World Junior Squash C’ships: India seeded fifth at team event

Egypt, which finished as the runner-up at the World Junior Squash Championship in 2016 has been drawn as the top seed for the upcoming event this year in Chennai.

The 2018 edition of the WSF-world junior championship gets underway on Tuesday, July 24 at the ISA courts and EA Mall in Chennai, while the final would be played on July 29. (Representational Image)   -  Twitter @WSFworldjuniors

Egypt, which finished as the runner-up of the World Junior Squash Championship in 2016 in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, has been drawn as the top seed for the upcoming event this year in Chennai. Meanwhile, Canada and England have been drawn as the second and third seed, respectively. India has been seeded as fifth, while Pakistan has been seeded 11th.

The 2018 edition of the WSF-world junior championship gets underway on Tuesday, July 24 at the ISA courts and EA Mall in Chennai, while the final would be played on July 29.

24 countries are scheduled to take part in the event, who have been placed in eight groups. India is placed in Group E and is clubbed alongside Switzerland and Saudi Arabia. National Coach Cyrus Poncha said that India should top the group, in which case the side stands a chance to play against the Czech Republic or Pakistan for a spot in the top eight. “Our boys have the potential,” he said on the road ahead, according to the SRFI media release. Two teams from each Group would make it to the knock-out stage.

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Following are the groupings: Group A: Egypt, Australia Singapore; Group B: Canada Argentina, Scotland; Group C: England Ireland S. Africa; Group D: Malaysia, France, Germany; Group E: India, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia; Group F: Czech Republic, Pakistan, Zimbabwe; Group G: Colombia, New Zealand, Qatar; Group H: USA Hong Kong China, Finland.

The seedings: 1. Egypt 2. Canada. 3. England 4. Malaysia 5. India 6. Czech Republic 7. Colombia 8. USA 9. Hong Kong 10. New Zealand 11. Pakistan 12.Switzerland 13. France 14. Ireland 15. Argentina 16. Australia 17. Scotland 18. Germany 19. South Africa 20. Singapore 21. Finland 22. Qatar 23. Saudi Arabia 24. Zimbabwe.