Squash Day takes place this year on Saturday October
20th in a global show of support for the sport's efforts
to win a place in the 2020 Olympic Games. Events will be
taking place all over the globe with one firm message: Back
In announcing the date, World Squash Federation 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."
Alan Thatcher, founder of World Squash Day, added:
"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."
World champion Nick Matthew, an Ambassador for the
Squash2020 campaign, explained that the opportunity to win
an Olympic gold medal would be the pinnacle of any squash
After beating world number one James Willstrop to clinch a
hat-trick of titles at London's prestigious 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."
Women's record six-time world champion Nicol David
has stressed: "I would happily swap my six world titles for
one Olympic gold medal."
Clubs and players from around the world should stand by for
announcements of exciting participation events that will
form the centre-piece to World Squash Day.