Squash hosting rights relinquished due to pandemic

The 2021 WSF Men’s World Team Squash Championship was originally scheduled to take place in Tauranga in December. Supplied photo.

New Zealand is relinquishing hosting rights of 2021 WSF Men’s World Team Squash Championship due to coronavirus pandemic.

The 2021 WSF Men’s World Team Squash Championship were originally scheduled to take place in Tauranga in December.

They will now be held in Malaysia.

Due to the current New Zealand travel restrictions in the Covid-19 environment, it was decided New Zealand could no longer host the tournament.

With athletes representing multiple nations expected to compete at the Men’s World Team Championship, the WSF Board, Squash New Zealand, and the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia - has made the decision to move the championships to Malaysia to mitigate against potential disruptions to the event.

“As entry to New Zealand looked increasingly unlikely by December, it became evident to WSF and Squash New Zealand that we needed a contingency plan,” says WSF president Zena Wooldridge.

“We are grateful to those nations who came forward to offer their help, and particularly grateful to Malaysia for agreeing to pick this up at such short notice.

“We are naturally disappointed that we won’t be returning to New Zealand in December, and I’d like to thank Squash New Zealand for their support and for the work they put in prior to this decision being made.”

The Tauranga organising committee and Squash New Zealand have formally expressed their interest in hosting the 2023 version of the event, and the World Squash Federation are expected to make a decision next month on the 2023 host.

Chairman of the organising committee Wayne Werder says while it’s disappointing the event could not be held in Tauranga as planned, the work the committee has put in should help with future bids.

“We have a fantastic team who have spent many hours behind the scenes, so it is immensely disappointing to not be able to host the event in December,” says Wayne.

“However, the decision was made with the players in mind, and it is the right decision. It is great that Malaysia have been able to pick up the event, and hopefully our efforts so far will not go to waste as our bid for 2023 is well underway.”

That confidence is echoed by Squash New Zealand CEO Martin Dowson.

“While we are disappointed that the 2021 World Men’s Teams Championships couldn’t go ahead in Tauranga this year, we are excited by having the opportunity to bid again for the 2023 edition.”



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This makes us look...

Posted on 21-05-2021 11:24 | By morepork

... incompetent and feeble. Why couldn’t contestants simply be quarantined like anybody else, or require that contestants be vaccinated before departure for NZ? And who knows what the situation will be like in December? If this was Rugby or Cricket, do you think it would be relinquished so easily?