CAIRO: One of the world’s leading squash tournaments will return to Egypt this weekend after it was dropped last year because of the revolution, raising hopes of a sporting revival in the troubled country.
Professional Squash Association chief executive Alex Gough says he’s “delighted” that the El Gouna International Squash Open, which starts Sunday, is back.
Sports in Egypt were stopped again this year after clashes at a football game left 74 people dead. But El Gouna tournament organizer Amr Mansi got permission from the National Sports Council to hold the event and says “it will be really good for Egypt to bring the credibility back again.”
Many of the world’s top players, including No. 1-ranked James Willstrop of England, will play at El Gouna, a resort on the Red Sea.