Trinity Apologies Expressed After Sportsmanship Incident at College Squash Association National Championship Match


Hartford, CT — The following is a statement from Trinity College:

Following a post-match sportsmanship incident involving Trinity’s senior co-captain, Baset Chaudhry, and his Yale opponent, Kenneth Chan, Trinity’s Chaudhry issued an apology for his behavior.

Monday, less than 24 hours after the match, Chaudhry sent an apology to Yale Coach Dave Talbott and the Yale team. Separately, he apologized to the head coaches and players of each of the 63 members of the College Squash Association (CSA), the governing body for college squash in the United States.

The incident occurred at the conclusion of a match that clinched the national championship for Trinity for a record 12th consecutive year. The Trinity player confronted the Yale player verbally and showed poor sportsmanship.

“Both Baset and I have sent sincere and heartfelt apologies,” said Head Squash Coach Paul Assaiante. “Like all intercollegiate sports, squash is an intense and competitive game. We ask that our student-athletes respect their opponents on and off the court, and commit to the highest ideals of sportsmanship. Baset’s regrettable episode was a momentary lapse of judgment by a young man who has been an accomplished student, a respected campus leader, and an exemplary team captain.”