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WSF
prexy,
world open, more …

GLOBAL GALLERY November 2001
Martin Bronstein’s astigmatic view of the world
of squash.

© 2001 All rights reserved.
photos © 2001, D Tessier, R Beck and V Winchell


GOODBYE SUSIE…HELLO MIKE?
Well now, after all the speculation as to whether the members of the Word
Squash Federation (WSF) would vote in favor of a fourth term for the illustrious
and very popular Susie Simcock as president, she made it clear that she
would not serve a fourth term because her ailing husband is now retiring
and she can no longer spare the time. This year alone Susie spent 86 days
away from her native New Zealand, attending championships, AGM’s and other
official business on behalf of the WSF; remember, everywhere is a long
way from New Zealand. So George Mieras , director of the WSF championships
committee, withdrew his proposed motion to change the laws. This leaves
the field open to.. whom? The front runner is Mike Corby, president of
England’s SRA and the English Hockey Association. The rules now states
that no national president can also hold the position of WSF president,
which means if Corby does get the nod next year, he will have to give
up the England job. He did not like that new ruling, one little bit. He
wanted it all. From talking to various contacts, there are no other high
profile candidates for the job, although one source said it would be a
wonderful thing if the US could come up with a good candidate. A man with
a squash background and with good money contacts would be an attractive
proposition to a lot of WSF members. So come on America, put your thinking
caps on.

THE
WORLD OPEN IS OFF. JUST LIKE I SAID MANY MOONS AGO

Procam International announced the “postponement” of the Men’s world open
in Mumbai, because of the present Afghanistan situation. Tosh. Bullfroth.
Horsestuff. Anhil Singh never came up with the $150,000 prize money. I
wrote in this column eight months ago that this world open would not take
place, having spoken to seriously well-informed contacts. Although Procam
and the Indian SRA kissed and made up – one of the obstacles was the animosity
between these two parties – the real problem – one of money – never was
resolved. Even though PSA kept on reassuring us that everything was on
track, they also kept on saying that a sponsorship was imminent, on the
verge, nearing completion and several other euphemisms that translated
as “we don’t got one”.

PETER
KNEW, DIDN’T HE?

Long before the announcement of the “postponement”,
Peter Nicol, who had not entered the YMG Classic in Toronto in order to
save himself for the world open, suddenly entered the YMG Classic. So
he obviously knew, or suspected all was not well. Mind you, he might be
smiling inwardly: the “postponement” means that he will reign for three
years as world champion. The next world open will be in Antwerp in December
2002. What used to be the Esso Open in the spring has been moved. You
can rest assured that it will take place as planned with the full $150,000
prize money.

BUT
LO! WHAT BREAKS THROUGH CHUNDAI WINDOW?

*** NOTICE THIS EMAIL DISCOVERED
TO BE A HOAX
***

I got an e-mail today, November 5th from India. I reproduce it without
comment.

dear
sir,
i wish to inform the WSF members that the world open which was going to
be held in mumbai, india in december 2001 and which has been postponed
can now be held at chennai, india.


i am cyrus poncha (india’s official national coach) and the squash rackets
association of india (SRFI) SEC-GEN mr. N.RAMCHANDRAN has told me to write
to the WSF chief and other regarding this.

He
has told the WSF panel members that PROCAM doesn’t have the capacity to
organise such a big tournament as they are in serious financial problem.
they will also back out for the rest 4 world open alloted to them Mr N.Ramchandran
also the ASF president is ready to take over the said tournament and organise
it in Chennai, India at a very short notice.

since
he directy cannot write he has asked me to write it to you. Mr. N. Ramchandran’s
financial condition is very strong and has requested the WSF members to
allot all the 5 world open, which was alloted to PROCAM from Mumbai to
his company India Cement Ltd. Kindly treat this matter urgently.


thanking you, cyrus poncha. official national coach of india

Good
for you Mr Poncha and may you stand firm in India Cement.
?

*** NOTICE THIS EMAIL DISCOVERED
TO BE A HOAX
***

Good
Folly Miss Golly

Golestan (known as Golly) Radwan, Squashtalk’s observant Egyptian correspondent,
is not at all happy with my World Team Championships review.

She
says: “In your whole final report, you mentioned Egypt only a couple
times, each time stating that their opponents ‘should have won’. … El
Borolossy outclassed Martin Heath…. And I cannot understand why Shahier
Razik should have beaten Mohammed Abbas.”
And she also complains:
“Why is it that when we win a match it was because the others were bad
and not because we were good?”

Point
taken, although I did point out somewhere that Egypt did very well without
Barada at number one. And yes, Egypt finished second even though they
were seeded a lowly sixth and that does deserve recognition. And results,
while final, are not the only thing to be considered. Power was injured;
had he been fully fit he would have beaten Darwish, Canada would have
been in the final and Egypt would have finished lower. That’s the luck
of the draw. She also admonishes me for seeding Egypt only third for 2003.
Well Golly, a lot can happen in two years. An awful lot. Certainly Darwish,
Abbas and Shabana can only get better. But so can a lot of other players.


HOW TO BEAT THE WORLD NUMBER ONE….TRAVEL LIKE MAD
Tim Garner had a great win in Macau and then left at 20.30 local time
to go to Germany to play in the Bundesliga. He got a taxi, then a jetfoil,
another taxi, a train, two planes and then a car to arrive in Bonn 19
hours later, ten minutes before he was due on court. He was to face world
number one David Palmer, so no chance there then. Not so fast; Garner
beat Palmer 17-15 in the fifth. Garner is ranked 50 in the world. There
is really not much you can say about such a fantastic win under such circumstances
except, well done Tim.

SUPER
SARAH?

I spoke to someone who was in Melbourne. Said the Masters was almost a
disaster once Fablon had withdrawn their cash and there was no computer,
adding that the volunteers worked hard, but it was hardly a world class
affair. Then this person (no names, no sex) said that considering all
that went on with the cancelling of events and other less than admirable
shenanigans, the members of the PSA should fire their entire board, combine
with WISPA and elect Sarah Fitz-Gerald as president of the new association.

NEVER
ON A SUNDAY

I was called early one Sunday morning and assured that certain high-profile
members of the Australian squash fraternity were not present to see Australia
win the world team title. Well, that’s what I though I heard and wrote
a piece for Squashtalk, which has since been retracted. Ross Barry of
Squash Australia was present, as was coach Rodney Martin. They have my
full apologies for my mistake. But Geoff Hunt, I am assured, was not present
to see the final victory, even though he was there for the previous events.
Maybe it pains him to see David Palmer so triumphant. I am told that Palmer
will not even speak to Hunt. So please, don’t call me early on Sunday
mornings. Nothing religious, you understand. In fact, don’t call me early
any morning. My brain really only starts to function after midnight.

AND
FINALLY…

Barry Faguy, the tireless referee from Montreal who produces a ref’s newsletter
reports that at the Canadian nationals a player asked for a let and was
denied. “Aw come on, let please ?,”, he cajoled. “No let,” repeated the
ref. “Man, that was a tough call.” “No it was easy,” replied the referee.

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