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SQUASH TOURNAMENTS NOW SUSPENDED UNTIL MID-AUGUST DUE TO COVID-19

The PSA has confirmed that the suspension of Professional Squash Tournaments because of COVID-19 has been extended and all World Tour, Challenger Tour and WSF & PSA Satellite Tour events originally planned to take place in July and at the start of August have been postponed.

The PSA Tour has been on hold since March 13 and will continue until at least August 16

The following is a list of affected tournaments:

  1. Victoria Open in Melbourne, Australia

2. HCL SRFI Indian Tour – Noida Leg in Greater Noida, India

3. City of Greater Shepparton International in Shepparton, Australia

4. Kingston City Council Squash Melbourne Open in Melbourne, Australia

“Due to uncertainties surrounding international travel, social distancing guidelines and potential quarantine measures for players and staff travelling internationally, means that resuming the tour in the next six to eight weeks isn’t feasible at present,” said PSA Tour Director (probably from a pub somewhere! Maybe the ‘Fox and Hounds’ in West Yorkshire!!)

“This is a difficult, but necessary, decision and we are naturally disappointed that we are not yet in a position to resume the PSA Tour following this global pandemic.

“However, the health and safety of all of our players and everyone involved in running an event is paramount. We continue to explore all available options as we look to outline a roadmap for the return of professional squash.”

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October Top 10s & Players of the Month

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Squash is in the Olympics! The Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires from Today

YOG 2018Squash has been introduced as a Showcase Sport at the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina. There are 38 players from 28 countries looking forward to capture new fans and impress IOC delegates.

The world-ranked No: 116 – Toorpakai Wazir, whose journey to become a professional athlete saw her disguise herself as a boy in order to train, compete and attend school in defiance of imposed Taliban rule in Pakistan, spoke at the launch. She is a renowned gender equality advocate and serves on the IOC Women in Sport Commission. She said “I cannot wait to see squash being showcased at The Games; I want to see squash, the sport that I love the most, becoming part of the Olympic programme soon and the process is very exciting.”

Jacques Fontaine, the World Squash Federation President who is leading the squash delegation in Buenos Aires, commented: “We are very honoured to have such a strong voice advocating for inclusion through sport on behalf of the squash family here in Buenos Aires, in a demonstration of squash being at the forefront of breaking cultural and gender barriers through sport. As WSF & PSA are jointly vying for squash to be included in the Olympic Programme, we are proud to have this opportunity to share our ideas and vision with the IOC, Paris 2024 Organising Committee and other Olympic, sport and civil society representatives gathered here in Argentina.”

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2018 Chanel VAS Tournament Draw at St Georges Hill in Surrey on the 16th Oct

2018 World Series Finals in Dubai

A Step Towards Squash at the Olympics?

 

DSC_5568P.S.A. Announces Partnership with Olympic Channel

The PSA has reached an agreement with the Olympic Channel that will see squash for the multi-platform Olympic Channel.

The agreement will allow access to highlights from the world’s biggest squash tournaments, a range of feature video content featuring the sport’s greatest athletes and an array of written content for its global platforms (so squash can only benefit from this exposure).

“We are delighted to officially launch our relationship with Olympic Channel, which is a key step for squash as we continue to work toward our goal of bidding for inclusion in future Olympic Games,” said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.

The agreement means that squash has joined more than 65 international governing bodies who have partnered with the Olympic Channel, strengthening the profile of squash among fans of all sports.

This will no doubt add to a strong period of growth for squash TV in recent years. The PSA launched SQUASHTV in 2010 and, since then, huge strides have been made in improving SQUASHTV’s coverage of pro squash.

Brand new glass courts hand some of the most iconic sporting locations in the world, have revolutionised the sport’s coverage, enabling biometric data such as player heart-rate data and distance covered to be used in live broadcasts.

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El Gouna 2018 PSA Tournament Draw ($165K Men’s & $165K Women’s)

Greg Lobban into the Main Draw at the $100K ‘Canary Wharf Classic 2018’

 

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Greg Lobban Through Both Qualifying & the 1st Round at the Cathay Pacific P.S.A. Hong Kong Open

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