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More reasons why squash should be in the Olympics

Below is a list of why squash should be in the Olympics, but first, place your vote here: http://www.insidethegames.biz/polls/75-which-sport-do-you-think-should-be-part-of-the-olympic-programme-for-2020

  • It’s a growing, global sport, played in 185 countries on over 50,000 courts by youngsters, men and women of all ages
  • Genuine legends from across the globe [from Egypt, Malaysia, New Zealand to England]
  • All 5 continental regions have produced both male and female world champions
  • Global reach/increasing popularity in emerging markets [India, China/Hong Kong, Russia,
    Brazil...]
  • Popular in countries which are not traditionally dominant at the Olympic Games [Egypt/Malaysia]
  • Thriving, successful and well-established men’s and women’s tours
  • Spanning every corner of the globe from Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa to Oceania
  • Unique ability to showcase a host city with full glass courts and small physical footprint enables squash to showcase a host city like no
    other sport [Pyramids, Hong Kong Harbour etc]
  • Easy and cost-effective to integrate into the Olympic Games with just 64 athletes, 2 competition courts and 5 day tournament schedule
  • Already played in every major multi-sport games: Including the Commonwealth, Pan Am, Asian and World Games
  • Afirst class anti-doping record, fully compliant with the WADA code – our record speaks for itself
  • The Olympic Games would be the absolute pinnacle for athletes
  • Squash personifies the essence of Olympic Sport: Gladiatorial, requiring peak physical fitness and chess like strategy to excel
  • Squash is the “world’s healthiest sport” [Forbes Magazine] Spectators feel part of the action/see and
    hear everything up close
  • It is the only racket sport where players share same space – ensuring unique flow/competitiveness
  • Teaches young people about tactics and movement; played by young and old alike
  • Squash – is driving growth & embracing change
    • Utilising latest broadcast technology
    • Electronic referee decision-making, video review and big-screen presentation of decisions
      Rolling out courts in urban areas
    • All-glass show courts, and glass floors adding a new dimension
    • World Squash Day [5 Nov] focus on attracting girls/women to squash
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Squash in the 2020 Olympics

Roger Federer Back The Bid To Get Squash In The Olympics

Roger Federer Back The Bid To Get Squash In The Olympics

You may or may not know that squash is vying for a coveted place in the Olympics with its Back The Bid campaign to get into the 2020 Olympics. The Professional Squash Association sent out the following message to all players and it would be great if you could help out with the campaign today.

Just take 5 minutes to help make history and get squash into the Olympics!

Even Roger Federer backs the bid because he knows that squash should have been in the Olympics a long, long time ago.

Dear Players,

Re: Squash 2020 Olympic Campaign

I’m writing to you in my capacity as CEO of the PSA. As you may know, there have been some recent developments regarding Squash’s bid for Olympic inclusion in 2020.

Wrestling is no longer a core Olympic sport, and it joins Squash along with 6 others sports competing for election to the 2020 Olympic Games Sports Programme.  Squash has a crucial presentation to the International Olympic Committee Executive Board at the end of May and a decision will be made in September on the sport to be added to the 2020 Games.

So the next six months or so are critical to our Olympic ambitions and your support is paramount.

Vero Communications, the company advising our Bid, has given us some ideas on how we can help build support for the bid and from our end I hope you will join me in my enthusiasm to get Squash included in the Olympic Games.

We want to create a push on Twitter via @vote4squash and the hash tag #Vote4Squash and through FaceBook status updates by all the key players on tour.  This will help give a quick and potentially significant boost to the bid via your social media following.

With this in mind I have a proposal for all of you:

Send out a Tweet asking people to follow @vote4squash and to include the hash tag #Vote4Squash on Tuesday 19th February at roughly noon UK time – this will help the trending of the hashtag as it is morning in USA, early afternoon in Europe and evening in Asia/Australia.

Essentially, we want followers of @vote4squash to dramatically increase and for #vote4squash to trend on Twitter.

So ensure your followers have #Vote4Squash in their Tweets, that they follow @vote4squash  and add comments about Squash’s bid e.g. – ‘I’m backing the Bid, are you? Show your support via #Vote4Squash. If not, why not? #Vote4Squash.’

If you are not on Twitter, you can help on Facebook by posting #Vote4Squash in your status – hopefully your Facebook fans and followers will then promote it on Twitter.

WSA fully support this idea also, so if we co-ordinate our efforts and send out a united message to the wider public, International Olympic Committee and media, it will certainly help our campaign and demonstrate the global support for Squash to join the Olympic Games.

Thanks for your support.

Regards
Alex Gough
CEO PSA

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