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(24 JUNE) POSTPONEMENT OF 2021 ASIAN INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

In view of the current unstable situation of COVID-19 across various Asian countries, the ASF's EXCO decided to postpone the Asian Individual Championships, which is due to be held 25 - 29 August 2021 in Pakistan, to the later part of the year.

 
ASF and Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) agreed that the dates for the Asian Individual Championships would be TENTATIVELY scheduled to 14 - 18 December 2021. Please note that the dates are subject to changes.
 
The tentative dates of the Asian Individual Championships in Pakistan are set after the World Men's Team Championships finish in Malaysia on 11 December 2021. The ASF's EXCO hopes that the two back-to-back major championships would allow members nation to send players to both events.
 
We appreciate the support of PSF and we will continuously monitor the situation and communicate with them.

(14 MAY) POSTPONEMENT OF THE 20TH ASIAN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Due to the pandemic situation in Malaysia and in the region, Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) would postpone the 20th Asian Team Championships, which is due to be held 17 - 21 August 2021, to the later part of the year.
 
The ASF's EXCO understands their decision and appreciates the enthusiasm of SRAM. After the discussion, it was agreed that the dates for the 20th Asian Team Championships would be TENTATIVELY scheduled to 16 - 20 November 2021. Please note that the dates are subject to changes.
 
We will continuously monitor the situation and communicate with SRAM.

 

Please stay tuned for any updates.

(27 APR) Squash Pulse Issue 16

The newest edition of the ASF bi-annual e-newsletter SQUASH PULSE is released today. Some highlights for this issue include:

- 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games - Inclusion of Mixed Doubles

- Tentative dates of 2021 Asian Championships

Relax and hope you enjoy reading our latest Squash Pulse. 

 

(8 APR) INCLUSION OF MIXED DOUBLES INTO 2022 HANGZHOU ASIAN GAMES

Asian Squash Federation received the official confirmation from The 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 Organising Committee that Mixed Doubles will be added as one of the squash events in next year’s Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Other four squash events include Men’s and Women’s Singles and Teams.

 
Mr. David Mui MH JP, the ASF’s President expressed his sincere appreciation to various parties, who make this happen, “I would like to thank the support of The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee.”
 
For the successful inclusion of Mixed Doubles into the 2022 Asian Games Squash Event, the ASF’s Patron Mr. N. Ramachandran also played a significant part. “I would also like to give my thanks to Mr. N. Ramachandran for his tremendous assistance and support,” added Mr. Mui, “this is a great news for the Asian squash community, who longs for more medals opportunity in the Asian Games. Besides, it is also an important step for increasing the status of the sport in the world. We, the squash community, are grateful for Mr. N. Ramachandran’s dedication and contribution to the sport in both Asia and the world over the years.”
 
Mr. Mui continued, “Having 2 men's & 2 women's players in a bigger squash court for the Doubles will allow more interaction between players in different gender and excitement, which arouses more fun to the game and to the spectators,” said Mr. Mui, “thus, I believe it will be a good show.”
 
Squash was first introduced into the Asian Games in 1998 in Bangkok. There were only two events: Men’s and Women’s Singles. In 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, Men’s and Women’s Teams Events were added. After another twelve years, in 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, Mixed Doubles will be included as a new event. Squash events in Hangzhou Asian Games will be held 13 -22 September 2022.

(19 FEB) DATES OF ASIAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021

Tentative dates of the two Asian Senior Championships in 2021 are as follows:

 
Asian Team Championships
Dates: 17 - 21 August 2021*
Venue: Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia
 
Asian Individual Championships 
Dates: 25 - 29 August 2021*
Venue: Islamabad, Pakistan.
 
Please be reminded that these dates are subject to change based on the development of pandemic situation. We will closely monitor the situation and communciate with the hosts. So please stay tuned for any updates.

Please click here for the ASF's event calendar.

* the dates are subject to change.

(3 FEB) Nicol David Voted The World Games Greatest Athlete of All Time

Squash legend Nicol David adds another accolade to her collection as she topped the online poll for “The World Games Greatest Athlete of All Time”. Being the only Asian candidate, the five-time Asian Games Gold Medallist, received 318,945 votes, over double that of the runner-up James Kehoe, an Irish tug-of-war legend.

