Egypt to host delayed PSA Women’s World Championship

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) has announced that its delayed 2016 Women’s World Championship will take place in El Gouna, Egypt from April 5-14.

The event had been due to take place in December but was delayed. There will now be two World Championships this year, with Manchester in England due to host the 2017 event from December 9-17.

Fifty-six players will compete at El Gouna's event. Egypt last staged the tournament in 2014, when capital city Cairo hosted.

"We are pleased to be able to confirm that the 2016 edition of the Women's World Championship will take place in April following a period of uncertainty regarding the event's status," PSA chief executive Alex Gough said.

"We have been working closely with several parties to make sure that the event happens and that our players do not lose out on the opportunity to compete not only for the sport's most lucrative title, but also for the significant ranking gains that are associated with the World Championship.”

Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini, the current world No.1, is the defending champion, having defeated England’s Laura Massaro in the final of the 2015 event, which was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

That event was also delayed and did not take place until April 2016. The PSA postponed the event amid security concerns and financial difficulties concerning tournament promoter Hallmark Events Group.