A message from WSF Chief Executive
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