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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Squash legend for Dar tour?

5th April 2012

Malaysian squash legend Nicol David, who won the world championship six times, is expected to visit southern African countries in June with an objective of injecting flashes of improvement for the game.

According to a media release from World Squash Federation (WFS), during the visit, David will be accompanied by Egyptian former world junior champion Mohamed El Sharbagy, world referee Mike Colins and South African national team coach Richard Castle.

David is also ambassador of the international squash body.

The delegates accompanying David are expected to conduct coaching and referee workshops in countries which they will visit, including Tanzania.

The high profile world squash figures will visit southern African countries which are active in the game and need technical assistance, according to reliable sources.

Tanzania has no active national squash body but largely depend on the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) squash section for all national team activities.

DGC squash captain Deepak Doshi was not available for comment yesterday as his cell phone was not reachable.

However, one of the squash players at DGC who pleaded for anonymity said it’s unlikely that the high profile world squash figures will visit the country.

The squash player said the top squash delegates are visiting the southern African countries under the WFS ambassador program which was launched last year with the aim of promoting squash in the continent where the sport lacks strong infrastructure, structures and support.

He said the WFS always operate with sports bodies which are active, but the country squash fraternity has not been active since Marwa Busigara stepped down as the captain of DGC.

“We are likely to miss the services of these top squash men because our section is inactive,” he said.

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