Rise in participation of girls in inter MU squash tournament2 min read
Manipal: The inter-collegiate Manipal University (MU) Squash tournament that took place on August 2 at Marena witnessed an increased participation of women’s teams, increasing from one to five from the last tournament. Due to this rise, the tournament was able to accommodate a women’s tournament along with the men’s for the first time.
The two teams of MIT ‘A’ and ‘B’ advanced into the men’s finals by beating Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA) and Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences (MCOAHS) respectively. MIT team ‘A’ won the tournament after defeating MIT team ‘B’ 2-0. Winning the game 2-1 against WGSHA, Kasturba Medical College (KMC) women’s team won the tournament.
Hussein Moiz, the wining captain and a third year student at MIT said, “I think we played a decent game. The competition was good not great, but compared to last year this year’s competition has improved a lot. I’m so happy that the women’s are playing this year. Last year there was only one girl who played, she was really good. But it’s great to see five teams this year.” Commenting on the absence of a women’s’ team from MIT, Hussein added “There are great squash players in MIT including women, but I guess it’s our fault that there isn’t a team that represents them. We were so busy with our own practice that we didn’t notice the need for a women’s team. But we are going to encourage them to form a team for next year.”
“It’s funny, because we were worried about our stamina. But on getting here we realized the women in the other teams were badminton and tennis players. But none the less we gave our best,” said Anjali Reddy, the captain of the KMC women’s team who won the gold. She added, “A lot of the women think that squash is a manly sport, maybe that’s why they don’t generally play it. But with five teams this year compared to only one last year I’d say with a little more encouragement, there could be a time where there is an equal participation of both the women and men.”
Dr. Kemparaj, Director of physical education of MU said, “It’s great to see the women participate. But as far as their performance is concerned, they need to improve if they want to play at higher levels.”
Sub-edited by Bhavani Seetharaman