On Monday, the national governing body for squash announced that the highly anticipated 2023 Squash World Cup is set to take place in Chennai from June 13 to 17. The Indian contingent will be led by renowned players Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa, adding to the excitement of the event.
It was officially announced on Monday that The Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT)-World Squash Federation (WSF) Squash World Cup scheduled to take place at the Express Avenue Mall and the Indian Squash and Triathlon Academy (ISTA).
The upcoming tournament will witness the participation of eight countries, including India, namely Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Egypt, South Africa, Australia, and Colombia. Notably, Chennai will once again serve as the host city for the event, as the last edition held back in 2011. Representing India in Squash World Cup 2023 will be Saurav Ghosal, Abhay Singh, Joshna Chinappa, and Tanvi Khanna.
N. Ramachandran, Honorary life president – Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) and Vice Chairman – SDAT, stated,
“I’m delighted to announce that Chennai will once again host the prestigious SDAT-WSF Squash World Cup from June 13 to 17. This tournament marks a new chapter in the history of our event as we revive and revamp it to enhance its significance further,”
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The upcoming fourth edition of the tournament stands out for its emphasis on gender parity and a revised points system. In contrast to the previous editions, each team will now consist of two men and two women, rather than two men and one woman. The matches will be played in a best-of-five games format, with each game played to seven points, even if the score is tied at 6-6. The tournament will feature a round-robin pool stage followed by the knockout stage.
The playing order will either be woman-2, man-1, woman-1, man-2, or man-2, woman-1, man-1, woman-2, and will be determined by coin toss.
In the upcoming tournament, each win by Man-1 and Woman-1 will be awarded two points, while Man-2 and Woman-2 will receive one point. During the knockout stage, in the event of a draw, the winning team will be determined based on the higher positive difference between games won and lost in a tie.