India’s Veer Chotrani has won the under 19 boys’ title at the Asian Junior Individual Squash Championship in Macau today. Chotrani, who became the third Indian to win the trophy after Ravi Dixit and Vela Senthilkumar, got the better of compatriot Yash Fadte in the summit clash on Sunday.
Veer is now the third Indian to win this prestigious title after Ravi Dixit and Vela Senthilkumar earlier. Veer it must also be mentioned was the U-13 winner five years ago in Iran. For long in recent times was this Mumbai lad, son of former national champion Manish Chotrani, accused of not being at his potential best commensurate with his skills just when it mattered. Clearly Veer is pushing all that behind him as he works on a new path.
Indications of this came in the Southern Slam event held in Chennai recently when he emerged the U-19 champion and here today he beat back the challenge of a no simple opponent Yash over five games. It was a contest of fluctuating fortunes and coming as did as the final piece of action in the championship the event provided all the excitement that a title- contest deserved. The crowning moment came for Veer when he sped ahead after the two players seemed going level till seven points to clinch the issue in style in the decider.
Two other finals featuring Indians did not yield gold, Neel Joshi settling for the silver in the boys U-17 category as did Yuvna Gupta in the girls U-15 section. Still with one gold, three silver and as many bronzes, this was a productive championship for India in terms of medals.
Happy at the way things panned out, the Secretary General of SRFI Mr Cyrus Poncha said, “It is nice to see Veer coming to terms with his abilities. He has been working hard of late and the results are showing. This is a good sign and augurs well for his future. I must also give credit to the training programme SRFI conducted as part of HCL prodium scheme and Chris Ryder, the British Coach who had come from england to conduct a two-week special camp for these juniors at the Shiv Nadar University in Great Noida. My thanks are also to our sponsor Dunlop for all the encouragement given to the players.”