Egypt to host 2016 men’s world squash championship
Karim Darwish, Egyptian squash player - AFP

CAIRO: The Professional Squash Association (PSA) announced Wednesday its 2016 Men’s World Championship will be held in Cairo from Oct. 24 to Nov. 04.

The 38th edition of the PSA tournament will take place at the Cairo-based Wadi Degla Club.

“The event will bring 112 of the world’s best players to Cairo to compete for over $300,000 in prize money in what will be the first Men’s World Championship to take place in the country since 2006,” according to a SPA press statement.

The PSA also announced its brand new Women’s PSA W50 tournament will take place parallel to the PSA Men’s World Championship; “an opportunity that will allow Egyptian squash fans the opportunity to watch the best players of both sexes,” according to the statement.

“We are very excited to be bringing the World Championship back to Egypt for the first time in a decade and feel certain that the Wadi Degla Cub will prove to be a fitting venue for such a prestigious competition,” Egypt’s renowned squash player and promoter of the tournament Karim Darwish was quoted by PSA.

During the past two decades, Egypt has been a squash superpower. Five of the world’s current top ten squash players are Egyptians.

In early Dec., 2015, The International Squash Federation announced the Men’s World Team Squash Championship, which was scheduled to take place in Cairo Dec. 12-18, 2015 was cancelled for security reasons.

The decision followed an attack on a Cairo nightclub with petrol bombs that killed at least 16 people. The nightclub is located nearby the venue that was set to host the tournament.

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