The Professional Squash Association (PSA) has sanctioned two World Tour events in Pakistan for later this year after lifting a hosting ban imposed on the country.
Pakistan was banned from hosting international Tour events in February amid concerns over security in the country.
Islamabad will now host a men’s event, featuring a $50,000 (€42,000) prize fund, and a women’s tournament, which will hold a $25,000 fund, in December.
The PSA said the events will run under the “strict supervision” of its security consultants, Sports Risk. Any sanctioning of further World Tour events will be dependent on the smooth running of the two tournaments.
“We believe that sanctioning these tournaments in December will be a great first step to the reinstatement of professional squash tournaments in Pakistan,” PSA chief executive Alex Gough said.
“The decision to impose the ban on Pakistan was made after extensive consultation with Sports Risk in relation to security issues but we are now satisfied that there are no immediate security concerns.
“Pakistan has a rich squash heritage and has provided some of the greatest squash players of all time, with the likes of Jahangir and Jansher Khan making Pakistan a force to be reckoned with on the world stage. We look forward to welcoming Pakistan to the international scene once again.”