World Junior Squash Champs On the Horizon

THE World Junior Squash Championships, which will be hosted by Namibia for the first time in Windhoek from 10 to 21 August this year, was launched in the capital on Friday.

At the event, the chairperson of the local organising committee, Jason Kasuto, said Namibia would create history since it will be the first time that the event will be hosted on the African continent.

Since becoming a full member of the World Squash Federation in 2009, Namibia made a bid for the championships last year and was accepted, based on its infrastructural and organisational capacity, according to Kasuto. He added that the event, which will see about 250 athletes and officials from 24 countries participating, would give a big boost to the Namibian economy.

“Sport is not just about entertainment, but also a critical contributor in business, health and education, while it’s an important tool to accelerate development,” he said.

Kasuto called on local companies to support the championships, saying that they would be provided with a great opportunity to improve their brand images.

“In terms of publicity and marketing it provides an opportunity for Namibia to strategically present itself and make a statement to the world,” he said.

He said the LOC was determined to stage a world class event and had acquired a mobile glass court, courtesy of a N$1 million sponsorship from the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture.

“The local organising committee is determined to leave a lasting legacy and we will now have a mobile class court that can be taken to the regions to promote squash. The Ministry of Sport will also involve volunteers from all the regions and we want to make Namibia a destination of choice for future sport events,” he said.

The championships director Tyc Kakehongo said the championships would nurture sport tourism and promote Namibia, while inspiring a new generation of squash players in Namibia.

The championships will be staged at the Wanderers and Klein Windhoek squash courts, while the glass court will be set up at Unam, which will ‘place the sport on a world class platform.’

Trustco meanwhile secured the title sponsor for the championships and announced a sponsorship of N$700 000 for the championships on Friday.

Trustco became one of the title sponsors of the NSA in 2009 with a three-year sponsorship of N$1 million, and last year renewed its commitment to the NSA with another three-year sponsorship worth N$1,5 million.

“It pleases us dearly to confirm that we have committed to being the title sponsor for the World Junior Squash Championships with an amount of N$700 000 to enable the NSA to successfully host this international event,” Trustco MD Quinton van Rooyen said in a statement.

At the launch, the president of the Namibia Squash Federation, Dr Nelson Herunga handed over Platinum certificates to the Namibia Sport Commission and Trustco for their support of the tournament.

Source : The Namibian