On Wednesday May 29th during the SportAccord convention in St. Petersburg, Russia, the IOC cut the list of sports bidding for a spot in the 2020 Olympics to a shortlist of just three. They are 1) baseball/softball, 2) squash and 3) wrestling. The final decision on which sports federation will take up the 28th membership spot on the IOC will be made by the IOC 'general assembly' of over 100 members in Buenos Aires on September 8th. Here is the full schedule of events for then. Please follow @vote4squash and #vote4squash, like the facebook page and get all the latest news re the bid here. Also please VOTE FOR SQUASH in the GamesBids.com poll.
St. Louis Cardinals celebration immediately after winning the World Series
Last Friday night, the St. Louis Cardinals won their eleventh World Series Finals after a nail-biting seven game finale to the season. I was in downtown St. Louis that night-Washington Ave was a sea of red and white. The celebration was ridiculous. It reminded me of the Boston Red Sox win in 2004 where they came back from three games down against the Yankees and ultimately ended up winning their first world championship after almost a century of baseball, ending the curse of the Bambino.
"I would happily trade all my world titles for Olympic Gold" - Nicol David, long time WSA world number one and women's world champion. Three time British Open winner, Nick Matthew, responded in a Q&A on this blog "..Nicol David recently said that she would trade her world titles for an Olympic gold medal. I think I would do the same with my two world titles."