KUALA LUMPUR – Squash suffered another setback when the sports failed to get a nod for the 2020 Olympics Games programme in Tokyo, Japan.
The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee today said five main sports plus 18 additional sports has been approved to be forwarded to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for a final decision during the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August 2016.
The sports are karate, skateboard, sports climbing, and a joint bid of baseball and softball.
â€œEach of the eight shortlisted international federations amply demonstrated their potential to add to the value of the Games and I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to each of them for their outstanding efforts,” Chair of the Additional Event Programme Panel, Fujio Mitarai said as quoted in the Organising Committee official website http://www.tokyo2020.jp/.
“We firmly believe that by connecting with youth, bringing to life Olympic Agenda 2020 and the Tokyo 2020 vision, our proposal constitutes the best possible package that will add the most value to the Games,â€ he added.
Five sports were selected by the Organising Committee and its Additional Event Programme Panel through an open process that was initiated in May 2015.
A total of 26 IOC-recognised International Federations has applied but only eight of the sports were shortlisted in June 2015.
The sports which is shortlisted by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee are karate, skateboard, sports climbing, bowling, squash, wushu and also a joint bid for basball and softball.
Malaysia’s squash queen and world number two Datuk Nicol David has campaigned tirelessly for several years to get the sport into the Olympic Games programme.
She also reportedly said that she was willing to surrender all her eight world championship titles just for a gold medal in the Olympics Games. – BERNAMA