Setback for Olympic squash
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.’’