Richard Millman reports from Turin

Athletes from age 30 to over 100 convened in the Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Turin, Italy for the opening ceremony of the “Olympics” of Masters sport – The World Masters Games.

Over 170 countries were represented and Squash stood proudly with all the other disciplines as we walked with Squash playing representatives of the four corners of the globe.

Able bodied and paralympic athletes all compete in several sports here and the global community is represented in a manner unequalled in any other event.

Some of the great names from recent Squash history that are here include Natalie Grainger from the US and Craig Van der Wath from South Africa.

Masters Squash athletes that have travelled here are part of a unique global community and a powerful family.

With the World Masters approaching in Hong Kong next July 4-11, participants in the World Masters Games are continuing the competitive spirit at the highest level and also the most ambient!