POSTED DAE : April 16, 2015
CHENNAI: Indias mens team which won the gold medal in the Incheon Asian Games in 2014 has been nominated for the Asian Squash Federations ‘Outstanding Team of the Year award. The coach of the team, Cyrus Poncha, the national coach gets the ASF “Coach of the year award”.
Another Indian to figure in the awards list is Kush Kumar, the first Indian junior male player to reach the semi-final of a World junior championship. He achieved it in Namibia, 2014 and returned with a bronze medal. Kush is the winner of the Hassan Musa Award for his outstanding performance of the year (boys).
Following are the other award winners: Dato Alex Lee Award – Outstanding Performance of the Year (Senior): Men : Abdullah Kh. Al-Mezayen (Kuwait); Women : Nicol David (Malaysia)Hassan Musa Award – Outstanding Performance of the Year (Junior): Girls : Vanessa Raj Gnanasigamani (Malaysia); Outstanding Team of the Year: Women's Team : Malaysia ; ASF Development Award: The Most Improved Team of the Year: Pakistan Junior team; ASF coaches awards: Coach of the year (individual): Nasser Sayed Zahran (Kuwait); Junior Coach of the Year : Leung Kan Fai Dick (Hong Kong, China); Development Coach of the Year : Kang Ho Suck (Korea); Coaches Certificate of Recognition : Ifrahim Gul (Malaysia) and Shamsul Bahary Salleh (Malaysia).
**In view of the outstanding achievements of two coaches Nasser Sayed Zahran (Kuwait) and Cyrus Poncha (India) in the Asian Games 2014, this year the “Coach of the Year” is awarded to both of them but presenting in two separate categories – Nasser Sayed Zahran for Individual Event and Cyrus Poncha for Team Event, especially both coaches leading his team or player to win the first-ever gold medal in the most prestigious event in Asia.