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Olympic Video games 2028: Squash is one in all 9 sports activities on bidding course of shortlist

LA entry listing more likely to concentrate on ‘participating one of the best athletes’ fairly than a worldwide unfold
By ALAN THATCHER (Squash Mad Editor)

Squash is amongst 9 sports activities invited to make a presentation for inclusion within the 2028 Olympic Video games in Los Angeles.

Squash is on a shortlist together with motorsport, cricket, karate, baseball-softball, lacrosse, breaking, kickboxing and flag soccer, who’ve been invited by Los Angeles 2028 to current their case for a spot on the Olympics.

All of the sports activities have been granted permission to submit Request for Info proposals for the game programme assessment.

A press release from the World Squash Federation mentioned: “At this stage, the World Squash Federation (WSF) is offering all crucial data to the LA28 Video games workforce as a part of the brand new sport assessment course of initiated by the LA28 OCOG.

“The WSF will present updates sooner or later.”

Based on the influential Inside The Video games web site, the 9 shortlisted sports activities are on account of make their arguments later this month.

The WSF and different sports activities can be required to comply with strict pointers decided by LA28.

The Inside The Video games report mentioned: “For motorsport and the opposite sports activities to achieve success in securing a spot at Los Angeles 28, their shows are more likely to concentrate on a six-point standards listing which incorporates supporting environmental stability, upholding integrity and equity, and recognising each curiosity within the host nation and providing international attraction.

“The related Worldwide Federations have additionally been informed to prioritise a discount in the price and complexity of staging the Video games, selling gender equality, and interesting one of the best athletes.”

Egypt, which boasts three world titles for Ali Farag and 6 for Nour El Sherbini, could be closely backed to win gold medals if squash is to be voted into the Olympic Video games

This final level is more likely to see a change to earlier squash bids which capped the variety of athletes at three per nation (female and male) in a bid to attain a very worldwide entry, weakening the potential draw within the course of, however the brand new pointers seem to recommend that the entries can be primarily based extra on world rankings.

This can be encouraging information for Egypt, whose gamers dominate the present female and male rankings.

The 2032 Olympic Video games can be held in Brisbane and numerous improvements involving squash are already underneath dialogue.

Brisbane is famend as Australia’s main metropolis for know-how and innovation.

Squash has loved profitable appearances on the Commonwealth Video games for the reason that sport first appeared in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1998.

Since then squash has featured in Manchester, Melbourne, Delhi, Glasgow, Gold Coast and is at the moment approaching the climax of the doubles competitions in Birmingham following the singles finals on Wednesday, when the gold medals had been received by Paul Coll of New Zealand and England’s Georgina Kennedy.

The 2026 Commonwealth Video games is being hosted by the Australian State of Victoria from March 17-29, with the squash occasions being held in Bendigo.

Photos courtesy of World Squash 




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