Maharashtra State Open Joins PSA World Tour
September 4, 2013
Indian squash event, the Maharashtra State Open, has joined the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour.
The event, which is being held this week at the Bombay Gymkhana in Mumbai, is one of the oldest sporting institutions in the country which has been promoting sport since 1875.
“This is the second PSA event in the last three months in India,” said Ritwik Bhattacharya, the recently-appointed PSA South East Asia Representative. “Plans are on to try and do many more including a grand World Championship in 2014/15.
“The Maharashtra State PSA Open is the first long standing event to convert its Open tournament to a PSA 15k Challenger event and we are hoping this trend continues with other clubs also doing at least one PSA event a year in India,” added the five-time Indian champion.
“The SRFI (Squash Rackets Federation of India) has really helped the organisers put up the event and we are in a very exciting period with the 2020 Olympic bid around the corner. The Bombay Gymkhana is doing various promotions including a charity drive ‘squash a mile’ as well as a national junior event so that the whole squash community can come out and support our wonderful sport!”