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By Shammi Kowlessar

AFTER missing the last two editions of the CASA (Caribbean Area Squash Association) Championships, Colin Ramasra will not be among the top four seeds.

However, the Trinidad and Tobago player is in grand form and should be a contender in the tournament, which serves off in Barbados today.

Ramasra, who competed in the Commonweath Games last month after being crowned national champion for the eighth time and winning a record third title in the St Lucia Open, is a two-time runner-up in this tournament.

Kale Wilson, Don Lee, Chayse McQuan and Nku Patrick are the other T&T players in the draw.

Ramasra’s fellow Canada-based teammates Wilson, another member of the T&T Commonwealth Games team, and former top player Lee also have to be respected in the draw.

Jamaican Chris Binnie is seeded to win his fifth consecutive crown, but the list of challengers includes, last year’s runner-up Sunil Seth of Guyana as well as semifinalists Cameron Stafford of Cayman Island and Guyana’s Richard Chin.

In the absence of Guyanese Nicolette Fernandes, who is ranked in the top 30 in the world when she won the title last year, Barbadian Karen Meakins is the top seed and overwhelming women’s favourite.

With top players Rhea Khan, the 18-time national champ, Briton-born national champ Kerrie Sample and two-time defending Caribbean under-19 champ Chrlotte Knaggs unavailable, T&T will be represented by an inexperienced quintet – Nakita Poon Kong, Joanna Augustus and juniors Faith Gillezeau, Alexandria Yearwood and Marie Claire Barcant.

The individual events will be contested until Tuesday night and team events, involving Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, OECS, (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States) Trinidad and Tobago and host country Barbados, will take place from Wednesday through Saturday.
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