Squash is indoor racquet sport which was earlier referred to as squash rackets, a reference to the 'squashable' delicate ball utilized in the game (contrasted and the harder ball used in its parent game Rackets (or Racquets). Two players or four players (for doubles) play the game with 'standard' rackets in a four-walled court with a small-sized rubber ball. The objective of the game is to hit the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. There are about 20 million people who play squash regularly world-wide in over 185 countries. The governing body of Squash, the World Squash Federation (WSF), is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), but the sport is not part of the Olympic Games, despite a number of applications. Supporters continue to lobby for its incorporation in a future Olympic program.
|Highest governing body||World Squash Federation (WSF)|
|First played||19th century, England, United Kingdom|
|Team members||Singles or Doubles|
|Mixed gender||Separate competitions (mixed sometimes in leagues)|
|Equipment||Squash ball, squash racket, goggles, non-marking gum soled shoes|
|Venue||Indoor or outdoor (with glass court)|
|World Games||1997, 2005–present|