Squash will join tennis and badminton as an official Olympic sport at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.


Squash is one of five new sports added to the 2028 Games after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved its addition to the roster on Monday 16th October 2023. The inclusion of squash in 2028 will be the first time the sport has appeared at the Olympic games. The decision marks a significant moment for squash enthusiasts worldwide, as the sport joins the elite ranks of Olympic disciplines.

Appeals for squash to be included as part of the Olympics have previously been rejected. However, it will be one of five new sports added to the games in LA alongside: cricket, lacrosse, baseball and flag football. The announcement has been met with enthusiasm and anticipation from athletes, fans and governing bodies alike.

Programme Director, Carrie Cantle, expressed the importance of the moment, “As a Rackets Charity we are delighted to see squash added to the 2028 Olympics. Squash is a core sport for us, we currently run ten squash programmes across the country.” She highlighted the physical and mental health-benefits playing Squash can have on young people, “The benefits we see from our children playing are incredible, not only do we see that squash is amazing for children’s fitness, it is also obvious to us that squash has an amazing impact on children’s mental health and well-being. As an ex-squash player, myself, I am personally extremely delighted to see squash become an Olympic sport and I hope it will inspire the next generation of players.”



The addition of squash to the Olympics is expected to bring even greater international attention and support to the sport, boosting participation levels, and inspiring young athletes to take up squash. It also provides an opportunity for established squash players to fulfil their dreams of Olympic competition.

Squash’s road to the Olympics has been long and challenging, as the IOC carefully evaluated a range of factors, including global popularity, governance, and gender equality. The sport’s ability to meet these criteria played a pivotal role in its successful bid for inclusion in the LA 2028 Olympics.


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