The competitions for the second preliminary round of the World Squash Championship for men and women will start today, Sunday, which will be hosted by Egypt from 13 to 22 May, with financial prizes amounting to 550,000 dollars for men and the same for women, which is the largest financial prizes in the history of the tournament.
The tournament, which is considered one of the largest international squash tournaments, witnessed the participation of 128 squash players from the world, both women and men, and its matches will be held from May 17 on the glass court of the Museum of Egyptian Civilizations for the first time in the history of the competition.
While he holds the Men’s World Championship title for the last version of Farag, the Wadi Degla player, who is ranked second in the world, who is seeking through competitions to defend his title and regain the top spot in the world rankings as well, after he was dominated by New Zealander Paul Cole.
The tournament will witness the participation of a group of Egyptian squash stars, most notably Nouran Gohar, the Wadi Degla player and the first ranked Halmia for women, and Hania Al-Hamami, the third seed, while Nour Al-Tayeb returns to the competition after her absence from the last edition due to her family circumstances.
In the men’s competitions, third-ranked Mohammed Al-Shorbagy, who previously won the title in 2017, will participate, as will Tariq Al-Momen, world champion in the 2019 edition, and Karim Abdel-Gawad, champion in the 2016 edition.
In general, the Pharaohs won 18 world championship titles throughout its history, Nour El-Sherbiny is at the top with 5 titles, followed by Amr Shabana with four championships, then Ramy Ashour, crowned with three copies, Ali Farag, world champion in two copies, Muhammad Al-Shorbagy, Karim Abdel-Gawad, Tariq Momen and Raneem El-Welily. With a championship for each of them.