BY The Canadian Press
It’s the biggest event on the sporting calendar. It’s a competition that falls at an inconvenient time in the season. It’s a friendly event that doesn’t have the intense pressure of the Olympics.
The Commonwealth Games mean different things to different athletes.
“It’s the pinnacle of a squash player’s career,” said three-time Canadian squash champion Alana Miller.
No surprise then that Canada is sending its top squash team to the Commonwealth Games which open Sunday in New Delhi. For squash, as well as lawn bowling, the Games represent their only chance to participate in an international multi-sport event. The same went for rugby sevens until the game was added to the Olympic calendar for 2016.
“For the young players, they’re aware that this is as good as it gets for squash,” said Miller.
“The fact that it’s a multi-sport Games just brings an added element of excitement because there are such well-known athletes around the village. It’s just a great environment. It brings out the best wins and the best level of squash.”
Miller leads a squash team in India that will be hard-pressed to capture a medal against powerhouse countries such as England, Australia and Malaysia.