Delayed PSA Women's World Championships Rescheduled -- Federations Focus

(ATR) Also: R&A seeks to develop golf in Asia; FIS lauds approach of world snow day; 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup tickets available.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MAY 28:  Laura Massaro of England competes against Raneem El Welily of Egypt during the women's final match of the PSA Dubai World Series Finals 2016 at Burj Park on May 28, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MAY 28: Laura Massaro of England competes against Raneem El Welily of Egypt during the women's final match of the PSA Dubai World Series Finals 2016 at Burj Park on May 28, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

(ATR)The Professional Squash Association Women’s World Squash Championships will take place this April in Egypt.

The championship, originally scheduled for Dec.11-18, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, experienced "various difficulties involved in staging the tournament" resulting in the event being delayed.

"We have been working closely with several parties to make sure that the event happens and that our players do not lose out on the opportunity to compete not only for the sport’s most lucrative title, but also for the significant ranking gains that are associated with the World Championship" PSA CEO Alex Gough said in a statement.

Fifty-six of the best female squash athletes will gather in El Gouna, Egypt to compete in the tournament. The youngest person to win and current world No.1, El Sherbini of Alexandria, will go into the event as defending champion.

The championships will be held from April 5-14.

R&A Seeks to Develop Golf in Asia

As the Olympic spotlight turns to Asia for the next three editions of the Games, the R&A is seeking to increase the presence of golf in the region.

The authority on worldwide golf outside of the United States and Mexico will hold two ‘Sustainability in Golf’ seminars in Japan and South Korea in March.

"The seminars will provide a valuable opportunity for delegates to learn about the challenges that face a land and community based sport like golf," says R&A director of sustainability Steve Isaac.

"Expert guidance on using sustainable solutions for the renovation and management of golf courses will be presented to inform attendees on the positive economic, environmental and social impacts that can result from well executed golf development."

Golf was reinstated to the Olympic program after a 112-year hiatus at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The sport will remain on the program for Tokyo 2020, fueling the increased emphasis on developing the game in the Asian region.

"The R&A is committed to promoting the sustainability of golf facilities and their environment and these seminars will help to raise awareness of the opportunities that exist for establishing best practice throughout the Asia Pacific region," said R&A Asia Pacific director Dominic Wall.

The seminars will take place at Yokohama Country Club, Japan on March 13 and the Nest Hotel in Incheon, South Korea on March 17.

FIS Lauds Approach of World Snow Day

The sixth annual World Snow Day organized by the International Ski Federation will feature an awards program for the first time.

The first World Snow Day Awards will recognize four World Snow Day events across the globe, honoring the best overall event with more than 500 participants, best event with less than 500 participants, most innovative event and the first event that registered for World Snow Day on July 1.

Thus far, 42 countries have registered for 478 World Snow Day events on Jan. 15. These events are designed to allow children to "explore, enjoy and experience the snow" according to FIS. Children aged 4-14 will have the opportunity to engage with popular Winter Olympic sports.

"This is now our sixth edition of World Snow Day and we could not be prouder of the dedication, hard work and effort of the organizers," said FIS president Gian Franco Kasper. "Their events are making a difference and we look forward to celebrating the day."

2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup Tickets Available

Tickets for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland are available for purchase. Prices range from $5-$47.

Click here for tickets.

The event will feature five days of matches at three separate venues including the University College Dublin, Queen's University Sport and KingspanStadium.

Pool stage matches will take place on Aug. 9, 13 and 17. The knockout rounds will be held on Aug. 22 and the final on Aug. 26.

"As women's rugby is currently one of the world's fastest growing team sports, we have no doubt that the 2017 event in Ireland will continue that upward trend and inspire the next generation of future stars," World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said in a statement.

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