Johannesburg ready to host World Masters in 2016
By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad Correspondent
The World Squash Federation has awarded the 2016 World Masters Squash Championships to South Africa. The biennial event, which will be jointly sponsored by Assore and Standard Bank, will take place in Johannesburg from September 23-30, 2016.
Founded in 1983, the WSF World Masters Championships feature men’s and women’s events from Over-35 to Over-80.
South Africa has a strong squash background. The country has hosted two previous World Masters Championships – in 1997 in Johannesburg and 2006 in Cape Town – and boasts numerous World Masters champions ranging from the Over-35 to Over-80 events.
“On behalf of Squash South Africa and SA Masters Squash, I am delighted to welcome Assore and Standard Bank as sponsors of this prestigious event,” said Steven Doeg, President of Squash South Africa (pictured right).
“I know the Championship Director Chris Grainger, and his experienced Local Organising Committee, will make South Africa proud with their efficient organisation of the Championships.
“Hosting it in South Africa also gives our Masters players, who have such a successful history at these Championships, the chance to take on the World on their home courts.
“We look forward to welcoming players from around the world to South Africa.”
Johannesburg is the economic hub of South Africa and the gateway to the country and its many world-class tourist attractions, ranging from game parks to mountain ranges and wine farms.
The squash venues and hotels are all situated in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg and late September should mean lovely, warm spring weather.