World of Sport

Surely it is time this was an Olympic sport?

The incredible squash rally above comes from the final of the recent Qatar PSAW World Championship Final between Mohamed El Shorbagy and Ramy Ashour.

The Egyptian pair showed incredible skill as they battled out a keenly contested point that had the crowd on the edge of their seats.

It certainly makes good television and this is what squash desperately needs if it is to be added to the Olympics.

The sport has been desperately trying to get into the Games but has launched two unsuccessful bids, being passed over in favour of golf and rugby sevens for the Rio Olympics.

One of the main reasons why it has been rejected by the International Olympic Committee is because the IOC have said that fans struggle to see the ball and that the sport is not television friendly.

Squash officials have put in a big effort to improve the courts and the lighting so it is more visually appealing and they also hired Mike Lee who was a consultant for the London 2012, Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018 successful Olympic Games campaigns and who advised Qatar on their bid to stage the 2022 World Cup. Lee also helped rugby sevens earn their Olympic status from 2016.

The IOC has said it will add one more sport to the Games in 2020 and squash is again in the running up against karate, the Chinese martial art of wushu, baseball, softball, roller sports, wakeboarding and sport climbing.

If points like this were the norm in Olympic squash then it would get our vote out of those options.

Would you like squash in the Olympics? Or would you prefer one of the other sports? Leave your thoughts below.