When Nepal’s reigning national squash champion of 16 years finally lost his title in 2011, it was a proud moment for him. In a testament to his coaching, Hira Bahadur Thapa had been defeated by his son, Amrit Thapa Magar.
The resident coach of the National Squash Rackets Association (NSRA) in Satdobato, Hira Bahadur started his career in squash in 1988. Today, he spends his days coaching anyone who comes to the courts to play or learn squash. With an experience of almost 30 years, he also gives out free lessons to children from the locality.
21-year-old Amrit is also a professional squash player and a student of business studies. Having picked up the racket at the tender age of eight, he has been following in his father’s footsteps ever since. He doubts if he can make the sport a full-time profession given the constraints in the country. Meanwhile, the game will go on.