Squash world championship cancelled over Egypt security

Men's World Team Squash Championship in Cairo from December 12-18 has been called off after countries withdraw.

    The championship was supposed to see the participation of teams from 23 countries [Reuters]
    The championship was supposed to see the participation of teams from 23 countries [Reuters]

    The Men's World Team Squash Championship, which was due to take place in Cairo from December 12-18, has been called off for security reasons, the sport's international federation said.

    Egyptian Squash Federation president Assem Khalifa requested the postponement because "some teams did not wish to attend the championship".

    "We request this postponement with a heavy heart as Cairo is a safe city," said Khalifa.

    The sport's international federation on Friday confirmed the cancellation of a championship that was supposed to see the participation of teams from 23 countries.

    England, France, Germany, the United States and Canada took the decision earlier this week not to attend the tournament.

    Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Colombia have also cancelled their attendance, the federation said.

    On Friday, assailants attacked a Cairo nightclub with petrol bombs, killing at least 16 people in the ensuing blaze.

    While there was no indication of any link to political groups, the arson comes at a time when the country's security forces are on heightened alert after a series of attacks, including in Cairo.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    There are a number of reasons why Beijing continues to back Maduro's government despite suffering financial losses.