Finally! The Commonwealth Games Federation has come to the conclusion that squash deserves a regular place in the Games, something that squash players and supporters have known all along. With many of the best players in the world hailing from Commonwealth countries—such as powerhouses Australia and England—it is due time that squash is recognized as a Commonwealth Games “core sport.” Squash becomes one of 10 sports that “shall be obligatory” on the Games’ program.
“Squash’s addition to the list of core sports for future editions of the Commonwealth Games is reflective of this and the sport’s overall depth and quality within the Commonwealth today,” said Michael Hooper, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation. “Since the sport’s introduction to the Games’ program in 1998, the level of participation and excellence continues to grow, and at the recent Commonwealth Games in Melbourne (in March 2006) we saw 29 participating nations. With the commitment to the sport’s further development across the Commonwealth by World Squash, we expect to see this continue to rise. We welcome squash as a core partner within the Commonwealth Games movement.”
The next edition of the Commonwealth Games is in 2010 in Delhi.