Squash Still Under Consideration as Olympic Sport
As you probably all know, Squash is still in the running for a place in the 2020 Olympic games. Squash, baseball/softball and wrestling beat off five other sports to remain in contention to be added to the Olympic Games programme in 2020. The International Olympic Committee, or IOC, dropped wushu, wakeboarding, roller sports, karate and sport climbing from the shortlist, in St Petersburg on 29 May 2013. Wrestling was originally dropped from the IOC, in February this year, but re-applied, and found itself in the top four.
The bid has been backed by sportsmen such as Roger Federer, England Rugby captain Chris Robshaw, Chris Ashton, Dan Cole, Henry Thomas, Tom Youngs, Joe Marler and Mako Vunipola, Andy Murray, Caroline Wozniacki, The New Zealand All Blacks and Ramy Ashour. Celebrities such as film director Tarsem Singh and Dylan Neal were also involved in the decision-making process.
The Olympic bid is also being supported by World Squash Day 2013, which kicks off on Saturday 5th October 2013. World Squash Day was formulated to help raise the profile of the sport, to raise money for the Olympic bid, and to demonstrate that squash enjoys a truly global appeal. This time they will be backing the bid by the WSF for inclusion in the 2020 Games.
Despite the IOC's drive to refresh the Olympic programme and appeal to a younger audience, squash is the only newcomer now under consideration. The racket sport has been tipped to make the 2020 shortlist because of its huge global reach, though the inclusion of baseball and softball was a surprise. This is squash's third attempt at bidding for the Olympic games, hopefully it will be third time lucky! The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will decide on one remaining place in the programme in September, in Buenos Aires.