England Squash has announced the British Junior Open 2021, scheduled to take place in Birmingham from 2-6 January, has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The prestigious major event attracts more than 600 of the world’s finest junior athletes from 55 different nations as far as New Zealand and Japan.
“It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of next year’s British Junior Open” said Keir Worth, CEO at England Squash.
“The ongoing pandemic and the restrictions on international travel poses a major risk, and the health and safety of athletes, spectators and all those involved is paramount in these unprecedented times.
“This decision was not made lightly and the organising committee has explored all viable options to safely host this historic tournament but the unpredictability of COVID-19 makes it logistically untenable.
“We look forward to hosting the event in 2022 when the Commonwealth Games comes to Birmingham and to provide a spectacular showcase for squash.”
Scottish Junior Open also cancelled
Scottish Squash have also confirmed that the Scottish Junior Open 2020, scheduled to take place in Edinburgh from 28-30 December, has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.