“I would like to congratulate Nicol for crowning “The World Games Greatest Athlete of All Time”. Nicol is not just a great squash player, but also the greatest athlete of all time and a role model for young athletes. Her dedication, striving for excellence and incomparable achievements has inspired a lot of people not just in Asia, but also in the world,” said Mr. David Mui MH JP, the ASF’s President.

“My warm congratulation would also go to Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia. Nicol’s victory has definitely shown the strength and unity of Malaysian squash community as well as the popularity of the sport in the country.”

In her 20-year career, Nicol David won a trio of World Games gold medals in addition to a bronze. She also had an unprecedented nine-year reign at the top of the World Rankings between 2006-2015 and gained eight-time World Championship title.

 

(1 FEB) CANCELLATION OF 2020 ASF AWARDS

Due to the pandemic, most of the tournaments in 2020 in the region and in the world were cancelled. Thus, the ASF's EXCO decided to cancel the 2020 ASF Coaching and Performance Awards.

 

(19 JAN) ASF Mourns the Pass Away of Hany Hamouda

Having learnt with great sadness about the death of President of Squash Federation of Africa Hany Hamouda, ASF expressed its deepest condolences to Hamouda’s family, the Egyptian Squash Federation and the Squash Federation of Africa.

 

“It’s my great pleasure and honor to have known Hany, who was a truly lovable gentleman with great passion and tremendous contributions to the development of squash not only in Egypt, Africa but also to the world in many years. He was highly respected and loved by all of us throughout our world squash family. His good works changed the lives of many and he will surely be cherished in our memories forever,” said Mr. David Mui MH JP, President of ASF.

 

“May Hany’s soul rest in peace and may our Lord bless and comfort his family during this time of grief.”

 

(12 JAN) SRI LANKA SQUASH IS SEEKING CONSULTANT COACH FOR NATIONAL TEAM

Sri Lanka Squash is seeking a qualified individual to fulfill the position of Consultant Coach for the National Team.

For interested parties please click here for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(21 DEC) 40th ASF's Annual General Meeting

The 40th Annual General Meeing of the Asian Squash Federation, which was held virtually, was successfully concluded on 19 December 2020. There were delegates and observers from eighteen Member Federations as well as representatives from South Eastasian Squash Federation joined the online meeting.

"I'm happy to see all the delegates and observers from our Member Nations. Though we can't meet in person at the AGM like previous years, we catch up with everyone online at the virtual meeting," said Mr. David Mui MH JP, President of ASF, "I believe we all need to embrace technology and new thinking to adapt for the "new normal" under this unprecedented pandemic siutation."

Mr. Mui continued, "I hope that the pandemic will subside soon and regular activities will resume, so everyone will be able to meet and greet in person in future occasions.

(2 SEPT) POSTPONEMENT OF ASIAN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS TO 2021

Due to the extension of the Recovery Movement Control Order to 31 Dec 2020 in Malaysia with no international participants and audience are allowed to take part in sports activities, ASF’s Executive Committee, having consulted the Management Committee, decides to postpone the 2020 Asian Team Championships to next year.

Take this opportunity, ASF’s EXCO would like to thank Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia for their preparation work and support.

 

(23 AUG) ASIAN JUNIOR RANKING

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the region, almost all AJSS events in 2020 are cancelled and postponed. After consulting the Championship Committee, the ASF's EXCO decided to freeze the ranking points as at February 2020 Asian Junior Ranking, which recorded the points that players earned in 2019 tournaments.

Please click here for the Up-to-date Asian Junior Ranking.

 

(29 JUL) CANCELLATION OF 2020 ASIAN JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Asian Squash Federation Executive Committee confirmed the cancellation of 2020 Asian Junior Individual Championships today.

“This is a tough decision, but the EXCO and I think that it’s necessary to make this decision at this time,” said Mr. David Mui MH JP, ASF’s President, “safety and health of the athletes are always our top priority, especially for the juniors, whom I believe we should even be more cautious about. When Chinese Squash Association confirmed with us that they would not host the event due to the uncertain development of COVID-19 in the region and around the world, we respect and understand their decision.” Mr. Mui continued, “we are not inviting any new host to come in because the preparation time would be too rush. It’s unfair to the new host."

"On behalf of the EXCO, I would like to thank Chinese Squash Association and Qingdao Squash Association for their dedication and support over the last eight months. I also hope that you and your loved ones continues to stay safe, stay healthy and stay strong."

 

(1 APR) Solidarity Message from ASF's President

Warmest Greetings from Asian Squash Federation and hope you are all well!

