Hong Kong China claimed both the men’s and women’s titles in the Asian Squash Team Championships for the first time in the event’s 37-year history in the 2018 championships in Cheongju in the Republic of Korea.
The 19th staging of the biennial event attracted 15 men’s teams and 11 women’s teams from China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong China, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
However, Hong Kong were too strong for the fifth seeds, winning 2/0. Hong Kong number one Annie Au beat Korean Ahn Eun Tschan 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 before Joey Chan came back from a game down to beat Lee Ji Hyun 8-11, 11-0, 11-2, 11-7.
The victory marked Hong Kong’s fifth women’s title in their seventh final appearance in the last eight events. The bronze medals went to Japan and Malaysia.
Though Leo Au dropped the second game to Tayyab Aslam, the Hong Kong No.2 fought back to claim victory 11-6, 8-11, 11-0, 11-7 and clinch the historic first ever men’s gold medal for the team.
Iran also made history by winning its first-ever bronze medal in the Asian Team Championships after the fifth seeds beat Japan in the quarter-finals. Malaysia also finished co-third.
“Korea Squash Federation is very happy to see so many teams showing their support and coming to Cheongju to participate in the Championships. We are also thrilled to see our women’s team win the first-ever silver medal in the hometown. It is very encouraging!” said Ms Heo Tae-sook, President of Korea Squash Federation.
David Mui, the ASF President was grateful to Korea Squash Federation for hosting the Asian Championships: “The Cheongju International Squash Stadium that was used for the championships is superb. There are 7 single courts with glass back wall and 1 all-glass court, which make it a perfect venue for both training and competition. The event was also well organised.
At the 38th ASF AGM, which was held during the championships, the Mongolian Squash Federation became an ASF member.
Pictured celebrating the occasion are (L to R): Kim Won Kwan, ASF VP; Altankhuyag Otgon, Secretary General of Mongolian Squash Federation; David Mui, ASF President
Asian Squash Team Championships, Cheongju, Republic of Korea
 HONG KONG CHINA bt  IRAN 2/0,  PAKISTAN bt  MALAYSIA 2/0
 HONG KONG CHINA bt  PAKISTAN 2/0
Max Lee bt Farhan Zaman 11-9, 11-9, 11-7
Leo Au bt Tayyab Aslam 11-6, 8-11, 11-0, 11-7
Remaining positions: 3rd MALAYSIA & IRAN; 5th REPUBLIC OF KOREA; 6th SINGAPORE; 7th QATAR; 8th JAPAN; 9th PHILIPPINES; 10th IRAQ; 11th JORDAN; 12th CHINA; 13th SRI LANKA; 14th THAILAND; 15th CHINESE TAIPEI
 HONG KONG CHINA bt  MALAYSIA 2/0,  REPUBLIC OF KOREA bt  JAPAN 2/1
 HONG KONG CHINA bt  REPUBLIC OF KOREA 2/0
Annie Au bt Ahn Eun Tschan 11-4, 11-5, 11-5
Joey Chan bt Ji-Hyun Lee 8-11, 11-0, 11-2, 11-7
Remaining positions: 3rd: JAPAN & MALAYSIA; 5th CHINA; 6th IRAN; 7th SRI LANKA; 8th PAKISTAN; 9th SINGAPORE; 10th CHINESE TAIPEI; 11th THAILAND