Squash Still Has A Great Future, Says PSA
9 September 2013
Despite being 'devastated' by the IOC
decision to choose wrestling ahead of Squash as the 'new'
sport to join the 2020 Olympic Games programme, the
Professional Squash Association stresses that the sport has
a 'great future'.
"We are obviously devastated, not only for
the whole sport and squash fans everywhere, but for the players,
current and future that have worked so hard for this," said PSA
CEO Alex Gough.
"We can be very proud of the efforts of
everyone and none more so than our world number one Ramy
Ashour, who has put in so much time into the bid process.
It was at Sunday's meeting of the 125th
IOC Session in Buenos Aires that Squash - shortlisted with
wrestling and baseball/softball as one of three sports being
considered for addition to the 2020 Olympic Games programme, and
the only one never to have been in the Games before - lost out
"The presentation in Buenos Aires
yesterday was something we can all be proud of - and shows the
great future that squash has, with or without the Olympics.
"Our sport has much to offer the Games -
let's hope that this is not the end of our Olympic journey."
Among numerous reactions from PSA members
across the world, England's former world number one Nick
Matthew perhaps summed up the feelings: "Despite today's
disappointment the World of Squash can be massively proud of its
efforts over these past 4 years."