Cartagena to stage biggest event ever held in Latin America
By NATHAN CLARKE
Colombia is all set to stage the biggest tournament ever to be held in South America in February 2016 with the most lucrative 16-man draw in PSA history.
The Professional Squash Association (PSA) announced today that the picturesque location of Cartagena will become home to the biggest squash tournament ever to be staged in Latin America when the inaugural 2016 Squash Colombia Open gets under way in three months’ time.
With $115,000 in prize money up for grabs, the PSA M100 tournament will be the most lucrative 16-man draw event in the history of the PSA World Tour and sees Colombia become the latest world-class location to add its name to the sport’s global portfolio of destinations.
Local favourite and current World No.5 Miguel Angel Rodriguez, the high-flying ‘Colombian Cannonball’, is set to headline what promises to be a world class draw when the action begins on February 16th from the stunning location of Plaza De La Aduana, nestled within the old town of the city which hugs the Caribbean coastline.
With the South American Junior Squash Championship set to take place simultaneously, the week-long event promises to be the biggest squash spectacle ever to take place in Latin America.
“We are thrilled to confirm that the 2016 Squash Colombia Open will take place in February and look forward to staging what will be the biggest squash tournament ever to take place in all of Latin America,” said Squash Colombia President Pablo Felipe Serna.
“Cartagena is one of the most picturesque cities in all of South America and we feel certain that the tournament, which will be played at sea-level therefore eliminating any altitude, will become one of the most sought after on the PSA World Tour. We very much look forward to welcoming the world’s best players here next year in a move that will help to boost the sport’s growing popularity in the region.”
The 2016 Squash Colombia Open will take place from February 16 – 20, 2016 in Cartagena, Colombia with the action to be streamed live on SQUASHTV.
Pictures courtesy of Squash Colombia