We wish all of the 108.000+ iLoveSquash fans all the best, especially good health, success and a lot of fortune for 2014.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
to all the Squash fans around the World.
Despite being ‘devastated’ by the IOC decision to choose wrestling ahead of Squash as the ‘new’ sport to join the 2020 Olympic Games many squash fans, players and officials are convinced that squash has a ‘great future’.
“We are obviously devastated, not only for the whole sport and squash fans everywhere, but for the players, current and future that have worked so hard for this, especially the 2 World No1 players Nicol David and Ramy Ashour, who have put in so much time into the bid process. The presentation in Buenos Aires yesterday was something we can all be proud of – and shows the great future that squash has, with or without the Olympics”, said PSA CEO Alex Gough.
Among numerous reactions from players across the world, England’s former world No1 one Nick Matthew perhaps summed up the feelings: “Despite today’s disappointment the World of Squash can be massively proud of its efforts over these past 4 years.”
7 days to go and the squash community will know if the Olympic dream come true – #vote4squash
Former world No1 Peter Nicol (le) together with business partner and friend Tim Garner (ri) started their 7 Continent Challenge tour. The bid to play 7 matches in 7 continents in 7 days, to highlight squash’s 2020 Olympic Bid, has been delay to become a 40-hour marathon journey to get in the Ascension Islands.
After Peter and Tim been invited to tea at Governor’s House with Governor Nigel Haywood both teamed up for a photo shoot together with a bunch of penguins. Afterwards Nicol won the 1st of the 7 matches 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 9-11, 12-10.
Swiss Tennis legend and current World No. 2 Roger Federer is backing squash to be added to the Olympic programme in 2020.
“I think it’s a wonderful sport. It’s unfortunate some sports don’t get the opportunity to be in the Olympics,” said Federer. “I think squash would deserve it. They run a great tour and they have great players and characters. I’d personally be very happy for them.”
Federer had the opportunity to meet women’s squash World No. 1 Nicol David at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. Federer expressed his support to David and revealed he played the sport growing up. “I used to play it a lot when I was younger every Sunday with my dad. I’ve always been a big fan of the sport,” Federer said.
Federer and David conversed over dinner. Malaysian Nicol who is a resident of Amsterdam, was thrilled to spend quality time with the Swiss superstar. “It was exciting. He’s such a great guy and true champion. He showed us what it’s like behind the scenes to be a tennis player. It’s very similar to squash, so it’s been great to spend time with him,” said David.
Happy New Year 2013! We wish all the best, luck and health to the squash community and all people around the world …
The sport of Squash is claiming a world record for the biggest sports match in history. More than 40,000 players registered to take part in the World Squash Day Challenge, which demonstrated global support for the sport’s 2020 Olympic bid.
More than 800 clubs from over 70 nations joined in, with players representing Team Squash and Team 2020.
World Squash Day founder Alan Thatcher said: “Hundreds of pictures have been uploaded to websites and Facebook pages showing large numbers of happy, smiling people doing what they love best, enjoying the thrill of playing one of the world’s most physically-demanding sports. “The pictures also showed the lifelong friendships, great sportsmanship and sheer fun that this game delivers.”
Women’s world champion Nicol David set a great example. The Malaysian cycled round her home city of Amsterdam to visit every squash club, and also waved banners outside some of the city’s most iconic buildings.
Other former world champions, including Australians Vicki Cardwell and Michelle Martin, joined the action as more than 50 clubs participated Down Under.
Leading Egyptian stars Nour El Sherbini and Raneem El Weleily also played a special WSD challenge match in Alexandria.
World Squash Day was also celebrated in some exotic locations, with Reunion Island hosting a team from Mauritius. Frenchman Thierry Lincou, who hails from Reunion, beat fellow former world champion David Palmer in a match to mark World Squash Day.
One of the biggest events took place at the Tanglin Club in Singapore, where they joined forces with the British Club and Hollandse Club to stage 188 matches.
A 24-hour marathon in Slovenia attracted more than 300 players; 334 matches took place over 15 centres in the Czech Republic; and Gravelines in France featured 122 competitors. Results were also posted from Zimbabwe, Peking University in China, and from various clubs in the Caribbean.
Around 750 youngsters from the inner-city of Johannesburg, townships of Soweto and Alexandra – among numerous around the world who would benefit from Olympic inclusion beyond 2020 – had a fun-filled day as they joined the rest of the world in celebrating World Squash Day through their annual Egolisquash Festival.
A huge event in Hong Kong was followed by a flash mob dance in the heart of the city, which attracted national media attention.
Upwards of 150 clubs were involved in England, with big numbers also recorded in Canada, USA and throughout Asia and Europe.
There was a raft of messages of support, including one from double Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes, while WSF President N Ramachandran summed up his delight by saying:
“Our sport cares about promoting itself. It cares deeply about our Olympic aspirations and developing and innovating.
“World Squash Day is a superb illustration of this.”