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06/06/2020
WSF News

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A message from WSF Chief Executive
William Louis-Marie

Dear squash community, 
For the last months, we have been exposed to an unimaginable crisis with this Covid-19 pandemic striking all of us in a way we could not imagine. Some of our members have been deeply impacted and we should always remember these challenging times.

However, in this time of uncertainty and unknowns, numerous national federations have been able to resume certain squash activities and see players practising again on squash courts.

There is still a long way to go but the safety guidelines we produced in collaboration with Dr Anne Smith, our Chair of the Medical Commission, and PSA available on our dedicated section on our website have been greatly welcomed by our Members and will help them giving assurance on their local squash community.

We plan to update regularly this documentation as we progress to a full return to normality and new information provided by the World Health Organisation is available.

I would like to bring to your attention a report made by Forbes in 2003, showcasing results which ranked squash as the healthiest sport, topping rowing or swimming. The long-term benefits of squash are unmatched as our sport prevents cardiovascular diseases, strengthens our muscular system and helps us be more enduring and resistant. Following the release of some studies featuring squash as a 'risky' activity, it is essential to promote the healthy benefits of our sport.

To conclude and in the course of the events that strike the USA and many other countries all over the world related to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the WSF vigorously stands against racism and any form of discrimination as we are convinced that “the sport has the power to change the world… has the power to unite people in a way that little else does”. Nelson Mandela showed us the way. Let’s ensure our sport contributes to make the world a better and more tolerant place.


Thank you for reading. 
William Louis-Marie, WSF Chief Executive 
 

 

 

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