The World Squash Federation (WSF), US Squash and the Professional Squash Association (PSA) welcome the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to officially select squash for inclusion in the LA28 Olympic Games sports program.
WSF, US Squash and PSA extend their gratitude to the Organizing Committee of the LA28 Olympic Games and the IOC for recognizing the value that squash brings to the Olympic Games. Squash’s inclusion in the LA28 Olympic Games will help the IOC and LA28 advance its mission to “deliver an unparalleled experience” for athletes, fans, and the entire sports community. Squash will also leave a positive and lasting legacy in the Los Angeles community where youth in the region will have the access and opportunity to play and compete in the sport for generations to come.
This momentous decision provides squash’s world-class athletes the opportunity to compete on the biggest sporting stage in the world, with two medal events – men’s and women’s singles competitions.
WSF President Zena Wooldridge said: “On behalf of the entire global squash community, I would like to express my immense delight at squash’s inclusion in the LA28 Olympic Games. Squash is an amazingly dynamic, diverse and demanding sport that is perfectly suited for the Olympic Games. Everyone involved in our sport is elated to be LA28 bound and we look forward to being part of an unparalleled Olympic Games experience.”
US Squash Chief Executive Kevin Klipstein added: “The inclusion of squash in the LA28 Olympic Games is a significant breakthrough for the sport. Being part of the Olympic Games has been a long-held goal for the squash community, and inclusion will serve as a catalyst to increase awareness of what is already a major participatory sport globally with a long and diverse history. Access to the sport and the opportunities it provides will continue to increase for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. We look forward to supporting our Team USA and the squash community in the lead up to – and beyond – the Games.”
PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough said: “Our athletes have worked tirelessly to earn this recognition and we are grateful for the opportunity to see them compete for glory at the LA28 Olympic Games. This inclusion marks a significant milestone in squash’s journey, and I look forward to watching our players inspire the world with their incredible skill and athleticism on the biggest stage of all.”
United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy said: “It’s everything that you can dream of as an athlete to be able to compete in the Olympic Games. To be able to compete for an Olympic gold medal, and just say that you were an Olympian, is something that no one can ever take away from you. To have the chance to compete at LA28 and compete in front of friends and family with a home crowd, it would just be so meaningful.”
Additional details on the LA28 Olympic Games sporting schedule will be announced by the LA28 Organizing Committee. The squash community, both in the United States and around the world, embraces the spirit of unity, sportsmanship, and excellence that the Olympics represents and eagerly anticipates the LA28 Olympic Games.
Presenting your 2022 Windy City Open Champions
Gohar captures Windy City Open title in three
Nouran Gohar celebrates her title win
In a nervy opening game, both players displayed signs of being overwhelmed by the occasion. Several uncharacteristic errors plagued the Egyptians. It was El Hammamy who moved ahead, setting up three game balls to take an all-important 1-0 lead. Gohar battled back however and managed to disrupt the rhythm of Hammamy, taking the game 15-13 in 23 minutes.
An equally competitive second game followed as both players used their power to great effect, setting up attacking opportunities with the terrific weight of shot. At the business end of the game, it was Gohar was more positive and took a massive 2-0 lead winning 11-9.
Hania El Hammamy came out fighting in the third game and threw everything she had at the World No.2, but it wasn’t enough to stop Gohar from earning her 15th PSA Tour title and becoming the 2022 Windy City Open Champion.
“Wow that was tough, that was really tough,” admitted Gohar.
“I know we’ve been playing for over an hour and Hania was retrieving everything and it was very tough out there and I’m glad I didn’t drop a game in this tournament. I can’t really believe it, the first time I came to Chicago I was 15 and I was in qualification on the traditional courts, I was just dreaming to be on the glass court, not even to win and now 7/8 years later I’m winning the event. It’s huge for me.
“Yeah I twisted my ankle then I’ve been coming back strong. I just try my best every game and fight until the end even if I lose the game I want to make it tough for the other player and yeah that’s how I play and think and I’m glad it worked out in this event.”
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt  Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-0: 15-13, 11-9, 11-8 (62m)
Coll captures first title as World No.1
Paul Coll celebrates his win
The Men’s final between newly crowned World No.1 Paul Coll and giant killer Youssef Ibrahim was filled with quality from the outset. The Egyptian showed no sign of nerves, being in his first platinum final, and set to work on his attacking game plan immediately. He set himself up with three game balls at 10-7 to take the first game. After a brief break where Ibrahim was treated for a nose bleed, he closed the game out 11-7.
The entertainment continued in game two, as a blistering start for Ibrahim was clawed back by the World No.1. With the score level at 8-8, Coll managed to squeeze errors from the racket of the Egyptian and earned himself two game balls to equalise. Ibrahim had other ideas however and went from strength to strength in the next four points and won them all to take a huge 2-0 lead.
A drop off in concentration from Ibrahim allowed a healthy lead to appear for Coll at the start of the third game, in just four minutes he lead 7-2. Coll continued to narrow the angles of Ibrahim and more errors from the Egyptian gave Coll a lifeline in the final as he forced a fourth game 11-4.
Coll continued to frustrate the young Egyptian countering his attacking play with extremely accurate squash. Coll levelled the match at 2-2 after 75 minutes, winning the game 11-7.
The physical advantage was definitely with Coll leading into the fifth and final game as ‘Superman’ grew in confidence with each point. Ibrahim tried desperately to find a way past Coll, but the new World No.1 was showing no signs of slowing down. Ibrahim let his racket do the talking and levelled the game at 9-9 but Coll completed the comeback and secured the 2022 Windy City Open title in 96 minutes.
Coll had this to say after claiming his first title of the year:
“I thought I played pretty well,” said Coll.
“Youssef was incredible. He was so tight to the back and I’d put a drive one foot off the wall and he’d roll it out the nick. To play like that in his first platinum final is a mark of a great player, he’s a danger to everyone. Really well done to him for the week he’s had he’s had some really tough mental battles and I thought he might be mentally tired today but he fronted up and played some amazing squash so credit to him for an amazing week.
“This week has been a hugely emotional week for me, going to No.1 was the best thing that’s ever happened in my squash career, I was trying to stay focused on this tournament and massive thanks to my metal coach Bart who helped me get through this week. Quarter final day I was in tears for five minutes and he’s helped me a lot.
“I really wanted to win this tournament whilst going to No.1, I just want to thank everyone in New Zealand, I haven’t replied to any messages but I appreciate you all, my family and friends, coaches – Rob Owen has done so much for me, my girlfriend who stayed around to support me. Too many people to thank, thanks to the crowd too for making this week extra special for me.”
 Paul Coll (NZL) bt Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) 3-2: 7-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 (96m)