POSTED DAE : Aug. 9, 2019
Chennai: India will miss the 2019 edition of the World men's team championship, scheduled in Washington from December 15 to 21 because the Squash Rackets Federation of India could not get the required approval from the Sports Authority of India despite its best effort.
A spokesman of the SRFI clarified today that the last date for submitting India's entry was July 16 and the SRFI had written to the SAI little over a month earlier, on June 14 for approval. 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. 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 actually took place only on July 30 by which time the Championship last date had elapsed.
The spokesman said the Federation in a bid to save the situation had even used its good offices to seek permission from the World Squash Federation to extend the last date citing the genuine reasons for the same and its anxiety that the players should not miss the opportunity. However this was denied, he said, making it clear that at no point did the Federation slacken its efforts to ensure participation.