Squash Welcomes New IOC 2020 Vision
8 December 2014
The outcome of the IOC Session in Monaco today continues
to raise the prospect of a place for Squash at the
2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
It was after Squash lost out to Wrestling in the vote for a 'new
sport' for the 2020 Games that the 2013 IOC meeting in Buenos
Aires elected Thomas Bach as IOC President. The new
President promised change and initiated his Olympic Agenda
2020 consultation initiative to look at many aspects of the
Games - including the composition of the Olympic Games Programme
and how it will evolve.
World Squash Federation President N Ramachandran,
who was in attendance at the IOC Session, heard confirmation
that a more flexible approach will be introduced - based
primarily on athlete numbers rather than sports - and that
change could come as early as 2020.
Ramachandran is cautiously optimistic about the outcome: "I
have always said that my task has been to keep pushing at the
Olympic Games Programme door for Squash. Now that I can see that
a little light is coming through at the edges I am delighted of
"However, we cannot get ahead of ourselves,"
added the WSF President. "We simply remain hopeful that the
changes that President Bach and his Executive Board make will
take us forward onto the next stage of our dream being realised
at the earliest opportunity."