Ramachandran faces scathing attack, Joshna stands out on court
Joshna Chinappa overtook Dipika Pallikal to become India’s highest-ranked player while off the court N Ramachandran’s role as the boss of the world governing body was questioned in what turned out to be a memorable year for Indian and world squash.
Ramachandran faced a lot of heat, both as president of the World Squash Federation (WSF) and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), coinciding with his brother N Srinivasan’s ouster from the International Cricket Council.
The Professional Squash Association (PSA) went to the extent of calling Ramachandran an “embarrassment” to the sport for leading WSF to another failed Olympic bid. Back home in India, selected member federations wanted him removed as the IOA chief but he managed to weather the storm.
The start of the year also saw the merger of male professional body PSA and its women’s counterpart WSA. On the court, Joshna had the most fruitful time among country’s three torch-bearers including Dipika and Saurav Ghosal.