Bukit Jalil National Centre to host top stars
By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad International Correspondent
The World Squash Federation has awarded the right to host the 2020 WSF Women’s World Team Squash Championship to Malaysia.
The 22nd edition of the biennial event will take place at the 10-court Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre in Kuala Lumpur, from 15-20 December 2020.
The venue, which also features a permanent glass showcourt, has become a very valuable legacy for the sport in Malaysia, regularly hosting international events since being inaugurated for the squash action in the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Malaysia was awarded the staging rights following a tender process by the WSF.
“We are delighted that Malaysia will host our Women’s World Championship in 2020,” said WSF President Jacques Fontaine. “The enthusiasm for squash is second to none in Malaysia, and the press and broadcast output wonderful too.
“So this, coupled with the warm hospitality and effective management that we know the visiting teams will receive, is something to look forward to after the much-awaited staging of the 2018 Championship in Dalian, China, next month.”
Nik Razeen A Daud, Squash Malaysia President (pictured right), added: “It is indeed a great honour for Malaysia to have been confirmed as hosts for the 22nd WSF Women’s World Team Championships in 2020.
“The Women’s Team Championship was last held here in 1996 and we are excited for its return.
“We are looking forward to welcoming the world’s best women’s teams to Malaysia, and will be going all out to make this a successful and memorable event.”
Malaysia will be marking its 15th appearance in the Championships since making its debut in 1990.
Led by the illustrious record eight-time World Open champion Nicol David, the women’s team achieved their best-ever championship finish in 2014, as runners-up to England.
Pictures courtesy of ALEX WAN and WSF