Namibia Ready for World Junior Squash Champs

Namibia’s hosting of the World Junior Squash Championships which gets underway on Sunday, is a clear indication that it has the capacity to host major international tournaments.

This was said by Namibia Sport Commissioner Amos Shiyuka at a press conference in Windhoek on Wednesday.

“The hosting of this monumental event by Namibia, which in essence has a relatively small population, shows that there is a commitment and a desire by the coaches, managers and squash officials to get our players on the international stage and to compete against the best in the world.

“The confidence and honour bestowed upon us by the World Squash Federation is a clear indication that we have the capacity, the drive to succeed, the vision for squash and that our facilities are world class,” he added.

Namibia’s capacity to attract international championships has also been extended to other codes, with Namibia due to host the CAF Women Football Championships in October this year and according to Shiyuka, that too underlined the confidence that international sport federations had in Namibia.

“It is clearly a vote of confidence for Namibia from FIFA and CAF and as Namibians we are certainly proud of that great achievement. In the past Namibia also hosted regional championships in various sporting codes and that indicates that sport is alive in this country.

“Our sportsmen and women have become very competitive and with the recently concluded Commonwealth Games it was evident that Namibia has really come of age and can be rated among the best in the world,” he said.

The president of the Namibia Squash Federation, Nelson Herunga said they were determined to provide a wonderful showpiece, so that they could bid for a bigger event in the near future.

“This event serves as a wonderful opportunity for us to put in a bid for the World Senior Championships due in two years. This championship can be seen as a stepping stone to the senior event, but first we must pull this one off fabulously to venture into something bigger.”

“It is a big deal for us to have the World Junior Squash Championships here in the sense that it comes to both Namibia and southern Africa for the first time. That is what makes us extremely proud and we can now also show our capabilities in pulling so many players from different countries to converge on our land to compete and to gain the necessary experience and enjoy the sport.”

Meanwhile, the tournament director Tyc Kakehongo said that the first players had already started arriving for the tournament that kicks off on Sunday morning.

The men’s top seed, Diego Elias from Peru was the first to arrive on Tuesday evening, while more players started arriving on Wednesday.

A total of 167 players from 30 countries will compete in the individual men and women’s competitions from 10 to 15 August, while 24 nations will compete in the team competition from 16 to 21 August.

The matches will take place at the Wanderers and Klein Windhoek courts, as well as at the new mobile glass court at Wanderers.

The Junior Men’s draw is attached.

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Source : The Namibian