Tuesday September 11, 2012
Squash fraternity turn out in full force to perform flashmob
PETALING JAYA: The squash fraternity turned out in full force to perform a flashmob at The Curve in Mutiara Damansara here yesterday in a bid to get squash into the 2020 Olympics.
The event started at 7pm, with world No. 1 Nicol David leading all the women players out in their matching red and white outfits.
The women are all participating in the ongoing CIMB Malaysian Open.
The Women’s Squash Association (WSA) players danced to Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” before joining up with their male counterparts and members of the public for a rousing finale to Beyonce’s “Run The World”.
A total of 200 people gathered to participate in the event, which is meant to create awareness of the sport and to attract the International Olympic Council’s (IOC) attention.
The IOC will convene in Buenos Aires next year to decide which one of the eight sports – squash, baseball, wushu, karate, roller sport, wakeboarding, sport climbing and beach soccer – gets into the 2020 Olympic Games.
“Wow! It went really well. It was a good turnout and I’ve been getting really good feedback from everyone.
“I think all the players also had a really good time,” enthused Nicol.
“I think all the players had a good time and hopefully, this will help back the bid to get the sport into the Olympics.”
World No. 13 Kasey Brown agreed with Nicol, saying that the flashmob was a good way to expose the sport to the public.
“Hopefully it’ll create an impact for the bid. The flashmob was a good movement for a good cause and it should create the awareness that we are seeking,” said Kasey.
Nicol and Kasey will be in action today in the first round of the main draw, with the six-time world champion taking on India’s Joshna Chinappa and the latter facing Egyptian youngster Heba El Torky.