The Professional Squash Association (PSA) will oversee the reintroduction of fully international tournaments which will be sanctioned at all levels from Challenger Tour 5 upwards from 1 August 2021. Spectators will also be welcomed back at PSA events where local government restrictions permit, bringing excitement and atmosphere back to events.
With the safety and welfare of both players and local squash communities remaining paramount, PSA have implemented key minimum operating standards to mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19 at international PSA events, including, but not limited to pre-travel and on-site testing regimes, key contact limiting and tracing measures, and strict venue and on-court protocols. PSA will continue to work closely to support our committed organisers with implementing adequate and appropriate risk mitigation strategies that meet both PSA and local requirements to protect all those involved with events.
PSA recognise that international travel, for many, still poses challenges. The association has therefore introduced additional measures to safeguard players and tournaments, including extending the sanctioning of domestic and regional tournaments until the end of 2021 and keeping the current ranking altered system in place until at least 1 August 2022. In addition, players who have had few opportunities to compete since the start of the pandemic will be eligible to apply for a pegged ranking, giving them the opportunity to elevate their ranking in up to four tournaments.
It is hoped that these measures will provide players with more choices and playing opportunities as restrictions ease at a different pace across the globe.
‘International squash is the backbone of the PSA Tour, so we are delighted to be able to sanction these tournaments and bring international squash back to our passionate communities,” said PSA Tour Director Hannah Ridgard-Mason.
“We are also pleased to be able to continue to support all players across the tour with a number of key measures, such as local tournaments and ranking changes. Of course, we realise that we must continue to balance the needs of international sport and the management of the COVID and remain fully committed to ensuring player and community welfare is of the utmost importance.”