Participants pose for a group photo.
The Junior Squash Festival organized by the Tennis and Country Club Fujairah (TCCF), considered a major center of sporting activities in the emirate, proved to be a great success for the young players.
The squash event started two years ago at the club has seen amazing growth with the current edition attracting 71 players to compete in different categories.
Squash is a growing obsession among sports fans in Fujairah and the event saw fans turn out in force to cheer on the players.
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Hamad Bin Saif Bin Hamad Al Sharqi and Najib Salem, Secretary General of the United Arab Emirates Squash Association graced the occasion.
Sheikh Ahmed presented Salem with an appreciation award.
In junior boys, Abdulrahman (RAK) beat Selim Wahdan in U-9, Zain Fathi (Abu Dhabi) beat Alden Fernandes (RAK) in U-11,
Adiv Gole (Flying Dav Squash Academy) beat Yasseen Bahr (Farah Momen Squash Academy) in U-13 while Mykyta Khlus (Flying Dav Squash Academy) outlasted Adiv Gole (Flying Dav Squash Academy) in U-15.
Aley Afifi (Farah Momen Squash Academy) dismissed Eeshan Sawant (Flying Dav Squash Academy) in the U-17 final.
Omar Afifi (Farah Momen Squash Academy) defeated Aley Afifi (Farah Momen Squash Academy) to win the U-19 title.
In the newly added girls category, Joy Mario Rafik emerged victorious in U-11 with victory over Mariam El Wakeel
Rufaida Fatima (RAK) defeated Rodina Islam Abdel Wahab (Farah Momen Squash Academy) in U-15
Tia Farzad Billimoria (Flying Dav Squash Academy) defeated Jana Al Ansary (Farah Momen Squash Academy) in U-19.
Sheikh Ahmed and the Secretary General of the United Arab Emirates Squash Association presented the trophies to the winners.
Hania Reggi, Acting Managing Director of TCCF, said: “The TCCF Junior and Senior competitions are popular showcases for squash talent and provide opportunities to earn important national ranking points through the support of the UAE Squash Association. .”
Hania has invited junior squash players from across the UAE to the upcoming Tennis and Country Club Fujairah tournament which is due to take place in December.
Jacques Harmse, Tournament Director, said: “With the increasing number of participants and the variety of player skill levels, there will be an increasing need for tournaments at different levels in the near future.
“It will spur the immense growth of squash not only in academies but also in our schools.”
Salem thanked the TCCF for their efforts in growing squash nationwide.
In his remarks, Salem expressed his gratitude to parents, players and coaches for their dedication and underscored the UAE Squash Association’s goal to have its athletes compete at the highest possible level on the international stage.
“The squash tournaments held at the TCCF have always been successful in attracting the best young talent from the UAE, as well as players from the GCC.”
“We are fortunate to have the world-class resources, staff and administration to organize events of this magnitude,” said Abdul Ghafour Behrozian, President of TCCF.