Israel youth squash champ team 370.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger and Adi Avishai)
Israel’s under-15 squash team was runner-up to England in the final of the
European Junior Squash Championships 2013, which just concluded this week in
Seventeen countries participated in the U15 age
En route to the final, the team of Ido Burstein, Yali Shass, Sahar
Keidar and Raz Fridman defeated teams from Spain, Finland, Ireland and Denmark
and in the semifinal overcame the favorite and top seed, France.
two matches a day, the youngsters drew much praise from the opposing players and
team managers for their sportsmanship and tenacity.
Squash is one of
eight sports vying for the single spot available for inclusion in the Olympic
Games for 2020.
Acceptance by the International Olympic Committee would
undoubtedly give a big boost to the sport and hopefully bring more financial
support from the government.
Meanwhile, squash in Israel receives meager
funding from the government and national lottery, resulting in each of these
juniors having to fully finance their participation and opportunity to represent
An elated Stan Tannen, Chairman of the Israel Squash Rackets
Association’s Youth Committee, noted that this was the first time a junior
squash team from Israel had reached the final of a European Championship and
praised the team and the national coach, Nadav Wilensky, for their outstanding