POSTED: February 1st 2009

Squash stars get on board

Thierry Lincou, Natalie Grainger, Ramy Ashour, Samantha Teran / Image: WSF
Thierry Lincou, Natalie Grainger, Ramy Ashour, Samantha Teran / Image: WSF

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

NEW YORK: Grand Central Terminal in New York provided the perfect platform for the first meeting of one of the the groups spearheading squad's bid for inclusion in the 2016 Olympic Games programme.

Squash is one of seven sports vying for the one or two places possibly available when the IOC decides in Copenhagen next October.

Squash’s Olympic Athlete Ambassadors is a select group of leading players nominated for the bid-backing work by the Professional Squash Association and Women’s International Squash Players’ Association. 

“We are working very closely with both PSA and WISPA – both of whose boards and membership are totally supportive of the Olympic campaign,” said the World Squash Federation's bid manager Scott Garrett.

He added: "The purpose of appointing athlete ambassadors is to have real, live, participating athletes to represent the sport to the IOC and any interested parties seeking information about the sport regarding the sport's efforts to get into the Olympics."

Natalie Grainger, the world No4 and president of WISPA, echoed the WSF's commitment:   "We have come together because we fully represent what squash is all about:  we are not only eloquent, and span a broad mix of cultures, but we are passionate about squash becoming an Olympic sport.”

The initial line-up for the group is Grainger (US), Lee Beachill (England), Peter Nicol (England), Thierry Lincou (France), Ramy Ashour (Egypt) and Samantha Teran (Mexico).

Keywords · Olympic Athlete Ambassadors · squash · Olympic Games · 2016 · Professional Squash Association · Women’s International Squash Players Association · PSA · WISPA · WSF · Natalie Grainger

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