Chennai to host world junior squash tourney in July
Chennai, Feb 27 (PTI) Chennai will host the world junior squash championship for men and women and the WSF men's junior team championship at the Indian Squash Academy here in July.
While the men's and women's world junior individual championship will be held from July 18 to 23, the team event will be held from July 24 to 29, said a release here.
In all 23 nations, including hosts India, are expected to take part in this biennial event.
India will be hosting the junior men's team championship for the second time, the last being in 2002 again in Chennai.
In 2009 the country had also hosted the Women's world junior team championship also in Chennai, the release said.
Also, Saudi Arabia is set to make its debut in the World Team Squash championship when a team from the Arab State takes part in the tournament.
In the last championship held at Bielsko-Biala in Poland, Pakistan had edged Egypt 2-1 to take the crown.
India had finished sixth overall.
Commenting on the team's participation, the Saudi Squash Federation President, Ziad Al-Turk said "Concentrating on junior athletes and developing a strong grassroots foundation is key."
"Setting long term goals for achieving medals is what now allows us to send juniors across all Federations to participate in international junior tournaments world-wide."
Among the nations expected to take part in the team championship are Australia, Canada, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong China, Pakistan and Malaysia, among others