Manchester To Host PSA World Championship For Second Time

22 Feb 13

Nick Matthew and James Willstrop have just fought out the men's final of the 2013 British National Championship in Manchester with Matthew claiming a record fifth title at the event which will go down in history as the highest attended ever.

Following on from this success, the next big squash event to be held in Manchester will be the Men's World Squash Championship from 26 October to 3 November. Tickets for this event are due to go on sale by 31 March when the $325,000 PSA Men's World Championship officially opens for business.

The official website for the event which is launched today enables fans to sign up for ticket information and all other news about the championship by visiting www.mensworldsquashchampionship2013.com

The nine-day tournament, to be staged at the National Squash Centre with finals at Manchester Central, is one of the cornerstones of what will be another memorable sporting year for the city of Manchester.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, explains: "Manchester is the home of UK squash and it will be exciting to welcome the World's best players back to the city.

"The Men's World Championship will be a highlight of Manchester's enviable 2013 sporting programme - that also includes the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, the Bupa Great Manchester Run and Great CityGames, a pre-season NBA basketball exhibition game and the Rugby League World Cup final.

"Manchester has a remarkably strong track record for hosting both national and international sporting events that not only showcase our world-class facilities but helps encourage local residents to become more involved with sport."

Nick Rider, chief executive of England Squash and Racketball, said: "We're delighted to be hosting the 2013 Men's World Squash Championship in Manchester, a city which hosted a marvellous 2008 World Championships and continues to be a fantastic place for international sport.

"The event continues our strong partnership with Manchester City Council and we're sure that the 2013 Championship will be a resounding success, whilst also creating a lasting legacy to inspire children and adults alike."

Simon Morton is UK Sport's Director of Major Events and International Relations. The PSA Men's World Championship is part of the Gold Event Series - a £27 million investment of National Lottery funding aiming to bring over 70 of the world's most prestigious sporting events to the UK, including 36 World and European Championships.

"UK Sport is delighted to have played an important role in securing the rights to host these championships as part of our on-going work to bring world class events to this country through the Gold Event Series to build a strong legacy from the incredible success of London 2012," he explained.

"Our investment and expert technical support will help ensure that this championship continues to build on the legacy of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, whilst also helping to prepare athletes and support staff for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow."

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