Sri Lanka squash team eyes medals at Asian Junior Tourney
Sri Lanka’s hopes for medals in the sport of squash are high as the national team, led by the formidable Nevindu Lakman, has assembled a 29-member strong contingent for the 30th Asian Junior Individual Squash Championship 2023. The championship, organized by the Asian Squash
Federation, is set to take place at the prestigious Xigang Gymnasium in Dalian, China, from August 16 to 20.
This tournament marks an exciting opportunity for Sri Lanka to shine, with Captain Navindu Lakman emerging as a strong medal prospect. Lakman holds an impressive title as the third-ranked squash player in Asia. The last time Sri Lanka secured a medal in this competition was back in 2015 when Shameel Wakeel clinched a bronze medal in the under-15 age category, showcasing the nation’s potential in the sport.
The five-day championship promises fierce competition, bringing together the top players from across Asia. Sri Lanka’s team earned their spots through a rigorous selection trial held two months ago, ensuring that only the best were chosen to represent the country. The team has undergone intensive training for the past two months, with a dedicated coach and four
assistant coaches working tirelessly to prepare the players for this prestigious event.
Sri Lanka Squash (SLS) is actively promoting international exposure for its players, reflecting in their decision to allow four players—two girls and two boys—from each age group spanning from Under-13 to Under-19, to participate in the championship. Notably, this opportunity is being
generously funded by the parents of these talented players, highlighting the strong support and commitment from the families of the athletes.
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