Top players call for change in PSA calendar

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010, 21:44 PM IST

New Delhi: A spate of injuries resulting
from a crammed PSA calendar has prompted some of the leading
squash players of the world to call for a change in scheduling
of the events.

Many top players including world number one Ramy Ashour
and Karim Darwish of Egypt, Gregory Gaultier of France and
England`s Adrian Grant sustained injuries during last week`s
World Open in Saudi Arabia.

The injuries resulted in a depleted field in the USD
1,92,500 Punj Lloyd PSA Masters, the 10th and final PSA Super
Series squash event of the year, currently underway at the
Siri Fort Sports Complex here.

While Ashour, Darwish and Gaultier suffered hamstring
injuries, Grant was forced to withdraw from the event due to a
a torn abductor.

"It`s better to play one big tournament in a month rather
than 7-8 in the eight weeks or so. Presently, this is what is
happening and that needs to be looked into by PSA officials.
In the Saudi Open, many players got injured, some injuries
were freakish. So you need to re-schedule the calendar," said
third seed and world ranked sixth Amr Shabana of Egypt.

"The calendar is too crammed and PSA should work in this
direction to make the events adjustable. It becomes too hectic
for players. Our sport is of very demanding nature resulting
in injuries to players and this is not good at all.”

"My son James Willstrop has been in Leeds for just four
days since September 27 as he is travelling from one
destination to another. So it`s too hectic scheduling," said
Malcolm Willstrop, India`s top player Saurav Ghosal`s coach.

World number 22 Ghosal said that the last three months
were very taxiing as he got very little time to be at home.

"It`s been a hard year for me travelling from one place
to another. We had a very hectic schedule, let`s say last
three months. PSA needs to look into it," the 25-year-old
said.

PSA COO Lee Beachill said, "It`s never good that the top
players get injured. PSA is trying to look into it."

PSA Tour Executive, Sheila Cooksley, had earlier said in
a statement: "We are all very disappointed, of course, that
the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters has lost three of its top seeds in
the past few days."

"It just shows how tough this game of ours is and, as
with all sports, injuries come at the most unlikely times and
it is devastating for the three of them," added Cooksley.

PTI

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