POSTED: February 13th 2009

New squash boss boosts bid

Alex Gough: right behind Olympic push / Image: WSF
Alex Gough: right behind Olympic push / Image: WSF

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LONDON: Alex Gough, newly-appointed ceo of the Professional Squash Association, has pledged to continue the organisation's support for the sport’s bid to enter the Olympic Games in 2016.

"There's no doubt that an Olympic medal would be the highlight of any squash player's career," said Gough, formerly chief operating officer. "That's why all our top athletes have signed a pledge to compete if selected. It’s also the reason the PSA and WISPA have nominated both athlete ambassadors to help the bid as well as representatives to the bid team.

"We are working closely with the WSF on every aspect of the bid proposal."

The PSA manages the professional PSA Tour which will be amended in 2016 - if squash is successful in its bid - to incorporate the Olympic Games in a date-protected segment of the schedule. This would grant athletes maximum time to prepare for the Olympics and acclimatise, wherever it may be held.

Copenhagen vote

A decision on which sports may be added to the programme will be made by the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen in October. Other bid sports are baseball, golf, karate, roller sports, rugby union and softball.

Gough’s appointment follows the departure in December of Richard Graham. Ziad Al-Turki, the PSA chairman, said: “Alex was an obvious choice. He’s committed himself 100pc to his previous role and won the respect of the board and of all the important stakeholders in squash. 

"He is already leading many of the development projects recently begun by the PSA, and with this appointment the board has given him a deserved vote of confidence."

The PSA manages and promotes the men’s world professional squash circuit from its head office in Cardiff, Wales.  The annual PSA World Tour, which forms the backbone of men's elite squash, features more than 100 events in more than 50 countries.

Keywords · Gough · Professional Squash Association · PSA · 2016 Olympic Games · WISPA · WSF

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