Two of our Traveling Pros are going back to Egypt. We wish them all the best.
The sport of squash, played by around 15 million people, in over 155 countries, on all five continents, is not yet an Olympic sport. It should be. Latest Developments In April of 2008, the World Squash Federation received news that squash was included on the short list of sports under consideration for the 2016 Olympic Games. While not part of the Olympic program in Beijing, and not part of the planned program for 2012, squash will be considered for the 2016 Olympic Games. Background Squash is a worldwide sport, played by both men and women, in 150+ countries, by over 15 million people, on all continents. It is a demanding sport, calling for the highest standards of athletic excellence and sportsmanship. In 2005, squash was actually voted into the London 2012 Olympic Games; ahead of karate, roller sports, rugby, and golf. For about four hours, squash was an Olympic sport! Unfortunately, at that same 2005 International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Singapore, squash failed to get the 2/3 majority needed for full adoption. Squash is a participant sport, and can be played for a lifetime. Junior squash is growing rapidly, and the 2008 World Men’s Junior Championships boasted a record number of entries. Squash is played on all continents, and excellent players are found across the globe. For example, all continents were represented among the top 6 teams at the 2007 World Men’s Team Championships. The World Squash Federation includes 138 member nation federations, up from 125 in 2004. Women account for roughly 30% of the players, so the sport is not gender-specific. Squash facilities are not particularly expensive, and Olympic-class courts can be erected in a cost-effective and temporary manner. The technology for televising squash has improved, and the fast action of the ball can now be seen by TV viewers. There are very few disadvantages to adding squash to the Olympics: The refereeing can be difficult to understand, and the referees can have a profound influence on the outcome of a match. The typical clothes of squash players may not attract TV viewers in the same way as do the revealing outfits of beach volleyball players and track and field competitors. Where It Stands Following the unfortunate decision for squash at the 2005 IOC meeting in Singapore, the World Squash Federation, along with other federations, lobbied for a change in the Olympic charter to reduce the requirement for a 2/3 majority to a requirement for a simple majority. That change was passed at the IOC meeting in Guatemala in July, 2007. Squash is currently under consideration for inclusion at the 2016 Olympic Games, along with baseball, golf, karate, roller sports, rugby, and softball. Leaders of those sports will make presentations to the IOC executive board in June, 2009, and then the IOC will vote in October 2009 to admit two sports to the 2016 Olympic Games. Let’s hope they make the right choice this time, remembering that golf already has well-established international competitions (and doesn’t need the Olympics), that karate is primarily an Asian phenomenon, that roller sports have their own derby, and that baseball and softball are very far from being world-wide sports. SUPPORT THE BID: http://squash2020.com/be-a-supporter/
You know who’s coming to Pyramid? Mohamed “Nibla” Nabil. He will stay for two weeks (came Thursday) and Moustafa Omar Hamada (#4 at Trinity) is here until Tuesday. If you wanna play with them let us know.
I just wanted to let you all know that they are doing construction outside of the building today. All roads around the club except Lake Ave are BLOCKED. If you are coming from the Bronxriver Parkway then after getting off exit 3 instead of making the slight left, continue straight onto Yonkers Ave. You will then get to Tuckahoe Road/Garret Ave (same road) make a left. Then make a left on Amour Villa Road Amour Villa turns into Lake Ave. You can park on this street or come in through the exit of our building which will be on the left.
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A fun weekend tournament for all players and staff!
We had a great turn out for the Match Play this Sunday, with 10 kids competing against each other for a spot on the Club Ladder. We had one match that counted towards our Club Ladder; Auggie Bhavsar who didn’t drop a match that day, had a great match against Shaan Dave. A 20 minute match decided who would take 4th place on the Ladder. Although the strong and athletic Shaan gave Augg…ie everything he had, Auggie pushed thru and took Shaan’s spot on the Ladder. Shaan however continued to beat other players and finished 2nd overall. But that wasn’t the only tight match we saw. Isabelle Johnson tied 4th place overall with the talented Peter Lehv. Although Peter beat her in a one on one game, Isabelle did not go down easy, giving him a great match to tie up the over all score. Below you can see some of the Match Play players who competed that day. Also Shaan Dave shaking Auggie Bhavsar’s hand after a great match between the two. Everyone did a great job at Match Play, and we hope to see you guys next week.