World Squash Federation backs India on security

According to a report, Switzerland’s top junior girls’ squash player, Ambre Allinckx, was not permitted by her parents to take part in the tournament because of safety concerns. However, the WSF backed the arrangements put in place for the event.

A World Junior Championship match in progress in Chennai. The WSF, on Friday, expressed full faith in the security arrangements for the ongoing championship.   -  S. R. Raghunathan

The World Squash Federation (WSF), on Friday, expressed full faith in the security arrangements for the ongoing World Junior Squash Championship here contrary to a media report citing a Swiss player pulling out citing safety concerns.

According to a report, Switzerland’s top junior girls’ squash player, Ambre Allinckx, was not permitted by her parents to take part in the tournament because of safety concerns.

However, the WSF backed the arrangements put in place for the event. “Of course the views and choice of every parent must be fully respected. However, there are over 250 players and officials from 28 countries, including a full squad from Switzerland,” Andrew Shelley, WSF Chief Executive, said in a statement.

“Like the WSF, they all have complete confidence with the security arrangements made by Tamil Nadu Squash Rackets Association at the Championship Hotel and playing venues to ensure the safety of the players at this event,” Shelley added.

Chennai is the squash hub of the country and is the base of the national federation.

The city has played host to several national and international tournaments in the past without any glitch or security issues.