CWG 2018: Squash stars Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa happy with a podium finish but rue refereeing


Chennai: India’s leading squash players, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal, returned to a warm welcome here late on Monday night after winning silver medals at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Gold Coast.

Defending champions Joshna and Dipika had to settle for a silver in the women’s doubles competition. Dipika also won a historic silver in mixed doubles with Saurav Ghosal.

“As defending champions, the thought of the past glory did come to the mind,” said Joshna, who had won a gold medal in the Glasgow Games in 2014 with Dipika.

“Four years since (then), much has happened in squash. We were there on the podium then and the goal was not to miss that moment again. To that extent, it was a satisfactory finish,” she said. 

“We are encouraged to work harder for the next big challenge – the Asian Games in August,” she added.

Dipika said the big satisfaction was that they had not come back empty-handed. The duo, however, felt refereeing could have been a lot better at the…

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