AJ Bell World Squash Championship to be shown on the BBC
British Title contenders Nick Matthew and James Willstrop will be playing to a brand new audience at the AJ Bell World Squash Championship 2013 (October 26-November 3) after it is today confirmed that there will be coverage from the quarter-final stage across the BBC Red Button, IPTV and the BBC Sport website. There will also be a highlights programme following the event on BBC Two & BBC Two HD.
The deal ensures that there will be live coverage of quarter final and semi final action on the BBC Sport website and IPTV. The final will be live on the BBC Red Button, the BBC Sport website and on IPTV. In addition, all the news, updates, reviews and interviews throughout the tournament will be featured on the BBC Sport website.
The ground breaking announcement a further endorsement of the sport’s appeal just 5 days before squash discovers if it will be granted Olympic recognition for the 2020 Games and beyond.
A decision will be made on Sunday when the International Olympic Committee meets in Buenos Aires. Squash, wrestling and a joint softball/baseball bid are the contenders.
Alex Gough CEO of PSA said “In our bid to become an Olympic sport, PSA has been investing heavily in TV coverage of squash through SquashTV and to now have the BBC on board is obviously a major boost.”
The AJ Bell World Squash Championship 2013 is part of an autumn sporting festival in Manchester thanks to investment from UK Sport’s Gold Event Series which aims to bring 70 world and European championships to Great Britain by 2019. It also includes the UK’s first ever NBA game to be hosted outside of London, the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, the Rugby League World Cup, Super-league Grand Final and a first ever World Taekwondo Grand Prix.
Sheffield born Matthew is a twice winner of the AJ Bell World Squash Championship while Ramy Ashour of Egypt is the defending champion. Ashour, the world number one and unbeaten in 41 games since last year’s British Open, won his first world title when the event was last staged in Manchester five years ago.
Simon Morton, UK Sport Director of Major Events, said: “The huge exposure sports enjoy in the UK through spectators packing out the venues and hours of broadcast coverage is one of the key assets we have when bidding for events.
“Our appetite for great sport combined with thousands of experienced volunteers and a proven track record in hosting major events makes the UK a perfect host for world class sport.”
Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure, said: “Squash continues to grow in popularity and the decision by the BBC to cover the world championship will help raise the profile of both the sport and Manchester’s reputation an international sporting destination.
“The World Squash Championship is sure to be a thrilling weekend for sports fans and forms a vital part of Manchester’s packed autumn programme – that also features an NBA pre-season basketball game, the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, the Rugby League World Cup, Super-league Grand Final and the inaugural World Taekwondo Grand Prix.”
Broadcast details will be confirmed closer to the tournament start date.
The AJ Bell World Squash Championship takes place from October 26 to November 3, with the quarter-finals onwards hosted at the internationally known, Manchester Central (formerly G-Mex).The tournament forms part of UK Sport’s Gold Events series and tickets are now available from Ticketmaster by ringing 0844 847 2508 or visiting www.AJBellworldsquashchamps.co.uk
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AJ Bell World Squash Championship: 26th October to 3rd November 2013
This will be the second time Manchester has played host to the event; the first being during the World Sport 2008 series of events that were a legacy from the Commonwealth Games in 2002.
The heat stage of the event will be held at the National Squash Centre, Sport City with the final weekend at Manchester Central. Tickets are now on sale phone 0844 847 2508 or visit the website at www.AJBellworldsquashchamps.co.uk
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Manchester continues to strengthen its impressive reputation for attracting major international sports championships. In 2012, the City was named 5th in the Ultimate Sports City List, and No.1 city with a population of under one million. In 2013 Manchester will host several major sports events, including the Men’s World Squash Championship, the Rugby League World Cup Final, NBA Europe Live and the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. These events raise the city’s global sporting profile, whilst bringing long-term social and economic benefits to Manchester and its residents. The City’s excellent range of accessible sports venues and facilities, combined with its school and community sports development programmes, provide the springboard for Manchester’s sporting stars of the future.
Visit www.manchester.gov.uk/sportsevents for more information.
England Squash & Racketball is the national governing body, responsible for the development and promotion from grass roots to elite performance. Nearly 500,000 people play squash on a regular basis and ESR promotes squash and racketball with national campaigns around the country, junior development and also leading international tournaments such as the British Junior Open, British Open and PSA World Men’s Championship in 2013. Sport can make lives better for individuals, families and whole communities and through the Squash and Racketball Foundation, there is the chance to play squash and racketball at the heart of their community.
The Big Hit is a national campaign by England Squash & Racketball running throughout 2013 to encourage more people to get involved and play squash and racketball both for fun and fitness.
The Big Hit Tour visits 10 cities across the year including Manchester, Birmingham and London giving you the chance to try squash and racketball for free. Thebighit.net website is the place to go to find your nearest session and get all of the latest news and special offers.
UK Sport’s Gold Event Series distributes approximately £5 million of Lottery funding each year to support the bidding and staging costs of major events on home soil, as well as providing specialist support to organisers. Events are supported for their likely performance impact, but also to maximise the wider sporting, social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits.
The Gold Event Series will aim to bring over 70 of the world’s most prestigious sporting events to the UK, including 36 World and European Championships. This ambitious programme will support British athletes’ preparation and qualification for Rio 2016, while generating approximately £287 million of additional expenditure in host cities and regions and bringing over 250,000 overseas visitors to the UK. Events already secured include 2017 World Athletics Championships and 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. More @ www.uksport.gov.uk/events
The Professional Squash Association (PSA) promotes the interests of men’s professional squash globally. The PSA’s aim is to advance the game by ensuring that the PSA World Tour is the ultimate showcase of the sport’s pinnacle events. The PSA have over 500 members worldwide and stage more than 120 events across five continents. The PSA’s vision is that squash is recognised as the most athletic, demanding and exciting racket sport in the world.
Squash TV is the PSA’s online squash channel broadcasting over 300 live matches in 2012.
Watch PSA squash Live on the Internet: www.psasquashtv.com