Excellence important for Joshna, not the stage

Joshna doesn’t want to badmouth any sport that has been preferred over squash at the quadrennial bash.

Published: 04th September 2016 05:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th September 2016 01:16 PM   |  A+A-

Joshna - PTI

CHENNAI: A hundred thousand. 100,000. That’s a big number, it separates the smaller ones from the big boys. That’s also the amount of times Joshna Chinappa has had to answer questions on one particular theme. “Squash at the Olympics.” It’s understandable because it’s difficult to wrap your head around the idea that the sport doesn’t figure, especially when you take into consideration that ‘sports’ such as equestrian – essentially horses that jump over obstacles – figure prominently.

But she doesn’t want to badmouth any sport that has been preferred over squash at the quadrennial bash. “I did watch the Olympics,” she says from China. “It would have been amazing to compete there. I have been asked that question about squash and the Olympics some 100,000 times.” 

Yet, as the likes of Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu were helping India to medals in Rio, Joshna, in the company of Dipika Pallikal, Harinder Pal Sandhu and Saurav Ghosal, was helping the country towards its biggest ever medal haul at the World Doubles Championship in Australia. Three medals were won (silver and bronze in mixed doubles, with another bronze in women’s doubles) in four days, but the 29-year-old doesn’t want to make too much out of it. “It’s fun playing doubles and better when we win medals.”

She played with and against Dipika at the Worlds but says it’s pretty normal for such a scenario to present itself. “It’s natural for us that the top two players team up for the country and that’s how Dipika and I always look at it. Yes, we do compete with each other on the professional tour but we also enjoy playing for India and that’s always our priority.”

From a rankings point of view, her goal is to stay in the top-10, and given how her season has gone, it’s looking good. Twice losing finalist, a quarterfinal, a second round and two semifinal appearances (in doubles). “Decent” is the word she uses but many players would have killed to have such a start.

Stay up to date on all the latest Sport news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp