Masters Head To Poland In 2020
The World Squash Federation
(WSF) has awarded the rights to host the 2020 World Masters
Squash Championships to Poland. Fittingly, the world
championships boasting the biggest field will take place at the world's
biggest club - the 33-court Hasta La Vista Club in the historic
city of Wroclaw.
The event, which is expected to
attract players from all over the globe, aged from 35 to over 80, will
take place from 25-31 August 2020 - following the 2018
championships in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, from 29 July to
4 August this year.
The Hasta La Vista Club (the
showcourt of which is pictured above) hosted the World Junior
Championships in 2013, then the squash action of the 2017 World
Games, before attracting the continent's top senior players for the
European Masters Championships in September last year. Early next
month, the region's top players will converge on the Hasta La Vista to
compete in the annual European Team Championships.
"With the possibility of a
thousand or more players of all ages participating in the World Masters
it seems fitting that the world's largest club should host the matches,"
said WSF CEO Andrew Shelley. "The championship, played in five
year age bands features a great blend of past champions, age group stars
and masters players who will simply enjoy taking part.
"2020 World Masters will truly
showcase the wide geography of Squash - played today across more than
185 countries all over the world, and its intergenerational profile -
two of the reasons why we believe the sport would be a strategic choice
for inclusion in the Olympic programme as well.
"Doubtless so many of the
players going to Charlottesville will be marking up their diaries for
2020 straight afterwards. They can be sure of a great welcome in
Hasta La Vista owner Zenon
Waniak (pictured below) added: "I would like to cordially invite
all of you to Hasta la Vista in Wrocław, Poland to World Masters
"Squash is my great passion,
that is why the place, in which we can host the best players from around
the world, was created. Above all, I am very pleased, when people do not
give up playing squash even despite their age.
"For several years I have been
dreaming to organise the World Masters Championships, so I am waiting
with great anticipation for year 2020. I hope that this event will be
the great meeting of many nationalities in the atmosphere of sport
competition, interesting conversations, good vibes and friendship.
"On the area of 10,000 sq
metres, 33 squash courts with comfortable and modern facilities are
waiting for you!
"Wrocław, as a city was
honoured and won the title of the Best European Destination 2018. Its
history is very worthwhile, Wrocław is charming