29 Apr 2017

Scores Update from the ongoing EX-PROS U-16 & 19 squash Tournament


 EX-PROS U-16 & 19 TOURNAMENT UPDATE
The journey is getting tougher anf tighter
All matches now in semifinals
U-16 Girls
Rofiat Abdulazeez(Kwara) vs Musa Aminat
Odunade Adeyi(Kwara) vs Martha Timi
U-16 Boys
Raymond Iguodala(Headwaters) vs Uthman Durosinlorun(Kwara)
Clinton Iguodala(Headwaters) vs Nasir Abdulraham (Kwara)
U-19 Girls
Busayo Olatunji(Lagos) vs Rofiat Abdulazeez(Kwara)
Ibukun Ajani(Ogun) vs Faidat Soliu(Kwara)
U-19 boys
Desmond Iguodala(Headwaters) vs Michael John (Lagos)
Gabriel Olufunmilayo(Kwara) vs Onaopemipo Adegoke (Lagos)
Semifinals: 8am
Finals :       2pm






28 Apr 2017

Squash TGIF!

Thank God is Friday..... Celebrating all squash players & lovers of the game across the globe

pictures from the ongoing under 16 & 19 ex squash pros tourney






It was indeed a full house at squash section of the Teslim Balogun Stadium,  Surulere Lagos
12 states, 1 Academy, 105 players, coaches and officials.

27 Apr 2017

PERSONALITY OF THE MONTH AND GREAT SQUASH PHILANTROPIST OF OUR TIME CAPTAIN ADEDAYO CHUKWUMA AWOBOKUN



PERSONALITY OF THE MONTH AND GREAT SQUASH PHILANTROPIST OF OUR TIME
CAPTAIN ADEDAYO CHUKWUMA AWOBOKUN
When you talk about the improvement of Squash in Nigeria most especially among the young and senior squash players in the country’s commercial hub, Lagos, you definitely cannot erase the footprints of one of the greatest squash philanthropist of our time, Captain Adedayo Chukuma Awobokun. He is a huge, fair skinned squash addict who always marks his presence at tournaments by attending in his work wears . . . he always prefers to witness the games live instead of being fed with the results. Here is a little about him
Name: ADEDAYO CHUKWUMA AWOBOKUN
Profession:  Pilot (ExxonMobil Corporation). Formerly Airline Captain at Bristol Helicopters
Place and State of Origin: Ogere, Ogun State
Family: 1 wife, biological children and so many adopted children.
Schools Attended: International School Ibadan, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria.
Religion: Christian
Affiliations: Ikoyi Club (Old/Senior Member), Lagos State Sports Council Squash Rackets Association (Technical Director), Professional Squash Players Association of Nigeria (Grand Patron), 
Events Sponsored: AWOBOC Monthly Squash League (2013),
WORDS FROM PLAYERS AND FRIENDS
Kunle Adebiyi: Capt Dayo as we call him, is one of the few genuine lover of grassroots  sponsorship and support for squash in Nigeria.  In the 27 years that I have known him, he has supported a lot of squash players starting with Niyi Oyewumi who in the 90s was always flying to competitions courtesy of Capt Dayo while all of us catch the night luxurious buses.
He is the father of many squash players and with his love and affection, these young squash players can afford to go to school and also play squash without worries. As he celebrates his 60th birthday and retirement, I wish him all the best in life with good health and abundant blessings. As you continue to look after other people’s children, may your own children find favor in high places. Happy Birthday Sir!
Idowu Lawal: Capt. Dayo is a philanthropist, very well mannered and he loves the game of squash than anything else. He also has plans to improve the game of squash in Nigeria. While I was with him years back he told me he never really faced hard challenges in life, his life has been smooth as he planned it. He said he got to pilot school at his tender age after that he became a pilot; he never faced admission, job, or uneasy hardship in life. He is a man of protocol. He is the second major sponsor of league and PSPAN Open in Nigeria. Happy Birthday Sir!
Yemisi Olatunji: A Yoruba adage says "opo oro oka agbon".  Since I have known Captain Dayo, he’s been a father to me and all the rest of the squash players, both home and abroad. He has been very supportive to my career both home and abroad (in recent times). I pray that the good Lord will continue to keep him alive to witness the improvement he so much desires in Nigeria’s squash players moving high among the world’s best squash players. Sir, you will live to see Nigerian squash players rule the world of squash like the Egyptians are doing right now. Amen!
Happy birthday Captain ADEDAYO CHUKWUMA AWOBOKUN aka Smiling Assassin.

