The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee (BAYOGOC) has confirmed that squash would be included as a showcase sport at the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina October next year.
"It is exciting, yet encouraging news! After our hard work and persistent lobbying throughtout these years, we are delighted to see squash is moving step by step towards the ultimate goal of Olympic Games inclusion," said Mr David Mui, our President, who has been heavily involved in Squash Olympic Bid since the 2012 Hong Kong Open, a successful inspection event hosted by Hong Kong Squash (where Mr Mui is the Chairman) for the International Olympic Committee's inspectors for the 2020 Olympic bid.
The Games Organising Committee would take the Youth Olympic Games to the next level as an event for all young people to participate. The Committee would introduce the “four-parks concept”, which would allow participants to experience "a fusion of elite sport competition, music, culture and arts festivals, sport initiation, showcasing and educational programmes". And squash has been chosen to be part of this as a showcase sport.
"This fruitful result is definitely a collective work of our squash colleagues. I would like to congratulate WSF and the Olympic Games Commission. The impeccable leadership of all the presidents over the years, specially Jacques Fontaine, the current president, Mr. Ramachandran, Mr. Jahangir Khan and Susie Simcock (past presidents), as well as the hard work of the colleagues at the WSF Olympic Games Commission has made this happen," continued Mr. Mui.
For details of the Youth Olympic Games 2018, please visit the official website.