Matthew misses being at an Olympics

Matthew misses being at an Olympics
Nick Matthew (blue) during his Group A first round match against Colombia's Miguel Angel Rodriguez, late Tuesday night.

Squash despite its popularity is still out of the Games fold

By Moni Mathews

Published: Wed 25 May 2016, 12:15 PM

Last updated: Wed 25 May 2016, 2:19 PM

Squash missing out narrowly in the vote to be included at the Rio Olympics comes as a big disappointment for Nick Matthew, the former world champion who was shocked late Tuesday night in the first round of the ongoing PSA Dubai World Series Finals.
"For me it is a big disappointment on two counts. First, squash is out of the Rio Olympics despite the fact that the sport has grown at an unbelievable rate with the broadcasters and promoters now fully convinced about the appeal of the sport through vastly improved coverage techniques. The sport has grown so much and people are able to see it as entertainment value as well. Plus, the past 15 years have seen some wonderful modern day players who have attained amazing levels of fitness."
Matthew continued: "On second count, it is something more personal. During the time of the 2012 London Olympics, I was at my peak and again the sport was not included for the Games in front of the British fans. Being among the top three in the world during that period actually gave me a good chance of getting on to the podium.
"The world bodies and now the PSA circuit have kept improving the game in every possible way for more spectator interest. The various experiments with courts, type of ball and the exotic venues each season have given squash a leap that one could not imagine some time ago. The transportable all-glass courts, surfaces and the brilliant backdrops like the pyramids in Egypt, the Grand Central Station in New York, and now with the tallest building, the Burj Khalifa behind it, make squash such an exciting prospect to follow both for the players and the fans."
Matthew, referred as 'The Wolf' on the circuit and the only Englishman to win a world championship title, is one of the greatest British players to play the game.
Matthew became the first Englishman to win the British Open in 2006 since 1939, an achievement that saw him fly up to become the world No.1 for the first time.
Then came the Commonwealth Games in 2010 when Matthew spurred the English side to the gold medal and a little later won the gold medal in the worlds when he beat Gregory Gaultier in the final. Incidentally, Frenchman Gaultier, another veteran in his 30s is the second seed behind Mohamed Elshorbagy of Egypt at the ongoing PSA Dubai World Series finals.

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