Squash and the 2020
The story: "Squash: Sport at its Best"
at its best
The WSF's 2020 Olympic campaign gears up with President Ramachandran
and Madeline Perry hosting a press conference for Olympic
journalists highlighting the changes squash has made since losing
out in previous bids.
It's been picked up by a number of the mainstream news agencies too
when presidents meet
The central feature of a celebration to mark the 60th
anniversary of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of
Hong Kong was a presentation by IOC President Jacques Rogge.
(L to R) David Mui (Chairman, Hong
Kong Squash / ASF Vice President), Anne Rogge, Jacques
Rogge, N Ramachandran and Dato Sani Karim (President, ASF)
VERO has extensive experience in the world of sport and
successfully advised the International Rugby Board in
its campaign to get Rugby Sevens on the Olympic Sports
Programme; PyeongChang in its bid to host the 2018
Winter Games; Rio in its bid to host the 2016 Summer
Games; Qatar in its bid to host the 2022 FIFA World
Cup, and Glasgow in its bid to host the 2015 World
Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
WSF appoints bid experts VERO
Following the IOC’s announcement that Squash is on the shortlist for
Olympic inclusion in 2020, the WSF today announced that it has
appointed VERO Communications to be its Bid Management Company.
Commenting on VERO’s appointment, WSF President N Ramachandran
said: “I am delighted that we have reached agreement with VERO for
them to be our Bid Management Company and communications advisers
and we look forward very much to working with VERO Chairman Mike Lee
and his colleagues in trying to realise our long-held goal of Squash
becoming a Summer Olympic medal sport from 2020.
“When we met Mike, we felt straight away that he understood our
sport and our ambitions. VERO have a tremendous track record in
assisting bidding cities and sports so Squash will benefit immensely
from drawing upon their experience and knowledge.”
Lee OBE, VERO Chairman, added: “We are thrilled with this
appointment. Our aim is to help Squash put forward a compelling case
to the IOC Programme Commission and wider Olympic Family on why the
sport would be a fantastic addition to the Games.
“There is a long road ahead in the campaign but we are excited by
the challenge. Working with President Ramachandran and the WSF team,
we will do all we can to help ensure that the voice of Squash is
heard all the way to the IOC Session in Buenos Aires in September
“Having Vero on board will be a massive boost for our bid," said WSF
CEO Andrew Shelley following today's WSF announcement. "Mike
Lee is hugely respected by the Olympic fraternity and his incredible
success rate on behalf of bid teams in various sporting contexts
speaks for itself. After helping to bring the 2018 Winter Olympic
Games to PyeongChang in South Korea yesterday, we hope he can
sprinkle some magic our way next!”
on 2020 Shortlist
At the IOC's session in Durban, one of the early decisions
taken was which, if any, sports to shortlist for possible
inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Programme.
The good news is that Squash has been included on that list,
along with baseball, karate, roller sports, softball, sports
climbing, wakeboard and wushu.
One of these 'may' be considered for inclusion, in the IOC's
Buenos Aires session in 2013, but with the maximum of 28
sports already filled for 2016, one of the existing sports
would have to be dropped first.
The WSF are naturally delighted with the news:
World Squash Federation Welcomes Inclusion of Squash
On Olympic Games Shortlist
World Squash Federation (WSF) tonight welcomed the news that
Squash has been included on the shortlist of sports to be
considered for inclusion in the Olympic Sports Programme
starting in 2020.
WSF President N Ramachandran, upon hearing the news, said
today: “We are delighted to be given this new opportunity to
be considered for inclusion in the Olympic Sports Programme.
I am confident that we will be able to show the IOC
Programme Commission, the Executive Board and wider IOC
membership that our case has become even stronger over
“I truly believe that Squash would be a great Olympic sport.
It fulfils all the criteria for inclusion in the Games, has
proven universality and growth and we have an absolute
commitment from all our top athletes that an Olympic medal
would be the pinnacle of their careers.
!We also have
high-profile world champions, exciting world championships
for men and women, massive participation from juniors to
masters on all continents and a healthy, thriving programme
of youth development worldwide.
“Squash has benefitted from some incredibly exciting
technical innovations in recent years, including dramatic
glass flooring, courts that can be sited in iconic settings
such as the Pyramids and New York’s Grand Central Station,
vastly-improved television coverage in HD with multiple
camera positions, and ‘super slow-mo’ replays. We are not a
sport that stands still.
!All this and the fact that Squash
is a wonderful example of one-on-one sporting gladiatorial
competition, would make it a perfect addition to the Games.
“Our campaign starts with new energy and vigour as of today
and I am delighted that we will have an opportunity to take
our message to the whole Olympic and sporting family over
the next two years.”
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"We are delighted that Squash has been included on the IOC's
shortlist again," said WISPA’s Chairman acting CEO Ingrid
"We have been working very closely alongside PSA and WSF to
really push for Squash’s inclusion in the 2020 Games. We
learnt some valuable lessons from the last bid and are using
the feedback we were given by the IOC to step up our efforts
even greater this time round.”
“The presentation of the game to the public has never been
better. Squash TV broadcasts live matches from the biggest
PSA and WISPA tournaments from around the World. With PSA
and WISPA aligning to create the prestigious World Series,
featuring the best players in the world, Squash has never
been so united.
"The players are all very excited about the possibility of
showcasing their talent at the 2020 Olympics.”
Delighted By IOC 2020 Shortlist Announcement
News that Squash has been shortlisted by the IOC for
consideration for the 2020 Olympic Games has been greeted
with enthusiasm by the Professional Squash Association,
organisers of the flourishing PSA World Tour.
"We are delighted that Squash has been included on the IOC's
shortlist again," said PSA CEO Alex Gough. "We have already
been working hard on the feedback that we were given by the
IOC during the last race for inclusion. We have now filmed
Squash in HD and are able to roll this out across all of the
World Series events.
"Presentation of events is now World Class and worthy of any
Olympic show. The whole squash community will be behind this
bid for inclusion as squash's athletes are amongst the
fittest and most talented on the planet. Their skills need
to be showcased at the 2020 Olympics and that is what we are
The world's leading players, led by Egypt's four-time world
champion Amr Shabana, recently pledged their support for the
bid for Squash to become an Olympic sport by signing a
declaration that An Olympic Gold Medal Would Be The Ultimate
Prize In Squash.