Dipika Pallikal on Friday slammed the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) for failing to appoint a coach since April 2018 and said the state of the sport in the country is ‘disheartening’.
“If you want to try and take squash forward in the country, the first rule is to have a coach. It’s just bizarre to head to the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games without a coach. It’s just disheartening to see what is happening to Indian squash,” said Dipika.
Dipika said the SRFI needs to have a structure in place for Indians to become a formidable force at the world level. “There has to be a proper structured program, scheduling etc in place. To try and become world champion, a lot of planning has to be done. It’s not the best scenario in the country right now without a coach.”
She added top players like herself and Joshna Chinappa escape the charade of the coaches coming and going by basing themselves abroad.