Saudi Arabia Just Hosted Their First Ever Women Squash Tournament
Lately, Saudi Arabia has been taking several steps towards a more liberal and open society. Initiatives and policies are being adopted to allow women become more active in the society. In the last couple of months, policies were issued to allow women to drive and to enter sports stadiums, and recently, to hold sports tournaments for women.
In a similar manner, Saudi Arabia is currently hosting the first professional squash tournament for women! The event that kicked off in Riyadh is the first of the 2018 women’s squash World Series, it started on Sunday and will end on Friday.
The tournament has 32 of the most fierce squash players in the world and the grand prize is $165,000. The Chairman of the Professional Squash Association happens to be the Saudi Ziad Al Turki, and the tournament was hosted by Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, President of the Saudi Federation for Community Sports.
“Things are changing in Saudi, and they are changing fast. Win or lose, you are making history.” Said Al Turki in a dinner before the tournament.
World Champion Raneem El-Welily and the Current PSA Number One Nour El Sherbini both made it to the second round, and we can’t be more proud of our Egyptian Champions.