Squash 2020 Olympic Bid

Squash has gone through some exciting redevelopments and enhancements as a sport since its knock-back for the 2016 Olympics - with video replays, better courts, 3 referees and more.

With big hitting Tennis stars such as Roger Federer, Kim Clijsters, Andy Murray and Andre Agassi all pledging their support to the Squash2020 Campaign along with the New Zealand All Blacks, England Ruby Captain Chris Robshaw and others backing the bid, there’s no better time for Squash to be granted inclusion into the 2020 Summer Games; be it in Istanbul, Tokyo or Madrid.


I was disappointed, like many others, when Squash was overlooked for both the 2012 and 2016 Summer Games but I believe Squash has a strong and relevant case to be the latest addition to the games. After all, it has been an IOC recognised sport for many years now. Last October we saw the inclusion of World Squash Day which was a huge success with clubs all around the world having 20 singles matches between Team Squash and Team 2020.

If you’re looking for a taste of Squash in action, in 2014 Glasgow will host the 20th annual Commonwealth Games where Squash will feature prominently. In addition to this, last year, we saw the Allam British Open being held at the O2 Arena, London and this year at the KC Stadium in Hull. Combine this with the ever popular Canary Wharf Classic, Squash in the UK now has a fantastic calendar of events to showcase the world’s talent. Squash can even be found on Sky Sports and more regularly over at PSA SquashTV.

However, with the decision only a few weeks away, we still need everyone’s help to clinch a successful bid. Please follow @vote4squash on Twitter and get Tweeting using the hashtags #vote4squash, #backthebid2020 and #Squash2020!


Google I/O

Did anyone watch today’s Google conference? It was a really interesting I/O this year. Some awesome stuff announced that could be huge for Google. They had a lot to talk about and announce so I’m just going to skim over what I thought about the most important stuff.

Firstly there was the news that Android has so far been installed on over 900 million devices. 900 million! That’s an extremely high number - almost 1/7 of the world’s population, in fact. Although it should come as no real shock really, as the UN estimated recently that the amount of mobile phones on earth is set to eclipse people by next year! Then there was the news that Chrome now has an active user-base of 750 million users. Which I think is great news as it shows how users are looking to move to more reliable, secure and faster browsers. Last time I checked, 50% of desktop traffic directed at this very site was Google Chrome; so I feel that figure could be on the rise soon.

Then we had the announcement of Hangouts coming to iOS and Android devices. I’m actually pretty elated at this news, Hangouts are a fantastic feature from Google+ and are much more reliable than Skype’s offerings for iOS and OS X. I’ll be downloading that as soon as.

Perhaps most interestingly, but not at all, a shock; we had the announcement of the much anticipated Google Play music subscription. This one isn’t for me but it certainly looks to be an interesting alternative to Spotify and others such as Amazon.

There’s loads more that I could cover but it’s probably best to check out the low-down over here at TheNextWeb: http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/05/15/everything-announced-at-the-google-io-2013-keynote-in-one-handy-list/