Posted by squashgr on 09/10/2012
Nick Matthew and Nicol David, the two world champions in squash, are both backing the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) campaign Say No To Doping.
Matthew and David, the Malaysian who won a record sixth women’s world title last year, are spearheading the World Squash Federation support of the campaign
“We professionals are educated about the dangers of taking or ingesting anything that we are not certain about in respect to anti-doping,” said Matthew, the Englishman who successfully defended his world title last year in Rotterdam. “But we need to play our part to ensure that the sport as a whole is alive to the need to stay clean. “If one person lets us down, the whole sport suffers.”
N Ramachandran, who last month was unanimously re-elected to serve a further term as President of the WSF, added: “We are proud of our anti-doping record, but vigilance is so important to keep it that way. It is for this reason that we, with the support of the players, keep the message percolating down. “The WADA ‘Say No To Doping’ campaign is one we have enthusiastically latched onto to assist the process.”
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Posted by squashgr on 09/10/2012
Cretan affair were the finals in Chania as in men’s event Dimitris Karaoglanidis (Heraklion) won his great rival George Perissynakis and won his first tournament, and in the women’s event Georgina Vogiatzaki (Heraklion) won Kiriaki Marazaki (Heraklion). In the third place matches George Sarris and Mary Stefanaki were the winners also from Heraklion.
The tournament took place at the court which is located in Kokkino Chorio organized by Stephanos Kafantaris and were great games in a summery setting. See the results here
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Posted by squashgr on 08/10/2012
The lob artist Miltos Menexelis is the winner of the first amateur tournament of the year, VSC Welcome Back held at the Vari Sports Club. This was the first tournament he won in his career winning very hard in the final and with the unwavering support of his wife Zeta, the very good and experienced Nikos Kontaroudis from Holmes Place with 11/4 9/11 11/9 8/11 12/10 (3-2). Click here to view all results and more photos (thanks to Sami Haj-Hamed for photos). Check all the results here and all the photos.
In the final evolution of the score made the game exciting as both players played well enough and spectators enjoyed a beautiful final. Miltos started the match very concentrated with a game efficiently and without errors. But in the middle of the second game and while preceded by 5-1 points Nick slowly but consistently showed that turned the game playing very well by taking the games to 1/1. But then Miltos worked better the points and tired Nick and the game was brought to the fifth game where Miltos took by 12-10!
In the race for third place, the left-handed magician Alexander Karydakis, also from Holmes, won John Kyrkilis (Aquadome) with 11/7 10/12 11/9 8/11 11/5 (3-2), not only was the first time he continued playing in a tournament on Sunday, as semifinals usually held on the last day, but he also won the small final! And in this fight, there were strong emotions but cool Alexander eventually won easily by taking the fifth game easy. In the semifinals Miltos Menexelis won Alexander Karydakis with 3/1 and Nick Kontaroudis won John Kyrkilis with the same score.
The tournament began Friday with some pretty good races and singled them difficult victory very good Thanos Bafas on Dutch Marc Van der Peet with 3/2. Marc recently arrived in Greece and aims to play more tournaments while he trains very often. In the second round favorite Karydakis struggled to dominate the very good player Sotiris Pigas with 3/2. Sotiris plays very nice squash and we will see more of him in the future as he trains intensively. In another match which was won in the fifth game Thanos Bafas this time playing Aris Arzoglou (Vari Sports Club). Nick Kontaroudis won the tournament’s surprise Australian Peter Foley, who came from Megara to participate in the tournament, again in the fifth game. Another good game was Nikos Galanis against Holmes Vangelis Koutsoupis won 3/1.
So hopefully we got in Saturday afternoon for the quarterfinals. Menexelis defeated fighter Alfredo Koutsolioutsos (Holmes) with 3/1, Karydakis easily Stefanos Xenakis (Aquadome) with 3/0, Kyrkilis against Bafas 3/1 and the surprise was the defeat of No. 2 Nikos Galanis from another Nick, Nick Kontaroudis also 3/1.
