The profile of squash in Asia continues to grow. While Malaysian World No. 1, Nicol David, has dominated the women’s game over the past year, fans and players in the region now have something else to celebrate. Squash has again been confirmed as a sport for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. And a team event will be included for the first time. Like the Commonwealth and Pan American Games, the Asian Games are held every four years, and squash was first included in 1998 when the Games took place in Bangkok.
In Southern Asia, India got an additional boost when it was announced that the Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sports had included squash as one of the priority sports in the country. Being a priority sport will increase government funding for the junior program and help the young athletes develop their talent by giving them the chance to compete in all international tournaments.