The opening ceremony of the 25th Men's World Team Championship was held on Sunday evening at Salle Vallier, where the final stages will take place from next Thursday.
By Jérôme Elhaïk
Pictures by Philippe Rochais
The president of the French Squash Federation Jean-Denis Barbet started by honouring the memory of the 305 people who were killed in the attack at the mosque of Bir el-Abed in Egypt on Friday, and a minute of silence was observed. Several officials were attending, including Richard Miron. The Deputy Mayor of Sports of the city of Marseille expressed his satisfaction to host the MWTC, which is the closing event for Marseille-Provence Capitale Européenne du Sport 2017, and added that it was the “only international one.”
President of World Squash Federation Jacques Fontaine also said a few words. The former FFSquash President higlighted that the World Team Championship was a great opportunity to showcase the sport within the context of the Olympic bid. For the first time, the campaign will be led jointly by the WSF and the Professional Squash Association. It is therefore very fitting that the competition takes place in Marseille, which will host sailing events in the 2024 Olympics Games.
The 24 teams and 96 players were also introduced. Among them, there were of course Egypt and their star Ramy Ashour, who is unbeaten in the MWTC, as well as France, who are hoping to clinch a first ever World Team title. For sixteen of them, this year's event will start tomorrow at Modern Squash. Matches will be on from noon.
We'll post a preview of Monday's fixtures in the morning, and you'll be able to follow the action live on the event's website as well as on social media.