Thursday, August 23, 2012

Squash Bid for Olympics

Nicol David and Laura Massaro in action in the final. Image credit: http://squashuk.com/tournaments/australian-open-nicol-david-retains-title/

Nicol David reigned supreme in the Australian Open with straight-game wins in the finals on Sunday. And in the process, she picked up her sixty-second Women’s Squash Association (WSA) title. I am not going to talk about her impressive squash success but rather her aspiration to see the sport grace the Olympics.

And to underscore her determination, she said that she would trade all her titles just for one shot at an Olympics gold. Now, if there is any Malaysian who really deserves to be the first Malaysian to win Malaysia’s first gold – I reckon it is Nicol David. She is head and shoulders above any Malaysian athlete whom I know of, an outstanding Malaysian, a talented sportswoman! And I salute her single-minded dedication to squash.

Of course, I agree with her when she said that squash players are some of the best athletes in the world and it’s truly a sport for all-rounders because you need every bit of skill to play at the highest level. We really belong in the Olympics.” (The Star, August 21, 2012, p 46).

Nicol David is the poster girl for squash’s 2020 Olympic bid. The decision will only be known next year when the International Olympic Council (IOC) meet in Buenos Aires, Argentina to decide whether to include squash among other sports in the Games.

It is time that squash receives the recognition it deserves. Let’s support David’s effort!

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