Aim­ing to break into the se­nior cat­e­gory

Sportstar - - GEN­NEXT YASH FADTE -

With the hope of mov­ing to the big league, Yash Fadte wants to bank on his fit­ness to climb the heights.

AGE: 16

FROM: Vasco, Goa

ED­U­CA­TION: Class XII

DIS­CI­PLINE: Squash

MEN­TOR: Dilip Fadte

FAVOURITE PLAYER: Je­hangir Khan

AIM: To win a World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship ti­tle and break into the se­nior cat­e­gory soon.

BE­GIN­NING: Com­ing from a fam­ily of sports­men — his fa­ther Dilip Fadte and un­cle Namdev Fadte are prom­i­nent Ranji Tro­phy play­ers from Goa — he was in­tro­duced to squash at the age of seven. Af­ter re­tir­ing from cricket, his fa­ther played squash at the Naval Club in Dabolim and he would ac­com­pany him. He took a lik­ing to the sport and pur­sued it se­ri­ously.

In 2009, he trav­elled to Mum­bai for a squash meet at Bom­bay Gymkhana and fin­ished sec­ond. Even now, he trav­els to Mum­bai ev­ery week to train at the Cricket Club of In­dia courts.

STRENGTHS: When Yash started play­ing the game, he had no train­ing part­ners. So, his fa­ther, who is also his coach, had asked him to fo­cus on fit­ness. And the young­ster feels that fit­ness is his big­gest strength.

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