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New Zealand awarded men’s squash showpiece

Tauranga in New Zealand has secured the hosting rights for the 2021 World Squash Federation (WSF) Men’s World Team Championship.

Tauranga, which also staged the Women’s World Junior Team Championship in 2017 and is the country’s fifth largest city, will hold the competition at the Devoy Squash & Fitness Centre.

Subject to final confirmation, the event will take place from December 13-19, 2021, marking the tournament’s return to New Zealand for the first time since 1983, when Auckland staged the Championship.

The WSF did not disclose the names of the other bidding cities for the 2021 edition.

WSF chief executive Andrew Shelley said that the governing body had been convinced of New Zealand’s credentials by taking previous events to the country, and underlined the nation’s “great facilities, top-notch management and hospitality”.

Former New Zealand squash player Wayne Werder will serve as the chair of the tournament’s local organising committee.