ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, June 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
- President of Pharco pharmaceuticals: "Our goals go beyond treatment and we are geared towards ultimate prevention of illness through boosting sport."
- The president of the championship organizing committee: "Choosing the Alexandria Library holds a positive message to the world."
A dinner banquet was held at the historic citadel of QaitBay in Alexandria to celebrate the launch of the first edition of the six-day Alexandria Women's Squash Championship with 40 international women players, including top seeded Egyptians under the sponsorship of Pharco Pharmaceuticals as part of its social drive.
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Popular singer Nesma Mahgoub took the lead at the event which was attended by Alexandria governor, the heads of the Egyptian and African federations and 32 top seeded players including the top Malaysian Nicol David. Guests included honorary chairman of the International Squash Federation Jahangir Khan from Pakistan, the chairman of Sporting Club and leading sponsors.
In his address at the opening ceremony, chairman of Pharco Pharmaceutics, the platinum sponsor of the championship and patron of the campaign to include squash to the Olympic list of games in Tokyo 2020, Dr. Seif el Din Helmy reiterated that the goal of Pharco was the complete eradication of illnesses through boosting sport and healthy living. According to Seif, "having a dream" was only human and therefore squash players around the world have a right to dream of capturing medals for their respective countries. Seif thus called for bringing squash to the Olympic Games. Seif concluded by repeating the campaign slogan, "a dream to win a medal" in Arabic, English and Japanese.
For his part, the chairman of the championship organizing committee and organizer of the open Gouna squash championship for the duration of four years, Amr Mansi, explained that the Alexandria library was singled because it was an inevitable cultural landmark.
Preliminary rounds began earlier Friday on the courts of the Sporting Club. The first round was due in the glass court in the outer courtyard of the Alexandria Library where players competed for the $100,000 prizes.
First seeded Egyptian Mohamed el Shorbagy and French player Gautier in third place dueled in a friendly match.
Pharco had organized the $ 10,000 International Pharco Squash Championship last February with 17 Egyptian players.
SOURCE Pharco pharmaceuticals