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Squash is united behind 2016 Olympic Bid
Just  ahead of the IOC Executive Board decision in Berlin on which sports to  recommend to the IOC for inclusion in the Olympic Games from 2016, the  bodies which govern and manage squash, as well as the sport’s top players,  have reaffirmed their commitment to the bid for squash to become an Olympic  sport.

The organisations which run the professional men’s and women’s tours, the Professional Squash Association  (PSA) and the Womens International Squash Players Association (WISPA), led  by the sport’s governing body the World Squash Federation (WSF) are all united behind the campaign.

Natalie  Grainger, WISPA President and World No 2, said: “There could be no  greater achievement for squash than to become an Olympic sport. Squash is  primed and ready to take advantage of such a wonderful opportunity of  becoming part of the Olympic movement.  Squash has produced some great  athletes, all of whom are crying out for that sacred moment to compete on  the greatest of sporting stages, hoping for glory - the Olympic Games.”

Womens World No 1 and Squash 2016  Ambassador, Nicol David, who recently won gold at the World Games, said:  “Just having competed in the World Games has whetted all our appetites  for the chance to compete in the Olympics, the greatest sports event on  earth.  If we get selected, as we hope so much that we will, the seven  years until 2016 will fly by. I am ready to start my training programme  now!”

Alex Gough, PSA Chief Executive  Officer, said: “Squash is a vast and ever growing sport, played by 20  million people in 175 countries.  We at the PSA, represent those at the  top level of the game, but there is no doubt that being an Olympic sport  would resonate with everyone who plays, especially the young players  across the world who would have something amazing to aim for and aspire to.  “

Nick Matthew, Mens World No 5 and  World Games gold medallist, said: “Standing on the podium at the World  Squash Games in Taipei being presented with the Gold medal emphasized, even  more than before, what it must be like to win a medal at the Olympic Games.   The feeling at a multi-sport games is somehow different to a normal  world ranking event and it would be just amazing if we were  included.”

WSF President, N Ramachandran,  said: “The entire sport of squash is united behind the bid for inclusion  in the Olympic Games. The professional tours would change their schedules in  Olympic years to ensure that the Olympic Games would be in its rightful  place at the very pinnacle of sporting achievement possible. On behalf of  squash players the world over I hope that the IOC see the potential of our  wonderful sport.”

 
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