South African squash player, Siyoli Lusaseni was part of a recent world delegation trying to get the sport included in the 2016 Olympics.
Lusaseni, who is part of the SA team for the World Games in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan later this month, and five other delegates represented the World Squash Federation (WSF) argueing squash’s case.
Seven sports are competing for two places for entry into the games and delegations had to make 30-minute presentations to state their case.
The seven sports are: squash, rugby sevens, golf, karate, rollersports, baseball and softball.
The squash team was represented by Lusaseni (the country’s second ranked women’s player), HRH Prince Imran (patron of the World Squash Federation (WSF), Mr N. Ramachandran (WSF President), Nicol David (Women’s World No 1), Thierry Lincou (former world champion, 2004, and current world No 8 and Hanna Fekeda (a 13-year-old Ethiopian girl in San Diego squash programme)
The presentation was made before the 15 IOC executive members which included: president Jacques Rogge (President), Lambis V Nikolaou, Chiharu Igaya, Thomas Bach, Mr Sam Ramsamy, Nawal El Moutawakel, Frankie Fredericks and many more.
Lusaseni, a Western Province player says: “There was spontaneous applause after little Hanna spoke her part, and the wonderful response from the president at the end who said: ‘That was an excellent and clear presentation!”‘
Now the seven sports must wait until 13 August when they hear which two sports have been chosen.