Shruti Duggar (Tamil Naidu)

Girls Under – 15 : Local girl, Anandita Gupta from Daly College caused a small upset defeating Likhita Duggar from Tamil Naidu. Then Lakshya Raghvendra of Tamil Naidu caused another upset in this category defeating Second Seed from Delhi Pankhuri Malhotra. Two games down 11-13 & 9-11 Lakshaya came back strongly to take the next three games quiet easily 11-2, 11-7 and 11-3.  Other standings were: 

  1. Urvashi Joshi (Maharashtra)
  2. Lakshaya Raghvendra (Tamil Naidu)
  3. Pankuri Malhotra (Delhi)
  4. Anandita Gupta (Madhya Pradesh)
  5. Ashwarya Kulkarni (Maharashtra)
  6. Varsha Pandey (Maharashtra)
  7. Disha Thahryamal (Rajasthan)
  8. Heba Johnson (Rajasthan)

Girls Under – 13 : Perhaps the biggest upset was caused by Harshit Kaur when she stunnded Adya Advani in the finals. Harshit who started her squash only a year ago has come a long way. Harshit had beaten Adya recently at the Jaypee Open Juniors in Noida and only to prove that it was no fluke she carried her form into the Nationals.

Adya who has a much superior game skills could be seen under pressure and it was actually Harshit ability to take pressure better that has got her to perform brilliantly in two back to back tournamnets.  The final standings in this category were as under : 

  1. Harshit Kaur (Delhi)
  2. Adya Advani (Delhi)
  3. Aishwarya Nambiar (Maharashtra)
  4. Juhi Kalugdar (Mahrashtra)
  5. Ashwaryia Bhattacharya (Maharashtra)
  6. Gayatri Raheja (Maharashtra)
  7. Rayna Kishchandani (Maharashtra)
  8. Birva Godharsa (Gujrat)

Girls Under – 11 : Standings in this category were as under : 

  1. Nikita Joshi (Maharashtra)
  2. Daksha Pathak (Madhya Pradesh)
  3. Neharika Balamurkan (Tamil Naidu)
  4. Shamika Reddy (Tamil Naidu)
  5. Ashika Bengra (Tamil Naidu)
  6. Vedika Arun (Tamil Naidu)
  7. Subha Sehgal (Delhi)
  8. Shriya Ladiwala (Maharashtra)



The above schedule obviouly was hectic and Indore Roads made sure that there was’nt much left. Typically the commercial capital of the state would have better infrastructure than what most encountered. Anyway, we were told it was more due to the black soil expanding during the rains and contracting after and not the quality of construction – people of the city were now hoping that the Indian Institute of Technology which will be going to get operational shortly will contribute to the research.

I am sure some parents who visited Indore did manage sometime to move around in and outside the city and explore some history.  For those who were unable to do so here are some glimpses from what you could have seen:

attractionsThe Lal Bagh Palace was the palace built by the earstwhile rulers of Indore.  Famous for its granite and marble work this beautiful structure some distance from the championship venue was built using European style architecture.  It was sad to see that most upholstery and carpets were in very bad-shape. If someone from the MP tourism department does get to read this report – they can call for conservationists who can actually help restore the old glory and  give the Holkar Heritage a new lease of life. We understand the current Prince whio is half  English does not stay in Indore.

mahakaleshwar-templeBeyond the city are two extremely famous Hind Temples. They pay tribute to Lord Shiva and Indore has the first and the last of the twelve listed Joytirlinga’s in the country. The first is at Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain 75 minutes drive out of Indore.  Lord Mahakaleshwar (Shiva) is the ruler of Ujjain as since Vikramditya the Great who built the temple there has been no ruler in Ujjain. Kings from other states are said to have visited the temple during the day and return immediately without staying back out of fear for their lives. Since Vikramaditya the Great no other King has survived in Ujjain. Therefore Mahakaleshwar is The Official Ruler Designate.

Jaypee Open Draws & Schedule

Dear Players,

The District Gautam Buddh Nagar Squash Rackets Association is pleased to announce the draws of the Jaypee Open Junior Squash Championship – 2009. 

Before you start reading the draws a request is hereby made to all concerned to cooperate and make the effort successful for not just the main sponsors and organisers Jaypee Greens but also the people in the District Association.

We must not forget that we are here to play SQUASH and should ensure that we play fair and not allow other things to change that. So boys and girls take a pledge that irrespective of the outcome of your matches you are here first and foremost to play and enjoy a good Game of Squash.

Also remember to make friends with those who have travelled from other places and exchange phone numbers and addresses because life is also about making friends and getting to know people. Local kids do not loose this opportunity there are close to 80 who have travelled from outside the NCR and those from outstation you will have equally the same number of people who play a common sport and will be worthy of your  friendship.

Some of the FUN ACTIVITIES organised by the DGBNSRA are as under:

  • NIGHT OUT on Saturday
  • Entertainment Show – where each one of you will be given the opportunity to perform individually or as a team. You may;
    • sing a song,
    • act, or
    • do anything as long as you make others laugh and cheer.
  • Prizes will be given those who score the highest on our CHEER-O-METER 
  • Finally we are also trying to see if we are able to finalize a visit to a Ice-Cream Factory. Won’t that be YUMMY !!

Please checkout the draws by clicking on the folloiwng link below………………. http://wp.me/paY4S-x7

Have YOU figured OUT what is SPECIAL about August 07th, 2009??????

Hey Guys,

Is anybody ready with the ANSWER to the above question?? Strange as it may seem – so far I have received no anwers. The answer is in the question itself and only requires closer scrutiny.

All the very best there are still 14 days left – so there is time for you to ponder on the following question…..


Anyway, while you are at it here are two major announcements for everyones urgent attention…

Firstly, the Junior Community in the Northern part of India should rejoice as the Jaypee Open Juniors has now been rescheduled….


Also click the following link….


Finally, all players may like to refer to the enclosed poster cum invitation for the World Juniors Women’s and Men’s being played in Chennai from July 28th onwards.

World Junior Poster


Players / Parents / Coaches & Friends,
Hi !
We are pleased to inform that Dr. N. K. Pandey, Secretary – Uttar Pradesh Squash Rackets Association had entrusted the responsibility of holding “U.P. Senior’s & Junior’s Squash Championship – 2008” to Noida.
The District Squash Rackets Association Gautam Buddh Nagar, which is affiliated with UPSRA – announces dates for “U.P. Sqaush Championship” to be played from July 30th, 2008 to August 02nd, 2008 at the Noida Stadium Sports Complex.
Since participation is expected from different parts of the country local players from the state and district must participate and take maximum advantage from the same.
Junior’s will be allowed to participate in two categories. Plate events in each category will ensure that Noida witness a lot of action on the Squash Courts during the four days of the event. Entery forms need to be completed and submitted on or before July 21st, 2008. Download them c/o following link…
District Gautam Buddh Nagar Squash Rackets Association