World junior tourney from Dec. 3

CHENNAI NOV. 13. With just a few weeks remaining for December 3 start of the premier event, the World junior men's squash championship, at the SDAT complex here, preparatory work has begun even as enquiries from the various participating teams have started coming in.

Besides India, 18 countries have confirmed participation thus far in this 12-day event ending on December 14.

The countries which will take part are Australia, Canada, Egypt, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, USA, Wales and Zimbabwe.

Mr. Srivatsan Subramaniam, Championship Director, said that the seedings have come in and only one Asian, a Pakistani features among the top eight.

Mr. Subramaniam said all the eight courts, including the five new ones, which were put to use for the recent national junior championship would be utilised for the championship. "All problems that had cropped at the time of the national have been sorted out and the German Company, ASB which had laid the courts, itself is sending a team to re-do the painting in some of courts", he said.

The seedings: 1. James Willstrop (England), 2. Peter Barker (England), 3. Mustafa Essan (Egypt), 4. Majid Khan (Pakistan), 5. Dylan Pennett (Netherlands), 6. Eric Galbez (Mexico), 7. Jhie Gough (Australia) and 8. Ahmed Hassan (Egypt).

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