Wednesday, June 05, 2013

KJ backs Squash Olympic bid

Khairy Jamaluddin says the Sports Ministry will do its best to get squash in the 2020 Olympics.

YOUTH and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has given the assurance that his ministry will do its utmost best to back the squash bid to feature at the Olympics 2020.
Khairy said he will liaise closely with Olympic Committee of Malaysia (OCM) to make sure the sport makes the final list of sports at the 2020 Games.

“I have been helping out Azlan (Iskandar) all this while, and now that it has successfully being shortlisted together with wrestling and baseball, we must continue to work hard to make sure that squash will make it in the end,” said Khairy, after his maiden visit to National Sports Institute.
“I believe wrestling will be our main contender, so it will be tough for sure.

“But we (the ministry) will also join forces and try to assist in any way we could to realise this dream. We will work closely with the OCM, just like tonight I will meet (OCM President) Tunku Imran and we will talk about it.”

On May 29, squash took a step closer to realizing the ultimate dream of being included in the 2020 Games when the sport was selected alongside wrestling and baseball/softball.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made the announcement of the three chosen sport from a list of eight in Russia.

Five other sports – karate, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu have been excluded.
However, there will be heartbreak for two of the sport come this September, as only one sport will be chosen via voting for inclusion at the 2020 Olympics during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Squash is pushing hard for an Olympic slot for the third consecutive time, after failures to be included in the 2012 and 2016 Games.


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