Currently, the World Junior Squash Championships are going on in Chennai. But top-ranked player Ambre Allinckx the contingent from Switzerland is a depleted with one has chosen not to come to India for safety reasons.
As per a report in the New Indian Express Allinckx's parents did not want her to come to India after reading the reports about the number of ongoing crimes against women in this country.
Pascal Bhurin, the Swiss coach, was quoted saying in the report, "Ambre Allinckx is our top-ranked women’s player. She couldn’t make it because her parents did not want."
He further added, “They have been reading reports on the internet about how unsafe India is for women and didn’t want to take the risk of sending their daughter over. However, we have not experienced any disturbance so far."
Swiss junior national coach Pascal Bruhin said, “Ambre is our country's No. 1 junior and she had reached the third place play-off in the European Junior Championship in March. But unfortunately her parents did not allow her to come to India to play this tournament after reading stories on the internet about heinous crimes against girls. I tried to plead with them because this is the World Championship and I felt she had a very good chance but they were adamant and I could not argue further because it is after all the safety of their child.”
The reports further suggest that the teams from Iran, Australia and the United States of America are also not willing to visit the country and have also expressed the concerns regarding the matter. Also, the players in the contingents have been advised to dress conservatively in order to keep a low profile. Most recently, 17 men were arrested in Chennai for raping an 11-year-old. This is such a shame!
The Chief Executive of the World Squash Federation (WSF), Andrew Shelley also responded to these reports and said on the tournament's official website, “Of course the views and choice of every parent must be fully respected. However, there are over 250 players and officials from 28 countries, including a full squad from Switzerland.”
Shelley further added, “Like the WSF, they all have complete confidence with the security arrangements made by Tamil Nadu Squash Rackets Association at the Championship Hotel and playing venues to ensure the safety of the players at this event.”