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Squash launches bid for 2024 Paris Oympic Games inclusion

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Squash launches bid for 2024 Paris Oympic Games inclusion

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ByChris Harvey
14/02/2019 at 15:01 | Updated 14/02/2019 at 15:01

Squash has launched an ambitious campaign aimed at becoming part of the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Squash Goes Gold – jointly backed by The World Squash Federation (WSF) and Professional Squash Association (PSA) – plans to give the global squash community the opportunity to take an active part in the sport’s future, including the bid to become part of the Paris 2024 programme.

Launched ahead of the 2018/19 PSA World Championships, externalSquash Goes Goldhttp://www.squashgoesgold.comNone aims to build on the sport’s global growth during the past decade and will allow players and fans to come together in support of one common goal – seeing squash join the Olympic Games programme.

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“Squash is played in some of the most spectacular locations in the world – in front of the Pyramids of Giza, on the harbour-front in Hong Kong, inside Grand Central Terminal in New York – and our ability to showcase the beauty, youth and innovative drive of Paris by setting up an all-glass court anywhere in the city is something few sports can do,” said WSF President Jacques Fontaine.

“Squash Goes Gold will allow the squash community to further unite behind our Olympic campaign and play their active part in helping our sport secure its place at the Olympic Games. As a sport, we pride ourselves on our inclusivity and work hard to provide opportunities for individuals to participate at all levels – playing, officiating, coaching, managing and volunteering. Including the Olympic dream, for those involved in the game at all stages, would be a wonderful addition”

PSA CEO Alex Gough said: “The Olympic Games is the greatest sporting event in the world and there’s no question that a Gold Medal would be the pinnacle for any squash player.

“As a sport we have made huge strides forward in the past decade; uniting the men’s and women’s professional tours, enabling us to reach parity in men’s and women’s prize money at major events, dramatically improving the sport’s broadcast arm and continuously improving both the spectator and viewer experience.

“Squash is in the best position it has ever been and this campaign will allow the sport’s global player and fan base to get involved with the Paris 2024 bid directly and have their own influence on the future of the sport. A future we hope will see squash featured in Paris in four years’ time.”

France’s top ranked female player Camille Serme, winner of the World Games and major PSA titles such as the British Open, U.S. Open and Tournament of Champions, is playing a key role within the bid campaign and added: “The chance to compete in an Olympic Games would be a dream come true – the chance to compete in an Olympic Games in my home city would be unbelievable.

“We already see the squash community coming together in support of our bid and hope that this new campaign will help us collectively propel squash to where it deserves to be – on the biggest sporting stage in the world.”

To find out how to support squash’s campaign for the 2024 Olympic Games visit Squash Goes Gold

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