While most members of the Indian contingent are utilizing their arrival right here early to get acclimated to the situations forward of the Commonwealth Games, squash gamers Abhay Singh and Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu aren’t dealing with any such points.
Birmingham is sort of a dwelling away from dwelling for them and, due to this fact, the situations aren’t one thing they’re experiencing for the primary time.
With England being the main hub of squash, each Abhay Singh and Harinder Pal Sandhu have performed on this nook of the world usually and really feel at dwelling — similar to they do in Chennai, which is dwelling for many squash gamers as a result of it has the nationwide squash academy.
“Birmingham is like a home away from home for me as I come here every year to play squash. In the last five years, I have spent more time here in England than in India, so these conditions are natural for me. I also have an English coach, so it’s definitely like a home away from home,” mentioned Abhay, 24, at an interplay organized by the Indian High Commission, which welcomed the athletes as a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations right here on Tuesday night .
While the highlight can be on the likes of Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik, who paired as much as win the ladies’s doubles gold within the 2022 World Doubles Championship in Glasgow, Scotland, and World No. 15 male participant Saurav Ghosal, the likes of Abhay Singh and Harinder Pal Sandhu can even be hoping to win some medals, particularly in doubles.
Abhay Singh, who will take part in males’s doubles and combined doubles occasions, mentioned they had been wanting ahead to profitable a medal within the Commonwealth Games.
Harinder Pal Sandhu mentioned the Commonwealth Games had been like Olympics for squash gamers as the game isn’t a part of the Olympics curriculum.
“For an Indian squash participant, that is the largest event you play as squash isn’t within the Olympics and clearly there are such a lot of extra international locations in Commonwealth Games than in Asian Games. So, this, by far, is the largest occasion an Indian squash participant performs. This is just like the Olympics for us.
“We look forward to playing in the Commonwealth Games and the preparation starts soon after the previous event. A lot of sacrifices, a lot of hard work goes on in preparing for these Games,” mentioned Harinder Pal Sandhu, who’s at present ranked 116 on the earth and has attained a highest rating of 47 a number of years again.
In Birmingham, the Indians can be wanting ahead to profitable their maiden males’s singles title however are anticipated to excel within the doubles occasions with Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinnappa favorites to assert the ladies’s doubles title that they’d received in 2014 in Glasgow.
Dipika and high male squash participant Saurav Ghoshal are favorites for the combined doubles gold.