France Focuses On Men's World Team Championship

22 Feb 13

A maximum 32 nations - with representation from all five continents - will contest the 2013 WSF Men's World Team Squash Championship which will be held in France for the first time in the event's 46-year history.

The 24th WSF Men's World Team Championship, hosted by the Fédération Française de Squash, will be held from 9-15 June in Mulhouse, at both the Espace Squash 3000 Centre and the Palais Des Sports - where action will take place on three all-glass showcourts.

It was in the French city of Nimes last year that the French Squash Federation first unveiled its three state-of-the-art all-glass courts at the 2012 Women's World Team Championship.

"Thanks to the acquisition of three glass courts (which is a first for a national federation in the world) we have noticed a very significant increase of interest from the media, and especially TV, for squash," said FFS President Jacques Fontaine. "This tool is specific to squash and unique in sport today.

"The 32 nations expected in Mulhouse will provide a fantastic spectacle."

Egypt will defend the title men's world team title they won for the fourth time in Germany in 2011 after upsetting favourites England in the final in Paderborn.

Hosts France, twice runners-up, will be looking to win the title for the first time.

Botswana and Poland will be making their first appearances in the championship.

The full list of nations participating is (in alphabetic order): Argentina, Australia, Austria, Botswana, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, USA and Venezuela.