Chennai: The Punj Lloyd All India Inter School Squash Championship to be played across four zones in the country was launched at the Indian Squash Academy here on Thursday.
This is a part of an initiative to promote squash at the grassroot level in association with Squash Rackets Federation of India.
The South Zone Tournament for school students drawn from Karnataka, Goa and Tamil Nadu would be played at the Academy here from August 26 to 29 for boys and from September 2-5 for girls.
The Championship will be played in individual and team categories in the age group of Under-11, 13, 15 and 17.
Winners in each category of every zone would be invited to New Delhi to play the inter-zonal finals in a pre-event of the Punj Lloyd PSA and WISPA Masters, 2010 in December and will also get a chance to enhance their skills with squash clinics from world`s leading players.
"With initiatives like Punj Lloyd Squash Masters, the younger generation from schools and universities will get an opportunity to play Squash at a national level," India`s highest ranked squash player and currently world`s number 26, Saurav Ghoshal said.
The School Squash Championship will be followed by the Punj Lloyd All India Inter University Squash Championship for universities across India, the Punj Lloyd Defence Services Challenge for armed forces and their training establishments as well as the Punj Lloyd Corporate-Club Challenge for clubs and corporate houses in New Delhi and Mumbai.
Top 32 players would compete in the USD 192,500 prize money Punj Lloyd PSA Masters tournament in New Delhi this December, while top 16 available international players would participate in the USD 36,500 WISPA Masters.