POSTED DAE : Aug. 8, 2015
The World Squash Federation (WSF) President N Ramachandran,was upbeat after making a fresh case for sqauash before the Olympic Games 2020 Additional Event Panel Presentation in the host city of Tokyo on Friday.
"We were delighted to have a further opportunity to show the exciting journey of change and innovation that squash has been on," said Mr Ramachandran to the media thereafter. He said his team also detailed on “how squash would be a low-cost addition with small athlete numbers.”
The WSF President that there was to be another scrutiny on Saturday at a Q and A session. "then only can we hope to receive a nomination from the Tokyo Organizing Committee to the IOC. It will be a hard wait, but if squash achieves the dream for our athletes it will be well worth it, " he said.
The two Japanese teenagers, Satomi Watanabe and Ryunosuke Tsukue, who had had a significant success on the international Squash stage, spoke of their desire to compete in their home country and how a positive decision would be a great boost for the sport. "This has been such a wonderful day," said Watanabe, the US Junior Open Under 17 champion. "To have a chance to play at the Olympic Games in my own country makes me shake with excitement."
The focus was also on Nicol David, the Malaysian world number one, who reinforced the message that competing in the Olympic Games would be the pinnacle of any player's career - and repeated what she had always maintained that she would give up all her eight World Squash titles for just one Olympic Gold.
Nicol commented: "The road has been a long one but like all of my fellow players I am so pleased that Squash is in the fight now. We keep saying that Squash would bring something special and new to the Olympics."
Others who completed the presentastion party included Japan Squash Association President Kazuya Kasahara and WSF Chief Executive Andrew Shelley .