Monday 18 December 2017

Squash: Bizarre American squash court outburst overshadows Trinity College national title

Rod Gilmour

The usually genteel world of collegiate squash in the United States has garnered national attention for the second time in three months following a bizarre outburst by its No 1 player as Trinity College celebrated winning this year's national title.

The incident occurred after 6' 5'' Trinity senior Baset Chaudhry hit the winning shot against Yale's Kenneth Chan, a much smaller opponent, to help the college celebrate its 12th consecutive national squash team title at the weekend.

Filmed by local television, Chaudhry screamed into his opponent's face before Chan had time to extend his arm to congratulate his victor.

Chaudhry then left the court to celebrate with his ecstatic team-mates, but in another moment of madness prevented Chan from exiting the court.

Chaudhry has since apologised for the outburst but awaits a ruling by the College Squash Association that could bar him from winning a seventh title at next month's singles championship.

Dave Talbott, the Yale coach, said that the CSA should consider penalising Chaudhry.

Trinity coach Paul Assaiante told the Hartford Courant: "I have to say, I'm astounded. This was a perfect career. He's the poster boy for our sport. This was a boy who at every level exceeded expectation. Academically, interaction on campus, six-time national champion and he had 10 seconds of a lapse in composure at the end. He's paying a dear price for this."

Assaiante added that his star player was "a sweetheart" and "gentle giant".

In December, Dartmouth University was forced to apologise for student behaviour at a match against Harvard University. The tie was marred by spectators shouting alleged homophobic and anti-Semitic remarks during rallies.

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