GOOD SPORTS: Squashing the Competition
If you haven’t heard of Dipika Pallikal, it’s only because her sport of choice, squash, isn’t as popular as tennis or golf. The 20-year-old from Chennai has been playing squash since age 11 and achieved her highest world ranking, No. 14, in February. She was a finalist at the 2012 Tournament of Champions, previously known as the U.S. Professional Championships, in New York City, the first Indian to reach the final of a Silver event.
She’s yet another example of the success that Indians are having in a variety of sports. “Today you see a lot of attention given to sports; even the government encourages schools to give marks for sports,” she told Deccan Chronicle. “So it’s going in the right direction and there are more athletes taking to sports as a profession.”
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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