US-based Nigerian squash player, Adewale Amao, has called on his compatriots at home to enlist in the PSA (Professional Squash Association) World Tour so their chances of participating in PSA-sanctioned events would be brightened.
Amao gave this charge while speaking exclusively to Top Media Nigeria from his base in Atlanta.
The PSA-World Tour has since been rebranded into two individual circuits – the PSA-World Tour and PSA Challenger Tour.
The PSA’s new professional squash tour structure which comes into effect starting from the 2018-19 season sees qualification rounds scrapped under the reforms, with a series of new tournament tiers to be introduced on both circuits.
Concurrently, in partnership with the WSF (World Squash Federation), the PSA will form the WSF & PSA Satellite Tour, which will integrate sanctioned world, regional, national and junior tournaments into the PSA World Rankings system. The WSF & PSA Satellite Tour will run throughout the calendar year, comprising the WSF National Championships, Satellite Tournaments, World & Regional Junior Championships, National Junior Opens and National Junior Championships.
“I think the rebranding of the PSA World Tour is a chance for players who are lowly ranked to be able to play in tournaments where their ranking falls. It is a good chance to make money and get treated equally in all tournaments,” Amao says.
He continues: “I will advise Nigerian players who choose squash as a career to do better and sign up for PSA World Tour, because the new PSA structure would not give them the chance to participate in the PSA tournaments that is taking place in Nigeria. There is no more local slots and local wild cards (for non-PSA players).”
Furthermore, Amao, who before his move abroad, trained under one of the best squash coaches the country has ever had, Yusuf Durosinlorun, echoed the #GiveBackToSquash campaign.
“I would like to encourage our squash members who are in one way or the other benefitting from the game, to support and give back to squash, as I’m sure squash has helped a lot of people – by keeping them fit, securing connection, among other benefits that are attached to the noble game of squash,” he concludes.
The 28 year old, currently ranked #279 in the world, also states his intent to play more tournaments and up his game to improve his ranking so he can achieve his target of making the top 100 by the end of the 2018/2019 season.
Players will earn PSA World Ranking points based on their results at tournaments on the PSA World Tour, PSA Challenger Tour and the WSF and PSA Satellite Tour.
The new season begins by September.
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