The CIMB Group has played a pivotal role in the development and advancement of squash since 2005, beginning with its sponsorship of the Rakan Sukan Squash Programme in collaboration with the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM). The sponsorship also extends to the Junior Squash Development Programme and international tournaments such as the CIMB KL Open Squash Championships and CIMB Malaysian Open Squash Championships, two internationally recognised squash events in Malaysia.
For the eighth year in a row, CIMB is the title sponsor for the CIMB Malaysian Open Squash Championships 2013. This time round, spectators will witness some of the world's greatest squash players compete with each other for the coveted title. Catch this intense battle live at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil from 10 – 12 September 2013 and The Curve in Mutiara Damansara from 13 - 15 September 2013.
For the women’s category, the CIMB Malaysian Open is recognised as a World Series Gold 60K event by the Women’s Squash Association (WSA) and this year’s championship will be the third World Series event on WSA’s 2013 calendar. To date, there are only 5 World Series registered on WSA for 2013. For the second time, the women’s category will also be a 32 main draw event, featuring 18 of the top 20 players in the world. CIMB has been an avid supporter of Malaysia's squash players. The most notable player sponsored by CIMB is the seven-time world champion Dato’ Nicol David. Dato’ Nicol, who is also the CIMB Squash Ambassador, will aim to reclaim her title this year and target her eighth title, which would further entrench her as the World No. 1 player. Reneem El Weleily; one of last year’s winners, has also confirmed her participation in this year’s competition.
For the men’s category, this year’s championship remains as a Professional Squash Association’s World Tour International 50 event and will see participation from 4 world top 10 players; World No. 5 Karim Darwish, World No. 7 Peter Barker, World No. 9 Borja Golan and World No. 10 Tarek Momen. All the main draw players are ranked among the top 30 players in the world.
CIMB’s involvement in the Junior Development Programme of SRAM has also placed Malaysia as the leading Asian nation in junior squash. At the 2013 Asian Junior Individual Championship held in June, in Amman, Jordan, Malaysian juniors took away a record number of 5 out of the 8 titles.