The world shut down, all major sports events including our beloved sport - Squash, have been suspended in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The safety and well-being of our squash family is always our paramount importance. Hope this pandemic will subside soon and we can resume all our regular activities.

Amidst the uncertain world around us, I am confident that these tough times will pass and we will emerge stronger than before.

Above all, hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy. Take Care, my friends!

Warmest Regards,

David Mui, MH JP

President, Asian Squash Federation

(2 MAR) ASF PERFORMANCE AWARDS AND COACHES AWARDS 2019

We are very delighted to inform you that we have received 15 nominations from 4 countries for 7 categories of the ASF Performance Awards 2019 and 19 nominations from 6 countries for 4 categories of the ASF Coaches Awards this year in total. Thank you very much for the support of the participating member nations. Please click here for the awards recipients this year proposed by the Selection Panel and endorsed by ManCom.

 
Congratulations to all the award winners and special thanks to the Selection Panel. The awards will be presented at the forthcoming Asian Team Championships 2020 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Date to be confirmed.

 

 

(2 MAR) POSTPONEMENT OF ASIAN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS & ASIAN JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

In view of the current situation of COVID-19 across the globe as well as the recent assessment of World Health Organisation on the risk of spread and risk of impact of the coronavirus as very high at global level, the ASF EXCO, having discussed with the hosting nations, decided to postpone the 20th Asian Team Championships, the 40th ASF's AGM as well as the 27th Asian Junior Individual Championships to prevent the risk of spread.
 
When the new date of the events are confirmed, we will inform all members immediately and upload the new date onto the website.

Please stay tuned with us!

(9 OCT) Mr. David Mui MH JP, the ASF’s President attended the Book Launch Event for “Tamil Nadu’s Quest for Gold”

Mr. David Mui MH JP, the ASF’s President, attended as the Guest of Honour of the book launch event for “Tamil Nadu’s Quest for Gold” on 4 October 2019 in Chennai, India.

“I’m glad to be part of such a meaningful event. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. N. Ramachandran on launching a book on the history of sports in Tamil Nadu,” said Mr. Mui.

The book “Tamil Nadu’s Quest for Gold”, initiated by Mr. N. Ramachandran, Patron of ASF as well as the President of Tamil Nadu State Olympic Association records over 200-year history of sports, both Olympic and non-Olympic in Tamil Nadu, India.

After the event, Mr Mui had the chance to meet with Mr. Vinod Kumar Tiwari, Director – International & NOCs Relations of Olympic Council of Asia to discuss the development of squash in Asia. “I’m very happy to hear from Vinod that it would be very likely for squash to have five events including Mixed Doubles in 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. It is definitely a very good and encouraging news for our member nations and players,” said Mr. Mui with delight.

Photo Caption: (From right to left) Mr. David Mui MH JP, Mr. N. Ramanchandran and Mr. Vinod Kumar Tiwari

(28 AUG) REMINGTON 4th Asian Master Championships 2019 - Hong Kong

As informed by the promoter, REMINGTON Asian Master Championships will be held on schedule from 5 to 8 September at Kowloon Cricket Club. The promoter will closely monitor the situation to see if any further action needs to be taken. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact Mr. Amos Yuen, the Championship Director direct at asianmaster@zomacollection.com

Please click here for the most updated draw.

 

(19 AUG) 2020 ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS & 40TH ASF AGM

The 20th Asian Team Championships is scheduled to be held 25 - 29 March 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 40th ASF AGM will be held in conjunction with the Championships on Sunday, 29 March.

The 27th Asian Junior Individual Championships is scheudled to be held 29 June to 3 July in Qingdao, China.

Details of both Championships and the AGM will be sent out at a later stage.

(16 AUG) 3rd West Asian Championships 2019

The 3rd West Asian Championships was successfully held in Gorgan City Iran. Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq and Iran sent their best teams to participate in the event. Congratulations go to all the winners and the member nations. Thanks should also go to Iran Squash Federation, who organised such a successful event.

Results of the Individual Championshp:

Winner: Abdullah Altamimi (Qatar)

1st Runner Up: Sajad Zareian Jahromi (Iran)

2nd Runners Up: Ammar Alatamimi (Kuwait) & Azlan Amjad (Qatar)

Results of the Team Championshp:

Winner: Iran

1st Runner Up: Qatar

2nd Runner Up: Kuwait