POSTED: April 3rd 2012

World Squash Day set October 20th to back the bid worldwide

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: The World Squash Federation (WSF) has declared October 20th World Squash Day and will be promoting squash events worldwide that day to show unity for the Olympic bid.

Alan Thatcher, who founded the concept of the World Squash Day, explained, "The whole idea is for squash to create headlines all over the world to raise the profile of the sport and create awareness of the Olympic bid. Squash players are phenomenal athletes and thoroughly deserve to be showcasing their talents in the Olympic Games."

Chief Executive Andrew Shelley said, "The players want it, and squash enthusiasts all over the world are desperate to see the sport included in the Olympic Games.

"So it is essential that we stage events like World Squash Day to galvanise that global support on one fantastic day of activities to promote the bid. This is a great way for players of all ages and abilities to support the Olympic bid and have a lot of fun in doing so.

"We would love to see every squash club on the planet getting involved on this special day so that thousands of players take part. That kind of response would help to show the kind of support that exists for the 2020 bid, especially in an Olympic year like this."

Nicol David, six time world champion, stated,"I would happily swap my six world titles for one Olympic gold medal."

World champion Nick Matthew seconded her remark by saying that an Olympic medal represents the pinnacle of any player's career. After recently beat James Willstrop at the Canary Wharf Classic, he said, "With two English players competing in London, I can only say that this would have made a great Olympic final. We are devastated not to be in the London Olympics, or the 2016 event, but we have to concentrate on 2020 and do all we can to get there this time."

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