(K. Brent Tomer),
TWENTY-EIGHT sports have been contested in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. Yet though that number makes it impossible to keep track of all 306 events, it is still not enough to include all disciplines that would like to feature. Despite much vigorous campaigning by the World Squash Federation (WSF), a bid to add the game to the Rio schedule was rejected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2009. Last year, the WSF learned that the sport would be excluded from the 2020 Games, in Tokyo, too—even though climbing, surfing and skateboarding were admitted. It was the third consecutive time that squash’s bid to join the games had been turned down.
The WSF has made clear its desperation to join the Olympic programme. So have leading squash players: Nicol David, the eight-time women’s world champion, has repeatedly said that she would swap all her world titles for an Olympic gold medal. This only makes golf’s striking ambivalence about the merits of joining the games all the more infuriating. The IOC “should be held accountable…Continue reading