Olympic Bid

Squash has been vying for inclusion in the Olympic Games since around 2005.  Unfortunately, the sport was unsuccessful in its bids for the 2012, 2016 and 2020 games.  All is not lost, however, with new IOC President Thomas Bach successfully leading a series of reforms to the Olympic movement that give greater flexibility to pick and choose which sports and disciplines will be part of each Games.

At the 127th IOC session in Monaco (8-9 December 2014), the '20 + 20 Recommendations to shape the future of the Olympic movement' were discussed and unanimously passed.  Among other things, greater flexibility to host cities to decide on which sports/disciplines to include was voted in.  While the athlete cap of 10,500 will remain in place, each Olympiad may mix and match sports and disciplines within that cap (previously the number of sports was capped at 28).  The exact details of how this process will take place are still being finalised, but the development is extremely positive for squash.

The 2020 bid was the most comprehensive yet.  Handled by Vero Communications (Vero has handled the successful inclusion of Rugby Sevens to the Olympic Programme, and has also worked alongside the successful efforts of several cities to host Olympics), it included many celebrities 'backing' the bid around the globe.  Further information is available at the official 'Back the Bid' website.

Bids for Olympic inclusion are managed by the sport's global governing body - the World Squash Federation (WSF).  Based on feedback from earlier bids, the WSF has overhauled the scoring and refereeing systems to make them easier to understand and more exciting for spectators.  It has created new events, many aimed specifically at young people, and invested heavily in televising the sport to increase its popularity.  The sport has also become fully WADA (World Anti-Doping Association) compliant, and lifted its membership to 147 member nations.

For more information on squash's Olympic bid, or to 'Back the Bid 2020', visit the WSF website.


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