The World Squash Federation (WSF) has awarded its 2017 World Junior Championships to the city of Tauranga in New Zealand.
Next year’s edition of the annual event will be held from July 19-28, featuring 250 of the best under-19 players in the world, and will also incorporate the women’s World Junior Team Championships. It is the first time since 2006 that New Zealand has hosted a world junior squash event.
Squash New Zealand chief executive Jim O'Grady said: “These junior championships set the tone in the world game for years to come and it's hugely exciting to be able to bring them to these shores. We expect significant benefits, not just for the sport in New Zealand but for the wider Oceania region as well.”
The 2017 Junior Worlds will also represent the biggest international sporting championships to be held in Tauranga, with a portable glass court and live streaming to be used to showcase the city.
Organising committee chairman Wayne Werder added: “Our aim is to inspire a whole new generation of top squash talent in New Zealand, while also showcasing our beautiful city to a worldwide audience.”
The 2016 World Junior Championships will be held in August in the Polish city of Bielsko-Biała. The Dutch city of Eindhoven staged last year’s event.