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Egyptian brothers grounded ahead of Dubai Show Night

Alan Thatcherhttps://squashmad.com
Founder of World Squash Day, Squash Mad, the Kent Open and co-promoter of the Canary Wharf Classic. Launched the Squash 200 Partnership to build clubs of the future. Talks a bit.

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A major squash activity is the first sporting casualty following international reaction to events unfolding in Egypt.

Brothers Mohamed and Marwan Elshorbagy have been unable to reach Dubai because of travel restrictions in the region.

The two world junior champions, from Alexandria, were due to be the headline act in the Dubai Squash Show Night at the Dubai World Trade Centre, which was set to launch the month-long Dubai Sports Festival.

With the glass court, donated by Courtwall International, already set up in the venue, ticket holders were informed that the event had been postponed, hopefully for a matter of days.

Brothers Mohamed (right) and Marwan Elshorbagy
Brothers Mohamed (right) and Marwan Elshorbagy

Wolfgang Denk, chief executive of Courtwall, said: “This is very disappointing. Mohamed and Marwan were very enthusiastic about coming to Dubai, putting on a great show and helping to grow the sport throughout the Emirates.

“We hope the issue can be resolved as soon as possible to allow these wonderful athletes to come over here and entertain the Dubai squash community.”

World No.6 Mohamed Elshorbagy had attempted to fly to Dubai from Venezuela, where he was accompanying women’s world champion Nicol David of Malaysia on a World Squash Federation promotional visit.


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