PSA TOUR SUSPENDED
Due to the escalating health and safety issues arising from the global outbreak of COVID-19, the Professional Squash Association (PSA) can confirm that all PSA World Tour and PSA Challenger Tour events taking place up to and including the week commencing April 27 will not take place during this period.
The tournaments affected are:
Grasshopper Cup | The Lethbridge Pro-Am | CIB Egyptian Tour 5 | Annecy Rose Open | Infinitum Squash Open | Subbotnik Open| Colwyn Classic | Charlottesville Pro Challenger | Kalo Tortola Classic | Rochester Pro Am|Texas Open Pro Women’s | Sandgate Squash MS Open | CAS International | QSF Open | Louisville Open | Virgin Gorda Classic | Life Time Philadelphia Open |El Gouna International Squash Open | Salem Sabah Al-Salem International | Cincinnati Queen City Open | Vernon Optometry Open |West Rand Open | Indian Tour – Indore Leg | SRAM PSA 1 |Assore/Balwin Johannesburg Open | Lima Open | Irish Open |Sekisui Open |Madison Open | Richmond Open | Indian Tour – Chennai Leg| UCT Squash Open |New York Squash Hyder Trophy |
NOTE : Other non-PSA events have already been suspended, and more are likely to be – the European Team Champs Division 3 in Slovenia is already off, and the Division 1 & 2 Champs in the Netherlands looks unlikely to survive, and European League programmes are falling.
The decision comes following the World Health Organisation’s declaration on Wednesday that COVID-19 is a global pandemic, the 30-day travel restriction announced by the United States for foreign nationals from 26 European countries and the numerous local government orders on restrictions, bans or cancellations of public gatherings or events.
“This was an incredibly difficult decision to make as we know that this will have an impact on our players and PSA Tour promoters,” said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.
“However, given the circumstances and the risks involved in international travel in the wake of this global pandemic, we felt that this was the only appropriate action in order to protect the health and wellbeing of all players, promoters, spectators, staff and the wider squash community.
“We will continue to monitor any updates in the directives of government health authorities and will work closely with tournament organisers in order to reschedule their tournaments for later in the year where possible.
“In the meantime, on behalf of everyone associated with the PSA, I would like to extend our condolences to everyone affected by the virus and our thoughts are with them and their families at this difficult time.”
Any further updates will be made in due course.