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Bachmann re-elected as SEA squash chief

Philippines Squash Academy president Robert Bachmann was re-elected as the president of the Southeast Asian Games Squash Federation.

Bachmann was given another two-year term which will last until 2025 as Brigitta Kijono of Indonesia and Akarin Hiranprueck of Thailand were also re-elected as the vice presidents of the SEASF.

Jang Adnan of Malaysia and Tan Ming Jen of Singapore rounded out the elections as they were voted as vice presidents of the SEASF Management Committee.

Bachmann told DAILY TRIBUNE that he was thankful for the trust and support the SEASF showed as he was given another term to help the region be competitive in the sport.

“A lot has been done in the last two years. We increased the number of tournaments because since we established SEASF in 2015, we always had one competition, the Southeast Asian Cup,” Bachmann said.

“This year, we introduced the Jumbo Doubles as well aside from the Southeast Asian Cup. We will do the same in the next two years. We will increase  the number of tournaments that we have and include the individual and team tournaments for Southeast Asia and the juniors.”

“We want to establish or reactivate member national federations in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei, Myanmar and Timor Leste.”

With the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics adding squash as one of its events, Bachmann said teams have a long timetable to assemble and train a team that will be sent to the biggest multi-sport event in the world.

“Malaysia is a shoo-in for L.A. 2028. It’s up to the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia to work hard for the next two years and years after that. There’s still time to form a team and to train a team for L.A. 2028,” said Bachmann, who is also working for the inclusion of squash in the 2025 Southeast Asian Games in Thailand and getting more sponsorships to support the programs and plans of SEASF.

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