Saturday, August 15, 2009

No squash in 2016 Olympics...

Out of the seven sports seeking to be included in the biggest sporting extravaganza that is the Olympics, there was only one world No 1 who spoke on behalf of her sport in Lausanne last month. It was Nicol Ann David. But to no avail... read Joe Marcose's blog here and the Hindu report here.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sad day for squash...but the OIC made a wise choice. It is not widely played and popular as golf and rugby.

nstman said...

I classify squash as a peripheral sport which is played by upper-middle class psychos who love to bang their heads against the wall. Anybody who says squash is a spectator sport had better check themselves into a psychiatric ward.

nstman said...

I classify squash as a peripheral sport which is played by upper-middle class psychos who love to bang their heads against the wall. Anybody who says squash is a spectator sport had better check themselves into a psychiatric ward.

nstman said...

No disrepct to Nicol David. Let's stick with the fact. Women's squash is dominated by only a few players, namely Nicol David, Shelly Chicken, Nathalie Grinham, Sheila Grinham or whatever. It's the mundanity of watching these same players banging their heads against the wall that turns off spectators. Men's squash is even worse. You have some Egyptian jokers, English jokers, our own jokers Ong Beng Hee and dont know who is the other guy. These are household names, in their own households, of course. How boring. Give me football anytime.

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vincent ho said...

Congrats to golf and rugby for making into the next Olympics.

For those who are left out cold...don't be despaired. Try again later if there's any sport to be kick out from the Olympic list.

Haizul Azmi said...

Dear Rizal,

I disagree with anonymous... correct me if I'm wrong but I believe only rugby sevens will be played in the Olympics. As such, I doubt many of the top RUGBY players would be available in the Olympics, as most top nations have their own 7s teams. However, I agree with the IRB's statement that in terms of the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (faster, higher, stronger), a rugby player was more likely to possess all of these attributes than competitors in some other Olympic event.

As for golf, can we expect to see harrington, woods, rose or our own danny chia in the olympics? Would the players see the Olympics being on par with the Majors? Let's hope that national pride and the chance to represent their countries in the Olympics would satiate the premier golfers.

As for squash... we can only wait and hope...

Anonymous said...

Haizul, I believe Woods and Harrington WILL play in the Olympics. Check out this article where Woods and Harrington comments on the Olympics --> http://www.pgatour.com/2009/r/08/11/olympics/index.html

Haizul Azmi said...

Thanks anonymous for the info :)