THE Papua New Guinea Squash and Racquets Federation is looking to launch an elite girl’s junior squad in the singles dividion next month in preparation for upcoming events in 2023.
PNGSRF president Lady Anna Togolo said PNG Squash had achieved its best results last year despite the Covid-19 disruptions since 2021 and were looking forward to international competitions ahead.
“This year it will be an individual and girls’ team completion, PNGSRF will launch an elite girls junior squad next month for these championships,” she said.
Lady Togolo told The National that PNGSRF had come a long way with their premier squash club, Port Moresby Racquets Club which would be supporting the juniors and elite squads for the international competitions.
“World Squash Juniors will take place in Melbourne, Australia, in late July while the Oceania championship will be held in Fiji in early October.
“The federation has just released the long list of events that will be the equivalent of a Pacific Games competition since Honiara (Solomon Islands) have no squash court facilities,” she added.
Lady Togolo said under the new PNG Olympic Committee selection criteria, rankings would count towards the 2026 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Australia, another opportunity for a national squash team to participate in.
“2022 saw the return of PNG squash at an international level after the pandemic and in 2023 we expect to see the results of the junior development programme with good rankings with targeted regional competitions in PNG.”
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