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The 2nd HCL International Junior Squash Concludes
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NOIDA, India, December 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Aryan Parekh won the U-19 category for boys  
  • Sanya Vats and Sankalp Anand won the U-17 category for girls and boys, respectively  
  • Aishwarya Khubchandani and Aryan Khandelwal won the U-15 category for girls and boys, respectively  
  • Aasya Patel and Yuvraj Wadhwani won the U-13 category for girls and boys, respectively  
  • Anahat Singh and Ekambir Singh won the U-11 category for girls and boys, respectively  

HCL, a leading global conglomerate, today announced the successful conclusion of the 2nd HCL International Junior Squash championship - a silver event under the Asian Squash Federation (ASF) calendar, rated five star by the Squash Racket Federation of India (SRFI). Hosted at the Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida, this five-day championship is one of the highest-level tournaments in the country. The winners were felicitated by Arjuna award winner Bombayla Devi Laishram, a celebrated Indian archer, with a total prize purse of INR 5,49,000 across all categories.

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The top players will receive ranking points for the matches played during this tournament, which will add up to determine their Asian ranking in the relevant age group. The Championship, which saw participation from 261 players, was organised under the aegis of The Squash Racket Federation of India and the Uttar Pradesh Squash Rackets Association to promote the sport at a competitive level.

Sundar Mahalingam, Chief Strategy Officer, HCL Corporation and Shiv Nadar Foundation, said," I would like to congratulate all the players for their outstanding performance and hope that they will keep practising so that next year the quality of their game is raised further. This is the second time HCL has organized the Junior Squash Championship in order to promote the sport in our country. HCL's brand philosophy is to touch people's lives in ways that can have a transformative effect on their journey. We aim to continue supporting Squash as a sport in India in collaboration with SRFI."  

Harish Prasad, National Squash Development Officer at Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI), said, "It is always wonderful to see such young players walk into the court with the determination to show their best game. It was a great experience seeing these young talents battle each other for the title. Like always, HCL supported us with excellent facilities and helped us throughout to conduct the Championship in an efficient and time bound manner."

The Championship was played in a knockout format followed by play-offs of the top eight positions in all categories. The details of the winners and runners up are as follows:

Category    BU-19    BU-17   GU-17    BU-15      GU-15    BU-13   GU-13     BU-11   GU-11
   Winner    Aryan  Sankalp   Sanya    Aryan  Aishwarya   Yuvraj   Aasya   Ekambir  Anahat
            Parekh    Anand    Vats  Khandel  Khubchand Wadhwani   Patel     Singh   Singh
                                        wal        ani

  Runner-up Rahul  Prithvi  Amira       Jay     Diksha    Rutva   Kaavya  Gurveer   Unnati
           Baitha    Singh  Singh  Vaknalli  Aurobindo   Samant   Bansal    Singh Tripathi

About HCL  

Founded in 1976 as one of India's original IT garage start-ups, HCL is a pioneer of modern computing with many firsts to its credit, including the introduction of the 8-bit microprocessor-based computer in 1978 well before its global peers. Today, the HCL Enterprise has a presence across varied sectors that include technology, healthcare and talent management solutions and comprises three companies - HCL Infosystems, HCL Technologies and HCL Healthcare. The enterprise generates annual revenues of over US $7.5 billion with more than 120,000 employees from 140 nationalities operating across 39 countries, including over 500 points of presence in India.

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