She was by no means given the prospect to shine on an Olympic stage, however squash celebrity Nicol David could derive some compensation from being named the World Video games Best Athlete of All Time. Successful the accolade on Monday with nearly thrice as many votes because the runner-up, the Malaysian stated she hoped the award would assist to spice up the profile of a sport seemingly unloved in key quarters.
“Hopefully it will possibly elevate consideration for the way forward for squash,” David stated as the game — already a part of the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games — now eyes inclusion within the Paris Olympics in 2024. For years David has been the face of a marketing campaign to confess squash to the Olympics, however has as an alternative needed to watch sports activities together with rugby sevens, climbing, karate, browsing and skateboarding achieve the stamp of approval forward of it.
Whereas tennis gamers, badminton gamers and desk tennis gamers all take pleasure in their spell within the Olympic solar each 4 years, squash nonetheless friends in from the skin. The now-retired David, ranked world primary for a file 108 consecutive months, beat Irish tug-of-war titan James Kehoe into second place, with third going to Ukrainian powerlifter Larysa Soloviova.
Athletes on the shortlist got here from sports activities together with lifesaving, sumo, dancesport and racquetball. The World Games happen each 4 years — a yr after the Summer season Olympic Video games — and have athletes, sports activities and disciplines that aren’t a part of the Olympics.
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