23 April 2013
Federico Franco, the President of Paraguay, unveiled the world’s latest National Squash Centre when he cut the ribbon to open the Centro Nacional de Squash – Paraguay in the country’s capital Asunción.
The impressive new facility features both singles courts and a moveable-walled ASB international doubles court.
President Franco was joined at the opening ceremony by Paraguay’s Sports Minister Marcelo Bedoya, the National Olympic Committee President Camilo Perez, and South American Squash Federation President Claudio Fontanazzi.
Distinguished squash player David Palmer, the two-time world champion and four-time British Open champion from Australia, gave clinics to juniors and adults, along with exhibition matches with local players including the Paraguay championEsteban Casarino.
“To have a public National Centre of Squash in Paraguay, with three single courts and one double with a moveable wall, is a huge achievement,” said Marcos Vaisenbrut, President of the Paraguayan Squash Association.
“This was made possible thanks to the international success in the Latin American championships, which brought us gold, silver and bronze medals, and also to our good relations with local authorities.
“The inauguration of the Squash National Centre is a milestone in the history of Paraguayan Squash and we are very proud of it,” added Vaisenbrut. “Along with a strong group of juniors, we can therefore ensure the success and continuity of squash in our country.”
Pictured (L to R) are: Sports Minister Marcelo Bedoya; Paraguay President Federico Franco; Paraguayan Olympic Committee President Camilo Perez; and Paraguay Squash Association President Marcos Vasenbrut.