1 + 2 + 3 = SQUASH @ OLYMPIC 2016


2016_h41As the sport fraternity gets together to pledge its support for the game in its bid for Olympics 2016 on May 23rd, 2009 –  World Squash Day, Sports4Health Unlimited (S4HU) tries to make a small contribution by reaching out to all like-minded people who are associated with Squash or any other sport.

Starting today S4HU would like all our fellow followers, readers and friends to do justice to what we consider is the “Greatest Sport of all Time”. In an effort to be fair to other sports we will share links for you through  this post that should help you make a fair decision. We will be putting together for you a lot of information from Squash and other web-sites the world over so that by the end of it we can have respective opinions. Please understand the game is so strong and its fraternity so independant it does not require and outside financial help. Having said this we must draw everyone’s attention that the Industry of Sports has become so commercial that sometime there are other pressures as well.

SINCE WE SEEK OPINION FOR ONE AND ALL IT DOES NOT MATTER

  • WHERE YOU ARE ?

  • WHAT YOU DO ?

  • HOW OLD YOU ARE ?

  • WHAT GAME YOU PLAY ?

 

So ladies and genlemen please ponder on the following that we offer for your own personal opinion :

 

The Healthiest Sport 

We have said it right in the begining, others are talking about it why don’t we leave you with the following links for you to make your own judgement….. 

World Squash Federation wrote …… Squash is “the world’s healthiest sport”

This is the conclusion of Forbes Magazine which conducted a comprehensive technical study looking at a wide variety of sports against a number of measures including cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and calories burnt while participating.

We think also that because squash delivers physiological benefits to participants in a controlled environment in a relatively short time (most games last about 45 minutes) it is absolutely right for today’s time-pressured society, particularly for young people.

Squash is a sport whose time has come

The inclusion of squash in the Olympic Programme remains the next logical step in the development of squash on a global level. Following years of growth and successful development of the professional Tours for men and women, and having successfully added value to all other major multi-sport Games, we would like to elevate competition further by adding a new competition to sit at the pinnacle of the sport: The Olympic Games. Critically, the sport is ready and prepared for this. It will not be an opportunity wasted. (Courtesy…. http://squash2016.info/)  

Sports4HealthUnlimited wrote …. Feb 2008 ….. 

Advantages from Squash     

  • The game of squash has convenience on its side – Thirty minutes on the squash court provides an impressive cardio respiratory workout.
  • Extended rallies and almost constant running builds muscular strength and endurance in the lower body.
  • Lunges, twists and turns increase flexibility in the back and abdomen.
  • The game of squash also encompasses plyometric exercises which are aimed at reducing the amount of time spent on the ground preparing to move, with the primary emphasis of most exercises focused upon vertical and forward motion.

To read specifically about MORE ADVANTAGES please click on the following post link…. http://sports4healthunlimited.wordpress.com/2008/02/03/squash-simply-uncomplicated/ 

One Game – For Everyone

We all have seen some really old people play the game. One name that comes to mind was my old Market – Ramanand Singh Bhagel we used to call him Marker Sahab because he was in his 80’s then. Then man despite his age was tall, handsome always standing straight, generous and above all sporty. This is close to 25 years ago Marker Sahib died later but until the very end was at the Squash Courts at DSOI – Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi.

Children can start young and I must confess since it is a challenge these days for parents to keep their kids off Television, Computer Games, Internet etc – Squash is your only answer to the childs mental, emotional and physical well being.

World Squash Federation wrote …… Squash is for everyone

Our sport is gender-neutral and is accessible to all ages, colours and beliefs. Everyone can play, with minimal price of entry: all you need is a racket and ball, and to rent a squash court (average cost: less than $4). You can get started instantly, as long as you can hit the ball with the racket in the direction of the front wall. Squash has a learning curve that rewards as equally as it challenges. Squash is a sport that is easy to play, but where achieving greatness must be the result of hours of training on fitness and technique. It is enthralling, exciting, absorbing, rewarding.

Squash for young people today

Squash is absolutely relevant to young people in the 21st Century, being easy to watch and understand and access, and producing a result in a short period of time. The game also includes layers of subtlety and strategy that enrich the experience for the more advanced viewer and player.

Squash is very easy to learn

Anyone who can hit a ball with a racket can play. A competitive game with rallies can be experienced by anyone with a reasonable eye for a ball and some hand-eye coordination, after only a very short time.

Squash is easy to be inspired by

Young people today crave instant or near-instant reward for their endeavours. Squash addresses this with a short learning curve and a short, intense duration of competition.

Squash teaches life skills

There is no doubt after a game who is the winner; the winner is always the best player. These essential life values are well demonstrated by the pure sport of squash. Furthermore, the fact that both players share the same court space means that in competition, they have to co-exist. This unique feature of our game teaches valuable lessons of friendship and friendly rivalry.

Then there was a friends mother Mrs. Kunjaroo who played a tournament organised by your truly a couple of years ago at the age of 75 and more recently I met a gentleman from Allahabad who played U.P. State Masters in Allahabad in the Over 55 category because there were no possible higher categories possible. He is 75 and as alert and errect as my Marker.  In adults the game helps regulate blood sugare and blood pressure while keeping the bones healthy and muscle mass intact.

