Who: Joshna Chinappa
What: Won squash individual gold at the South Asian Games
When: 8 February 2016
Joshna Chinappa on 8 February 2016 clinched the gold in women’s individual squash after beating Maria Toorpaki Wazir of Pakistan at the South Asian Games.
Top seed Chinappa recovered from one set down to beat second seeded Wazir 10-12 11-7 11-9 11-7 at the R G Baruah Sports Complex in Guwahati.
About Joshna Chinappa
• Joshna Chinappa reached a career-high world ranking of World No. 13 in December 2015.
• She was the first Indian to win the British Squash Championship title in 2003 in the under 19 category and was also the youngest Indian women’s national champion.
• She is the first beneficiary of Mittal Champions Trust.
• At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she along with Dipika Pallikal won the squash women’s doubles gold medal, making it India’s first ever Commonwealth Games medal in the sport.
About 2016 South Asian Games
• The 2016 South Asian Games, officially the XII South Asian Games, is a major multi-sport event.
• A total of 2672 athletes are scheduled to compete in 228 events over 23 sports.
• Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati on 5 February 2016.
• The event will be concluded on 16 February 2016 in Guwahati and Shillong, India.