Woe for squash duo

Romit Parshottam, left, and Sailesh Pala wait for a train at the Commonwealth Games Village in Brisbane, Australia. Picture: MAIKELI SERU

Romit Parshottam, left, and Sailesh Pala wait for a train at the Commonwealth Games Village in Brisbane, Australia. Picture: MAIKELI SERU

FIJIAN squash players are working overtime to familiarise themselves with their games facilities at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia.

Duo Sailesh Pala, a former national under-23 football captain and Romit Parshottam said the courts in the games were different from the ones they used back home.

“That’s one of the biggest challenge,” Parshotam said.

“The courts are glass walls and the balls are white compared with the semi-glass and timber courts we have at home and the black balls. It will affect us, but we had been working hard since we reached here to know the courts well before the games,” Pala pitched in.

“It is a minor issue, but we want to make sure that we cover all our tracks well before we start the competition.”

This will be the duo’s first Commonwealth Games.

“I have won silver medals at Pacific Games, but this is a big one and I will make sure that I play well,” Parshottam of Lautoka said.

The duo are businessmen — Parshottam in Lautoka, Pala in Suva.

“I will play against the Sri Lankan number one and that is a great challenge for me. I have not studied him, but I will give my best for Fiji,” Parshottam added.

He is expected to be joined by his family members from Fiji on sidecourt during the games.

Pala, meanwhile said family support would see him succeed.

“I left behind my lovely family, especially my two beautiful kids. I will ensure that I win for them, for my friends and supporters, and importantly for my country Fiji.”

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