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Squash returns once again to Pyramids of Giza

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Photo: PSA official website

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) announced that the Great Pyramids of Giza will once more provide the setting for the Al Ahram International tournament.

The Al Ahram International, which was last held in 2001, will kick off on September 19 and will end on 23 of the same month in front of the Pyramids of Giza.

The tournament will feature both a Men’s and Women’s event, which will witness the competition for a share of a $100,000 prize, according to the PSA official website.

PSA COO Lee Beachill described the tournament’s setting, which hosted the 2006 World Championship, as “one of the most spectacular settings in world sport”.

“We’re very excited to be returning to Giza and look forward to working with all our partners to ensure that this year’s event goes down as one of the best in history.

“The images captured during the 2006 World Championship, the last time the sport was played there, continue to set the standard for all other squash tournaments, and many other sports around the world, to aspire to and showed the world that squash has an unmatched ability to showcase the most stunning locations in the world,” Beachill told the PSA official website.

Events managing director and tournament promoter Amr Mansi revealed his excitement over the return of the tournament back to the Pyramids, discussing its significance to the Egyptian squash scene.

“The Al Ahram International tournaments of the 1990s and early 2000s inspired an entire generation of Egyptians to take up squash and, with the country currently dominating at the top of the world rankings, we believe that this year’s tournament could serve to inspire another generation of Egyptian superstars.

“This event is the reason the Egyptians excelled in the sport as the Al Ahram tournament in the past has shown them that dreams can come true. We are truly looking forward to bringing this event back and guarantee to make it an unforgettable one,” said Mansi.

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