The puzzle puzzled the world How does Egypt dominate squash?



Twenty years ago, Egypt had only a few squash players, who won international championships, most recently Abdel Fattah Abu Taleb, when he won the British Open in the mid-1960s for three consecutive years.

Today, squash in Egypt has become one of the biggest puzzles in the world of sport, after its players have been able to dominate and dominate all international and regional championships.

The New York Times reported in a lengthy report published on its website on Friday that the squash sport in Egypt is the most successful, and that players Mahrousa control the game completely, the top four in the world rankings are Egyptians, and there are five others in the top 20 in the world.

Since 2003, Masri has won the men's world championships 10 times.

Egyptian women's domination of squash may be even more impressive, given the small number of women who have played that game.However, they dominate the playground.The top four of the top 5 squash players are Egyptians, and the top-ranked Egyptian player, Raneem El Waily.

The New York Times said future generations will also dominate the game heavily, as the National Youth Team for Girls has won the World Championship for seven consecutive years.

"I have always been asked about the big secret we are hiding and making us dominate the game?" He told reporters. "This is a million dollar question. Nobody really knows. But there are some theories."

This week, the theories on the squash's Egyptians' prowess were reintroduced, after Cairo showed great prowess during the current World Championship in Egypt, competing in the final, Friday, Nour El-Sherbini, and El Waily.

The squash game in Egypt offers lessons for any country seeking to compete in individual sports.

She added that "success generates success", but the biggest problem in Egypt is the slow establishment of stadiums covering the need of all players.

Former Egyptian and world champion Omar al-Borolsi said he was training more than 2,000 players between the ages of 5 and 10 at his academy, as well as players at other well-known squash clubs in Cairo.

"This is enough to dominate the game over the next 20 years," he said.

Exceptional Egyptian Squash

New York Times reporter David Segal attended squash matches in Cairo a few days ago to watch players from six of Egypt's top clubs, including top seed Ali Farag, world number three, Tarek Mo'men, third seed, and world number four Karim Abdel Gawad. , Al Waily, Noor Al Sherbini ranked second in the world, Noor Al Tayeb ranked third in the world, and Noor Johar fifth in the world.

Segal described the games he saw among Egyptian players in the game of American basketball, which includes the largest and greatest players in the world.

He said that one of the players who attended to watch the games, was an American, called Sabrina Subhi, ranked 61 in the world, stressing that she was surprised by the dominance of the Egyptians on the game.

The US player said during her visit to Egypt, "I have come to solve the mystery of the dominance of Egyptians on the game," but she soon learned something big, an exceptional Egyptian squash.

The United States has a very large number of squash players, numbering about 1.7 million, and about 3,500 stadiums, according to official statistics.
While there are only about 400 stadiums in Egypt and fewer than 10,000 players, Cairo has become quite dominant despite the huge numerical difference.

Daniel Cowell, author of The Talent Code, which has been popular in a number of countries, says aspiring players should learn from old game professors and simulate their way of living and eating.

? But how did Egypt produce so many talents

The history of the game began in Harrow, a private school in the United Kingdom, in the 19th century, and was exported to its colonies through British officer clubs.

The New York Times pointed out that until the moment, the Egyptian players register and govern their games in English, adding that for years, the sport of squash for a special category only in Egypt, but in 1996, international player Ahmed Barrada broke the base, with a stunning performance at the Al Ahram Open Squash Championship, Erected next to the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Barada lost the final, but his strong performance made him a national hero, and even Al-Ahram newspaper published the title of the first page: "Star born."

Barada won the final of the Al-Ahram Championship in 1998, ranking second in the world rankings. He retired from the game in 2001, a year after being stabbed near his Cairo home, for an unsolved crime.

Barada then recorded an album of pop songs and starred in the romantic comedy "Love of the Girls."

"Everyone wanted to be like me," Barrada told reporters.

In 2003, Egypt won the first world squash champion in decades, Amr Shabana, who combines unprecedented speed with "stunning blows like magic tricks."

Shabana won the world title three times.

Wonder Girl

Since 2008, Britain has won 75 gold medals in three summer Olympics, in various sports such as boxing, diving, tennis, field hockey, swimming, taekwondo, track and field, while Egypt has not won any gold medal in that math, where squash has never been an Olympic sport, This greatly angered the masses.

Squash has become the second oldest sport in Egypt, after football, has so many murids, to the extent that the New York Times called it, that a player like Nour El Sherbini, nicknamed "Wonder Woman" in the United States, the three-time world champion, had to be It has to play the game.

The Egyptians have changed the way the game is played, and the world number three, the world number three, said during a break after the game to the newspaper, "Have you seen the way we play the game?"

The squash game does not provide huge sums for its players. The average profit of a professional player who wins international tournaments is $ 100,000 a year, a tennis player's gain up to the round of 16 in the US Open.

But squash has other advantages, as it is often an opportunity to pave the way for an American university or junior high school, as there are four Egyptian players at the prestigious Harvard University, according to the New York Times.