POSTED DAE : Jan. 8, 2016
CHENNAI: The World Squash Federation President Mr. N. Ramachandran has assured member nations that even though Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee had not proposed squash in its Olympic programme it still was interested in providing showcasing opportunities for the sport in the Games.
Reiterating in his New Year message to the Regional and national federations, that he would continue to push for the inclusion of squash in future Olympic games, Mr Ramachandran said he said he had a meeting recently in Laussane with the International Olympic Committee’s President Dr Thomas Bach, Director General, Mr Christopher De Kepper and the Sports Director Mr Kit McConnell , among others , and one key point that emerged was the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee’s interest to discuss squash’s inclusion for promotional and showcasing opportunities.
The IOC , he said was also looking into similar opportunities at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. The Organising committee of this Games was keen to work with the IOC and WSF in this regard, he added.
Then again, the WSF President said, in keeping with the IOC Agenda 2020 Recommendations, a strategic review of the composition of the programme at the Youth Games would also be reviewed at the 2016 IOC session. Here too the IOC has indicated that it would discuss the opportunity for squash with the WSF.
Mr Ramachandran concluded underlining the importance that IOC had been giving for squash and its athletes by quoting Mr McConnell’s letter to him to the effect that “….please be assured of the value the IOC places on the relationship with World Squash and the strength of our partnership for the development of your sport and your athletes. We greatly look forward to the possibility of exploring the opportunities for the global promotion of your sport, the reiteration of the importance of squash within the Olympic Movement and the showcasing of your athletes.”