The Korea Squash Federation (KFS) (President Heo Tae-sook, hereinafter referred to as the Federation) announced today that Korean junior players achieved excellent results in their respective categories at the 2023 Hong Kong Junior Squash Open (hereinafter referred to as the tournament), winning gold, silver and bronze medals.
Held in Hong Kong from January 1 to 5, the event was the highest (Platinum) tier of the ASIAN JUNIOR SUPER SERIES EVENTS (AJSS) sanctioned by the Asian Squash Federation (ASF) and attracted more than 800 athletes from 17 countries, including Korea, Japan, China and the United States. The Korean junior team competed in eight categories, with a total of 25 athletes competing as individuals.
In particular, Ryu Jeong-wook (Chungbuk Commercial Information), who competed in the Boys’ Under-17 (BU17) category, showed tremendous determination and persistence to reach the final and win his first Junior Open title with a game score of 3:2 against USA’s Gondi Rohan Arya.
The medal wins were not only in the BU17 category, but also in the Men’s Under-19 (BU19) category, where Kim Gun (Daejeon High School) won silver and Oh Seo Jin (Incheon Daejeon High School) won bronze, raising the profile of junior squash in Korea. Other Korean junior players also performed well, with Lee Jong-hyuk (Youth National Team) placing sixth in the BU17 category and Park Sol-min (Sung Eui-joong) placing 15th in the GU17 category.
“Korean juniors have been performing exceptionally well lately, with the youngest national player Na Ju-young winning gold at the Asian Junior Squash Championships in June last year, followed by a gold, silver, and bronze sweep at the Malaysia Junior Open in 토토사이트 December last year, and a bronze medal in the men’s BU17 category at the 2023 Asian Junior Team Championships,” said an official from the federation. “We need continued interest, investment, and sponsorship in youth squash to continue this growth trend.”
The Korean junior squash players will return home from the Hong Kong Open on June 6 via Incheon Airport. The national team will next compete in the 30th Asian Junior Squash Championships (Individual) in Dalian, China.