POSTED: March 3rd 2009

Squash names the 2016 Day

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

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: May 23 is the day squash has chosen in which the entire sport is being mobilised to demonstrate worldwide support for its inclusion in the 2016 Olympic Games.

World Squash Day is being re-branded as Squash 2016 Day with national federations organising  programmes of special events and every squash club around the world being urged to promote the sport and back the Olympic bid.

Squash is one of seven sports seeking entry or re-entry to the Games along with basebll, golf, karate, roller sports, rugby union and softball. The International Olympic Committee makes up its mind in October in Copenhagen.

Former world champion Peter Nicol, a member of squash’s bid team, said: “Our ultimate aim is for every club in the world to open their doors on this one special day, to show people what a fantastic sport we have, to get media and personalities involved, and encourage new participants to take up the game.

“Squash 2016 Day is free to join and we look forward to seeing a massive response, with clubs and federations employing their creative powers to organise fantastic global festival.”

The sport claims activity in 175 countries among more than 20m men and women and all the top players have signed a pledge that they would compete in the Olympics.

In a separate development, the Professional Squash Association has appointed Lee Beachill as chief operating officer in succession to Alex Gough who was recently promoted to chief executive.

Beachill is a former president of the PSA and his immediate challenges include re-launching the PSA Tour next year and in helping steer the current review of TV and webcasting. The PSA manages and promotes the men’s world professional squash circuit from its head office in Cardiff, Wales.

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