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Squash players are true athletes

The demands of the game mean that today's top players need to be able to sprint very fast for a few paces at a time, and keep it up for an hour or more. They need to be able to reach deep into the corners yet return quickly to the centre of the court after each shot. They must change direction in a heartbeat and demonstrate uncanny levels of dexterity, racket in hand. Our sport is ballet, it is chess; a strategic duel played out at frantic pace, both artisans, combatants, seeking dominance over the same piece of real estate.

Squash players are friends, and they are friendly. They are approachable, always ready to sign an autograph, lend a coaching hand, smile for a photograph or contribute to a conversation. They train tirelessly and for long periods, but they never seem too tired to help.

All have a deep understanding of what it will mean to be an Olympic athlete. All will take such responsibility seriously and represent the Olympic Games positively in all that they do. None will let us, or the Olympic Movement, down.

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