2021 Allam British Open
2021 Allam British Open Provisionally Scheduled for June
The Professional Squash Association (PSA) has announced that the 2021
Allam British Open, PSA World Tour Platinum tournament has been
provisionally scheduled for June, 2021, subject to restrictions put in
place by the UK government.
This comes following the cancellation of the 2020 Allam British Open,
which had originally been postponed from its original dates of May
25-31, 2020 due to the pandemic.
The PSA, together with England Squash and title sponsor Dr Assem Allam,
will now focus on staging the 2021 edition of the sport’s
longest-running tournament next summer at the University of Hull Sports
and Fitness Centre.
"While running the 2020 event in the next few months just isn’t possible
at this time, we are hopeful that we will be able to stage the 2021
edition in June," said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.
"The British Open is one of the most distinguished tournaments in squash
and the decision to change the status of the 2020 edition from postponed
to cancelled is one that we have not made lightly.
"The COVID-19 pandemic and the ever-changing restrictions and protocols
that come with it means that there are a number of hurdles involved when
running a world-class sporting event. We will stay in close contact with
England Squash and Dr. Allam in the coming months as we look to stage
the event next summer."
England Squash Chief Executive, Keir Worth, said: The major disruption
caused by the global pandemic made it extremely challenging to schedule
the Allam British Open in 2020, but we are absolutely delighted to
schedule the event in 2021 and very much look forward to welcoming
athletes from across the world once again. The Allam British Open is one
of the highlights of the squash calendar and we are focused on staging
the best possible event with the PSA and other partners.
Dr. Assem Allam said: "We remain committed to showcasing the world’s
best squash players in Hull in June. The decision to cancel the 2020
event was an exceedingly difficult, but necessary, decision to make due
to the unwavering levels of uncertainty that not only shroud sport in
this country but nearly all aspects of our lives.
"We will work closely with PSA, England Squash and the University of
Hull to hold the tournament next year and will be following further
updates from the UK government keenly to ensure the tournament can go
ahead as planned."
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