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Malaysia to host women’s squash showpiece in long-term deal

Malaysia has been selected to host the next three editions of the Women’s World Squash Championship, from 2015 to 2017.

The hosting rights were awarded by the Women’s Squash Association (WSA) and World Squash Federation.

The agreement marks the first time in the 36-year history of the event that it will be held in the same country for three consecutive years. It will also be the first championship to be staged under the auspices of the newly-merged WSA and Professional Squash Association.

“It was crucial for us to create some stability and continuity for our pinnacle event and we are delighted to be hosting the Women’s World Championship for three years in Asia, which is a very important market for squash,” WSA chief executive Tommy Berden said. “Strategies are being put in place to design something very special and I believe, given the venue – which will be announced shortly and is unique – we have the foundations to put on a great show and set a new benchmark for the sport.”

The first championship under the deal will run from December 11-18.

The tournament will feature the top 23 players from the WSA World Rankings and the eight players who make it through the World Championship qualifying competition, which will be held immediately before the tournament. The final place will be awarded as a wildcard by the organisers.