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As we get closer to the presentation to the IOC Executive Board in St Petersburg on May 29, can we ask you and all your contacts to follow @vote4squash on Twitter.

It would also be great if you can encourage all your contacts / databases to Tweet the following today to continue the countdown:

Now only 5 weeks 2 go before we present our case to the IOC to join the Olympics; pls support the campaign: Follow @Vote4Squash #vote4squash

WSF Hails Nicol & Garner’s 7 Continent Challenge Triumph

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Nicol (right) and Garner pictured overlooking Santiago

22 April 2013

World Squash Federation President N Ramachandran has praised the Xodus 7 Continent Challenge as an initiative of ‘epic proportions’ and one which has given the sport’s Olympic bid a great boost.

Peter Nicol MBE and fellow former professional Tim Garner launched the Xodus 7 Continent Challenge in Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands on the edge of Antarctica just over a week ago – Continue reading

Dessouki Prevails In Pretoria Final

22 April 2013

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 5 NSA Open, Pretoria, South Africa

1st round:
[1] Peter Creed (WAL) bt Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA) 11-7, 11-7, 11-3
Fares Mohamed Dessouki (EGY) bt [Q] Thoboki Mohohlo (RSA) 11-5, 11-6, 3-11, 11-5
Alex Ingham (ENG) bt Suleman Khan (PAK) 11-2, 11-2, 11-3
Thomas Ford (ENG) bt [8] Steven London (ENG) 4-11, 11-9, 11-2, 12-10
[6] Geoffrey Demont (FRA) bt Jerome Dadot (FRA) 11-6, 11-6, 11-3
[Q] Ruan Olivier (RSA) bt Haseeb Gul (PAK) 11-8, 11-2, 8-3 ret.
[Q] Michael Wood (RSA) bt Zahir Shah (PAK) 6-11, 11-9, 13-11, 3-11, 11-9
[Q] Kelvin Ndhlovu (ZAM) bt [3] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6
[4] Clinton Leeuw (RSA) bt [Q] Zuko Kubukeli (RSA) 11-8, 11-4, 9-11, 11-3
[Q] Andrew Martin (RSA) bt Jonathan Maloney (ENG) 11-5, 11-5, 12-10
Shinnosuke Tsukue (JPN) bt Sajid Khan (PAK) 11-1, 11-2, 11-3 Continue reading

Nicol & Garner Xodus 7 Continent Challenge Now Homeward Bound

17 April 2013

With four locations now behind them, and the pair’s on-court challenge finely-poised at two wins apiece, former world champion Peter Nicol MBE and fellow former professional Tim Garner are now past the half-way mark of their remarkable Xodus 7 Continent Challenge – the bid to contest 7 Squash Matches in 7 Days on 7 Continents to raise the profile of Squash’s campaign to join the programme of the 2020 Olympic Games.

By Saturday, the Xodus 7 Continent Challenge will have seen the intrepid English pair travel more than 40,000 miles and spend over 70 hours on planes over the course of a week that will have been a test of endurance both mentally and physically.

After beginning their initiative in Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands near ‘Antarctica’ on Saturday, the ‘squashbuckling’ heroes moved onto the Chile capital Santiago in South America on Sunday, then crossed the international date line to be in Sydney in Australia on Tuesday, before arriving in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in Asia today. Continue reading

Gordon Celebrates First Home Final

18 April 2013

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 15 Oliver NY Metro Open, Metropolitan New York, USA

Semi-finals:
Christopher Gordon (USA) bt [1] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 6-11, 7-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-7 (73m)
Shaun le Roux (RSA) bt Matthew Karwalski (AUS) 11-9, 10-12, 5-11, 11-7, 11-6 (71m)

New York-born Christopher Gordon is celebrating the sixth PSA World Tour final of his career – but his first on home soil and in his home city – after upsetting top-seeded Australian Ryan Cuskelly in the semi-finals of the Oliver NY Metro Open – Squash Revolution, the inaugural PSA Challenger 15 squash event which has been staged across four venues in Metropolitan New York in the USA.

In a rare Tour final between two unseeded players, world No54 Gordon will face Shaun le Roux, the world No59 from South Africa who also needed more than an hour to see off Australian Matthew Karwalski in the other semi. Continue reading

Tswalu SA National Doubles championships – report

Johannesburg Country Club, Auckland Park, Johannesburg – by Liz Addison

University of Johannesburg student, Cheyna Tucker, collected two titles when the finals of the Tswalu SA National Doubles were played at the Johannesburg Country Club on Saturday 6th April 2013.

Winning the women’s doubles, partnered by Claire Nitch and the Mixed with Paul Atkinson, Tucker joins a list of 4 illustrious women and 2 men players, who have annexed two titles at one championship in the same year. Diana Haynes (Argyle) in 2009, 2011, 2012 won the mixed and women’s, Sjeanne Cawdry in 1999, 2000 and 2001 was also victorious in the mixed and the women’s as was Angie Clifton Parks in 2004 and 2005 and Natalie Grainger in 1998. Interestingly, Grainger went on to collect bronze at the Commonwealth Games later in 1998 with the same partners, Claire Nitch and Rodney Durbach.

Only 2 men have won two titles in one year: Craig van der Wath in 2002 and Richard Castle in 2000 and 2001.

In the 2013 championships both the Continue reading

Abouelghar Grabs Gauteng Glory

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Ladies L to R; Diana Haynes (RSA) winner, Barry Hendricks ( Chairman CGS ), Siyoli Waters (RSA) R-up.

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Men L to R ; Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) winner, Barry Hendricks ( Chairman CGS ), Fares Mohamed Dessouki (EGY) R-up

14 April 2013

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 5 Assore Central Gauteng Open, Johannesburg, South Africa Continue reading