Babatunde Ajagbe: Captain Dayo is a man of great reputation and an awesome philanthropist. He has helped several people in many areas and in different sports for many decades. 
I met him some years ago before I started playing for Lagos State and he was the main person that made me play for Lagos state. Since then, he has contributed immensely towards my professionally career. Till now, he is still the only person who encourages and supports the development of junior squash players in Nigeria. More power to your elbows. Happy Birthday Sir

Sodiq Taiwo:  He's just looking for improvement of squash in Nigeria. He always supports anyone that takes his or her squash serious.  Happy Birthday Sir!

Wale Amoo (USA): Captain Dayo encouraged and supported (and still does) a lot of us in squash, education and other aspects of life. Personally he contributed a lot to my squash, when my game seems to be bad he always dig deep to know what exactly my problem is and makes sure it's sorted out, he adopted me and he took care of me, he's a father and a great squash enthusiasts, we need more people like him in the society, I love him so much. If I start mentioning what he has done it will be too much. Happy Birthday Sir!

Seun Peters: He has also been the person buying kits for Lagos players (over 48players) for the past 6 years. He spends an average of NGN 900,000 every year on such.
He also gives players transport fare from junior to the most senior and we the coaches year in year out for over six years till date - this also runs to over millions of naira every year. Happy Birthday Sir!
Emmanuel Oyeniyi Oyewunmi: I first met Captain Adedayo Awobokun in 1990 at Eagle Club, Surulere. 
I was about leaving the club around 9.30pm when the tall figure of Capt. Dayo approached me if I could give him a game, at that instance the answer would have been ‘no sir’ but his next statement was ‘I will drop you’, I didn't want to say no anyway. 

But I never knew then that God Almighty never comes down to earth to visit you He sends Angels to direct helpers of Destiny to you. At the end of the game he dropped me and that was it. My next meeting with Captain was about 6months after I was to travel to Maiduguri by road (about 12 hours to Kano and another 6 hours to Maiduguri). A member at Eagle Club asked me if I will be at the club the next day which I replied no am travelling back to Maiduguri. The next question made me laugh… ‘which airline?’ my answer was ‘motor line’, everyone laughed. I was told to come the next day that Capt. Dayo goes to Maiduguri. The rest is history. I never knew the gentleman I played some months back was a pilot with Gas Airline. For the next 4 years (1990 -1994), I never traveled by road. 

Capt. Dayo so blessed me that he introduced me to all station managers in Kano, Kaduna, Lagos and Maiduguri as his brother. Several times I travelled from Maiduguri to Lagos just to see my parents and travelled back to Maiduguri same day.

I was about the most equipped Squash player in the country, all thanks to Captain Dayo. I never lacked financially also. Whenever myself and my friends were broke, the moment Captain comes to Eagle club my fellow friends will say ‘Baba Lee’, my nickname, your ‘Iginle’ is around (your benefactor is around).

He never said NO to me. When I was about to leave the country for UK in 1994, Captain Dayo gave me half my ticket fare and 2 weeks after I left Nigeria, he came to London from USA. He also gave me $400 again. What Captain Dayo started with me in 1990 till today he is still doing for so many Squash players especially Lagos State players. 

What more can I wish the man that left open the doors of his house for me to visit even when he’s not around, the man that made sure I am always up to date with my Squash equipment, the man that was a blessing to those associated with me, the man that was to travel to the USA four days before my wedding but changed booking and left for the Airport after the reception.  All I wish for this man, my brother, my uncle, a father figure to not just me but to everyone associated with squash is that … On clocking 60 years, May the Almighty grant you peace and joy. May all your children be blessed by the most High God. You shall know no sorrow. Amen!

With lots of love Sir!

Ademola Daini: Capt. Dayo is an extraordinary man with a passionate heart who believes in doing extraordinary things. He believes in contributing to the success of every squash players that comes along his way. For the past few years I have known him, he has contributed a lot towards the success of a lot of squash coaches and players in Lagos state and Nigeria. Most of the Lagos State squash players today that are in Diaspora and even in PSA would not have been there if not for this extraordinary man.
In fact, if you ask him how many squash rackets, canvas, strings etc he has given out to players, I'm very sure he cannot recollect because they are so many.
Please join me in celebrating this generous, passionate and extraordinary man at 60.
I wish you long life and more grease to your elbow sir. Amen! Happy Birthday Sir!

Olaoluwa Ajayi: Capt. Dayo is a man of few words but more of action his love for squash is undying, he encourages both young and old players either financially or morally.  A great man indeed who's vision is to see squash being played like football in Nigeria, he has gone tru many challenges to speak to parents to allow their kids to play squash especially female and currently sponsoring kids through high school. Any time I sit with him he impacts knowledge on me. More days ahead sir wish u all the best in life. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you on squash development. Thanks again for your usual support. 



HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A GREAT SQUASH PHILANTHROPIST - "Captain Adedayo Chukwuma AWOBOKUN"


PERSONALITY OF THE MONTH AND GREAT SQUASH PHILANTHROPIST OF OUR TIME - CAPTAIN ADEDAYO CHUKWUMA AWOBOKUN
When you talk about the improvement of Squash in Nigeria most especially among the young and senior squash players in the country’s commercial hub, Lagos, you definitely cannot erase the footprints of one of the greatest squash philanthropist of our time, Captain Adedayo Chukuma Awobokun. He is a huge, fair skinned squash addict who always marks his presence at tournaments by attending in his work wears . . . he always prefers to witness the games live instead of being fed with the results. Here is a little about him:

Name: ADEDAYO CHUKWUMA AWOBOKUN
Profession:  Pilot (ExxonMobil Corporation). Formerly Airline Captain at Bristol Helicopters
Place and State of Origin: Ogere, Ogun State
Family: 1 wife, biological children and so many adopted children.
Schools Attended: International School Ibadan, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria.
Religion: Christian
Affiliations: Ikoyi Club (Old/Senior Member), Lagos State Sports Council Squash Rackets Association (Technical Director), Professional Squash Players Association of Nigeria (Grand Patron),
Events Sponsored: AWOBOC Monthly Squash League (2013),

WORDS FROM PLAYERS AND FRIENDS

Kunle Adebiyi: Capt. Dayo as we call him, is one of the few genuine lover of grassroots  sponsorship and support for squash in Nigeria.  In the 27 years that I have known him, he has supported a lot of squash players starting with Niyi Oyewumi who in the 90s was always flying to competitions courtesy of Capt. Dayo while all of us catch the night luxurious buses.
He is the father of many squash players and with his love and affection, these young squash players can afford to go to school and also play squash without worries. As he celebrates his 60th birthday and retirement, I wish him all the best in life with good health and abundant blessings. As you continue to look after other people’s children, may your own children find favor in high places. Happy Birthday Sir!

 
Idowu Enimakure: Capt. Dayo is a philanthropist, very well mannered and he loves the game of squash than anything else. He also has plans to improve the game of squash in Nigeria. While I was with him years back he told me he never really faced hard challenges in life, his life has been smooth as he planned it. He said he got to pilot school at his tender age after that he became a pilot; he never faced admission, job, or uneasy hardship in life. He is a man of protocol. He is the second major sponsor of squash leagues and PSPAN Open in Nigeria. Happy Birthday Sir!

Yemisi Olatunji: A Yoruba adage says "opo oro oka agbon".  Since I have known Captain Dayo, he’s been a father to me and all the rest of the squash players, both home and abroad. He has been very supportive to my career both home and abroad (in recent times). I pray that the good Lord will continue to keep him alive to witness the improvement he so much desires in Nigeria’s squash players moving high among the world’s best squash players. Sir, you will live to see Nigerian squash players rule the world of squash like the Egyptians are doing right now. Amen!
Happy birthday Captain ADEDAYO CHUKWUMA AWOBOKUN aka Smiling Assassin.

Babatunde Ajagbe: Captain Dayo is a man of great reputation and an awesome philanthropist. He has helped several people in many areas and in different sports for many decades.
I met him some years ago before I started playing for Lagos State and he was the main person that made me play for Lagos state. Since then, he has contributed immensely towards my professionally career. Till now, he is still the only person who encourages and supports the development of junior squash players in Nigeria. More power to your elbows. Happy Birthday Sir

Sodiq Taiwo:  He's just looking for improvement of squash in Nigeria. He always supports anyone that takes his or her squash serious.  Happy Birthday Sir!
 
Wale Amao (USA): Captain Dayo encouraged and supported (and still does) a lot of us in squash, education and other aspects of life. Personally he contributed a lot to my squash, when my game seems to be bad he always dig deep to know what exactly my problem is and makes sure it's sorted out, he adopted me and he took care of me, he's a father and a great squash enthusiasts, we need more people like him in the society, I love him so much. If I start mentioning what he has done it will be too much. Happy Birthday Sir!
 
Seun Peters: He has also been the person buying kits for Lagos players (over 48players) for the past 6 years. He spends an average of NGN 900,000 every year on such.
He also gives players transport fare from junior to the most senior and we the coaches year in year out for over six years till date - this also runs to over millions of naira every year. Happy Birthday Sir!

