The Professional Squash Association (PSA) has listed the 2018 Lagos International Squash Classics in its calendar following the successful hosting of previous editions by Lagos State Government.As a PSA listed tournament, the Lagos International Squash Classics is a world ranking event where players can amass points for their global rating.
Despite not staging the 2017 edition, the world body decided to list the tournament following the overwhelming commendations that followed the previous editions attended by top players across the globe.
The $20,000 prize money tournament will hold at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium from March 19 to 24 with the men’s category sharing $15,000, while the women will be aiming for the $5000 purse.
With foreigners most times dominating the men’s event, local players have started their preparation in readiness for this year’s edition with the intention of retaining the title in Nigeria.
Nigeria’s number one male player, Sodiq Taiwo believes with good preparation, local players have the ability to halt the dominance of the foreigners.
“I think there is nothing stopping the local players from winning the title this year as we are all aiming to ensure that the foreigners do not come again and take away the titles.