The WSF World Junior Championships are an annual event to determine the best Junior Squash Players in the world.
Although the ISRF World Junior Team Championship started in 1980 there had been a forerunner operating since 1972.
In England it was decided to start a team event to coincide with the British Junior Open, and the first was held between 11 / 13 April 1973. Four countries, England, Scotland, Wales and Sweden took part at the courts of the National Westminster Bank Sports Ground in South London, playing for a shield presented by the Bank. The event was titled the Junior International Festival.
Every year until 1980 the unofficial international festival was staged, gaining in numbers and breadth of International competition.
Prior to 1980 there was no individual event to accompany the unofficial team events, which tended to be played in conjunction with existing junior open championships.
Until 2009 the events were held biannually, but since then both individual events have been held annually, with the team event alternating between Boys and Girls.
India will lead 23 nations in the 20th edition of the biennial World Squash Federation event at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai from 24-29 July and will host the championship for the second time since the inaugural event in 1980.
The team event will follow the Men's & Women's World Junior Individual Championships from 18-23 July.
Pakistan will look to defend the title they won for the fifth time in the 2016 men's team championship in Poland – where India finished in sixth place.
Commenting on the first appearance of a Saudi Arabian team in a World Championship, Saudi Squash Federation President and PSA Chairman Ziad Al-Turki said: “The Saudi General Sports Authority under its new leadership has different goals than in previous years – it now concentrates on mass participation, wanting to take participation in sports amongst Saudis from 17% to 40% by 2020.
“Concentrating on junior athletes and developing a strong grassroots foundation is key – setting long-term goals for achieving medals is what now allows us to send juniors across all Federations to participate in international junior tournaments worldwide.”
The 23 nations competing in the team championship in Chennai are: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong China, India, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, USA & Zimbabwe.
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