PETALING JAYA: The inclusion of breakdancing as one of the sports in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games has raised eyebrows but national No. 1 squash player Low Wee Wern says she is not surprised.
Besides breakdancing, the other sports included after a final review by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are surfing, climbing and skateboarding, which are already part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The hosts justified the inclusion of the dance sport by saying that it would keep them with the times and would attract a new and younger audience.
Wee Wern and her predecessor eight-time world champion Nicol David have been campaigning aggressively for squash to be included for years but their efforts have been in vain.Although disappointed, the 30-year-old Wee Wern said she would not give up the fight.
“To be honest, I think I’ve come to a point of not being surprised by this (obscure sports making the list) anymore, ” said Wee Wern.
“This has been ongoing for years now and every time I think we have a good shot at it, we just end up being last if I may say so.
“Squash has grown tremendously over the years, we have competed in iconic venues – New York’s Grand Central Station, at the pyramids in Egypt and yet we have been sidelined.
“It is every professional athlete’s dream to win a medal at the Olympics but sadly, it doesn’t seem like that will materialise for squash players.
“With that being said, it doesn’t mean that there is nothing to achieve for us.
“There are still many accolades to fight for, not just the Olympics.
“We have the world, the Common-wealth and Asian Games titles, ” she added.
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