All squash fans around the world might get infected with the Olympic fever again, as Squash has been included on the shortlist of sports to be considered for inclusion in the Olympic Sports Programme starting in 2020. World Squash Federation President N Ramachandran (pic) said: “We are delighted to be given this new opportunity to be considered for inclusion in the Olympic Sports Programme. I am confident that we will be able to show the IOC Programme Commission, the Executive Board and wider IOC membership that our case has become even stronger over recent years.” In sight of this news all squash fans might get more close together to show the world that squash will deserve the Olympic status.
The World Squash Federation (WSF) has endorsed a new referee system developed by German squash court manufacturer ASB. The system features iPods as referee terminals, working wirelessly to compute the decisions and display them on screens. TopSquashReferee can not only be designated for use at WSF Tournament but will also be in demand by all other event promoters who can offer spectators an added element.
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The organizers of the World Team Championships, which will be staged in Paderborn/Germany from the 21st to the 27th of August, secured an unusual advertising deal. A co-operation with the shipping company Hartmann Internal will commit that 30 trucks, almost half of the company’s fleet of vehicles, are showing the official banner of the World Championship. 15 of them are used nationwide. The other half is covering the area around Paderborn in a 100 km radius. The motivation for this spectacular campaign is easily explained: “As a company we are obliged to make Paderborn attractive”, explained the CEO of the company Andreas Hartmann, a former active squash player himself.
Youth comes to the fore in the latest women’s world rankings where Egyptian 18-year-old teenager Nour El Tayeb (pic) edges one place in front of experienced campaigner Natalie Grinham (No18) in the only top 20 change in the June list published. Malaysian Nicol David maintains her lead at the top of the rankings to celebrate her 59th successive month as world No1. England’s Jenny Duncalf should be pleased after moving into her 15th month in a row as world No2. Australia’s Rachael Grinham holds onto 3rd place in the June rankings. June top 10 (incl. points average): 1  Nicol David MAS 3348; 2  Jenny Duncalf ENG 1654; 3  Rachael Grinham AUS 1228; 4  Madeline Perry IRL 1147; 5  Alison Waters ENG 1132; 6  Kasey Brown AUS 1021; 7  Laura Massaro ENG 978; 8  Omneya Abdel Kawy EGY 918; 9  Camille Serme FRA 773; 10  Annie Au HKG 771.
Flying Finn Olli Tuominen (pic) makes a welcome return to the world top 20 after a 20-month absence, according to the June World Rankings. An unchanged top ten sees England’s Nick Matthew maintain his 2011 grip on the world number one ranking – the 30-year-old taking up his 6th successive month at the top. But, after winning the Hurghada International on home soil last month, Egyptian rival Ramy Ashour has taken his PSA World Tour title total to 20, and narrowed the gap behind Matthew at No2. Meanwhile, fellow Egyptian Karim Darwish is in 3rd place and England’s James Willstrop at No4. After a slump in form which saw his ranking slip to 25, Olli Tuominen enjoyed a sensational run in Hurghada – where he upset both Frenchman Thierry Lincou, the world No8, and Egypt’s former world No13 Mohammed Abbas to reach the event’s semi-finals unseeded. June 2011 top 10 (incl. points average): 1  Nick Matthew ENG 1,380; 2  Ramy Ashour EGY 1,331; 3  Karim Darwish EGY 959; 4  James Willstrop ENG 897; 5  Amr Shabana EGY 832; 6  Greg Gaultier FRA 743; 7  Peter Barker ENG 596; 8  Thierry Lincou FRA 487; 9  Mohamed El Shorbagy EGY 470; 10  Azlan Iskandar MAS 432.
While Australia’s Rachael Grinham (pic green) returns to the top 3 in the new May Women’s World Squash Rankings, her younger sister Natalie Grinham (pic red) also bounces back into the top 20 after the birth of her first child last year. Malaysian Nicol David extends her lead at the top of the list after winning the Cayman Islands Open crown for the 3rd successive year last month – and boosting her career WISPA Tour haul to 52 titles. But though England’s Jenny Duncalf holds onto 2nd place, Rachael Grinham leapfrogs Ireland’s Madeline Perry to take over the 3rd spot. May 2011 top 17 (inc. points average): 1  Nicol David MAS 3348; 2  Jenny Duncalf ENG 1654; 3  Rachael Grinham AUS 1251; 4  Madeline Perry IRL 1147; 5  Alison Waters ENG 1132; 6  Kasey Brown AUS 1021; 7  Laura Massaro ENG 978; 8  Omneya Abdel Kawy EGY 956; 9  Camille Serme FRA 788; 10  Annie Au HKG 771; 11  Vanessa Atkinson NED 757; 12  Raneem El Weleily EGY 669; 13  Donna Urquhart AUS 594; 14  Joelle King NZL 579; 15  Low Wee Wern MAS 564; 16  Jaclyn Hawkes NZL 536; 17  Natalie Grinham NED 514.
England’s Nick Matthew (pic le) moves into his 5th successive month as world No1, according to the May PSA Men’s World Rankings. The world champion heads an unchanged top ten, with Egyptian rival Ramy Ashour at No2; fellow Egyptian Karim Darwish – winner of April’s Kolkata International in India – in 3rd place; and England’s James Willstrop at No4. Egypt’s Wael El Hindi (pic ri) moves up 3 places to No13 following his successful campaign in last month’s Berkshire Open in the USA. May 2011 top 15 (inc. points average): 1  Nick Matthew ENG 1,568; 2  Ramy Ashour EGY 1,296; 3  Karim Darwish EGY 1,022; 4  James Willstrop ENG 897; 5  Amr Shabana EGY 832; 6  Gregory Gaultier FRA 747; 7  Peter Barker ENG 618; 8  Thierry Lincou FRA 557; 9  Mohamed El Shorbagy EGY 470; 10  Azlan Iskandar MAS 434; 11  David Palmer AUS 409; 12  Daryl Selby ENG 384; 13  Wael El Hindi EGY 378; 14  Hisham Ashour EGY 358; 15  Laurens Jan Anjema NED 357.
Top seeds Nathan Lake and Emily Whitlock ensured an English double at the European Junior (U19) Individual Championships after straight games wins in the finals in Kriens, Switzerland. After the first all-English men’s semi-final line-up in the tournament’s 22-year history, it was Lake and James Earles who emerged to contest the final. And 18-year-old Lake overcame Earles 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 to clinch the title. Emily Whitlock reached the women’s final without dropping a game – and continued to demonstrate her authority over the field by defeating Tesni Evans, the 2nd seed from Wales, 11-6, 11-8, 13-11. Lake and Whitlock will now lead their country’s bid in the mixed European Junior Team Championship, where defending champions England are seeded to win the title.