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United States to host squash showpiece for first time

The World Squash Federation’s (WSF) men’s World Team Championship will head to the United States for the first time in 2019 after Washington, DC was announced as the host city for the event.

The event will take place at Squash On Fire, a new state-of-the-art facility in the US capital that opened in May. The dates for the event will be announced at a later date, the WSF said.

In its 50-year history, the men's World Team Squash Championship has been held in 12 countries, but the 2019 event will mark the first edition in the US.

Squash On Fire features eight courts, including an all-glass showcourt and a full-service restaurant and bar.

Squash On Fire co-founder Philippe Lanier said: "Hosting the WSF Men's World Team Championship at Squash On Fire is an honour – and that it's is happening in DC is also very exciting. We want to make DC the squash capital of the US, and we can't wait to welcome players from around the world to our game-changing facility."

WSF president Jacques Fontaine added: "The United States is a very strong and growing squash nation, so it is very fitting that they have the opportunity to host this championship. I am sure that the visiting teams will have a great experience at the venues and the American capital generally."

The event takes place every two years, with Marseille in France to host the 2017 edition from November 27 to December 3.

England will defend the title, won in 2013, after the 2015 edition of the tournament, due to take place in Cairo, Egypt, was cancelled after several teams pulled out on safety grounds. The 2015 event had already been relocated from Kuwait, but following a terrorist attack in Cairo in December of that year, the World Squash Federation finally pulled the plug.

The US has competed in the event each year since the 1973 edition in South Africa, where it finished fifth.