The Saudi Squash Federation gave women’s sports great attention during the current stage, after it had agreed with the Saudi Riyadh Club to allocate a day per week to train female players who want to practice squash, which is witnessing a remarkable turnout during the current period, by girls. The first day witnessed a turnout by the players who showed their happiness with this interest and finding a place for them to practice their beloved hobby, after a period of time during which they decided to participate in training between private stadiums located in a number of hotels and private clubs in Saudi Arabia with financial fees.Early turnout
For his part, Khaled Al-Saad, Executive Director of the Squash Federation, told «Okaz» that this step comes within the path of the Saudi Squash Federation in activating women’s squash in Saudi Arabia, and cooperating with clubs in helping them to establish women’s activity, after holding two tournaments and two training sessions for women in a previous period. In cooperation with Princess Noura University and King Saud University, pointing out that the federation has launched an electronic registration link to register the players and count their numbers, in order to set a clear mechanism for training that is in line with the current precautionary measures, revealing that the first phase witnessed the registration of approximately 35 players, which confirms the players ’desire for Squash.
A priority in women’s sports
The Saudi Squash Federation is one of the first federations to support women’s sports in Saudi Arabia, after the squash federation hosted the first international women’s championship for professional players, which witnessed the participation of Egyptian world champion Nour El-Sherbiny in the squash game, where the tournament was held in January of 2018 at Princess University Noura bint Abdulrahman in Riyadh, and the Saudi player Nada Abu Al-Naja participated in it, in addition to a number of professional players in the world.
The game of squash in Saudi Arabia is continuously supported by Ziad Al-Turki, president of the Saudi Squash Federation, who has held the position of president of the International Professional Players Association (psa) since 2009 until now. Al-Turki allocates an annual budget to support young players, as he supported the players Yasser Al Abbas and Salem Al-Mawlid by participating in several international tournaments, as part of the federation’s plan to develop young players and advance their level by participating in major international tournaments.
She expressed to “Okaz”, the player very safe, her happiness with the squash union’s move to activate women’s squash and provide playgrounds for training inside clubs, after a period of playing the game inside hotels and private playgrounds. Al-Salama, who works as a faculty member at King Saud University, indicated that she had played the game since 2012 in Britain and America when she was studying abroad, stressing that her passion for the game led her to continue it inside Saudi Arabia through the private club at the university, and to contribute to training a number of players. Wanting to play a game of squash. In turn, Maryam Tawfiq indicated that she had practiced the game since 2007, describing the last step as a way to increase the number of practices for the game, especially after providing coaches and increasing the number of stadiums, stressing that she liked the game as it is a game that relies on self-training and does not need a collective number to practice it more.
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