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Kenya Squash Racquets Association shift focus to Commonwealth Games after Parklands tournament

Aarna Maldi. Photo: KSRA

Kenya Squash Racquets Association (KSRA) says they used the recently concluded Parklands Open Squash Tournament to select national team players for the upcoming 2022 Commonwealth and Africa Youth Games.

Commonwealth Games will be held between July 28-August 8 in Birmingham, England while the Africa Youth Games are slated for August in Egypt.

The Association is looking forward to use such tournaments to expose players and increase their experience levels, that would play a pivotal role in growing the standards of squash as well as be used as preparation for upcoming global and continental competitions.

After hosting a successful seven-day tournament at the Parklands Sports Club Nairobi that attracted a ray of athletes from countries like Nigeria and Zambia, Kenya’s coach Prince believes the game is on the right track.

“We have been preparing for this tournament for about four months now and most players came in well-equipped and ready to compete. It has been a long time since we organized any events and therefore, we made the tournament an open call to all players’ both experienced as well as beginners or anyone else interested in trying so that no one is locked out,” said Prince.

Photo: Nairobi Squash Club

Kenya’s Aarna Maldi, who is currently ranked top seed in the girls under 18 junior categories, is optimistic of making the cut for the Commonwealth Games team.

“I have been practicing well for this tournament and happy to have made it to the quarter finals in the ladies’ category. I am going to give it my all at the national trials and knowing the level of competition is going to be tougher than it has been here and I have set my eyes on making it to Birmingham,” said Maldi who reached the quarter finals of the Parklands Open.

“I think it’s good that more sponsors have come up to support this event and I believe this helps tremendously in promoting Squash in the country.”

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