Squash (sport)

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Squash (sport)
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Two squash players on a squash court
Highestgoverning body World Squash Federation
First played 1830, London Borough of Harrow,Great Britain
Registered players Yes
Contact No
Team members Singles or doubles
Mixed gender Yes, separate competitions
Type Racquet sport
Equipment Squash ballsquash racquet
Venue Indoor or outdoor (with glass court)
Country or region Worldwide
Olympic No, but is recognized as a possible future Olympic sport
Member of the ARISF

Squash is a racquet sport played by two (singles) or four players (doubles) in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. The players must alternate in striking the ball with their racquet and hit the ball onto the playable surfaces of the four walls of the court.

The game was formerly called squash racquets, a reference to the "squashable" soft ball used in the game (compared with the harder ball used in its parent game racquets).

Squash is recognized by the IOC and supporters are lobbying for its incorporation in a future Olympic program. In 2003, Forbesrated squash as the number one healthiest sport to play.[1]