The Brunei Squash Rackets Association (BSRA), in conjunction with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s 75th birthday celebration, is currently organising a Squash Championship at the National Squash Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.
The tournament, which began on June 13, continued with the semi-final rounds in both the Men’s and Women’s Open categories.
The last-four clash of the Men’s Open category saw top ranked player Haji Saiful Rizal take on hot prospect Alexander Yong while Fauzi Zaini met Lim Kok Sheng.
Meanwhile in the Women’s Open, number one player Hamidah Ismail met Christina Esther while Sofia Yasmin had Aaliyah in her path towards her quest for a final appearance in the other tie.
The last-four winners in both the Men’s and Women’s Open categories will be contesting for the title in tonight’s final.
Earlier, the competition witnessed the round of 16 fixtures in the Men’s Division One category.
A junior category, which has also been added to the tournament’s schedule, was also held.
Completing the final rounds of individual categories is the Men’s Division One tomorrow, following the end of the quarter-final and semi-final rounds today.
Meanwhile, the team event category will be held next week with eight teams vying for top honours.
Participating teams will involve players ranked in different categories namely Men’s Division A, Men’s Division B, Men’s Division C, Women’s Division A and Women’s Division B.
The teams will be divided into two groups with Group A comprising Bru-Lions, IPT, Mata-Mata and The Hot Shots! while Group B feature Nike Team, BFA Team 1, BFA Team 2 and Unsquashable.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the knock-out round next Friday for a place in the final two days later.
The team event category final will conclude the two-week long championship.
The meet, an annual event in the association’s tournament calendar, had been re-scheduled since last year following the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic last August.
It also marks the resumption of squash-related activities and competitions after restrictions were lifted starting June 1.