The best 32 players across the country are taking part in the Lagos International Squash Classics holding at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

The tournament which is listed as a world-ranking event by the Professional Squash Association (PSA) is a national closed satellite championship.

With a prize money of $4,000 (N1.2m) expected to be shared among the top players in the competition, the men will get $2,500 (N750,000) as total prize money while the women will take home $1,500 ( N450,000).

According to the organisers, Lagos State Squash Association (LSSA), the top seeds are Wale Amao and Yemisi Olatunji.
Top 16 players in the men and women categories have been drawn against one another respectively.

To encourage younger players, top 16 players will also compete in the boys’ U-19 event.
As a PSA sanctioned event, the players are expected to use the tournament to garner world ranking points while it would also help them to shape for international tournaments.

According to the Chairman of LSSA, Sanya Akindele, the event is to replace the 2015 International Classic which could not hold due to logistics reason.

“We could not hold the 2015 edition of the championship due to the general elections and change in government. For us we have decided to replace it with this closed satellite tournament in order to help improve the world ranking of our players and to keep our place in the PSA calendar. However, the International Classics will be back late this year with a $40,000 prize money which will attract all the top international players across the globe,” Akindele said.

The winner and runner’s in the men category up will get $850 and $450 respectively, while semifinalists and quarterfinalists will get $200 and $100 respectively.

Winner and runner up in the ladies event will get $450 and $250 respectively while semifinalists and quarterfinalists will get $120 and $60 each. The tournament director is Boye Oyerinde with Bola Mogaji as chief referee.