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May 24 2015 9:57PM

Lake takes Jersey title




Lake takes Jersey title




May 24 2015 9:56PM

Pezzota takes Paraguay title






Pezzota takes Paraguay title




May 24 2015 9:54PM

Home win for Reiko in Kriens




Home win for Reiko in Kriens





Malaysia’s world No.1 Nicol David and Spain’s highest-ranked squash player of all-time Borja Golan led the latest World Squash Federation initiative into Serbia this week in the first leg of a week-long trip which will also take in Romania and Croatia.

David, who has participated in all but one of the ‘Ambassador’ programmes, and debutant Golan, ranked 12 in the world, visited the SquashLand Club in central Belgrade, running coaching clinics and playing against the country’s top seniors and juniors.

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Jelena Dutina, the five-time Serbian women’s champion, was full of admiration for David (pictured above with Dutina) after playing the record eight-time world champion from Penang: “I’m impressed by how beautiful she is as a player - and a person,” said Dutina. “It was such an honour to play her. It’s made my day - and my year!”

Lana Prokić, the reigning Serbian girls’ junior champion, was overjoyed at the chance to share a court with David. “We all admire Novak Djokovic, the world number one tennis player from Serbia - but Nicol David is the idol for juniors like me,” said the 17-year-old. “I try to watch her on SquashTV as much as can.

"I have over one thousand friends on Facebook - mostly to do with squash - but I’m sure I’ll get more now!”

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A group of players from Bulgaria made the 800 km round trip to Belgrade to see the WSF ambassadors. “We love squash and when we heard that Nicol and Borja would be so close, we had to come and see them - with the hope of playing them,” said Aneliya Dukova.

Damir Stajner, Executive Director of the Olympic Committee of Serbia, also visited the club to meet the players and WSF CEO Andrew Shelley, who was able to update him on squash’s efforts to achieve a place on the programme of the 2020 Olympic Games.

After hosting a meeting for the WSF Ambassadors at his government offices, Assistant Minister for Sport Uros Zekovic also attended a press conference staged at the newly-opened Radisson Blu Old Mill Hotel - joint sponsors of the WSF visit to Belgrade.

The conference attracted three television networks - Sport Network, B92 TV and RTS1 - as well as national newspapers including Danas and Atastars.

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After seeing the extensive national TV coverage provided by Sport Network, SSA President Vitorovic told the WSF Ambassadors: “Your visit has been the biggest boost we have ever had. We couldn’t have hoped for anything better than this.

"I hope the government will continue to support us, by not only recognising the sport but helping our bid to create a National Centre.

"I watched Nicol and Borja when they were playing our kids - and they were smiling. My dream is that one of our juniors today will go on to represent Serbia in the 2020 Olympics!

"We are a small sport - and there are many small sports in Serbia - and we currently only have three clubs in the whole country. But we are fighters. I am confident that we will have a National Centre here in Belgrade and at least ten clubs throughout Serbia.







OnnoWood Kriens - down to the last four









German Nationals - down to the semis




May 23 2015 10:33PM

Evan and Gawad triumph in Sharm




Evan and Gawad triumph in Sharm







Top seeds beaten in marathon Jersey semis









Delierre wins marathon Paraguay semi




May 22 2015 10:13PM

Jersey Classic - quarters




Jersey Classic - quarters




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