Chennai boy on his way to Columbia University riding on squash
CHENNAI: Velavan Senthilkumar, The 18-year-old British Junior Open squash champion is on his way to Columbia University in August to pursue a degree in economics, and it's all because of his excellence in the sport.
"I was approached by the assistant squash coach at Columbia when I was playing the British Open. At Columbia, I am going to be playing university squash. The training schedule is similar to the one in Chennai, but the infrastructure is way better," Velavan, a student of Don Bosco, Egmore said.
There were other offers from Ivy League universities like Harvard, Princeton and Yale, but the opportunities that Columbia offered for squash made him go for it. "There are a lot more opportunities outside the university too and I want to make the most of them," Velavan said.