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PSA & WSF Joint Statement Regarding Paris 2024 Olympic Games Selection Process for New Sports

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) & World Squash Federation (WSF) have jointly written to IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell to express our concerns and seek further clarification regarding the selection process for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games ahead of the IOC’s Executive Board Meeting later this month.

Squash has been overlooked for inclusion on the Paris 2024 Olympic Programme, with the Organising Committee instead electing to propose that breakdancing, climbing, skateboarding and surfing should be added to the programme.

Major concerns include but are not limited to:

1) The criteria for nominees that were stipulated at the beginning of the bidding process were very different when announced at the time of the outcome conference, but not communicated to bidding sports.

2) Sports already confirmed by the IOC for Tokyo 2020 were preferred to new sports, leaving virtually no opportunity for other sports to make their case.

We trust that the IOC will recognise our concerns and invite squash’s representatives to a meeting in the near future to discuss squash's Olympic future.

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