Set­back for Olympic squash

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

The fight to have squash re­stored as an Olympic sport will con­tinue.

Af­ter the loss of votes in get­ting squash qual­i­fied for the 2012 and 2016 Games the World Squash Fed­er­a­tion had one more at­tempt at be­ing cast as an Olympic sport.

But it proved to be an­other de­feat with wrestling in­stead cho­sen to make a re­turn at the 2020 games in Tokyo.

Squash New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Jim O’Grady says the squash com­mu­nity is de­jected.

‘‘It’s just so hard to un­der­stand why the sport keeps get­ting knocked back at the fi­nal hur­dle.

‘‘Squash fits per­fectly into the Olympic ideals.

‘‘It’s a heart­break­ing de­ci­sion and no doubt there will be some soul search­ing for the ded­i­cated team that strived so hard to re­alise the Olympic dream.’’

Mr O’Grady says the com­mu­nity will pick up the pieces and keep go­ing.

‘‘Squash will con­tinue to grow. When the dis­ap­point­ment sub­sides the fight will re­sume to get squash the Olympic sta­tus it de­serves in 2024.’’

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