Fontaine succeeds Ramachandran as WSF president

Jacques Fontaine became the first Frenchman to be elected as the president of the World Squash Federation (WSF) during its AGM in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

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World Squash Federation president Jacques Fontaine (second from left) along with the newly-elected vice-presidents in Hong Kong on Wednesday.   -  Special Arrangement

Jacques Fontaine became the first Frenchman to be elected as the president of the World Squash Federation (WSF) during its AGM in Hong Kong on Wednesday. He will succeed India's N. Ramachandran, who completed his second and final four-year term.

Fontaine is the ninth president since the WSF's inception in 1967 and was elected by delegates representing 59 National Federations attending the 46th WSF AGM.

“The Olympic agenda remains a priority, along with increasing the profile of our sport worldwide and supporting grassroots development," the newly-elected president said. "Collaboration of all member nations is a must. The WSF needs to establish a defined agreement with the professional section of our discipline, the PSA.”

The outgoing president was known for his efforts to secure a place for squash in the Olympic Games 2020 Programme — a bid which was ultimately unsuccessful.

“I want to say what an honour I feel in my heart to have had the opportunity to serve our member nations and the sport for the last eight years as your president,” said Ramachandran, who became WSF president in 2008.

Also elected at the meeting were four new vice-presidents: Pablo Serna, President of the Colombian Federation; Sarah Fitz-Gerald, the five-time World Champion and current World Over-45 Champion from Australia; Gar Holohan, President of the Irish Federation; and Huang Ying How, President of the Malaysian Federation.