Squash Around the World
Squash is a highly entertaining indoor ball game. It is a brutal sport that requires a lot of wits and skills to track a ball that is travelling as fast as 270kmh. The sport’s first championship was first held in 1967 for men and 1976 for the women under the World Squash Federation. Over the years, the sport gained prominence with more countries coming on board. However, some of the countries have developed the game to the next level, and that can be seen from the quality of the players and the frequency of winning squash titles. So what countries have the best squash players? Well, here is a list of countries with the best squash players:
Australia is one of the top-rated countries when it comes to the quality of squash players. So far the country has bagged 8 gold medals, 3 silvers and 7 bronze medals in international squash tournaments. Although the country last immerged victorious during the Vienna’s Championship in 2003, it has one some of the best quality players in the world.
Pakistan is a squash powerhouse. The country produced the legendary Jahangir Khan, who is considered to the greatest player in the history of the game. Pakistan established prominence in the squash sport for a span of five decades starting in the 1950s to late 90s. The country boasts of 14 World Open titles and more than 30 British Open titles. Although the recent title was acquired in 1993, Pakistan Squash Federation has continued to churn out the best squash players.
England Squash is the organization overseeing the development of squash sport in England. They had developed some of the best facilities that had helped England’s squash team to win a number of titles from 1995 when they bagged the first title in Egypt. The teams won their latest championship title in France in 2013 and had continued to incredibly well in the recent years. Some of the best players include Nick Matthew who was ranked 6th in December 2017 by Professional Squash Association (PSA) in men’s world ranking. Laura Massaro and Sarah-Jane Perry were 4thand 7th respectively by the PSA.
As early as the 1930s, Egypt was churning out world-class players. The sports benefits immensely during the tenure of President Hosni Mubarak, who channelled more funds to develop state of the art facilities. He brought the popular Al-Ahram tournament. Over the years, Egypt has produced some of the best squash players who have won numerous titles with the latest being in 2011 in Germany. In 2017, Egypt was the WSF World Team Championship. Mohamed El Shorbagy and Reneem El Weleily, both from Egypt were the 2017 World Champions in men and women categories respectively.
Joining the list of the countries some of the best squash players is New Zealand. Although the country has not managed to win a gold medal in any of the tournaments, the team made a mark in the sport. With three silver medals and one bronze, the country has proven to have some of the best squash players. In 2016, Eain Yow Ng won the title of WSF World Junior Championship for New Zealand. Other players included Paul Coll was ranked 8th in men category by the PSA,
These are the five countries with the best squash players in the world. That can also be seen from the number of international tournament titles that the individual countries have won and the quality of the facilities.