This Day In Sports History (December 17th) – Chris Henry
Will This Video Help Make Squash an Olympic Sport?
Golf and Rugby Sevens are the two most recent sports to be added to the Summer Olympics (they are set to debut at the 2016 Games in Rio), and now it appears as though the sport of squash is attempting to follow in their footsteps.
In an attempt to help them achieve that goal, two of the sport’s top players–Ramy Ashour of Egypt and Nicol David of Malaysia–have helped put together the following video, which points to several key factors, including its worldwide presence, its required skill and fitness levels, its innovation and its spectator-friendly environment, as selling points for squash’s inclusion in the Olympic Games.
Check it out:
After watching that, I must admit that Ramy and Nicol do have a valid point. Having a global sport that requires as much athleticism as squash in the Olympic Games seems to make a lot more sense than continuing to have sports like equestrian and archery, which don’t seem to require much athleticism at all, in the Games.
But that’s just my opinion. Any thoughts?