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COMMENT: How America killed the Olympic dream

COMMENT: How America killed the Olympic dream

How American excess killed the Olympic dream By BOB KINGSLEY SQUASH is feeling sorry for itself after the IOC again rejected the sport’s application for a place on the 2020 Olympic Games programme. The sympathetic responses bear a familiar look. “Crossing our fingers for 2020”…“So very close for 2016”…“Pretty close in 2012…”“Such an effort in [...]

December 10, 2013 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News 10

MILLMAN: Squash’s perfect storm could herald major changes

MILLMAN: Squash’s perfect storm could herald major changes

By RICHARD MILLMAN, Squash Mad Columnist PERFECT STORM FOR SQUASH HERALDS BIG CHANGES “All great changes are preceded by chaos.” – Deepak Chopra Every so often a perfect storm manifests itself. When it does, those in its path must first scramble for survival and then, if they are lucky enough to survive, they must put back [...]

November 30, 2013 Alan Thatcher Comment, Growing the game, Squash Around The World 18

WILLSTROP: Bashing our heroes is totally warped

WILLSTROP: Bashing our heroes is totally warped

By JAMES WILLSTROP (courtesy of Yorkshire Evening Post) The fiercest critics have a tendency to come out of the woodwork with great swagger after a poor result. As any readers may have heard me say before, it rankles that successful athletes who are excellent examples for us to enjoy are criticised with unreserved savageness when [...]

November 26, 2013 Lee Horton Comment, Growing the game, Squash Around The World 0

NEW BALLS PLEASE… Paul Selby backs the Double Dot but demands extra quality

NEW BALLS PLEASE… Paul Selby backs the Double Dot but demands extra quality

PAUL SELBY, leading coach and head of a British squash dynasty, joins the big SquashMad debate on the use of single-dot balls for youngsters and recreational players. In response to Richard Millman’s article in support of The One Dot Revolution, the first comment I would like to make is that, like Malcolm Willlstrop, I am [...]

November 20, 2013 Alan Thatcher Comment, Growing the game 36

Women deserve equal prize money but sponsors demand results

Women deserve equal prize money but sponsors demand results

By PHILLIP MARLOWE This piece is not about whether there should be equal prize money for women, but more an argument against the reasons given for its justification. Let me start by saying I support equal prize money, but probably not for the reasons I have seen published on some websites. The recent debate within the [...]

November 20, 2013 Alan Thatcher Comment, Growing the game 2

Join the One Dot Revolution

Join the One Dot Revolution

Recreational squash players, just like beginners, often struggle to cope with a double-dot ball. Why do clubs, and especially teaching pros, fail to offer an alternative to help people enjoy their game more? RICHARD MILLMAN offers a simple solution in his latest column The One Dot Revolution is coming! By RICHARD MILLMAN For quite some [...]

November 14, 2013 Richard Millman Comment, Growing the game, News 53

Why Ramy Ashour’s Story is Yours Too

Why Ramy Ashour’s Story is Yours Too

By SIDDARTH SUCHDE THERE are two names that someone even remotely interested in squash can’t help but hear: Jansher Khan and Ramy Ashour. While the duo of Jahangir and Jansher Khan make for one amazingly exhilarating story of achieving perfection in sports, Ramy Ashour’s tryst with squash is about that and more. Not quite the perfect [...]

October 22, 2013 Alan Thatcher Comment, Growing the game 1

INTERVIEW: Squash must copy skiing to avoid going downhill says Wolfgang Denk

INTERVIEW: Squash must copy skiing to avoid going downhill says Wolfgang Denk

11 POINTS WITH WOLFGANG DENK Owner of Courtwall Innovations 1: How long have you been involved in squash, and what attracted you to the sport in the first place? I started to play squash in 1985 when the first courts were built in Austria, after retiring from a semi-professional career in handball. I liked the [...]

October 14, 2013 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, Interviews, News 0

BLOG: How squash gold can change the world

BLOG: How squash gold can change the world

BLOG: How squash gold can change the world By ALAN THATCHER Should squash make its debut in the 2020 Olympic Games, my fervent wish is that the spread of medals can help to overcome prejudice and social issues in large parts of the world. Just imagine if the 2020 women’s Olympic squash semi-finals featured four [...]

April 8, 2013 Alan Thatcher Alan's Archive, Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News, World Squash Day 3

US Open announces equal prize money for men and women

US Open announces equal prize money for men and women

World first as U.S. Squash leads the way in prize money parity Posted on 08 February 2013. By CONOR O’MALLEY In a world first for squash, U.S. Squash has announced that the prize purse for the 2013 Delaware Investments U.S. Open will provide equal prize money for both the women’s and men’s championships. Leading the [...]

February 9, 2013 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

BLOG: Give me comedy doubles, not a squash lobotomy

BLOG: Give me comedy doubles, not a squash lobotomy

First published on June 5, 2012 By ALAN THATCHER I love playing doubles. And that’s not just because I’m growing old and slow and need somebody else (like a younger team-mate) to cover three-quarters of the court for me. I’ll make that abundantly clear, before somebody else dives in to make the point! To me, [...]

January 24, 2013 Alan Thatcher Alan's Archive, Alan's Blog, Comment, Fun Stuff, Growing the game, News 7

Meet Mark Hayden, Mr Harrow and Mr Glo

Meet Mark Hayden, Mr Harrow and Mr Glo

By BOB HANSCOM Do you know who Mark Hayden is? How about Glo Cosmetics? How about Harrow Sports? An alumni of the University of California at Berkeley, Mark Hayden received a B.A. degree in Computer Science there. Mark is the CEO of both Glo Cosmetics and Harrow Sports. He’s the guy who put up the $35,000 for this year’s Glo Greewich Open. Glo [...]

January 23, 2012 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, Interviews, News 0