Squash’s History: Run by the World Squash Federation, which was founded in 1967. Stereotyped as a “country club sport” in the States, but wildly popular internationally. World No. 1’s Nicol David and Ramy Ashour (seen above) will make the sport’s pitch at Wednesday’s IOC meeting in St. Petersburg.
Notable Stats: 185 countries participate and five continents have produced a world champion.
The Pitch: If you need more than the above video, then you’re possibly certifiable. No sport has put in more effort to engage with fans through social media, adapt itself for the future, and become more entertaining for casual spectators. Squash’s new look includes glass courts, lighting, music, and video review, to name a few things. They’ve also gained the support of superstars like Roger Federer.
The Odds: 3 to 1. Chances are still very high that squash earns the spot after narrowly missing out on the Olympics in 2005 and 2009. The main obstacle now is that it would be the fourth racquet or paddle sport, joining badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Also, that wrestling is on the list.