SA Champ fights for Olympics Squash

The IOC will soon decide whether squash, wrestling or baseball and softball will feature at the Rio Games.

The IOC will soon decide whether squash, wrestling or baseball and softball will feature at the Rio Games.

CAPE TOWN - A South African squash champion is campaigning to get the sport into the Olympics. Siyoli Waters is the current SA champion and has visions of representing South Africa at the Olympics in 2020.

Within two weeks the International Olympic Committee will be deciding between three sports for inclusion after the Rio Games in 2016. Besides squash, baseball, softball and wrestling are also in the running.

Now South Africa's first black female national champion is working hard to help get squash included in sport's biggest event.

"It would mean so much to us if squash became an Olympic Sport. Some big names in sport, including Roger Federer and the recent Olympic and Wimbledon Champion, Andy Murray, have backed the squash bid.

"We would love more people to get behind the campaign, and vote for squash and follow us on Twitter @vote4squash."

Waters cemented her place in the record books of squash in SA when she took top honours in the National Championships to be crowned as the SA Champion 2013.

She beat Alexander Fuller in the finals, a fellow LASER WP Squash team member, who caused an upset by beating the no.2 seed in the semifinals.

"I am so excited to reach this milestone. Many people try, but not everyone gets to become a champion in the things they pursue. I look forward to the upcoming international tournaments, as I focus on improving my world ranking, currently at 34 and aiming to be in the top 20."

Waters, who was born and raised in East London, matriculated from Clarendon Girls High School, went back to the Eastern Cape in July to compete in the Investec Interprovincial Championship.

Both men and women of the LASER WP Team won the coveted Jarvis/Kaplan Cups, with Waters winning all of her matches.