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WSF: Nicol David and Gregory Gaultier head for World Games

nicoldavidinozDavid and Gaultier top seeds in World Games in Colombia

20 June 2013


Malaysia’s world number one Nicol David is seeded to win her third successive World Games squash title when the ninth edition of the event takes place in Cali, Colombia, from 25 July to 4 August.

The World Games, first held in 1981, are an international multi-sport event – designed for sports or disciplines or events within a sport that are not contested in the Olympic Games. The World Games, contested every four years, are organised and governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA), under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The squash championships will take place at the Canas Gordas Comfenalco Club – featuring an all-glass showcourt – from 2-4 August.

After winning her first women’s World Games gold medal in Germany in 2005, record seven-time world champion David successfully defended the title in the 2009 Games in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei.

A new men’s champion is assured: France’s world number two Gregory Gaultier will be the event’s top seed, while second seed Peter Barker, the world No7, will be hoping to keep the title in English hands.

Local interest in the men’s event will be led by Miguel Angel Rodriguez, the world No19 from Bogota who is the second highest-ranked South American of all-time.

Past World Games gold medallists also include Nick Matthew (England), Peter Nicol (England), Ahmed Barada (Egypt) and Sarah Fitz-Gerald (Australia).

Players from 20 nations will be represented in the 2013 squash championships, as below:

Australia: Cameron PilleyRyan CuskellyDonna UrquhartRachael Grinham
Brazil: Thaisa Serafini
Canada: Shawn DelierreSamantha Cornett
Colombia: Miguel Angel RodriguezBernardo SamperCatalina PelaezLaura Tovar Perez
Egypt: Tarek MomenOmar MosaadRaneem El WeleilyOmneya Abdel Kawy
England: Peter BarkerTom RichardsEmma BeddoesSarah-Jane Perry
France: Gregory GaultierMathieu CastagnetCamille Serme
Germany: Simon RosnerRaphael KandraFranziska Hennes
Guyana: Mary Fung-A-Fat
Hungary: Edina Szombati
India: Harinder Pal SandhuMahesh MangaonkarDipika PallikalJoshana Chinappa
Jamaica: Christopher Binnie
Japan: Ryosei KobayashiMisaki Kobayashi
Kuwait: Abdullah Al Muzayen
Malaysia: Ong Beng HeeMohd Nafiizwan AdnanNicol DavidLow Wee Wern
Mexico: Samantha Teran
Netherlands: Laurens Jan AnjemaNatalie Grinham
Peru: Diego Elias
Russia: Alina Tuzlukova
USA: Julian IllingworthChristopher Gordon

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