September 8, 2013 7:59 pm /News /8 Comments

Sunday 8 September, Buenos Aires: World Squash Federation (WSF) President N Ramachandran, who led theSquash presentation at today’s IOC Session in Buenos Aires, admitted that he was heart-broken at the decision.

“Today’s decision is heart-breaking for the millions of Squash players around the world, particularly given the 10-year journey we have been on to join the Olympic Games Sports Programme,” said President Ramachandran.

“As the only new Olympic sport on today’s shortlist, we believed Squash offered something for the future and I still hope that our inclusion may still be possible.

“The feedback we have received from many IOC members for our campaign and our presentation has been very positive and I am encouraged by the vote we received today. We have much to offer the Olympic Movement and I am hopeful that today is not the end of our Olympic journey.”

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8 thoughts on “IOC Decision Is ‘Heart-Breaking’ Says WSF President

  1. Alison Insley
    September 8, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I’m gutted, shocked, devastated…& truly upset & angry at the decision. You guys did a wonderful job, an outstanding presentation…in the true spirit of the Olympics a new sport should have been selected and that sport should have been squash. Its totally unbelievable, I’m feeling bereaved…its been an emotional rollercoaster. Hopefully Tuesday could turn things around and put us back on track. Onwards & upwards, proud of you all. Job well done.

  2. M Phillips
    September 8, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Gutted again.
    The ‘Olympic’ franchise needs to look wider.
    Squash should join with other worldwide sports denied the Olympic experience and demand the organisation thinks big and creates a way of including all these sports under the Olympic Flag.
    Inclusion not Exclusion!

  3. SteveCubs
    September 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    To be fair, once Wrestling was “dropped” it wasn’t too difficult to see this decision coming, however hard it is to take, yet again.

    In 2005 squash was voted onto the London 2012 Program, only to be denied by a controversial – some say illegal, according to the IOC constitution – further vote which denied it “Olympic Sport” status.

    In 2009 squash lost out to Golf and Rugby in a process that seemed to be pre-determined from the word go – I remember the press conference where the President just wandered in and casually announced “I’m here to tell you why we’re including Golf and Rugby …”

    In 2013 we lost out in a process that promised to remove a sport to make room for a new one, but which in the end just gave a prod to the naughty boy and left then everything as it was – seven candidate sports put through the wringer for nothing.

    The main hope now seems to be that the new president will accept that the whole process was at least deeply flawed if not a total sham, and find a way to introduce new sports for 2020 by removing the artificial 28 sports cap.

    A forlorn hope perhaps, but better that than another four-year process like the last three, please ……..

  4. Sam Elghor
    September 9, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Wrestling is a hugely popular sport in the US, where a lot of the olympics’ money comes from. Let us be frank, squash didn’t end up being a close second, it ended up being third behind baseball which their drug-infested, rich, spoilt stars said they are not going to the olympics because it interferes with their major league schedule.

    Squash has done well without the olympics and will continue to do well in the futuure. Let us focus on what is working and continue to do it.

  5. Jon Newey
    September 9, 2013 at 4:27 am

    Something linked to politicians and I.O.C members smells rotten. It’s another example where These bunch of sponges could’nt manage a #iss up in a brewery. We need a cross between Cromwell, Thatcher and Guy Fawkes to sort these mis-fits out. How many wrestling tournaments are there in the world in September ………..a fraction to squash tournaments ? A most bewildering decision made by the I.O.C.

  6. Paul Selby
    September 9, 2013 at 7:06 am

    As usual a bunch of suits fly around the world staying at the best hotels getting treated like royalty to make a decision that can only be described as dubious given the poor history that Wrestling has on equality, drugs, match fixing. If FIFA has all the controversy with regards to its board members then you can reasonably accept that the IOC has similar problems. Just a thought I wonder if the IOC Board are as clean as wrestling in all that they do. Wrestling have not been which just makes you wonder!!!!!!

    Squash has to forget it’s desire to be an Olympic Sport and concentrate on doing the things it has been doing over the period we have been trying to get in. Lets spend the effort now that was expended on the bid in making the sport even better and expanding in the countries that have not taken it up fully yet. We have great players with millions of enthusiastic fans and volunteers, so lets use the resources on them and not waste more money on a bunch of people who live in an unrealistic bubble.

  7. L Kanon
    September 15, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I knew as soon as they presented that Squash didn’t have a chance. When Ramachandran couldn’t even look at the IOC without reading his notes, the vote was lost.

    Squash was already an underdog. It needed a heroic performance and a heart rending emotional appeal to overcome wrestling. Instead, we finished behind baseball too.

    Squash already has always had the merits according to IOC qualifications in their favor. That is why we always qualify for the final vote. On the last vote, everything changes. We needed an emotional connection with the IOC to win the day. Ramachandran gave a professional (instead of passionate) presentation. They should have spent more time explaining what it means to Egypt than the number of contestants to play. They should have put more screen time showing courts photos and videos in the HK harbor and Pyramids of Egypt than talking about junior squash. The one line that resonated – that squash is a sport of the future.

    Let’s face it. Squash has a marketing problem. It needs more show-court tournaments in iconic locations. It needs more public courts in more countries. Only then will television audiences, popular sentiment, and Olympic success happen. I do not know Ramachandran and I’m sure he’s a good steward for squash. But we will need some vision and charisma to get to the next level. Squash will never make it until it has that type of leadership.

    Squash should start by channeling their energy into getting a mix of public and private money to build public squash courts in as many countries as possible. Everything else will follow. Look what happened in Hong Kong once the HK squash center was built. After that, more urban council courts, squash courts in schools, tournament prize money, and press attention followed.

    Get it together, Squash!

  8. September 25, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Speaking to the squash lovers of South Africa, we are all deeply disappointed with the IOC decision. I watched the full presentation and realized from the beginning that wrestling was the IOC’s favorite choice. Squash was ‘cheated’ once again. Not enough squash lovers are standing up to speak out. Afraid? Afraid of what? To tell the truth? I congratulate Alison Waters and Danny Massaro for standing up and saying their say. I hope the IOC take serious note of the message from these great squash leaders. Our best revenge is ‘massive success’.

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