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Press Articles of Raju Chainani (1994)


Khan squash tree loses a branch

Mid-day 8/4/1994

SEATTLE, April 8 THE sudden passing away of Moibullah Senior, one of the 'Four Musketeers of Squash' has come as a big blow "Mo" as he was popularly known, had come off court at the Harvard Club in Boston where he was the resident pro and was witnessing a match from the gallery when he suffered a massive heart attack. He was 57.

Mo was Hashim Khan's nephew. In the early 1950's, Hashim had begun the glorious era of the Khans and his seven British Open victories remained a record till Geoff Hunt surpassed it in 1980.

Hashim's dominance set the scene for his younger brother Azam who won the British Open three times. Jahangirs father Roshan and Moibullah senior won this event once each and it was only in 1963 that the rule of the Khans was disrupted.

Moibullah had been groomed to carry on where his illustrious uncles had left off. After winning the British Open in 1962, he made the Trans-Atlantic journey to America. His skills impressed none other than the late President John F Kennedy and Mo soon found himself as the professional at the prestigious Harvard Club.

His death has certainly cast a gloom over the squash world. His brother, Gul Khan accompanied the body from Boston to Peshawar where the last rites are to be performed. Joining the group of mourners arc Hashim, Azam, Roshan, Juhangir

At last year's World Open in Karachi, Roshan Khan had depicted seven trees one for each of the Pakistanis who had won the British Open. Of them, Hashim, Azam, Roshan, Qamar Zaman, Jahangir and Jansher are alive and kicking. Forty years have passed since Hashim began it all, Now, one of those branches has broken.

Squash trainees ask for more

The Times of India 31st May 1994.

BOMBAY, May 30. "DONT go, Sir, please stay another two weeks," pleaded many of the trainees, like , month-long coaching camp with Satiate Bajwa at the cricket dub of India courts had gone off very well and the kids wanted more. But, "Sir" had to go back to London where Jansher Khan was due, to arrive today from France. The good news for them though is that "Sir" should be back in October for another stint.

You have to nun the clock back almost 30 years to remember the days when Yusuf Khan taught the likes of Anil Nayar, Fali Madon, Dinshaw Pandole and others the ropes. As times changed and western philosophy sunk in the coaching methods did likewise. At Seattle, in Yusuf's club, the presence, of a gymnasium, aerobic instructors and modern day gadgets speak for themselves.

During the last four weeks, Satinder Bajwa has attempted to show the Indian juniors the importance of getting the basics right. There were drills that may look mundane, positional playing that may be boring and the nutrition aspect that may not sound important But these are part of a total package designed at getting the juniors thinking in the right direction.

The camp was a tremendous success. Two years ago, Bajwa had seen the Indian under-19 team just before they left for Hong Kong for the world championships. He had a chance to speak to them last Friday. "Your victory over Pakistan at hut year's Asian is something to be proud of. But do remember  that you would have woken a sleeping giant Next time they play you they will remember what happened at Singapore. It is up to you to prepare yourselves and be   able to   repeat   that   performance.

The future, though, lay with the younger brigade, many of whom were at the camp dating the last four weeks. "It has been tough on them but I fed they have coped well. Hopefully, they will continue in the same manner and we shall have the makings of some top level players,"  said Bajwa. He had been gentle but firm. The juniors had grown to  appreciate what was being taught and when it was time for "Sir'  to go, there was even a silent tear.

The warm-up, stretching and warm-down become a regular routine. With the able assistance of Deepika Chandratreya, Bajwa was able to get the juniors into six groups whereby they could practice their drills on court.

"Each time they made an unforced error they had to do five pushups. It wasn't meant as a punishment but to make them realise that they should not have played such a stroke," he said.

The continuity aspect is important and from Saturday, the juniors have been asked to attend a three-hour session which will be guided by Fali Madon  and Deepika Chandratreya. It'll be a once a week routine aimed at keeping the discipline and will continue till Bajwa's return during the Diwali holidays.

His presence here during the last four weeks certainly opened many eyes. The camp was made possible thanks to the sponsorship from Central Roadlines Corporation, the never say die attitude of Professional Management Group and the splendid assistance recieved from CCI.

Daruvala roped in as coach

By A Staff Reporter 
Times of India 5/4/1994
BOMBAY, May 4.

THE four boys chosen last year for the Non-Resident Indian Squash Association (NRISA) junior development programme, Rohan Bhappu, Shondip Ghosh, Rishad Billimoria and Paul Fererria, have performed creditably in the 1993-94 domestic season.

Bhappu won the national under 14 title and Billimoria was the national under 19 champion. Ghosh was runner-up at the national under 14 and under 16 categories. Paul Fererria reached the semi-finals of the men's Nationals last December.

At the Asian seniors championship in January, Billimoria played at number two and Fererria participated in the individual event. This quartet did have the benefit of coaching with Yusuf Khan at Seattle last summer.

As part of the programme devised to assist the junior talent, the NRISA have included Abhijit Kukreja in the scheme this year. Some other top juniors are also being considered.

Prince Inc, the world leader in squash rackets, sponsored the four boys under the NRISA scheme last year and the coach, Ananth Nayak, with free rackets. Pleased with the performance of the juniors they have agreed to support more boys (and/or girls) under the programme.

The NRISA have roped to Meherwan Daruvala, five times national champion, as a coach. This would widen the base, particularly in Bombay. Over the next 12 months, the junior programme will be expanded as both Daruvala and Fali Madon would be involved on a regular basis.

Last December, the NRISA brought down Abdul Shaikh, the Vancouver-based coach, to teach the Bombay club professionals. His fluent Marathi proved to be an added bonus and, for the first time, the local professionals were given lessons on how to coach. Abdul Shaikh has been earmarked for another such clinic in December.

The junior development programme has been made possible thanks to support from Kishinchand Chellaram foundation, Mahindra and Mahindra, Vitesse and Prince Inc., a spokes­man said.

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