A number of PSA World Tour players have come out on social media to respond to the decision by the Tokyo Olympic Games Organising Committee to omit squash from the list of recommended sports up for inclusion at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The decision, which sees baseball/softball, surfing, karate, roller sports and sport climbing recommended ahead of squash, has been met negatively by those involved in the squash community.
World No 1 Mohamed Elshorbagy led the Twitter reaction and said: “Have no words to describe how disappointing this is becoming” while Alison Waters added: “Well done IOC, another great decision ….. Not!! #Tokyo2020.”
Former World Champion Rachael Grinham also gave her comments on the subject, saying: “We tick all the boxes and deserve to be there. It’s frustrating to be constantly asked why we’re not, when there really is no legitimate reason.”
Australian No.1 Cameron Pilley echoed his compatriots sentiments and said: “It just blows my mind that squash isn’t already in the Olympics. I don’t know what to say really because they seem intent on not putting squash in the Games.”
The World Squash Federation (WSF) released a statement admitting they were devastated by the decision not to include a sport that is clearly flourishing.
“After our 12-year journey to join the Olympic Games programme, and the opportunity of a 'second chance' after the heart-break of missing out in our first 2020 bid in Buenos Aires two years ago, I am utterly devastated on behalf of our great sport that our dream of taking part in the Tokyo Games cannot now be realised,” said WSF President Narayana Ramachandran.
“I don't believe we could have done more to get our message across to both the Tokyo 2020 Games hosts and the IOC of how Squash could bring something special as an addition to the Programme.
“I know I speak on behalf of the millions of Squash players around the world for whom the opportunity of seeing their sport participate in the Olympics has been an absolute priority – and, like me, they will be heartbroken.
“However, this is not the end for Squash. Our sport, played by vast numbers week in and week out, flourishes at every level from recreational to events around the world. We will go from strength to strength while we continue to target participation at a future date in the Games.”