The FISU 2018 World University Squash Championship is the official international university competition bringing together the best student squash players from around the world. It will be held at the University of Birmingham, England between 6-12 September – with a record number of participating individuals.
With virtually all the leading squash nations competing, this Championship will be the biggest World University Squash Championship to date in terms of the number of individuals competing. There are 19 nations registered to compete in the individual championships – Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China (People’s Republic of), Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hong Kong (China), Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Uganda, and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There will also be some returning medallists from the FISU 2016 Kuala Lumpur Championship. Hong Kong’s Tsz Fung Yip (25 in PSA world rankings) and Chi Him Wong (117) won gold and bronze respectively in the men’s individual championship in 2016, and GB’s own Joshua Masters (52), who also received bronze in the same event, will be returning to try to claim the title. The individual championship, comprising 48 male and 25 female players, will kick off on the first day of the event and the final will be on 9 September.
Following the individual competition, 13 nations will compete in the team championship, which will culminate on 12 September. Two years after the last World University Squash event in which the host nation, Malaysia, took home the gold; Australia, Austria, Canada, China (People’s Republic of), Czech Republic, France, Hong Kong (China), Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will compete for the 2018 team title.
Since its launch in 1996, this 10th edition of World University Squash will be the first time a World University event has ever been held in the UK’s second city. With six ASB squash courts and an all-glass show court erected especially for the event in the 1 year-old Sport & Fitness club on the University of Birmingham campus, Birmingham is rapidly establishing itself as a major international squash city. The Championships are part of a series of squash events in Birmingham, with the University and Edgbaston Priory between them hosting the prestigious British Junior Open (pictured) for the next 3 years, European Team Championships in May 2019, and the 2022 Commonwealth Games squash.
The FISU 2018 World University Squash Championship will feature some of the best emerging squash players in the world and is the perfect opportunity to see university sport at a world level being showcased.