Emmanuel Oyeniyi Oyewunmi: I first met Captain Adedayo Awobokun in 1990 at Eagle Club, Surulere. I was about leaving the club around 9.30pm when the tall figure of Capt. Dayo approached me if I could give him a game, at that instance the answer would have been ‘no sir’ but his next statement was ‘I will drop you’, I didn't want to say no anyway.

But I never knew then that God Almighty never comes down to earth to visit you He sends Angels to direct helpers of Destiny to you. At the end of the game he dropped me and that was it. My next meeting with Captain was about 6months after I was to travel to Maiduguri by road (about 12 hours to Kano and another 6 hours to Maiduguri). A member at Eagle Club asked me if I will be at the club the next day which I replied no am traveling back to Maiduguri. The next question made me laugh… ‘which airline?’ my answer was ‘motor line’, everyone laughed. I was told to come the next day that Capt. Dayo goes to Maiduguri. The rest is history. I never knew the gentleman I played some months back was a pilot with Gas Airline. For the next 4 years (1990 -1994), I never traveled by road. Capt. Dayo so blessed me that he introduced me to all station managers in Kano, Kaduna, Lagos and Maiduguri as his brother. Several times I traveled from Maiduguri to Lagos just to see my parents and traveled back to Maiduguri same day.

I was about the most equipped Squash player in the country, all thanks to Captain Dayo. I never lacked financially also. Whenever myself and my friends were broke, the moment Captain comes to Eagle club my fellow friends will say ‘Baba Lee’, my nickname, your ‘Iginle’ is around (your benefactor is around). He never said NO to me. When I was about to leave the country for UK in 1994, Captain Dayo gave me half my ticket fare and 2 weeks after I left Nigeria, he came to London from USA. He also gave me $400 again. What Captain Dayo started with me in 1990 till today he is still doing for so many Squash players especially Lagos State players.

What more can I wish the man that left open the doors of his house for me to visit even when he’s not around, the man that made sure I am always up to date with my Squash equipment, the man that was a blessing to those associated with me, the man that was to travel to the USA four days before my wedding but changed booking and left for the Airport after the reception.  All I wish for this man, my brother, my uncle, a father figure to not just me but to everyone associated with squash is that … On clocking 60 years, May the Almighty grant you peace and joy. May all your children be blessed by the most High God. You shall know no sorrow. Amen! With lots of love Sir!

Ademola Daini: Capt. Dayo is an extraordinary man with a passionate heart who believes in doing extraordinary things. He believes in contributing to the success of every squash player that comes his way. For the past few years that I have known him, he has contributed a lot towards the success of a lot of squash coaches and players in Lagos State and Nigeria. Most of the Lagos State squash players today that are in Diaspora and even in PSA would not have been there if not for this extraordinary man. In fact, if you ask him how many squash rackets, canvas, strings etc he has given out to players, I'm very sure he cannot recollect because they are so many. Please join me in celebrating this generous, passionate and extraordinary man at 60.
I wish you long life and more grease to your elbow. Amen! Happy Birthday Sir!

Olaoluwa Ajayi: Capt. Dayo is a man of few words but more of action his love for squash is undying, he encourages both young and old players either financially or morally.  A great man indeed who's vision is to see squash being played like football in Nigeria, he has gone through many challenges to speak to parents to allow their kids play squash especially female players and currently sponsoring young squash players through high school. Any time I sit with him he impacts knowledge on me. More days ahead sir wish u all the best in life. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you on squash development. Thanks again for your usual support.

25 Apr 2017

INTERACTIVESQUASH ROCKS MUNICH AIRPORT

AIRPORT

Pioneering German squash company interactiveSquash have been offering squash fans around the world a unique opportunity to compete on a start of the art all-glass show court – complete with ASB's brand new all-glass floor technology and interactiveSquash's ground-breaking technology driving interface – at Munich Airport.

Set up on April 19th – and remaining in situ for fans to have a go until April 28th – the company, who earlier this year won an ISPO Brand New Fitness technology award for their immersive graphic based product that transforms a squash court into an interactive playground, are giving squash fans the chance to play on the court in one hour slots.

Located in the Munich Airport Center between Terminals 1 and 2, it marks the first time worldwide that an interactiveSquash court has been make publicly available to play on while throughout the entirety of the two-week show, interactiveSsquash will be hosting a variety of events including mini-tournaments, games and training tutorials.

