Squash Delegation Arrives In Buenos Aires Ahead Of Olympic Vote
Thursday 5 September, Buenos Aires:
The World Squash Federation (WSF) delegation that will
present its case to join the 2020 Olympic Games today
arrived in Buenos Aires ahead of its presentation to the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session on Sunday.
Squash is one of three sports being considered by the IOC for
inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games, but the only one never to
have featured in the Games.
Members of the WSF delegation will be unveiled at a media
briefing at the Hilton Hotel (the IOC official hotel) in Buenos
Aires on Friday 6 September at 1530.
Speaking upon their arrival in Buenos Aires, WSF President
and head of the delegation N Ramachandran said:
"This is the third consecutive bid by Squash to join the Olympic
Games so our journey to get here has been a long one - 10 years
in fact. We have learnt an enormous amount in that time. We have
listened to the IOC, taken on board their advice and as a sport
we have truly evolved and embraced innovation. There can be no
doubt that Squash can offer something exciting and fresh to the
Olympic experience, and we are proud to be the only new Olympic
sport on the shortlist.
"Squash would be low cost and easy to integrate into the Games
with just 64 athletes. We could share a venue if required, or be
located to showcase an iconic backdrop - and we have a track
record of doing exactly this, such as in front of the Pyramids.
"We are a genuinely global sport played in 185 countries by many
millions across the world. We are growing in regions such as
South America, central Europe, China, and India as well as in
the more traditional Squash areas including the United States,
where we have over one million players. The order books of court
manufacturers are the fullest they have ever been.
"Squash can honestly say that now we are more than ready. Our
sport has been on a journey of innovation in recent years,
especially in the way it is broadcast and presented. State of
the art all-glass courts, referee video review, lighting and
music have radically enhanced the spectator experience.
"Our sport also embraces gender parity and many of our key
events have equality in prize money for men and women. Squash is
gladiatorial, physically demanding and mentally challenging. We
are already played in every major multi-sport Games and the
respected Forbes Magazine has described us as the 'world's
healthiest sport', and of course we have a 100% doping-free
record. These are themes that we will certainly bring to life in
"On Sunday we hope to demonstrate to the IOC that Squash is a
sport that represents the future, not the past."