The world junior squash championship in Chennai India has being formally declared open by the Tamil Nadu Minister for Youth Welfare and Sports Development, Mr P. Balakrishna Reddy at a colourful function at the Indian Squash Academy here on yesterday.
The matches get underway on Wednesday.
Tamil Nadu Minister for Youth Welfare and Sports Development, Mr P. Balakrishna Reddy
The Minister Mr Balakrishna underlined the big role that the government had been doing for the promotion of sports in the state.
Reddy also paid tribute to the former Chief Minister, late J. Jayalalitha and her keen interest in sports development
While adding that the present government is fully behind all the ideals that she had stood for.
Ever since the establishing of modern infrastructure in the wake of the 1995 SAF Games, he says the State has seen a surge in the performances of athletes in various sports.
The government had also provided several crores of rupees in sports incentives to the best performers.
Minister Balakrishna express joy said as Tamil Nadu is in the forefront in the sport of squash
He specially mention the role of State’s squash players Saurav Ghosal, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik in the main in bringing laurels to the country.
Mr Balakrishnan congratulated Mr N. Ramachandran, President, Tamil Nadu Squash Rackets Association and his team for the good work done for the successful conduct of the event.
Earlier Mr Ramachandran thank the Government and the Chief Minister in particular, for being very supportive in all the major ventures of the Squash Association, including the current World championship.
The Championship Director, Mr Cyrus Poncha proposed a vote of thanks.
Another highlight of the evening was a brief phase of music and dance to symbolise a blend of tradition and modernity that set alight the arena even as colour lights ran riot.
Watch full video of the opening ceremony below: