Squash: Egypt champion Ashour hurt by official neglect

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 4 Jun 2013

World number one is deeply disappointed by cold reception he received at home after clinching Egypt's first British Open title since 1966

Ramy Ashour
Ramy Ashour celebrates winning the British Open title (Photo: The official website of professional squash association)

Egypt squash champion Ramy Ashour expresses anger over the neglectful reception from his government when he flew in to Cairo with a major achievement.

Earlier last week, the world number one defeated Frenchman Gregory Gaultier to enrobe Egypt with its first British Open title in 47 years.

Upon his arrival at Cairo Airport Ashour was shocked to find only his relatives waiting for him, revealing the government and sport officials ignorance over the weight of his prestigious glory.

"I am proud of my achievement, unfortunately I didn't find the appropriate appreciation when I returned to Cairo with the cup," Ashour said to an Egyptian TV programme on Monday.

"I only found my father and three of my friends waiting for me, while there is supposed to be more awareness of Egyptian squash champions," the 25-year-old star added.

Ashour, who is arguably the world's greatest squash player, won his second world title and regained the number one spot last year.

The British Open, also known as Allam Open, is named after Egyptian-born businessman Assem Allam, who sponsors the tournament.

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