A fund-raising auction to support Squash's Olympic ambitions is being held at next week's World Squash Awards at the RAC Club in Pall Mall, London, on Friday 21 December. The auction is being organised on behalf of the World Squash Federation by event organisers Eventis Sports Marketing,
The star items on offer include signed and framed photographs (5" X 7") of world number ones Nicol David and Amr Shabana; the match ball used in the recent Bermuda World Open final, signed by winner Amr Shabana; 2 tickets to the final of the World Open Manchester 2008; 2 tickets to the final of the ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic in London next year - plus a hit on the glass court with England's four-times Commonwealth Games gold medallist Peter Nicol; and a Bermuda World Open shirt, signed by Jahangir Khan and Amr Shabana.
"Squash has become an integral part of the Olympic Movement in the past two decades," said WSF President Jahangir Khan. "After achieving IOC recognition in 1986, we started the long road towards inclusion in the Olympic Games.
"It is remarkable to realise that back in 1991, Squash was included in the programme of just two Major Games. Fast-forward to 2007 and we are now featured in over 20 such events, including the critically important World Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Pan American Games and World University Championships. Being featured in these 20 Major Games has allowed us to showcase our sport and establish key relations with the Olympic Movement," Khan continued.
"Looking ahead, our sport meets all the criteria to be in the Olympic Programme and after finishing first in the race to join London 2012, we have been working very hard to put forward the best possible proposal for 2016. The decision will be made at the IOC Session in Copenhagen in October 2009. We must first be short-listed by the IOC in April 2008.
"Your support will enable us to increase our activity. I hope you will enjoy the Fund Raising auction. Thank you for your support."
Bidding will begin on-line on www.eventis-sports.com/wsa from Friday 14th and close on Thursday 20th. The auction will be completed on the night during the awards dinner.
There are still a limited number of places for the World Squash Awards evening - anyone interested in attending should contact Tim Garner of Eventis Sports Marketing at 07973 817468.
Auction details on www.eventis-sports.com/wsa
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