Squash: an Olympic contender

The May 31 wire services report from St. Petersburg, Russia, titled “Wrestling faces off with baseball, squash in bid to return to Olympics,” makes much of the chances for wrestling and baseball/softball being shortlisted for inclusion in future Olympic Games, but barely mentions the third contender — squash.

Yet not just in Japan, but worldwide, squash is by far the most popular of the three, with well-established squash leagues in much of Southeast Asia, South Asia, Oceania, the United States, United Kingdom and much of Europe.

In Japan alone, there are some 100,000 registered players and 450 squash courts. As a sport that tests both mental and physical skill, which can be played by people of all ages and needs only basic facilities, it deserves as much if not more recognition than many other standard Olympic sports. To date it has lacked only the PR abilities to bring it to the attention of the Olympic bureaucracy.

gregory clarkmember, managing committee, japan squash association

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

  • Wrestlingroots

    I am hoping for wrestling to get back into the Olympics.

    However, the international governing body of squash has done a great job promoting their sport.

    Squash has been turned down by the IOC a number of times in the past. Therefore, they have made the sport more visible by having the sport go on a world tour and hosting matches within glass cubes so that many spectators can watch the event and can get a 360 degree view of the action. This has been a great way to get the sport seen by the masses.

    Wrestling, Squash, & Baseball/Softball are going to be in a photo finish when it comes to who will be the next Olympic sport.