Squash players target world record to back 2020 Olympic Bid

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 22:07
Squash players all over the world are uniting to create the biggest squash match in history, with two teams playing in one global event designed to back the sport’s bid for a place in the 2020 Olympic Games. The Marsa Sports Club Squash Section is taking part on World Squash Day, Saturday October 20th, to swell the numbers and hopefully attract new players to the sport. The format for World Squash Day has a 2020 theme. Clubs are invited to field teams of players, with rival team members playing one game up to 20 points. The Marsa Squash Section will be fielding 4 teams; 2 men’s teams, 1 ladies team and an all junior team. The  three teams making up a collection of past – present and possibly future national team players. The scores from every club will count towards an overall global result between Team Squash and Team 2020. To date over 425 squash clubs and more than 21,000 squash players from around the globe have registered to take part. A massive number of leading professionals have lent their support to the project and world champion Nick Matthew said: “This is a great idea for squash players all over the world to back the Olympic bid. My own club, Hallamshire in Sheffield, has always been an enthusiastic supporter of World Squash Day and this looks like a fantastic idea to get huge numbers of people involved.” World Squash Day organisers hope the total figure of competitors will run into the hundreds of thousands, and enable them to claim the event as the biggest sports fixture in history, as well as the biggest squash match. Andrew Shelley, Chief Executive of the World Squash Federation, said: “There are more than 50,000 courts spread across the world and to give the players on all of them the chance to compete in the same championship will bring the world of squash together in such a unique way. A day to look forward to, a day that will be remembered!” Event Co-Ordinator Vicky Clark, from Merseyside, England, dreamed up the idea of the 2020 Challenge. She said:“Our aim is to get this event into the Guinness Book of Records, and we hope that kind of response will show a tremendous global support for squash and the Olympic bid.” In addition to the 2020 Challenge Match, the club will also be staging a number of development activities to attract new members to this fast, exciting sport. Sports enthusiasts are welcome to attend the event at Marsa where the Squash Section committee members will be on hand to give advice and information about squash in general and introduce them to squash at Marsa. Matches start at 15.00 and are expected to continue until around 18.00 For further information contact Paul Lake on 7900 3053 or e-mail paul@maltasquashacademy.com 

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