Besides this is one game that gets the children to concentrate more – so better results in school.  Followers of this blog will know that Sports 4 Health Unlimited is basically an initiative in not only promoting Squash but also promoting a health foil for today’s growing up kids. We have had tremendous success with children loosing weight, improving their educational performances, showing signs of recovery from Asthama, and most other small lung infections and fevers.

Healthy lifestyle

World Squash Federation wrote …… “Squash is “the world healthiest sport”

Squash was voted by Forbes Magazine as the world’s healthiest sport, in recognition of the fact that it provides a thoroughly modern and potentially competitive, effective workout in minimal time and space. This makes it ideal for urban lifestyles, of the kind that have generated increases in child obesity and other metabolic health issues. Squash is a great way to combat these trends for the good of mankind and children in particular.

The Olympic Games represents all that is pure about sport, and all the world’s major participation sports are represented. Adding squash to the Olympic Programme – as one of the most widely played sports in the world – supports this ideal and reinforces the notion that the Olympic Movement represents the sporting landscape.

Squash is clean and fully WADA-compliant. The fight against doping in our sport is not neglected, but we are fortunate that the values of fair play and respect, for both the sport and one’s opponent, rule the squash player’s psyche. Incidents of squash athletes testing positive for banned substances are extraordinarily rare.

Squash fits today’s lifestyles

Busy people require exercise that can be conducted quickly with maximum return on the time invested. Squash burns up to 1500 calories per hour in a competitive, fun environment that delivers significant health benefits in as little as half an hour.

You can burn enough energy to compensate for eating two average hamburgers in only half an hour (we do not recommend eating hamburgers though).

This means that more people can play squash, more people can get healthy, and that squash makes a greater contribution to the health of the general public, when measured in calories per hour, than most other forms of activity. This is particularly so in urban environments where it can be difficult to find competitive exercise facilities.

Sports4HealthUnlimited wrote ….  

What Stands for Squash

  • Squash is a participant sport, and can be played for a lifetime.  One sport where you do not even need an opponent. And if anyone in the Olympic Committee is reading my blog they will know how they are depriving such a wonderful game the necessary respect it has long deserved. You have to play the game to believe it…………….this is a movie made by a Medical Insurance Company they choose to use the game Squash because it is the most versitile sports around and if hand’nt noticed that is what I have been talking all this while.
  • While Junior squash is growing rapidly, and the 2008 World Men’s Junior Championships boasted a record number of entries. With everyone so busy doing this and that we have failed to realise what Squash Rackets can do for Development. The Olympic movement propogates it as one of the major MISSIONS of its movement. But with the way things are these days Squash is the most likely sport to become a way of life. To understand what I mean please keep reading about The Game in my blog to understand the benefits that come packaged with the sport. None of us have to be a Pierre de Coubertin to understand what sport can do for mankind.

Read more about this post by clicking the following link….. http://sports4healthunlimited.wordpress.com/2008/02/14/squash-for-olympics/

Read other related posts from our Mother Blog…

  1. SQUASH FOR OLYMPICS – Read what stand for and against the game of Squash Rackets.  Also try and understand the system at the International Olympic Committee…. @ the link below…. http://sports4healthunlimited.wordpress.com/2008/02/14/squash-for-olympics/
  2. World Squash Federation sets up a task force for Olympic 2016 – Read how Indian Mr. N Ramachandran gets started immediately on taking over as the President of the World Squash Federation… @ the link below… http://sports4healthunlimited.wordpress.com/2008/12/20/world-squash-federation-sets-up-olympic-task-force/
  3. Journey Uptil Now – Find out what happened earlier for Olympic bid 2012 and more about the present bid for the games of 2016…@ the link below…. http://sports4healthunlimited.wordpress.com/2008/11/24/squashs-bid-for-2016-olympics/
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World Squash Day – Squash @ Olympic 2016


 

THE WORLD SQUASH FEDERATION HAS DECIDED TO RE-BRAND AND CELEBRATE YEARS ANNUAL FEATURE – WORLD SQUASH DAY ON MAY 23, 2009 AS “SQUASH 2016 DAY”.

IT DOES NOT MATTER WHERE YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU DO – IN CASE YOU BELIEVE IN THE ABOVE CAUSE AND ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE GAME HERE ARE THE FOLLOWING THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO TO BE A PART OF THE GLOBAL MOVMENT AIMED AT GETTING THE GAME OF SQUASH A RIGHT FUL PLACE AS AN OLYMPIC SPORT IN THE GAMES OF 2016.

* Club Open Day
* 24-hour squash marathons
* Play-A-Pro
* Adults v Juniors
* Doubles Tournaments
* Handicap tournaments
* Battle of the Sexes
* Wooden Rackets competitions
* Exhibition matches with a top professional or two
* Fifteen, twenty and – yes – thirty-a-side social “friendly” matches.
* Free courts for kids
* Free coaching sessions for players of all ages and abilities.
* World Record Rally

REMEMBER YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A SQUASH PLAYER TO PROMOTE THIS GAME – YOU  MUST BELEIVE IN THE SPORT AND WHAT IT STANDS FOR AND JUST JOIN THE GANG IN THE CELEBRATION.  

