If there's one thing that's been long overdue in Egypt, it is a national squash tournament that gathers all the world-renowned squash talents Egypt possesses in one place and showcase the country's reputable squash legacy, but this is about to change. Next Thursday, The Egyptian National Squash Championship commences and is set to see Egypt's top squashers pick up the racquet and compete for the first time in six years for the national title. This comes after they've already demonstrated their outstanding abilities in some serious international arenas, with El Gouna Squash Open and the PSA Women World Championship, also in El Gouna, being the most recent squash battleground to be conquered by Egyptian players just last weekend.
The highly-anticipated national championship will see 1,200 squash players from all over the country and will be held in the coastal city of Alexandria, from which most of Egypt's squash stars - Nour Sherbini, Raneem El Welily Ali Farrag, and the El Shorbagy brothers started their ascend to global prominence.
"My dream is to put Alexandria on the squash map. Despite the fact that champions like Nour Sherbini, Raneem El Welily, and the El Shorbagy brothers evolved out of this city, Alexandria isn’t getting the attention it deserves," says the championship's co-organiser and former world champion Raneem El Welily's brother Tamim El Welily. "Hopefully, with the nationals being held here every year, it’s a chance for us to shed the light on what this city has to offer to its squash players and to the world."
Just like the English Football Cup or the USA's National Basketball Association Cup, Egypt's National Squash Championship is set to be, without a doubt, the world's most prestigious and outstanding national competition in the world of squash.
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