Junior Iranian squash player ranked best among Asian athletes
Sun Feb 7, 2016 12:7PM
Junior Iranian squash player Alireza Shameli has been named among the greatest athletes in Asia thanks to his commendable performance at the REDtone 9th Kuala Lumpur International Junior Open Squash Championships in Malaysia.
According to the latest rankings released by the Asian Squash Federation, Shameli stood at the top position in the boy’s under-17 category with 1, 149.40 points.
Law Yat Long from Hong Kong collected 1,092.20 points, claiming the second spot in Asia. Malaysian and Pakistani athletes Eugene Heng and Kashif Asif gained 972.00 and 900.00 points respectively to land in the third and fourth spots.
Egypt’s Mostafa Asal is the top-ranked Asian athlete in the boy’s under-15 division with 1,080.00 points. Muhd Hafiz Zhafri from Malaysia accumulated 849.00 points to sit in the second position, while third-place Iranian Mohammadreza Ja’farzadeh garnered 825.40 points. Malaysia’s Danial Bin Shahrul Izham bagged 750.00 points to stand fourth.
In the boy’s under-19 section, Japanese Ryunosuke Tsukue received 1215.00 points to claim the berth at the top in Asia.
Second-place Indian Abhay Singh earned 1192.50 points. Sajad Zareian from Iran stood third with 1149.40 points and was followed by Pakistan’s Israr Ahmed with 1080.00 points.
On October 6, Shameli suffered defeat (8-11, 11-8, 11-2, 9-11, 13-11) against Eugene Heng from Malaysia in the boys’ under-17 category, and settled for the silver.
Zareian also lost to Tsukue (13-11, 11-9 and 11-3) in the final match of the boys’ under-19 category, and was awarded the silver medal.
The REDtone 9th Kuala Lumpur International Junior Open Squash Championships started in Malaysia on December 1, and finished on December 6, 2015.
The tournament brought some 500 squash players together, making it the biggest junior sporting event in Asia.