Current World No.1 Gregory Gaultier was amongst the players to visit the court over the weekend, and the 'General' was impressed with what he saw:

Here's a look at the court going up on location

Look at it go! The interactiveSQUASH/ASB ShowGlassCourt is well on its way to completion ⚫️ Book an hour of play at https://t.co/8CjwmYBzdspic.twitter.com/4ZJh4eO2D7

— interactiveSQUASH (@isquashglobal)


With four days remaining fans can still book available slots by visiting http://airportsquash.com/

interactiveSQUASH is on a mission to revolutionise the sport of squash by transforming existing courts into technologically-advanced training facilities. Utilising a projector and several cameras, interactiveSQUASH is a platform that consists of over 20 games and training modules. The goal is to introduce the game to a brand new generation of players and help improve the way seasoned veterans train. Founder Markos Kern states “Our main objective is to help grow the sport. By integrating technology into the traditional squash court, we’re adapting squash for the 21st century.”

Pakistan withdraw from Asian Squash Championship to be held in Chennai



Pakistan withdraw from Asian Squash Championship to be held in Chennai

Four players from Pakistan were to play in the continental championship but delay in issuing visas led to the withdrawal.


Pakistan has pulled out of the Asian Squash Championship, scheduled to begin here on Wednesday, because of visa issues.

Four players from Pakistan were to play in the continental championship but delay in issuing visas led to the withdrawal, reports in the Pakistani media said.

“It is regretted to inform you that Pakistan Squash Federation has been forced to withdraw its squash contingent from participation in 19th Asian Senior Squash Championship, 2017 scheduled to be held in Chennai India between 26-30 April,” Geo TV quoted a statement from Pakistan Squash Federation.

Earlier at a press meet in Chennai, the championship director Cyrus Poncha had said, “We have not received any email message so far on this.”

“Should a problem arise and the Pakistan authorities inform us that their players are unable to make it, then the draw would be suitably adjusted because only one of their players is among top eight seeds,” he told reporters.

The tournament features players from 12 countries, including from hosts India.


Gawad Defeats Momen to Lift Houston Open Crown


World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad captured his first PSA World Tour title since January after the 25-year-old defeated fellow Egyptian Tarek Momen in the final of the Life Time Hutkay.fit Houston Open, PSA M70 tournament.

Gawad, who will become the fifth Egyptian of all time to top the World Rankings next month, earned his place in the title decider courtesy of wins over Pakistani qualifier Nasir Iqbal, Australian No.1 Ryan Cuskelly and World No.9 Fares Dessouky.

World No.11 Momen, meanwhile, was appearing in his first Tour final since December’s Channel VAS Championship and defeated Reuben Phillips, former World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez and the in-form Mohamed Abouelghar en route to the final.

But it was Gawad who took the spoils courtesy of an 11-6, 5-11, 11-8, 11-6 victory at the Life Time Athletic Club to lift the fifth title of a trophy-laden season for the man from Giza.

Result - Final: 2017 Life Time Hutkay.fit Houston Open
[1] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [3] Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-1: 11-6, 5-11, 11-8, 11-6 (49m)


23 Apr 2017

Nigeria's no 1 Tunde Ajagbe speaks on the upcoming under 16 & 19 ex squash pros tourney on channels tv


Tunde Ajagbe speaking on channels tv

Lagos hosts 1st Ex Squash Pros national junior tournament

No fewer than 150 junior squash players in both boys and girls categories will be taking part the first Ex Squash Pros national junior tournament which has been slated to serve off in Lagos from April 27 to 29.
Squash
The tournament which is being put together by former Nigeria international squash players will see 28 states and the Federal Capital Territory taking part. Organisers said Lagos will be presenting the highest number of entries totalling 43 boys and girls in the U-16 and U-19 categories.
Speaking at the pre-event briefing in Lagos yesterday, tournament director and chairman of the Bayelsa State Squash Association, Sunday-Wilson Egberipou said the tournament was a means of contributing to the survival of the sport that has suffered neglect and inactivity for a long time now. “We, former players resolved to restore the lost glory of the game in Nigeria and we thought we should get involved by organising a national junior tournament,” he said, arguing that it was time former players got together to do something concrete to revive the sport.
Speaking in the same vein, Bola Mogaji who is the President of Nigeria Squash Referees Association and Chairman Technical Committee of the Nigeria Squash Federation and a former Nigeria international commended the ex players for putting resources together to organise the tournament, pointing out that a situation where there has been no tournament in four years was not good for the sport. “In our day, we played a circuit that took us round this country for about six months. But now, hardly you hear of one in two years.”
There will be prizes and gift items to winners in both categories. Remarkably, “every participant will go home with a consolation prize but the four finalists will win trophies and prizes,”organisers said.

