Men's World Team Squash Championships heading to Marseille at year-end
The Men's WSF World Team Squash Championships are to return to France this year, the World Squash Federation, the sport's governing body, announced today.
The event will held in Marseille's Modern Squash and Salle Vallier from 27 November to 3 December, with the final stages to played in an all-glass showcourt.
France staged the last championship in Mulhouse in 2013, with the 2015 edition, due to take place in Egypt, cancelled at short notice following a spate of team withdrawals over security fears.
The Egyptian Squash Federation had only stepped in as host in place of Kuwait at the beginning of November 2015, following the suspension of the Kuwait Olympic Committee, but a month later informed the WSF that the tournament should be postponed because of team withdrawals and "concerns of others about security."
France, defending champions England, Germany, Finland, Canada and USA had all pulled out of that tournament.
New WSF president Jacques Fontaine, a Frenchman, said: "My country has been at the forefront on welcoming the world of squash to World Championships in our French cities, and I am very pleased that we shall next do so in Marseille. Two of the French Federation all-glass showcourts will be used to not only provide great viewing opportunities but the stage for international broadcast too."
Jean-Denis Barbet, president of the Fédération Française de Squash, added: "In 2017, Marseille is the European sport capital and our championship will close this great sport year with our world event. France is extremely proud to be the host nation for the Men's World Team Championships once again; and our staff, in partnership with the city, the host club and the Ligue of PACA (Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur), will organise this competition as well as we achieved in Nîmes, Mulhouse and Paris."
The 2012 and 2016 Women's WSF World Team Squash Championships were staged in Nîmes and Paris, respectively.