On Wednesday 29 May, the eight candidate sports (baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding, wrestling and wushu) vying for possible inclusion as an additional sport on the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Programme will present to the IOC Executive Board. The Executive Board will then decide which of the eight sports to recommend to the 125th IOC Session for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games.
World Squash are busy campaigning and have contracted international agency Vero to manage their bid (Vero were successful in getting the Games for Rio and in getting golf included in the 2016 Games, so have a proven Olympic bid record). Visit the website at www.squash2020.com to see how you can BACK THE BID!
How Will Getting into the Olympics Help Squash?
Media exposure from the Olympics is unprecedented and squash will benefit from being exposed to millions of viewers worldwide. Local media coverage during the Olympics will also have a huge impact on promoting the squash within the Oceania region.
Importantly, squash in Oceania will benefit financially as an Olympic sport receiving income from TV rights and creating opportunities for additional funding through various sporting avenues.
What Can You Do?
Show your Support through Social Media. World Squash have set up a website to use Social Media to promote their bid. To increase awareness you can do any of the following:
We've also seen sporting greats from around the world come out and show their support of squash, including Roger Federer, the English Rugby team, Justin Marshall, Sir Peter Leitch, Andre Agassi, Kim Clijsters and more.
If you know ANY sport stars or celebrities, please get a photo of them 'backing the bid' and send it in to us - we will get it out to the media and the world! Let's show them that Oceania wants squash in the Olympics!
Vote for Squash
Bids for inclusion in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games were unsuccessful however, both attempts have provided great experience with lots of feedback and World Squash have taken on board much of that feedback and made vast improvements in the game.
For more information about previous Olympic bids for squash inclusion, see the World Squash website www.worldsquash.org