Squash bodies finally sign MOU and vow to work in ‘unison’ towards Olympic inclusion
The World Squash Federation, the sport's international governing body, and the Professional Squash Association, which oversees the men's and women's tours, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to develop squash in “unison” and “on a global scale”.
The bodies have finally signed off on a new MOU after a series of meetings were held between WSF president Jacques Fontaine and the federation’s chief executive Andrew Shelley and the PSA and its chief executive Alex Gough.
Plans for a collaboration between the two bodies were announced in January.
The PSA said the partnership will focus on the development of a “global strategy” for the sport, with securing a place in the Olympic Games one of the central objectives.
The strategy will also target participation growth, and the development of court facilities around the world.
Squash failed to be included in the International Olympic Committee’s shortlist of sports for the programme of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Fontaine, who succeeded former WSF president N Ramachandran late last year, said: “We are delighted to have reached an agreement with the PSA which we have now signed, that will see both organisations work side-by-side throughout the coming years to help squash achieve greater visibility and profile around the world. This was a key objective for me since my election as WSF President last November.
“It is vital for the future of the sport that the governing body of the professional game and the international federation representing the nations and their players, coaches and referees, work in unison towards joint objectives that will ultimately help ensure squash continues to expand its global profile.
“The ability to plan for our future together, developing clear roles and responsibilities for the PSA, WSF and other key stakeholders within the sport is an exciting moment for squash and we look forward to a very bright future working together.”
Gough, added: “Our ambition, aligned with that of the WSF, is to create a more stable and successful platform from which to market squash around the world.
“Creating a unified refereeing structure, expanding squash’s commercial profile and improving working relationships with all stakeholders are key to the future success of squash and we are pleased to begin a new working relationship with the WSF.
“The Professional Tour has made enormous strides in recent years and we hope to continue that growth, while at the same time helping grow the sport at a grass roots level. We have been hugely encouraged in all our conversations with the WSF and are excited to begin a new era of greater cohesion.”