In the classification matches were some of the best games of the tournament. Manolis Kefaloyiannis (Vari Sports Club) finished ninth to tenth Koutsoupis. In the thirteenth position another player of Holmes Sami Haj-Hamed from Jordan who settled in Greece and constantly evolving as a player. Pigas in fifteenth position and also the experienced Iliakidis finished in seventeenth place, but should be much more stable in his game. Unlucky was the Peter Foley who in his struggle with Koutsoupis happened to pull the chute and was ahead 2-0 and 9/7. We wish him a fast and soon recovery, his presence was an honor for us. Of the remaining players Dionysis Stathopoulos has improved and soon he will continue rising as also Gartaganis and Efthimiou who always give their best. His first victory in inaugural tournament did Theodore Vokos (CAA) on Egyptian Mamhood Serag Elkharadly who has many margins of development.
The tournament concluded with the awarding of the pool and the Fair Play Award went to Sami Haj-Hamed. In conclusion except the very best games made mention that it was the first tournament in Greece where players played at least four games. To thank Mr. George Pipergias for the great hospitality facilities at Vari Sports Club which always helps the sport for almost a decade.
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Posted by squashgr on 01/10/2012
World Squash Federation President N Ramachandran has been re-elected by acclaim for a further four-year term at the 42nd WSF AGM today in Stockholm, Sweden. Greece was presented by ex-9 time Greek champion Panagiotis Vasiliou who is also resident of the Swedish capital.
Ramachandran, from Chennai in India, declared himself honoured to have been given the opportunity of have a further period of presidency.
“I have dedicated myself to leading the squash quest to achieve our dream of a place on the programme of the Olympic Games, and will continue to do so,” said Ramachandran, who succeeded squash legend Jahangir Khan in October 2008.
“Our sport has a great deal to offer and the chance for me to continue pressing our case is a task I will throw myself into fully.”
Hugo Hannes, the current President of the European Squash Federation, from Belgium, was also elected a Vice President for the first time – joining re-elected VPs Heather Deayton (Hong Kong) and Mohamed El Menshawy (Egypt). Former WSF President Jahangir Khan, of Pakistan, also accepted an invitation to continue as Emeritus President.
WSF Vice-President Chris Stahl (Malta), who had not stood for re-election, was recognised by President Ramachandran for his many years of dedicated service to squash generally and the WSF specifically.
The AGM followed the two-day AGM Conference which featured a variety of presentations for representatives of 40 nations as well as a large number of observers. The presentations included case studies of the growth in squash in Poland; marketing initiatives from other sports; a stakeholder survey from New Zealand; the Swiss National Development Plan marketing planning; and an Olympic bid update given by Mike Lee of Vero Communications, the WSF bid consultants.
The conference followed the inaugural WSF Development Conference which featured presentations on schemes used by tennis, badminton and table tennis – alongside initiatives from the squash world such as the Colombian Schools Programme; the Egyptian junior selection system; development tools; dealing with introducing and transitioning players; and a series of workshops.
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Posted by squashgr on 10/09/2012
Following the last two years Petros Tzamaloukas Academy was based again in Kivotos Mykonos for the summer season. Petros continued this success at Kivotos Hotel in Mykonos (www.kivotosmykonos.com) for a third year in a row with many moments of fun and squash at the awesome Kivotos squash court. The 37 y.o. Greek champion ’03 and ex-No 105 PSA was there from July since September giving individual lessons and organising fun squash events. Five star Kivotos Hotel is member of the Leading Hotels of the World.
Mykonos is a beautiful and cosmopolitan island which is one of the top worldwide destinations for holidays and well known for the amazing beaches and nightlife. Now Mykonos is also ‘’the place’’ for squash along with leisure and fun. The base of squash academy is the award-winning KIVOTOS HOTEL situated in Ornos bay and it’s fantastic ASB glass back court with 60 people seating capacity. The aim of the academy is Mykonos and Kivotos Hotel to become a squash destination for squash club’s group holidays as also for individual squash players and a place for training for top pro players ,and it’s a perfect place to do so.
A squash international open tournament is held since 2001 with a big success and for next summer we hope to welcome you again for another Kivotos Mykonos Open experience.
The tournament is open to everyone and there will be participants from all over Greece and from abroad. There will be special accommodation packages and you can contact Petros at email@example.com
for more info.
Petros Tzamaloukas was Greek champion with a career best PSA world ranking 105 ,winner of many international tournaments and played for Greek national team at 1 world and 17 European team champs. With a 12 year coaching experience now aged 37 his aim is to create the next Greek champion and make people meet and enjoy this wonderful sport ,which is known as one of the healthiest sports and activities. For individual and group lessons you can contact Petros at +30 6972 864034 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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