ROCK STAR JUMPS IN TO LAUNCH SQUASH FOR 2016 DAY

Squash For 2016 Day is tuning up for a high-volume launch on May 23rd with a leading rock star staging a spectacular stunt to support the game’s bid for inclusion in the 2016 Olympics. Phil Buscke, a guitarist with New Zealand hard rock band The Datsuns, will be dressed in his Squash For 2016 T-shirt as he does a bungee jump from Auckland Harbour Bridge. 

Buscke, who used to play A grade squash in New Zealand and was a member of the Kiwis’ high performance squad before The Datsuns gained international fame, says he is determined to help raise the profile of the game in its crucial build-up to the Olympic voting process.

Phil said: “I’ve been asked to do a lot of things by Squash New Zealand in the past, but I never thought they’d ask me to jump off a bridge.” On the Olympic bid, he added: “All I can say is, if I’m throwing myself off a bridge, squash had better bloody well get in!” On splitting his time between recording and touring with The Datsuns and playing squash, he said: “I don’t get much time to play when I’m overseas, but I’m planning to spend a bit more time at home in future and would like to do a bit of coaching.” Squash 2016 Day on May 23 is a fun-filled worldwide festival of activities to promote the Olympic bid and attract new participants to the sport.
Major events are taking place all over the globe with special focus on the four cities bidding to host the 2016 Games, namely Chicago, Madrid, Rio and Tokyo. In the USA, squash legends Jonathon Power and John White will be appearing in the 100-a-side Battle Of The Border match at the Apawamis Club in Connecticut. Also there will be women’s world No.2 Natalie Grainger, fresh from her appearance in the final of the Cayman Islands Open.
Squash will also be getting the Hollywood treatment in Los Angeles, where the local squash community are planning a massive day of activities. Squash fans will be taking to the streets in a number of cities, including London, to wave Squash For 2016 Day banners in front of iconic buildings such as the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.

With similar activities taking place at key locations all over the world, Squash For 2016 Day organiser Alan Thatcher says: “We hope to build up a massive bank of images which will clearly illustrate squash’s global appeal, which is one of the key messages of the sport’s bid for Olympic inclusion.”

 

HISTORY TO WORLD SQUASH DAY  

FINALLY, SINCE THE EVENT IS BEING ORGANISED ON MAY 23RD – DO NOT KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU ACTUALLY KNOW THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS DATE. HERE GOES……

“….during the 9/11 attack on the Twin Trade Towers (The very pride of America) the sport lost many promising squash players. One such player who played at the New York Athletic Club  was a Scotsman – Derek Swords. Swords was a former Scottish Junior’s International Squash Player – several of his friends decided to something special to in honour of his memory and provide something tangible for squash – this is how the day was born.

Noticing the interest that the day generated Derek’s employers KBW  dedicated and sponsored  a beautiful silver bowl which is used in as the Derek Swords Trophy

DON’T WAIT FOR YOUR DAD, MOM, BROTHER, SISTER, COACH, LOCAL ASSOCIATION – IF YOU SERIOUSLY LOVE THE GAME AND BELEIVE IN EVERYTHING THAT COMES WITH IT JUST DON’T THINK OF ANYTHING ELSE  THINK ONLY ABOUT THE GAME AND WE ARE SURE YOU WILL END THE DAY DOING SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE FOR THE SPORT IN YOUR LOCALITY.

REMEMBER AT THE END IT IS NOT HOW GRAND YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS – IT IS HOW SINCERE YOU ARE ABOUT DELIVERING IT.

ACTUALLY THE BEST THINGS IN THIS WORLD HAPPEN WITHOUT PUBLICITY – BECAUSE IF YOU MEAN WELL EVERYTHING ELSE BECOMES LESS IMPORTANT AND WHAT MATTERS IS YOUR PASSION AND LOVE FOR THE SPORT.

Jaypee Open Junior’s Squash Tournament – Postponed


The District Gautam Buddh Nagar Squash Rackets Association informs all participants, administrators, sponsors and media that the Jaypee Open Junior’s Squash Tournament scheduled for May 08 – 10, 2009 has been postponed on the advisory of the Uttar Pradesh Squash Rackets Association.

It was felt by Secretary – UPSRA, Dr. N. K. Pandey that since there was no noticable relief from the extreme weather conditions that contributed to ill-health of some children in the recently concluded State Ranking Event in Allahabad – the Noida event that was to draw participation from players from other parts of the country be postponed until after the start of Monsoons.  To read more about the advisory please click on the following link………

Jaypee Greens – who are the Chief Patron and Main Sponsor’s of the said event were agreed instantl and felt that the health and welfare of visiting children was of prime importance. Since the Jaypee Greens Squash Courts are all airconditioned – any humidity arising due to the monsoons will not impact match play inside the courts.

The District Squash Rackets Association, appologies to all its young friends for the inconveninec caused.

Vikas Sharma

(Secretary – District Gautam Buddh Nagar Squash Rackets Association)

 

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