HCL Squash Podium Program enhanced to nurture senior and junior Squash talent to finish at the podium
Chennai, July 12, 2022: HCL, a US $11.5 billion global conglomerate along with the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) today announced new initiatives as part of theHCL Squash Podium Program to significantly improve the Squash ecosystem in India over the next five years. The multi-pronged program will nurture existing senior and junior Squash players and help them finish at the podium at major international events including the Commonwealth & Asian Games. The program will also help enhance coaching standards and encourage and identify the next generation of Squash players in the country through grass-roots initiatives.
The HCL Squash Podium Program will host multiple initiatives including:
Announcing the HCL Squash Podium Program, Mr. RajatChandolia, Associate Vice-President and Head, HCL Brand said, “HCL aims to multiply the potential of not only individuals but society at large. HCL has been a long-term investor in promoting and nurturing India’s sports ecosystem, especially those sports which have remained outside the spotlight. We launched the HCL Squash Podium Program in 2019 and conducted junior tournaments, PSAs and training camps for the coaches. As the world returns to normalcy post Covid, we are thrilled to create an enhanced program that will encourage and support not just existing players, but also create a grassroots movement for Squash in our country, ultimately adding brilliant players to the country’s repository and delivering sporting success on the global stage.”
Mr. Cyrus Poncha, Secretary-General, Squash Rackets Federation of India said, “Indian Squash is gaining popularity as a competitive sport with the success of players like Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal, and Saurav Ghoshalsecuring important international wins for the country. Ourjoint effort with HCL, has helped India rise to the third place behind Egypt and the UK among countries with the highest globally ranked players. In less than a year of launching the program, Indian players with world rankings increased to 54. This is a testimony to the powerful impact committed corporates such as HCL bring to the sporting ecosystem. Over the next five years, we would like to build a strong community of squash talent to enable India to dominate the world stage.”
In the past, HCL partnered with SRFI for HCL Junior Squash tournament, HCL Senior National Squash Championship 2017 and 2018.
Founded in 1976 as one of India’s original IT garage start-ups, HCL is a pioneer of modern computing with many firsts to its credit, including the introduction of the 8-bit microprocessor-based computer in 1978 well before its global peers. Today, the HCL enterprise has a presence across varied sectors that include technology, healthcare and talent management solutions and comprises three companies – HCL Infosystems, HCL Technologies and HCL Healthcare. The enterprise generates annual revenues of over US$11.5 billion with more than 209,000 employees operating across 52 countries. For further information, visit www.hcl.com
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