WORLD SQUASH DAY MAKES A RACKET TO BACK 2020 OLYMPIC BID
More than 750 squash clubs all over the world, representing 72 nations from Argentina to Zimbabwe, will be taking part in the World 2020 Challenge.
Each club will field two teams of 20 (often more) representing Team Squash and Team 2020. Fitness, stamina and skill will be put to the test as players compete in each individual tie, playing one game up to 20 points. Each club score will count towards an overall global result.
With two days to go almost 40,000 players have already registered to take part in the event, demonstrating significant global support for squash’s Olympic bid. As well as clubs large and small, the world’s leading professionals are backing the bid with a special World Squash Day event taking place during the new PSA Netsuite Open in San Francisco on Saturday.
World Squash Federation Chief Executive Andrew Shelley said: “This impressive level of support proves conclusively that the worldwide squash family is right behind the Olympic bid. “There is a heart-warming contrast in so many of the clubs taking part, from small buildings located in rural locations to plush, city-centre clubs.
“It’s very encouraging to see that these clubs are showing such passion to support the bid and are doing so on court, not only promoting squash but also demonstrating all the positive attributes that squash can bring to future Olympics.”
UK Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson added his support, saying: “I’m delighted that so many people will be taking part in World Squash Day this Saturday. This shows how popular squash is in many countries.”
WHERE IT’S ALL HAPPENING:
More than 50 events are taking place across Australia, plus many more in New Zealand, where The Datsuns drummer Phil Buscke, a keen squash player, is throwing down a challenge to members of the All Blacks rugby team to get on court. Four years ago, Buscke publicised the previous Olympic bid with a televised bungee jump off Auckland Harbour Bridge.
World Squash Day will be celebrated throughout Asia, with events in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
African nations taking part include Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Arab nations include Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE.
Across North, South and Central America, competing nations include Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and USA. World Squash Day activities will feature in the Netsuite Open in San Francisco, a new addition to the PSA World Tour.
European nations include Armenia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and Wales.
Exotic, isand squash outposts include the Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Norfolk Island, Trinidad and Tobago, plus St Vincent and The Grenadines.
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