Indian stars hope squash makes it to Olympics

May 30, 2013, 07:51 IST | IANS

India's top squash players Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal are ecstatic at their sport being shortlisted for the 2020 Summer Games but see a nervous wait ahead for the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) final vote in September on the lone available Olympic spot

IOC’s executive board recommended baseball/softball, squash and wrestling for possible inclusion in the Olympic programme for the 2020 Games. Squash is bidding for Olympics after two failed attempts.

Dipika Pallikal

“I am very happy at the moment. Though we know that we have three crucial months ahead of us.

“It is going to be nerve-wracking. I hope we get the Olympic nod in September,” Pallikal told IANS from London.

Asked about the competition from the other two sports, the World No 15 said: “Our federation (WSF) has done everything they could. It is now only left to the IOC to see how fantastic a sport squash is and give us a chance.”

Ghosal, too, was excited at the news and hoped that squash will cross the final hurdle.

Saurav Ghosal

“It is great news, I am keeping my fingers crossed now. The other two sports are also trying their best but I hope squash comes out at the top. It is a dream for every player to compete in the Olympics and I am no different,” Ghosal told IANS from Kolkata.

“We don’t know what is going to happen at the final vote but our sport surely deserves a place in the Olympics,” the World No 19 added. — 

Great day for squash: David
Squash great Nicol David, who was at the IOC meeting at Saint-Petersburg as part of the squash presentation team, was ecstatic at the result.

“This is a great day for squash as it takes us one step closer to realising our long held ambition to join the Olympic Games,” said the seven-time women’s world champion.

“I said to the Executive Board that the one big regret in my career is that I have never had the chance to compete in the Olympic Games, but I would happily trade all my seven world titles for the chance of Olympic Gold.

“Hopefully that showed what competing in the Games means to me,” added David.

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