India’s young talent to participate for NSCI’s Juniors and Double Open Squash Championship 19th – 23rd July, 2014
Mumbai 16 July 2014: The annual NSCI Juniors & Doubles Open Squash Championship, organised by National Sports Club of India in association with Squash Rackets Federation of India, will kick off from 19th July in the city at the NSCI sports Complex, Worli. The five day tournament, hosted by NSCI, is a 3 star ranking event governed by the SRFI National Junior Circuit & Ranking Guidelines, where 350 young boys and girls playing the juniors open and 150 men and women playing doubles open are ready to showcase their talent for the prestigious tournament. This year, the tournament will witness players’ participation from different states across Pan-India like Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Chandigarh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.
Catch the glimpse of top seeded boys and girls participants in the age category of U-11, U-13, U-15 and U-19. All junior matches shall be played on the best of five games and on 11 point per game scoring system and all doubles matches on the best of three games and on 15 point per game scoring system, as per the International standards, rules and regulations.
This year NSCI has announced the cumulative prize money of Rs 2,53,750. The Champions and Runner-up will be felicitated with Cash prize along with trophy on the final day of the tournament. The tournament will help the player improve his/her seed rankings and provide opportunities for the National and Asian championship.
NSCI is the only club with a doubles court in the state with best of the facilities. The prime objective of NSCI since inception has always been promotion of sports in the country.
The National Sports Club of India is a sprawling institution right in the centre of the city, on the beautiful seafront, with a posh frontage & turf lawns, The club has history, associated with the eminent leaders of free India, who with great vision and foresight formulated the policy of promoting games and sports in the country. The club has set up facilities for Billiards, Table Tennis, Badminton, Carrom and a well-equipped Ladies & Gents Health club along with coaching classes in various games, including Judo, Karate & Aerobics.
Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium has been renovated with sports facilities in mind. A centrally air conditioned indoor stadium with a seating capacity of 5000 persons is functional where squash courts, badminton courts, table tennis court, card room and a lounge are used by the members regularly. NSCI has a parking facility for about 800 cars in the basement. A classic example of modern construction & contemporary club house that blends the generations together.
Profile of Shreyas Mehta
STRIVING TO SUCCEED
What sets a champion apart from the rest is not just a desire, a dream, a vision, but the ability to back it up with determination, self-motivated effort, discipline and hard work. All this and more characterizes the rise of ten year old Shreyas Mehta to the top-spot at the all–India level in Squash in the Boys-Under 11 category.
A 5th standard student of Activity High School, Mumbai, Shreyas has shown equal interest in academic achievement as well as sporting endeavours. Apart from bagging the certificate for General Proficiency, he has shown outstanding athletic ability. He was the proud recipient of the Sub Juniors Championship Trophy for his winning performance in the 50 and 100 metres Run as well as the 4x 100 metres Relay event at the 42nd Activity School Athletic Meet- Nov 2013. Besides Squash and athletics, Shreyas has shown interest in football too.
Shreyas’ exceptional potential has been galvanized by the winning combination of parental support, encouragement rendered by Mrs. Perin Bagli, the Principal of Activity High School and the staff, as well as the guidance of Coach Riaz Mohmd and his team comprising Shiraj and Ajaz. NSCI Squash Convenor, Mr. Jay Jhaveri also merits mention for his cooperation.
But talent demands self-motivation and persistence in order to succeed. Therefore, rigorous exercise and practice of at least two hours are an integral part of the Shreyas’s daily regimen.
Shreyas has participated in various tournaments, such as the NSCI Open, the Maharashtra State Juniors, the Sunil Verma Memorial Squash Championship, Sub Junior and Junior National Squash Championship, the CCI Western India Open and the ISA Open to name a few.
Each tournament has been a learning experience for him: every match irrespective of its consequence has made him more aware of his strengths and flaws, and what he needs to pick up from others. Thus Shreyas’ achievement graph records a steady rise. From 15th rank in Oct-2013 in Sub Juniors National Squash Championship held in October 2013, he has climbed steadily to 5/8th and 3rd position at the Matunga Gymkhana and the ISA Open respectively in early 2014. Currently, he occupies the top position at the national level.
Like all players, Shreyas too hopes to pick up more accolades along the way, but he realizes that there are many more miles to go. He knows that it is more important to be persistent and persevering; that to be better today than yesterday, or in other words, to steadily strive towards excellence is the only way to succeed.