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Squash at the Olympics

Squash is a racket sport played in a four-walled court where two players or teams take turns hitting a small rubber ball against the front wall.

Squash will be making its Olympic Games debut at the 2028 LA Olympic Games. A sport which is considered a precursor to squash, rackets, was on the program for the 1908 London Games. Squash also appeared as a demonstration sport at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.

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Previous Lobbying

In August 2009, the IOC voted on which two sports to add to the program in 2016. Squash was one of the leading contenders, though it missed out when the sports of Golf and Rugby were selected instead. Squash was one of the eight sports that was listed for inclusion for the 2020 Olympic program, and made it to the final three (with baseball-softball and wrestling), with wrestling ultimately being selected to return to the core sports list.

Another vote to add a sport onto the 2020 Tokyo Olympic program in June 2015 found squash short listed with another seven sports, but again it was dropped from the list.

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