Women’s squash showpiece returns to Egypt

The Women’s Squash Association (WSA) has announced that its 2014 World Championship will be staged in Cairo from December 15-20, with the event returning to Egypt for the first time since its inaugural edition in 1979.

Offering a $150,000 (€117,000) prize-fund, the 2014 Championship will be hosted by the Wadi Degla club in Cairo. Boasting 48 courts, Wadi Degla is the biggest chain of squash clubs in Egypt – and one of the biggest groups of sporting clubs in the world, with a combined membership worldwide in excess of 500,000. The Wadi Degla Maadi branch is also the training base of world No.3 Raneem El Welily.

Wadi Degla sports director Karim Darwish said: “Credit goes to (Wadi Degla chairman) Maged Samy, who encouraged and fully supported the idea, despite the very short notice. Wadi Degla squash team is the national champion for the season 2013-14, and the home club of local star Raneem El Welily, the world No.3. So squash is definitely a major sport in the Wadi Degla sports community, and hosting this event will surely give Egyptian squash a great push towards a whole new level.”

The Women’s World Championship title is owned by the World Squash Federation (WSF) and managed by the WSA.

The WSA’s 2013 showpiece was unable to run until March this year in Penang, Malaysia after the organisation was unable to secure a host during the designated calendar year, despite Egypt and Hong Kong being touted as potential venues.