Squash recommended for inclusion in 2028 Olympics, but remains Penrith’s lost sport

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Squash Australia has welcomed the announcement from the LA28 Organising Committee which has recommended the sport’s inclusion in the 2028 Olympic Games.

The decision is a significant and exciting milestone in squash’s history as the sport nears inclusion in the Games for the first time.

“This is one of the most significant announcements in the history of Squash,” said Robert Donaghue, Squash Australia CEO.

“For most sports and athletes, the Olympic Games is the pinnacle, and for Squash to be elevated to that status will be a momentous occasion. We eagerly await the outcome of the IOC Congress in Mumbai later this week.

“The opportunity to represent Australia at LA2028 would be an enormous honour, and for squash athletes, they can now dream of this opportunity! This will also inspire the next generation of squash stars who can aspire to compete at an Olympic Games.

“On behalf of the Australian squash community, I congratulate the World Squash Federation, Professional Squash Association and US Squash for their efforts to promote what a truly global game Squash is, and also the LA2028 Organising committee for recognising that Squash is deserved of a place in the Games.”

Could squash’s potential inclusion in the Olympics spark a revival of the sport in Penrith?

While there are a few squash courts littered around the area, the main court in Penrith – located in Werrington – closed back in 2020.

Squash boomed in the 1980s and 1990s, but in recent years has waned in popularity.

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