2012 PSA World Squash Championships Handed To Doha

By iSportconnect | April 18, 2012

Doha has been officially confirmed as the hosts to the 2012 PSA World Squash Championship, furthering their growing association with the world of sport. The event will run from December 7-14.


According to insidethegames.biz, the event will become the second richest in the sport’s history at an expected $300,000 (£188,000/€229,000) whilst the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex has been named as the venue.


Only a month ago, news that Doha had been awarded the 2014 World Short Course Swimming Championships hit the headlines whilst the Qatari city has high hopes in launching a competitive bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games with a decision on the candidate cities due on the 23 May.


The latest achievement by Doha adds to the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 World Handball Championships, indicating a new sporting era for the Qatar and the Middle East.


“We are delighted to be able to confirm that Qatar will host the 2012 PSA World Championship,” said Lee Beachill, the chief operating officer of the Professional Squash Association (PSA).


“We have been in discussions with the Qatar Squash Federation (QSF) for several months and it was the event dates that took some extra time to confirm – but we are thrilled to finally confirm that our flagship event will once again be going to Qatar.


Before adding: “QSF have been a huge support to PSA over many years, hosting smaller Challenger events as well as their annual World Series event, the Qatar Classic.”


“The winner is the world champion – so we decided to drop ‘Open’ and replace it with ‘Championship’ for clarity,” said Beachill.


“Most other sports also have a World Championship – we feel it’s much more understandable.”