20th Asian Team Squash Championship: SL National Squash team off to Malaysia
Sri Lankan Senior National Squash team took wing to Malaysia to participate in the 20th Asian Squash Team Championships to be held from 30 November to 4 December.
The Women’s event will be represented by 8 teams, while 13 teams will participate in the Men’s event.
The Men’s team will be represented by Ravindu Laksiri, Shamil Wakeel, Methmal Wood and Sheriff Hakeem, while the Women’s team will be represented by Fathoum Issadeen, Yeheni Kuruppu, Chanithma Sinaly and Dewmini Gallage.
Much hopes are placed on current National Champion Ravindu Laksiri, holder of the title for 8 consecutive years and No.2 Shamil Wakeel, while Methmal Wood will be making his debut in the Senior team. Ravindu who maintained his dominance in the local arena throughout the year, also did well to clinch 5th place at the Youth Asian Games while being a junior. Shamil Wakeel too has a Bronze medal under his belt at an Asian Junior Championship. The Men’s team will have to battle out with Malaysia, Hong Kong, Iran, Korea and Singapore in the league stage.
Women’s National Champion Fathoum Issadeen and Junior National champion Yeheni Kuruppu are the key players in the Women’s team, while the experienced Chanithma Sinaly and Dewmini Gallage are also expected to chip in.
The Women’s team will do battle with Hong Kong, Japan and Korea in the league stage.
Eranga Alwis, the Secretary of Sri Lanka Squash (a former National player and currently with Bank of China Limited as a Senior Manager) has been entrusted the responsibility of Team Manager.
Coaches Gihan Suwaris, and Naduni Gunawardena are former No.1 ranked players and World Squash Federation level two qualified coaches. Gihan is currently working at Nations Trust Bank as a Assistant Vice President, while Naduni is currently serving as a lecturer at University of Sri Jayawardenapura.
Although not on tour, Ashan Gamlath, a renowned physical fitness expert, is the Physical trainer of the team. Ashan holds a BSc (special) in Sports sciences and Management from University of Sabaragamuwa.