PSA DUBAI WORLD SERIES FINALS 2017 View Venue Map


PSA DUBAI WORLD SERIES FINALS 2017
View Venue Map
Running Times:
Times are approximate and subject to change at any time. The show duration is approximately three hours and 30 minutes.
Age Limit:
Two years old and below will not be permitted into the auditorium.
Day Matches
Internal Box Office opens: 1:30pm
Internal Doors Open: 2:30pm
Match Commences: 3:00pm
Match Concludes: 5:30pm
Evening Matches
Internal Box Office opens: 8:00pm
Internal Doors Open: 9:00pm
Match Commences: 9:30pm
Match Concludes: 1:30am
The World’s Best Squash Players on the ‘Road to Dubai’!
The PSA Dubai World Series Finals is the season-ending climax to the both the men’s and women’s PSA World Series tours, featuring only the world’s best eight qualified players as they battle it out for the last title of the season. The PSA Dubai World Series Finals brings eight players together in two groups of four, with players playing a round-robin best-of-three series for a place in the knockout semi-finals and beyond.
After competing across seven tournaments and five countries on the PSA World Tour, the world’s top squash players will arrive in the UAE for the PSA Dubai World Series Finals 2017. With a state-of-the-art glass court in the most innovative spectator venue, this promises to be a thrilling five-day tournament with an elite line up of eight male and eight female players vying to win one of the sport’s most lucrative and prestigious prizes.
Players in the 2016 edition included Egyptian men’s World Number One, Mohamed ElShorbagy, French World Champion Gregory Gaultier, Malaysia’s eight-time female World Champion Nicol David and England champion Laura Massaro. The final saw two new champions crowned before a packed audience. For the women’s title, English champion and world number two Laura Massaro ended a superb week by defeating Egypt’s Raneem El Welily. Massaro played some of the best squash of her career to collect over US$40,000 in prize money, the single largest prize awarded to a female squash player. In the men’s final, Frenchman Gregory Gaultier overcame an earlier ankle injury to dominate the competition with a three games to one win against Australia’s Cameron Pilley.
With only four qualifying tournaments to go before the world’s best descend on Dubai Opera, 2017 promises to be an even more spectacular and thrilling contest!
Road to Dubai Standings – December 2016
Men
1. Karim Abdel Gawad, Egypt
2. Mohamed ElShorbagy, Egypt
3. Nick Matthew, England
4. Ramy Ashour, Egypt
5. James Willstrop, England
6. Max Lee, Hong Kong
7. Marwan ElShorbagy, Egypt
8. Simon Rosner, Germany
Women
1. Camille Serme, France
2. Nouran Gohar, Egypt
3. Amanda Sobhy, USA
4. Nour El Sherbini, Egypt
5. Nicol David, Malaysia
6. Raneem El Welily, Egypt
7. Laura Massaro, England
8. Alison Waters, England
Disclaimer:
Dubai Opera reserves the right to share customers data with the PSA Dubai World Series Finals 2017 organizer “Falcon & Associates”
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Dubai Opera, Dubai
Tue 06 Jun 2017toSat 10 Jun 2017

Ye all need to watch this video of the PSA Dubai World Series Finals intro

PSA Dubai World Series Finals
Marwan ElShorbagy went in search of the new home of the PSA Dubai World Series Finals which take place this June. Buy your tickets now and see him there! http://bit.ly/2ohKAsT
This thrilling five day tournament between the world's top eight players will take place in a state-of-the-art glass court in Dubai Opera. The winners of the men's and women's PSA World Series tours for 2017 will be decided in Dubai.
Dates: June 6 - 10, 2017
Where: Dubai
Click here👉 https://youtu.be/XU26ZHwt2Ro  To view from our YouTube channel if you are finding it difficult to watch directly from the blog

pix of the day- Food for thought, happy sunday!

Your body can stand almost anything, it is your mind you have to convince!

Nigeria's current no 2 Squash player Wale Amao shares photo of himself in Houston USA

Nigeria's current  no 2 Squash player Wale Amao share photo of himself in Houston USA
Top pics shows wale in the Gym
He's Karim Gawad now wale's role model.....will find out soon
Wale Amao hanging out with shina

22 Apr 2017

Book your tickets for the season ending 2017 PSA DUBAI WORLD SERIES FINALS


Book your tickets for the season ending 2017 PSA DUBAI WORLD SERIES FINALS - the first sporting event to be staged at the state of the art of 'Dubai Opera from 6th to 10th of June 2017

Click here👉 https://dubaiopera.etixdubai.com/Shows/Show.aspx?sh=PSA17
To book your tickets.

WESTERFOLDS squash open 2017

Registration is on now for theWESTERFOLDS squash open 2017.....

