Squash: Nigeria To Participate In World Championship After 20 Years
US-based Babatunde Ajagbe doing what he knows best [Photo: Top Media Nigeria]
Nigerian squash players will participate in this year in the Men’s World Team Championship (WTC) for the first time in 20 years, a Nigeria Squash Federation (NSF) official reaffirmed on Monday.

Concise News reports that Wilson Egberipou, chairman of the WTC committee, told newsmen on Monday in Abuja that the tournament was necessary to expose players.

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“The first time we participated in the WTC was in 1999, and this will be our second time.

“This new board, led by Boye Oyerinde, is aware of the opportunities and benefits for our players while participating in such events.

“Now it has decided to take the bull by the horns to ensure Nigeria is represented at the WTC.

“The players will be well exposed, while international scouts will also be present at the event and our players will also be listed on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) rankings,” he added.

Egberipou, who is a board member of NSF, disclosed that 22 players were already in an open camp in Abuja for trials ahead of the world event.

“A total of 22 players are undergoing trails ahead of the WTC. Eight out of them will be selected for a close camping at Ilorin in October for the first phase camping.

“The second phase will be in November in the U.S., which is also the venue of the championship. In the end, four players will be traveling.

“We are putting a lot in motion to ensure the team gets the best for a good outing this time around”, he said.

The tournament is scheduled for December 14 to December 22 in Washington DC, USA.

PSA announces 2019-20 PSA World Tour calendar

In related news, the Professional Squash Association (PSA) has today announced the calendar for the 2019-20 PSA World Tour season, which will see 29 tournaments take place across five continents between September 2019 – June 2020.

The PSA World Tour is the pinnacle of professional men’s and women’s squash and makes up part of the new PSA Tour structure – which came into effect in August 2018 – alongside the PSA Challenger Tour and the WSF & PSA Satellite Tour.

In addition to the PSA Men’s and Women’s World Championships – the PSA World Tour comprises of eight Platinum tournaments, seven Gold events, five silver events, seven bronze events and the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals, which will take place in Cairo, Egypt in June.

The reigning PSA World Champions and all Platinum event winners automatically qualify for the PSA World Tour Finals, which features a men’s and women’s event, both containing eight-player draws. The remaining places are allocated to the highest ranked players on the Road to Egypt Standings, and points will be on offer at all PSA World Tour events during the season.

The announcement of the 2019-20 PSA World Tour calendar comes off the back of the release of the season’s broadcast schedule, which will see 18 PSA World Tour events broadcast live on SQUASHTV, Eurosport Player, the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour, DAZN and a selection of mainstream broadcast channels across the globe.

“Since putting the new tour structure into place at the beginning of the 2018-19 season, we have seen an increase in prize money and playing opportunities across the tour and we fully expect that trend to continue throughout the upcoming season.” said PSA Tour Director Hannah Ridgard-Mason.

“The 2019-20 campaign promises to be one of the most highly-competitive and exciting seasons in recent memory, and we look forward to watching all of the action unfold over the next nine months.”

Prize money on the PSA Tour increased by 10 per cent last season to $7,600,000 and this is projected to grow once again during the 2019-20 campaign.

2019-20 PSA World Tour Calendar
J.P. Morgan China Squash OpenPSA Platinum – Shanghai, China: September 4-8, 2019
Open de France – Nantes 2019 presented by Tailor CapitalPSA Silver – Nantes. France: September 9-14, 2019
Oracle NetSuite OpenPSA Gold – San Francisco, United States: September 24-30, 2019
FS Investments U.S. Open Squash ChampionshipsPSA Platinum – Philadelphia, United States: October 5-12, 2019
CIB PSA Women’s World Championship – Cairo, Egypt: October 24 – November 1, 2019
CIB Egyptian Squash OpenPSA Men’s Platinum – Cairo, Egypt: October 25 – November 1, 2019
PSA Men’s World Championship – Doha, Qatar: November 8-15, 2019
Channel VAS Championships at St. George’s HillPSA Men’s Gold – London, England: November 19-24, 2019
Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash OpenPSA Platinum – Hong Kong: December 2-8, 2019
J.P. Morgan Tournament of ChampionsPSA Platinum – New York, United States: January 9-17, 2020
Pittsburgh OpenPSA Men’s Bronze – Pittsburgh, United States: January 22-26, 2020
Carol Weymuller OpenPSA Women’s Bronze – Brooklyn, United States: January 22-27, 2020
CCI InternationalPSA Men’s Gold – Mumbai, India: Dates TBC
Cleveland ClassicPSA Women’s Bronze – Cleveland, United States: January 30 – 3 February, 2020
Bahl and Gaynor Cincinnati Gaynor CupPSA Women’s Bronze – Cincinnati, United States: February 20-24, 2020
Canada CupPSA Men’s Silver – Toronto, Canada: February 21-25, 2020
The Walter Family Windy City OpenPSA Platinum – Chicago, United States: February 27 – 4 March, 2020
Canary Wharf ClassicPSA Men’s Gold – London, England: March 8-13, 2020
Black Ball Squash OpenPSA Women’s Platinum – Cairo, Egypt: March 8-14, 2020
Grasshopper CupPSA Men’s Gold & Women’s Bronze – Zurich, Switzerland: March 17-22, 2020
Macau OpenPSA Bronze – Macau, China: Dates TBC
El Gouna International Squash OpenPSA Platinum – El Gouna, Egypt: April 8-17, 2020
Manchester OpenPSA Silver – Manchester, England: April 21-26, 2020**
Sports Internacional GuatemalaPSA Men’s Silver – Guatemala: Dates TBC
Motor City OpenPSA Men’s Silver – Detroit, United States: Dates TBC
Wimbledon OpenPSA Men’s Bronze – London, England: Dates TBC
British OpenPSA Platinum – TBC, England: May 25-31, 2020
Mauritius OpenPSA Men’s Gold – Grand Bay, Mauritius: June 3-7, 2020
PSA World Tour Finals – Cairo, Egypt: June 29-26, 2020