Binnie heads squad to World Team Squash Champs
Jamaica's number one, Chris Binnie , will head the national squad to the 2017 World Men's Team Squash Championships, scheduled for November 27-December 3 in Marseille, France.
Binnie, the eight-time All Jamaica and Caribbean Champion, will be accompanied by number two ranked Lewis Walters, number three ranked player, Bruce Burrowes and former All Jamaica Champion, Dane Schwier.
Teams from 24 nations will do battle at the week-long championship, where global kingpins Egypt are favoured to win. Defending champions England will be going all out to retain their coveted title, and France will also be in contention, buoyed by their home court advantage.
The gruelling tournament will start with a round robin play off in eight groups from which the top 16 teams will progress to the knockout stage, while the remaining eight will play for positions 17-24. Jamaica, who are seeded at 21, will compete against Germany (7) and Scotland (10) in the group stage of the competition.
"It is going to be a tough tournament because we will be up against the best teams in the world, but all things considered we have a fighting chance," The Jamaica Squash Association's president, Chris Hind explained.
"Binnie and Walters compete on the professional squash association circuit, so they are used to the rigours of high-level competition while Burrowes and Schwier are also familiar with the pressures of international tournaments so we're expecting a solid showing," he added.
The team will travel to France from various locations on November 25 and 26. They will be accompanied by team manager, Douglas Beckford, and Rene Denis, who will serve as coach. The team's participation in the tournament was partially funded by support from the Sports Development Foundation.
A Jamaican team will be participating in the prestigious tournament for the first time.