Squash of The Nations
The players waiting for the tournament to start were seen to be yearning for a good game that evening. So it began, the Nation’s Cup Squash Tournament. Though squash games generally do not boast a rowdy and heated audience, many friends of the participating players were present to show support for their respective countries and friends. In fact, the games that evening caused some passersby to stop and observe as the continuous bouncing sound of the balls simply could not be ignored.
Rahim Irfan from Pakistan put up a well-balanced fight with Kim Hwa Pyeong of Korea. Winning against Irfan by 11-8, 11-8, 12-10, Kim went on to the finals packed with enthusiast.
After a short break, Hady Essam from Egypt was set to play against Kim. The game was a close call, especially in the last round where it looked like a deuce was about to take place, yet Essam eventually placed first against Kim with 11-6, 12-10, 10-12, 1-11, 12-10.
Gold – Hady Essam (Egypt)
Silver – Kim Hwa Pyeong (Korea)
Bronze – Rahim Irfan (Pakistan)
As for the women’s, Nadine Eldesouky from Egypt knocked Tiasha Karunaratue out in the early stages, but lost to Amelie Peter Affrey of Malaysia with 2-11, 8-11, 7-11.
Eventually, Harini Jayasingue of Sri Lanka was matched against Affrey, and proceeded to display a game that boasted of much experience, ending it with 11-3, 11-4, 11-3.
Gold – Harini Jayasingue (Sri Lanka)
Silver – Amelie Peter Affrey (Malaysia)
Bronze – Nadine Eldesouky (Egypt)
The tournament ended on a happy note, considering all players exhibited sportsmanship expected of athletes representing their country, while keeping things friendly throughout the games.
Written by Esther Yap