The Commercial Bank of Egypt (CIB) has announced the return of the men's and women's CIB Egyptian Squash Open Platinum event which will take place by the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza for the second year in succession.
The event will be organised by I-Events and will take place from October 10-17, 2020.
It will be the first Platinum event to take place following the six-month suspension of the PSA World Tour due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and will bring together 96 of the world's best male and female players.
Prize money will total $540,000, which will be split equally between men and women.
The early round matches will take place at the New Giza Sporting Club, while matches at the Glass Court will commence on October 12th.
CIB Chairman and Managing Director, Hisham Ezz Al-Arab, said: “CIB is an integral part of society, CIB strengthens its efforts to develop the Egyptian society as a whole. We have been supporting the Egyptian squash platform out of deep belief and confidence in the Egyptian champions and we aspire to be recognised as an Olympic sport one day. “
CIB Chief Executive and Board Member, Hussein Abaza, said: “Egypt is in the golden age of squash, it dominates the international rankings for women, men and juniors. Through many initiatives including our partnership with Karim Darwish Academy, CIB has developed an extended plan with the objective of creating a new generation of young champions. We are honoured to support the Egyptian squash champions who made Egypt proud worldwide by their professionalism, dedication and will to help others.
Tournament Director and I-Events Chief Executive, Amr Mansi, said: “I am extremely excited about organising the CIB Egyptian Squash Open for the second year in a row, which will be taking place by the Great Pyramids of Giza. This year was so challenging due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, but this did not stop us from achieving our main goal of endorsing Egypt’s unparalleled achievements in squash.”
“I would like to thank CIB and Mr. Hussein Abaza, CEO and Board Member of CIB Egypt, for continuously supporting the squash platform in Egypt over the years and their vital role in empowering the players and taking squash to a new level.”
“The safety of our contestants and audience is our first and foremost priority. We will coordinate with all parties in order to apply strict health and safety protocols, international travel policies, and social distancing guidelines during the tournament.”
Last year's event in front of the Pyramids saw Nour El Sherbini capture the women's World Championship crown after beating Raneem El Welily, while Karim Abdel Gawad got the better of Ali Farag in the inaugural men's CIB Egyptian Squash Open.