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July 1, 2013

PSF slammed for putting Madina in hard category

July 1, 2013


KARACHI: Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) has drawn criticism for missing a possible chance of winning the under-15 girls title in the recently concluded Asian Individual Championship in Jordan as they sent Madina Zafar in the under-17 category although she had more than three months to cross the under-15 limit.
Madina stood eighth after playing four matches in the championship. She is ranked eighth in under-15 category in Asia. She was born on October 8, 1998.
The winner of the under-15 title in this championship was Andrea Jia Qi Lee of Malaysia who is ranked fourth in Asia.
“Decision makers at PSF are playing havoc with the game of squash. They don’t know how to make things work. It is strange why they did not let Madina play the under-15 event when she had a good chance of winning the title,” said a source.
The source further said that PSF chose girls without trials for the championship. If they had placed the girls in right categories, it would have at least given the players respectable finish in such big events. “Madina could have finished at a much respectable position in the under-15 category than her poor standing of eighth in the under-17 category,” said the source.
Madina in her first match lost to ¾ seeded Nazihah Hanis Abd Razak of Malaysia 7-11, 1-11, 3-11 but in the second match she defeated unseeded Fthoum Issadeen of Sri Lanka 11-6 11-3 7-11 11-7.
She won her third match as well against Ayaka Shiraishi of Japan 11-2 11-7 4-11 11-5 but lost her last match to 5/8 seeded Adya Advani of India 5-11, 10-12, 4-11.
Besides, PSF placed only four boys in under-19 category and two girls in under-17 category in this championship in which 156 participants from 13 countries took part in eight categories.
“All the players in the under-19 category will be over-age for the category next year. This is a serious matter of concern that after them there are no players available for PSF to win laurels at such a big level.

But due to poor vision PSF did not give chance to any younger player in the under-17 or under-15 categories to prepare them for future,” said the source.
The source further added that the PSF should have placed only two players in the under-19 category to give chances to young players.




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