Trinity player withdraws from nationals

Updated: February 26, 2010, 5:52 PM ET
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Trinity College's Baset Chaudhry, the top-ranked squash player whose outburst Sunday toward his Yale opponent drew widespread reproach, has withdrawn from the national singles championships.

In a statement, the school's president said he was proud of Chaudhry, the defending national champion in singles, for "making this difficult decision" to pull out of the event, set for March 5-7 on the school's Hartford, Conn., campus.

Chaudhry sealed the team's 12th consecutive national championship with a victory over Yale freshman Kenneth Chan.

"Throughout his four years at the College, Baset has been an exemplary student and athlete, demonstrating great engagement and success in the classroom, as a campus leader whom students admire, and obviously as an accomplished squash player," Trinity president James F. Jones Jr. said. "He has both my admiration and my support during what has been a very challenging period."

Chaudhry apologized earlier this week to the Yale squash team and Chan, whom Chaudhry aggressively taunted after their match, a widely replayed scene in the days that followed.

"This is a kid who's been one of the best players I've ever had since I've been here," said Paul Assaiante, Trinity's squash coach for 16 years. "Baset is one of the most beloved figures on campus and a scholar-athlete who has achieved faculty honors. He had a youthful lapse of composure, and now he has voluntarily agreed to step down.

"It's a classy thing to do and we applaud him for it."