Egyptians Complete Clean Sweep In Houston Open Quarters



There was Egyptian domination during the quarter-finals of the Life Time Fitness Hutkay.fit Houston Open as number one seed Karim Abdel Gawad led a clean sweep alongside compatriots Fares Dessouky, Tarek Momen and Mohamed Abouelghar into the semi-finals of the PSA M70 tournament.


Gawad, who will next month overtake Gregory Gaultier atop the PSA World Rankings, battled through against tough Australian left-hander Ryan Cuskelly to prevail 3-1 and set up a last four showdown with Dessouky, the 22-year-old who impressed as he battled back from losing the opening game to defeat New Zealand's Paul Coll 3-1.


The bottom half of the draw saw Mohamed Abouelghar, who this month broke into the top 20 for the first time in his career, end the run of tournament Wildcard Mazen Hesham courtesy of a 3-0 victory - just 24 hours after Hesham had stunned former World No.1 James Willstrop.


Momen meanwhile came through a speedy and unorthodox affair with Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez, winning 3-1, to secure his place alongside Abouelghar in the semi-finals.


Results – Quarter-finals: 2017 Life Time Fitness Hutkay.fit Houston Open

[1] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [5] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-1: 11-4, 4-11, 11-9, 11-9 (60m)

[4] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt [7] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-1: 11-13, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (62m)

[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [6] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-1: 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9 (55m)

[8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt [WC] Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 12-10 (34m)


Draw – Semi-Finals:

[1] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v [4] Fares Dessouky (EGY)

[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)


Gaultier and Willstrop Seeded to Meet in Last Four After Bellevue Classic Draw Is Released




Current World No.1 Gregory Gaultier is seeded to meet former World No.1 James Willstrop in the semi-final stage of next month’s Pacific Market International Bellevue Squash Classic after the main draw for the PSA M100 tournament was released today (April 21).


With a share of the $150,000 prize fund up for grabs, the Bellevue Classic is the most lucrative 16-man main drawn squash tournament of all time and will see Gaultier and Willstrop battle for honours between May 16-20 at the Boys and Girls Club Hidden Valley Field House in Bellevue, Washington.


Bellevue became the first city ever in the United States to hold the PSA Men’s World Championship when it staged the iconic tournament in November 2015 and Gaultier - who captured that title - has been the in-form man on the PSA World Tour in 2017, claiming four Tour titles and losing just once.


The Frenchman is currently the oldest World No.1 of all time and, while he will lose top spot to World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad in next month’s rankings, the 34-year-old will look to continue his stunning form when he takes on a qualifier in round one in Bellevue.


Willstrop, meanwhile, begins his tournament against Hong Kong’s World No.16 Max Lee, while the other half of the draw boasts the likes of three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour, World No.5 Marwan ElShorbagy and World No.6 Ali Farag.


Ashour and ElShorbagy both kickstart their tournaments against qualifiers and are seeded to face each other in the quarter-finals, with the winner of that fixture set to face Farag for a place in the final if the 24-year-old plays to his seeding.


Tournament wildcard and United States No.5 Dylan Cunningham will take on Farag in round one.


The qualifying stages of the Pacific Market International Bellevue Squash Classic, PSA M100 tournament will take place between May 14-15 at the PRO Sports Club - which also staged the qualifying rounds for the 2015 World Championship - while the main draw will be held between May 16-20.


Tickets for the tournament start from $80 and can be purchased here:www.sportyhq.com/ticket/view/tournament/2604


The whole tournament will also be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe Only).


2017 Pacific Market International Bellevue Squash Classic - First Round Draw:

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [Qualifier]

[Qualifier] v [6] Tarek Momen (EGY)

[7] Daryl Selby (ENG) v Borja Golan (ESP)

Max Lee (ESP) v [4] James Willstrop (ENG)

[3] Ali Farag (EGY) v [WC] Dylan Cunningham (USA)

Stephen Coppinger (RSA) v [8] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)

[5] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [Qualifier]

[Qualifier] v [2] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)


21 Apr 2017

Ramy Ashour's pics on a clothing line bill board in Egypt


 Ramy is obviously the most celebrated squash player not just in Africa but in the world at large... He's well celebrated in Egypt.
Am glad he made it to the PSA ROAD TO DUBAI finals last men standing, he was actually the last man standing on that list despite missing out from two major tourneys due to injury.

