By: Nurwajihah Laili
BUKIT JALIL – The squash team from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) emerged triumphant when they won the championship of the Higher Learning Institutions (IPT) Team Squash Tournament which took place at the National Squash Centre, Bukit Jalil recently.
The UPM team squash defeated INTI International University 2-1 in the final, walking away with RM1,500 cash, a plaque and a championship trophy sponsored by YR1M.
UPM was led by team leaders, Mohd Amir Farhan, Gurshan Singh, Mithila Tamilarasan, and Mohd Saifullah.
Gurshan Singh collected the first point for UPM, winning 11-7, 11-3, 9-11 and 11-8 over Bryan Lim.
INTI IU equalized when its player, Lee Ka defeated Mithila Tamilarasan 11-9 and 11-6 before UPM’s Mohd Amir emerged the hero, winning over Alvin Chai with 11-8, 11-7, 11-9.
According to Mohd Amir, his team is aiming for the finals and won the championship.
"A strong team spirit has helped the team to beat the favorites, including the team from University of Malaya (UM) in the semi-finals," he said.
UM were represented by national players, Mohd Addeen Idrakie, Yoveineshan, and Gillian Ng.
Mohd Amir expressed his appreciation to team manager, Dr. Yap Wing Fen and UPM Squash Club members who had been instrumental for the team’s victory.
The UM team which lost to UPM in the semi-finals, came in third place after a 2-0 win over Sunway University.
A total of 27 teams from 14 higher education institutions took part in the tournament. – UPM.
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