Ramachandran re-elected world squash chief
Stockholm: N. Ramachandran was re-elected by acclaim as the World Squash Federation (WSF) president for another four-year term at the 42nd WSF Annual General Meeting (AGM) here.
Ramachandran, from Chennai in India, said Sunday he was honoured to have been given a further period of presidency.
"I have dedicated myself to leading the squash quest to achieve our dream of a place on the programme of the Olympic Games and will continue to do so," said Ramachandran, who had succeeded squash legend Jahangir Khan in Oct 2008.
"Our sport has a great deal to offer and the chance for me to continue pressing our case is a task I will throw myself into fully."
Belgian Hugo Hannes, the current president of the European Squash Federation, was elected the vice president for the first time, joining re-elected VPs Heather Deayton (Hong Kong) and Mohamed El Menshawy (Egypt). Jahangir Khan also accepted an invitation to continue as Emeritus President.
WSF vice-president Chris Stahl (Malta), who had not stood for re-election, was recognised by Ramachandran for his many years of dedicated service to squash generally and to the WSF specifically.
The AGM followed the two-day AGM Conference which featured a variety of presentations for representatives of 40 nations as well as a large number of observers.
The presentations included case studies of the growth in squash in Poland, marketing initiatives from other sports, a stakeholder survey from New Zealand, the Swiss National Development Plan marketing planning and an Olympic bid update given by Mike Lee of Vero Communications, the WSF bid consultants.