POSTED: November 23rd 2009
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Squash urged to keep pushing for slot at the Olympic Games

Squash's delegation goes to the IOC - but the smiles did not last / lake images
Squash's delegation goes to the IOC - but the smiles did not last / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON, Nov 23: Squash has been urged to keep on fighting to achieve Olympic Games status, despite the disappointment of failing in the bid to make it on to the 2016 schedule. That advice was launched at the annual meeting of the World Squash Federation in Subang Jaya, Malaysia.

The meeting was attended by Pierre Ducrey, the International Olympic Committee's head of sports operations and international federation relations.

He acknowledged that squash had a range of strengths – including athleticism, universality and a growing membership. But he added that, this time around, the IOC had been looking for two sports qwith specific commercial perspective, more spectators and more sponsorship opportunities.

Ducrey confirmed that a strong link had been established between the IOC and the WSF, and that president Jacques Rogge would host a meeting with the federation next month.

The WSF learned that the IOC will conduct an analysis of all 'recognised sports' in 2011, and will make a further study after London 2012 Games to consider the ‘new sports’ process ahead of 2020.

Ducrey said he understood the frustration that delegates must feel – but urged Squash to “keep pushing.” He said the next process for choosing sports would be more transparent.


Keywords · 2016 Olympic Games · squash · bid sports · Ducrey · World Squash Federation · WSF


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