WINDHOEK: Namibia will be the host for the biggest squash championships on home ground that kicks of Tuesday morning. The All African Senior Squash Championships will see ten teams from six countries taking part in the event.
Patron of the Namibian Squash Association, (NSA) Gwen Lister on Monday night said Namibia is still very young and obviously sponsorships are very critical in making this sport popular in Namibia, as much as it is in other African countries. She added there was huge stride in this respect referring to Trustco’s recent signing of a N$ 1,5 million dollar agreement over a period of three years to develop this sport.
Top senior players will battle it out at the Wanderers squash courts in Pionierspark over the next five days coming to an end Saturday. Botswana’s Alistair Walker who is currently ranked 14th will be in action, while South Africa’s Siyoli Waters are both big names in the tournament.
South Africa is the defending champion.
Apart from host Namibia, countries like South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Mauritius and Nigeria will be in action. Egypt one of Africa’s top playing squash countries could not make it for the tournament. Three sessions are scheduled every day starting at 09h00 with the last session taking place at 15h00.
WINDHOEK; The Namibian Squash Association (NSA) is hosting the biggest-ever squash competition to take place here, involving 10 teams from six African countries.
The five-day All African Senior Squash Championships started on Tuesday morning at the Wanderers courts in the capital, and end on Saturday.
NSA patron Gwen Lister said during the opening ceremony on Monday evening that Namibia is still very young, and obviously sponsorships are very critical in making this sport popular in Namibia, as much as it is in other African countries.
She said there were, nonetheless, huge strides made in this respect, referring to Trustco’s recent signing of a N.dollars 1,5 million agreement with the local squash body to develop the sport over a period of three years.
Namibia is represented by male players Marco Becker (captain), Sven Gruttemeier, Andrew Forrest, Henry Smit, Michau Basson and Archie Botha, while Isabel Schnoor, Adri Lambert, Trix van der Westhuizen and Anina Huisamen make up the women’s team.
Namibia finished fourth in a similar championship in 2011, and Namibian team coach Tyc Kakehongo expressed the hope that they could do better than that on home soil.
Botswana’s Alistair Walker, who is currently ranked 14th in the world, and South Africa’s Siyoli Waters, who is ranked 37th in the world, are both big names in the tournament.
South Africa are the defending champions.
The other participating countries are Zambia, Mauritius and Nigeria.
Egypt, one of Africa’s top squash countries, could not make it here.
Three sessions are scheduled every day starting at 09h00, with the last session set for 15h00.