Swiss champ Ambre Allinckx pulls out of World Junior squash meet as 'girls unsafe in India'

With the international media reporting about sexual harassment against women in the country, India’s reputation as a destination has suffered.

Published: 20th July 2018 04:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th July 2018 12:22 PM   |  A+A-

Swiss squash champion Ambre Allinckx. (Photo |@SiteSquash/Twitter)

Express News Service

CHENNAI: Rarely a day goes by without reports in the media about sexual harassment against women. In the most recent case, 17 men were charged with raping an 11-year-old girl in Chennai.

At the ongoing World Junior Squash Championships in Chennai, the Switzerland team has come without their top girl player, whose parents didn’t want her to travel to India due to these concerns. Teams from Iran, US and Australia have also expressed concerns and asked players not to venture out alone. Some have decided to dress carefully.

Pascal Bhurin, coach of the Switzerland team, said their best player is missing because of what they have been hearing about India. “Ambre Allinckx is our top-ranked women’s player. She couldn’t make it because her parents did not want. They have been reading reports on the internet about how unsafe India is for women and didn’t want to take the risk of sending their daughter over. However, we have not experienced any disturbance so far.”

Other teams express similar concerns. “We heard about such issues. So I prefer that my daughter stays with the team always,” said Amir, father of Iranian player Niki. “Her safety is the primary concern. It’s also because she isn’t familiar with the country or the language.”

Even the Australian team is taking precautions. “We always have somebody with us. When I travel to other countries like New Zealand, I go out and feel alright. Out here, we always have a guy with us,” said Australian player Alex Haydon.


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  • Arkson

    What a sorry state of affairs. It is shameful.
    4 years ago reply
  • pedofart profit

    thanks to the selective news publishings of the presstitutes of India
    4 years ago reply
  • steven

    Great decision by the player & her parents Appreciated.
    4 years ago reply
    • Yamuna Harshavardhana

      Sorry to disappoint with the face that Switzerland has 7.2 rapes per 100,000 while India has only 1.8 - by this standard, she must not live in Sweden! Media reports are playing havoc. Australia stands way high at 28 while the US is at 27.2. Sweden is at an unbelievable 67.5.
      4 years ago reply
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