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LEADING THE WAY: Portobello Squash Club took part in World Squash Day

IN A bid to back squash attaining a place at the 2020 Olympic Games, the sport set a new world record for the biggest sports match in history.

More than 80,000 people from 70 countries competed in the World Squash Day (WSD) challenge in October as Team Squash took on Team 2020.

Clubs are still uploading their results but the current score is Team Squash 6,269, Team 2020 6,072.

The International Olympic Committee will decide in 2013 whether squash will be allocated a spot at the 2020 Games.

“It was wonderful to see the worldwide squash community come together in one massive match,” said World Squash Federation chief executive Andrew Shelley.

“It clearly illustrated the passion the whole sport has for squash’s Olympic bid, as well as promoting squash at national and local level.”

Shelley added: “These figures really illustrate how much players of all abilities care about seeing squash in the 2020 Olympic Games.”

WSD founder Alan Thatcher seconded those statements, commenting: "Hundreds of pictures have been uploaded to the WSD website and Facebook page showing large numbers of happy, smiling people doing what they love best, enjoying the thrill of playing one of the world's most physically-demanding sports.

"The pictures also showed the lifelong friendships, great sportsmanship and sheer fun that this game delivers.

"It was heartening to see so many of the world's leading players supporting the event."

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