Somaiya Vidyavihar University beat Mumbai University 3-0 to clinch the men’s title in the All-India Inter-University Squash Championship which concluded at the Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Mumbai, on Friday.
In the match for the third place, MJP Rohilkhand University won against University Madras 3-0.
The results (final): Somaiya Vidyavihar University won against University of Mumbai 3-0, Rahul Baitha beat Aakash Gupta(12-10,11-2,11-8), Suraj Chand beat Mohit Tanwar (11-6,11- 5,11-2), Avinash sahani Beat Vishal Rajbhar(11-3,13-11,9-11,15-13)
Semifinals: Somaiya Vidyavihar beat MJP Rohilkhand University 3-2, Rahul Baitha beat Sajid Khan(11-9,11-8,11-5), Suraj Chand beat Akarshit(11-3,11-1,11-5), Avinash Sahani lost to Saurabh Kumar(11-9,9-11,5-11,9-11), Avinash Yadav lost to Atul Yadav(9-11,6-11,3-11), Om semwal beat Abhishek Yadav(11-6,11-3,11-2)
Quarterfinals: Delhi University lost to Somaiya Vidyavihar University 0-3, Kabir Rebello lost to Rahul Baitha(5-11,7-11,3-11), Prithvi Sindhu lost to Suraj Chand(11-7,3-11,4-11,11-13), Didar Rebello lost to Avinash Sahani(10-12,11-8,8-11,5-11)
In the Women’s category University of Madras continued their dominance to emerge as Champions once again. They defeated the Shiv Nadar University Delhi NCR by 3-2. For the third Place, University of Mumbai lost to Panjab University, Chandigarh 2-3.
The Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi had entrusted Somaiya Vidyavihar University with the responsibility to organize the All India Inter University Squash (Men & Women) Tournament 2022-23.
The tournament began on 14th February, 2023 and concluded with the finals played on 17th February, 2023. All the matches were played at the Somaiya Sports Academy of Somaiya Vidyavihar University (SVU) in Mumbai. A total of 20 Men's University teams and 13 Women's University teams participated in the tournament. The AIU Observer, Dr. Ajay Malik was very happy with the organization of the tournament and congratulated the future stars of Squash.
Mr. Aazaz Khan, Director, Somaiya Sports Academy, SVU, says, “We are honoured that the Somaiya Sports Academy was entrusted with the responsibility of hosting a prestigious competition such as the All India Inter University Squash (Men & Women) Tournament for the year 2022-23. I would like to thank the AIU for this opportunity. Squash as a sport is really exciting and challenging at the same time; and certainly deserves more recognition. I am proud that we at SVU got a chance to host this tournament and our Men’s team winning the AIU Squash Tournament will establish Somaiya Vidyavihar University as one of the powerhouse in Squash.”
AIU thinks that sports play an important role in the development of an integrated personality for the youth, including – Body, Mind and Spirit. Accordingly, active participation of university students in competitive sports generates a spirit of healthy competition in daily life too. It is therefore necessary that the university youth of the country need to be brought together on a “National Platform” through the media of sports and physical activities with a view to channelize youthful energy into constructive directions, as a nation building process.