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Squash - 08. September 2008.

World number one to lobby hard for squash's Olympic inclusion

World number one to lobby hard for squashs Olympic inclusionSEPTEMBER 8 - SQUASH'S world number one Nicol David  today said that she would give all the support she can to get the back into the Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) are to vote at its Session in Copenhagen in October 2009 to which sports should be included on the programme for the 2016 Olympics, which will be held in Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro or Tokyo.

Squash is one of seven sports lobbying for inclusion along with golf, rugby, karate, baseball, softball and rollersports.

Nicol, 25, lobbied hard but unsuccessfully in 2005 for the sport's inclusion at London 2012 and is determined to see squash admitted next time round.

The Malaysian said: "It's very disappointing not having squash in the Olympics because it's the pinnacle for any athlete in every sport to be associated with the Olympic Games.

"I say squash has every reason to be amongst the other racket sports in the Olympic Games and I'm sure in the future hopefully squash will get that opportunity."

Tennis, badminton and table tennis all feature in the modern Olympics.

Olympic inclusion would help squash gain the funding from Governments around the world it needs to progress, Nicol said.

She said: "Hopefully, if squash gets into the Olympics, more countries will have the proper backing from their sports councils to get funding for the sport itself in their country.

"We also need a lot more media attention and to make it [more] visual on TV for people to follow the sport."

Nicol yesterday won her seventh consecutive Women's International Squash Players Association title with victory in the Dutch Open final in Amsterdam.

Playing in the Olympics would cap a remarkable career, Nicol said.

"That would be truly the highlight of my career...representing Malaysia in the Olympics and being among the best athletes in the world in their respective sports."

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