POSTED: January 24th 2009

Nicol and Grainger play their parts

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: Top players have contributed what squash leaders and officials hope will prove to have been winning input to the 'bid book' questionnaire on which the sport's push for Olympic Games inclusion in 2016 is founded.

The World Squash Federation is in competition with six other sports (baseball, golf, karate, roller sports, rugby union and softball) for a favourable vote from the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen next Octobert.

A 'think tank' meeting to settle on the submission was chaired by WSF company secretary George Mieras and included vice-president Chris Stahl along with leading athletes such as former world No1s Peter Nicol and Lee Beachill, from England, and Natalie Grainger of the United States.

Stahl said: "We are close to providing the detail that the IOC requires about squash and its status in world sport and having input from some of the leading stars of our game over the past decade has been invaluable."

Keywords · squash · Olympic Games · 2016 · World Squash Federation · International Olympic Committee · Mieras · Stahl · Nicol · Beachill · Grainger

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