Coronavirus latest

27-Mar: Latest cancellations

The World University Squash Champs scheduled for July in China is the latest global casualty, possibly to be rearranged in the same timeslot in 2021.

European events continue to fall, the Euro U19s in Nottingham is the latest, and the spread of cancellations of PSA events – three August events have already succumbed –  have left May’s Manchester and British Opens surrounded by red.

The PSA is due to make an update in early April.

England Squash has cancelled all squads, coaching courses and junior competitions until the end of May. French squash has rescheduled it’s InterClub competition to start in June, and perhaps optimistically is listing some National Champs for end May/early June.

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22-Mar:  Australia closes all sporting venues for at least six months 

July’s World Juniors thus can’t go ahead, but there’s been no announcement yet.

21-Mar : Squash seems to be pretty much closed down worldwide after today’s latest update from London …

Most European Countries – and many if not most others – had already closed down sporting facilities including Squash Clubs, and tonight Prime Minister Boris Johnson brought the UK into line with the announcement that British Pubs, Clubs,  Restaurants, Museums, Cinema, Leisure Centres should not reopen tomorrow.

England Squash quickly followed this up with advice for all squash facilities to close, and facilities in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will surely follow suit.

The wave of sporting cancellations continues as Golf, Tennis, F1, Football, Cricket, Rugby, Snooker cancel events or push out proposed dates for restarting, and the Tokyo Olympics are the subject of much speculation.

The latest Squash event to fall – unsurprisingly – was the European Team Champs, due at the end of April in Eindhoven.

The PSA is looking at the calendar past the previously announced shutdown to the end of April – May’s Manchester and British Opens must surely be in great danger of not happening – and the WSF are looking closely at its World Championships due this year, Juniors, Masters and Women’s Teams – although chose today to announce that Squash would be in the 2021 Pan Am Juniors.

Meanwhile squash players are entertaining themselves with various squash-related activities (have you tried the loo-roll challenge?) and we’re trying to add some interest with Fantasy squash events, but there really isn’t much good news yet.

Stay safe, and stay tuned …  (and use the comments section for any news, additions, omissions or ideas)

On a personal note, the closure of my Squash Club – Tynemouth – pales into insignificance with the news that Fram’s elderly mum is receiving breathing assistance after being diagnosed, and her disabled brother is also showing symptoms.  Thoughts are with you, Fram …