Ramy Ashour's pics on a clothing line bill board in Egypt 

20 Apr 2017

Lagos hosts 1st Ex Squash Pros national junior tournament

Lagos hosts 1st Ex Squash Pros national junior tournament

No fewer than 150 junior squash players in both boys and girls categories will be taking part the first Ex Squash Pros national junior tournament which has been slated to serve off in Lagos from April 27 to 29.
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The tournament which is being put together by former Nigeria international squash players will see 28 states and the Federal Capital Territory taking part. Organisers said Lagos will be presenting the highest number of entries totalling 43 boys and girls in the U-16 and U-19 categories.
Speaking at the pre-event briefing in Lagos yesterday, tournament director and chairman of the Bayelsa State Squash Association, Sunday-Wilson Egberipou said the tournament was a means of contributing to the survival of the sport that has suffered neglect and inactivity for a long time now. “We, former players resolved to restore the lost glory of the game in Nigeria and we thought we should get involved by organising a national junior tournament,” he said, arguing that it was time former players got together to do something concrete to revive the sport.
Speaking in the same vein, Bola Mogaji who is the President of Nigeria Squash Referees Association and Chairman Technical Committee of the Nigeria Squash Federation and a former Nigeria international commended the ex players for putting resources together to organise the tournament, pointing out that a situation where there has been no tournament in four years was not good for the sport. “In our day, we played a circuit that took us round this country for about six months. But now, hardly you hear of one in two years.”
There will be prizes and gift items to winners in both categories. Remarkably, “every participant will go home with a consolation prize but the four finalists will win trophies and prizes,”organisers said.

19 Apr 2017

Line-Ups Confirmed For Season-Ending PSA Dubai World Series Finals


Following the conclusion of last week's El Gouna International Squash Open - the final qualifying event on the 2016/17 Men’s Road To Dubai Standings - the line-up for the season-ending PSA Dubai World Series Finals has been confirmed and will see 16 of the world's best squash players descend on Dubai Opera from June 6-10 to compete for one of the sport's most lucrative titles.


With an equal prize purse of $160,000 on offer in both the Men's and Women's tournaments, the event will bring the cream of the squash world together for a season-ending spectacular - which will feature ten current and former World No.1s.


Only the top eight players on the Road To Dubai Standings qualify for a coveted place at the tournament and after a nail-biting week of competition at the final World Series tournament of the season in El Gouna, it was Germany's Simon Rösner who solidified his position inside the Men's top eight to sit narrowly ahead of former winner Ramy Ashour, who completes the top eight courtesy of his triumph at the Hong Kong Open at the start of the season.


Karim Abdel Gawad, the Egyptian World Champion who will become the World No.1 on May 1st, tops the Men's Standings after a breakthrough season that saw him capture the spoils at the Qatar Classic and Tournament of Champions along with runner-up finishes at the Hong Kong Open and El Gouna International.


The man he overtakes atop the World Rankings, defending World Series Finals champion Gregory Gaultier, sits in second place in the Standings after dominating the PSA Word Tour so far in 2017, while former World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy occupies the third position, just ahead of younger brother and World Series Finals debutant Marwan ElShorbagy.


English pair Nick Matthew and James Willstrop, both former World No.1s, sit at fifth and sixth on the standings, respectively to complete the Men's line up, while it is Frenchwoman Camille Serme - winner of the U.S. Open and Tournament of Champions, who tops the Women's Standings.


Two-time Women's World Champion Nour El Sherbini sits in second place, just ahead of last year's World Series Finals champion Laura Massaro, who will be joined by compatriots Sarah-Jane Perry - the 26-year-old who will be making her debut at the tournament - and Alison Waters, who comes in from berth number nine to to replace the injured Amanda Sobhy.


El Sherbini will be joined by compatriots Raneem El Welily and Nouran Gohar, while eight-time World Champion Nicol David completes the Women's qualifiers.



MUST READ! OAU Squash Team dropped from NUGA Squad for no just reason

OAU Squash Team dropped from NUGA Squad for no just reason!

This is where it starts from, if we don't stand up now #SquashinNigeria it's going to affect posterity,reduce their love for the game we all love so dearly.

News just got to me this morning : OAU sport council drops squash players both male and female despite qualifying for this year's NUGA:-  Nigeria University Games with no vivid reason.

After both categories participated and qualified at the PreNuga held In Ilorin which was like playing in the Nuga proper.

Am encouraging all squash players across the globe to standup for OAU squash team, for them to participate in this year's NUGA with no discrimination from the school Authority or her sport council with the hashtag #oausquashbacksthebid

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PSA Dubai World Series Finals 2017 Men's standing

PSA Dubai World Series Finals 2017 Men's standing ......

Tory backbencher holds another fundraiser at men-only squash club

A Manitoba government backbencher is once again holding a fundraising event at a squash club that doesn't allow women to become member...