Dar set to celebrate World Squash Day October

15Aug 2020
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Dar set to celebrate World Squash Day October

TANZANIA has lined up a number of activities to celebrate World Squash Day in at Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) in October.

Dar es Salaam squash players pose for picture prior to participating in training in the city recently to prepare for domestic tournaments.

Secretary General for National Squash and Racquets Association (TSRA), Marwa Busigara, said the World Squash Day will be held on 10 October 10 and the country will host a number of activities at DGC.

He said the event will help to re-launch the game when events take place across the globe as the day will help to create some outstanding events aimed at  welcoming players back to the game and help to attract a new generation of players to the courts.

Busigara stopped short of mentioning the activities lined up for the event, saying it is too early.

He, however, hinted that it will be akin to a campaign for seeing to it squash is held in Tokyo Olympics, which was held six years ago, named 'Back the Bid 2020'.

“We will join the rest of the globe to celebrate World Squash Day in October, we have lined up a number of activities, but for now it's too early to disclose them but it will be like the campaign which was done six years ago, aiming at seeing squash at the 2020 Olympics where we had games and press conference,” he said.    

World Squash Federation (WSF) said the prediction of World Squash Day founder, Alan Thatcher, who is determined to help clubs and federations move out of lockdown with a campaign aimed at renewed growth.

Thatcher is reported to have said that it has been a difficult time for everyone in the game, affecting clubs, ordinary players and professionals just the same.

“We have seen some incredible things on social media during the lockdown, with squash enthusiasts creating temporary courts in their back gardens, garages and basements, and we intend to leverage this passion for our sport to gain massive traction for World Squash Day,'' he disclosed.

“Despite the absence of tournaments, Professional Squash Association (PSA) members have continued to entertain us all on social media with their lockdown training videos, trick shots and podcasts.''

Meanwhile, the TSRA Secretary General said they are waiting for complete renovations of DGC squash courts before they resume bell tournaments.

Recently, Busigara said eight players are attending training to prepare for the resumption of the games which were suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Of the eight players, he diclosed, three are from Zanzibar while the remaining are based in Mainland Tanzania.

Busigara, who is one of Mainland Tanzania-based players, mentioned the players from Zanzibar as Issa Matiku, Zablon Lopa, Nuhu Maalim and Philemon Osarya.

He noted Samaeel Lakhani, Hamisi Sama, Raul Dilesh and Mwinyimvua Kondo are the rest of Mainland Tanzania players.

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