This year’s edition of the Men’s World Team Squash Championship – originally scheduled to take place in Tauranga, New Zealand in December – will now be held in Kuala Lumpur from 7-11 December.
The decision was made to to safeguard against the strict travel restrictions in New Zealand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under directives from the New Zealand government, entry to passengers from all countries is currently strictly controlled to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The championships will be held at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil and marks the first time since 2007 – in Chennai, India – that the Men’s World Team Championship will take place in Asia.
Egypt are currently the defending champions after beating England in the final of the 2019 championships held in Washington D.C.
This will be the second time that Malaysia will be hosting the championships, the last time in Petaling Jaya in 1997.
“As entry to New Zealand looked increasingly unlikely by December, it became evident to WSF and Squash New Zealand that we needed a contingency plan. We are grateful to those nations who came forward to offer their help, and particularly grateful to Malaysia for agreeing to pick this up at such short notice.” said WSF President, Zena Wooldridge.
“We are naturally disappointed that we won’t be returning to New Zealand in December, and I’d like to thank Squash New Zealand for their support and for the work they put in prior to this decision being made.
“The Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) has considerable pedigree in organising major squash events, so we are fortunate to have such a capable and willing alternative host, and we look forward to working with them closely to deliver a top-class tournament to close out the year.”
Malaysia had missed out on hosting the 2020 Women’s World Team Championship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SRAM President Gerard Monteiro said: “On behalf of the management committee of SRAM, I express my heartfelt gratitude to President Zena Wooldridge and the WSF for acknowledging our capabilities by awarding us the prestigious Men’s World Team Championship in 2021. We welcome teams from across the world to gather in Kuala Lumpur for a memorable squash gala complete with the legendary Malaysian hospitality.
“As a squash enthusiast and fanatic, I believe that there is no better sporting entertainment than watching professional squash players in competition. The Men’s World Team Championship fulfils all requirements, and I take this opportunity to thank our Ministry of Youth and Sports for their support.”