World team squash returns to the North Island city of Tauranga after just four years when New Zealand hosted the WSF Men’s World Team Championship in 2021.
It was in 2017 that New Zealand’s fifth-largest city hosted the World Junior Women’s Team Championship – and now the Devoy Squash & Fitness Center (pictured above at the 2017 championships) will host the world’s best men for the Men’s World Team Championship, 38 years after the biennial World Squash Federation (WSF) was last held in New Zealand, in Auckland, in 1983.
Subject to final confirmation, the event will take place from December 13 to 19, 2021.
“I am delighted that Tauranga has been chosen to host the 2021 Men’s World Team Championship,” said the country’s top men’s player, world No.7 Paul Coll. “The event hasn’t been staged in New Zealand since 1983, which means an entire generation of New Zealanders have not had the opportunity to see this level of squash at its best.
“Tauranga is an amazing place to visit and one of the best coastal destinations in the world. I’m sure players will appreciate the opportunity to visit Tauranga.” [Picture above shows the city’s iconic landmark Mount Maunganui]
Organizing Committee Chairman Wayne Werder added: “I have fond memories of playing for New Zealand in this event and have always considered it an important part of the international squash calendar. We are delighted to see this event back in New Zealand and to have Tauranga named host of the 2021 World Championship.
“The 2017 World Junior Championships were very well received and showed Tauranga’s ability to stage global events – we look forward to hosting another world class event in 2021.”
Reigning holders Egypt are likely to be favorites for the 2019 Championship in December in Washington DC in the UNITED STATES – while the top contenders for the 2021 Championship will certainly also include 1983 champions Pakistan and former champions Australia and England, as well as recent top finishers Hong Kong, China and France.
The New Zealand hosts, who finished sixth in the 2017 French Championship, will try to secure better second places on three occasions – in 1977, 1985 and 1987.
WSF CEO Andrew Shelley concluded: “Our World Team Championships are flagship events attracting a wide range of national teams, and as soon as they read this announcement, men will be looking forward to a great Kiwi experience in 2021! Over the years, New Zealand has proven to be an excellent host country and the combination of superb facilities, top-notch management and hospitality will add to that two years from now.