February 13, 2013
- In a question put out there as to what the most popular and watched
Olympic Game sports are, here are some of the answers - with "COMMENTS"
regarding how SQUASH fits the bill...
Over the years, the Olympic Games have drawn viewers in from every
corner of the world. There are only a few nations on our planet who
aren't represented in at least one sport. And if a person owns a
television, their eyes are probably tuned to the tube for the summer or
COMMENT: Fact for sure!
And..."only a few nations on our planet who aren't represented," to be
sure pertains to our great game of SQUASH!
Of all the Olympic events out there, some have to be the most watched.
Though it varies from year to year, simple polls give an idea of what
the public likes and what they don't. Since they do vary so, it's hard
to give any set order 1-10. The fact is, people will always change what
they like, just like the athletes will always change.
COMMENT: Things DO
change...hopefully in the favor of SQUASH!
The first to make the list is volleyball. Indoor volleyball is popular,
but beach volleyball received astronomical numbers starting with the
2004 Olympics. On both the men's and women's side, the athletes dueled
like gladiators in the sand, giving their blood, sweat and tears for
their chance to stand on the podium. A fast-paced, exciting sport,
volleyball will remain a top-watched sport for years to come.
COMMENT: Let's see, "dueled
like gladiators," "giving blood, sweat and tears," "a chance to stand
on the podium," "...fast paced" and "exciting." Sounds like a
professional SQUASH match to me!
The next is Basketball. A game formerly belonging to only the
American's, Olympic basketball is now up for grabs, with Spain and
Greece trying to keep the USA from that gold medal.
COMMENT: "Formally belong
to...whomever," squash is not restricted to or popular in just three
countries, but played by 18 million men, women and children in over 175
countries. Sounds like a pretty good argument for SQUASH being included
in the Games to me!
The Men's 100m final goes by like a bolt of lightening. With some of
the world's fastest young men running this short race, eyes need to be
fixated on the television or you're bound to miss the winner.
COMMENT: Well..."bolt of
lightening" certainly describes the speed of a squash ball, "fastest
young men (women too) running...", and "eyes need to be fixated on the
television or you're bound to miss the winner," certainly does describe
what viewing and/or playing SQUASH is all about!
Year after year, gymnastics makes the list as one of the most-watched
events during the Summer Olympic Games. Young girls start training as
soon as they can walk, giving all they can in hopes of walking away
with the gold. Fans appreciate the effort and athleticism, and return
the favor in the form of good ratings.
again, "...starting training as soon as they can walk," "giving all
they can...," and "Fans appreciating the effort and athleticism" can
certainly be said about SQUASH!
With increasing danger, Equestrian events make a surprising appearance
as a most-watched. With the highest injury and death toll of any other
Olympic event, these brave riders captivate an audience - maybe for all
the wrong reasons.
COMMENT: For sure, "maybe for
all the wrong reasons." However, "captivating an audience" is something
SQUASH certainly does do.
This sport is projected to be among the most-watched this-coming year.
Men's Tennis is talked about on every sports channel nationwide. With
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal starring for their respective countries,
we're bound to see a rematch of Wimbledon.
COMMENT: Well...SQUASH has
world professional and tournament championship stars too, like Ramy
Ashour, Nicol David, Nick Matthew, Raneem El Weleily, James Willstrop,
Laura Massaro, Greg Gaultier and Nour El Sherbini "starring for their
respective countries" as well!
The Triathlon has a place in many viewers' hearts. As a grueling test
of endurance, athletes are pushed to the limit in swimming, cycling,
COMMENT: Wow..."grueling test
of endurance, "athletes are pushed to the limit," sounds like a perfect
SQUASH match scenario!
Swimming events rank high on the list as well. Whether it's the relay,
backstroke, freestyle, or marathon, fans seem to love watching their
favorite athletes dart through the water.
COMMENT: "Watching their
favorite athletes dart..." perfectly describes SQUASH players "darting"
around the court.
It may not be an actual event, but it's the glue that holds the entire
Olympic Games together. The Opening Ceremony with the lighting of the
torch has drawn in more views than any two events combined over the
last few Olympics. It's something that every nation in the world can
COMMENT: Viewing the all-glass,
four-wall SQUASH court, with it's spectacular lighting - and located in
some of the highest profile and iconic locations in the world can
certainly duplicate that of "the lighting of the torch" (could it
perhaps happen) "that every nation in the world can root for" is
certainly something we would all look forward to seeing.
Wrestling hangs on to make the list. This isn't the WWE, with fake
battle-cries and makeup. These ultimate warriors use brute strength and
pure skill to pin opponents and score points
COMMENT: Well...we all now
the potential fate of Olympic wrestling. Sad...as some of the other
"non-traditional" sports needed closer scrutiny for removal. And don't
forget, "...pure skill" and "...scoring points" is what SQUASH is all
So...if SQUASH meets ALL the same (and more) of the criteria ALL the
ten most popular and watched Olympic sports have...why doesn't our
sport belong in the Olympic Games...beginning in 2020!?