With the COVID-19 situation causing the postponement of the Ontario Junior Open and the Canadian Junior (Closed) Championships, the final two designated selection events, the Junior/Athlete Pathway Committee as supported by the Board of Directors, has made changes necessary to the original selection process. It has been determined that the top 4 players on the selection points table after the first four selection events have been named to the Canadian Team:
Nikhil Ismail, ON
Abdelrahman Dweek, AB
Ali Shalaby, ON
Mitchell Kahnert, BC
We know the World Squash Federation and championship hosts Squash Australia have been monitoring the situation, but no announcement has been made about any changes to the status of the championship, spanning from July 19-30. Postponing to a later date remains a possibility, as is outright cancellation.
We have also started a process to determine the 1st and 2nd alternate, should one of the top four need to withdraw, as well as which players are to be given the opportunity to enter the INDIVIDUAL event. To re-cap, the World Junior INDIVIDUAL Championships, both Junior Men and Women, are scheduled for July 19-24 in Gold Coast, Australia followed by the TEAM Championship (Junior Men ONLY) from July 25-30. Canada is entitled to enter up to 6 players in each of the INDIVIDUAL Championships, which in the case of Junior Men, would be the 4 TEAM athletes, plus 2 others. Players participating in the INDIVIDUAL Championships only would do so on a self-funded basis.
Squash Canada has decided to poll the next 6 players on the JUNIOR MEN selection points table to determine interest in competing in the INDIVIDUAL Championships while also serving as the 1st and 2nd alternate for the TEAM Championship, and from there conduct further selection as may be required.
For the World JUNIOR WOMEN Individual Championships, we will be polling the top 12 age eligible players per current Squash Canada rankings to find out if they are interested. If there are more than 6 players interested, a selection process will be applied that is based upon rankings/ratings, head to head results as needed, with at least 1 spot as a Junior/Athlete Pathway Committee discretionary pick, taking into account age eligibility for the next year’s World Junior Women’s Team Championships.
Squash Canada’s position is that we will continue to plan for the Canadian Team’s participation in these Championships for the original dates so long as we deem it safe for team members to do so, and/or until an announcement is made about the event.