Seven sports seek Olympic love
Between 1981 and 1986, Jahangir Khan won 555 competitive squash matches in a row. In terms of victories, this is the longest winning streak in sports history.
But he never won an Olympic medal. In fact, he never even played in a multi-sport event.
Squash is one of seven sports on a shortlist for inclusion in the 2016 Olympics.
There are two slots available and the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) executive board will pick two of them to go forward to a yes-no vote when the IOC's full electorate gather in Copenhagen in October.
Squash has been in this position before, as have four of the other six sports.
Khan was president of the World Squash Federation when his sport failed in 2005 to achieve the two-thirds majority it needed to gain admittance to London 2012.
Karate was also rejected in the final round of voting, while golf, roller sports and rugby sevens went out earlier.
But they, along with baseball and softball, the two sports that were removed from the Olympic schedule that week in Singapore, are back, lobbying furiously and pleading their cases.
And do you know what? I absolutely love it.
Which sports deserve to be in the Olympics is one of my favourite debates. It is right up there with the ideal composition of the Premier League (based on my own highly subjective views on a club's "size"), which animal I would least like to be bitten by and what is the point of the royal family.
For me, the vote on which sports to let in is more interesting than which city will host them.
I honestly don't have a preference between Chicago, Madrid, Rio and Tokyo - there's not a (insert your own Olympic dud here) amongst them and I think they'll all do a grand job - but I will be very disappointed if they pick the wrong "new sports".
So let's take a closer look at each sport whilst remembering this not a beauty contest based on the relative merits of the seven candidates - no, this is about suitability for the Olympics, a very different argument.
First up, in alphabetical order, is baseball. The all-American game (which was invented elsewhere) joined live pigeon shooting, jeu de paume (nope, me neither) and tug of war on the Olympic scrapheap when it was voted out in 2005.
But it has never been a US banker at an Olympics anyway, which is a bad thing, as that is largely to do with the Games going head-to-head with Major League Baseball and finishing a distant second. The IOC doesn't like it if a sport doesn't drop everything to attend its parties.
A key part of the campaign process has been a questionnaire the seven sports were asked to complete by February. This 80-question monster covered each sport's history, global reach, participation numbers, cost implications and so on.
But perhaps the most leading questions were to do with each sport's elite practitioners: namely where would they rate the Olympics in the pantheon of prizes available to them and will they turn up?
I'm not sure golf can fudge this one, which is a tad unfair considering football and tennis would struggle to answer this one too, but they're already in. Ho hum, you've got to love the crazy contradictions of the Olympics.
Having tried to follow the freestyle wrestling in Beijing, I think not. But if it gets as many votes in Copenhagen as it got in Singapore - a simple majority will be good enough this time - it will be in. So I might be in a minority here.
Roller sports is the one that really worries me, though. Apparently, the sports bosses are pushing the race disciplines, not the artistic (thank God) or hockey variations.
But how different is rollerblading fast to ice-skating fast (which is already an Olympic sport)?
And isn't this all just a desperate attempt to seem cool and down-with-the-kids? I would prefer to see Jacques Rogge disco-dancing than roller sports in the Olympics.
I'm sure there are plenty that feel the same way about rugby sevens - and the International Rugby Board must have been crossing its fingers when it assured Olympic bosses the sport was played to a good standard in more than 75 nations by men and 50 by women - but I like its chances for a few simple reasons.
First, it is a proven ratings and box-office winner at other multi-sports events, particularly the Commonwealths. Second, it solves the problem of what to do with the main stadium between the opening ceremony and the athletics. And third, it gives Olympic minnows like Fiji and Samoa a genuine shot at a medal.
But was London 2012 its best shot? And will the "Commonwealth" tag count against it with the IOC's American, Chinese and European powerbrokers? Maybe and perhaps.
The penultimate choice is softball, the other bat-and-ball sport jettisoned in 2005, and while you could argue it was unlucky to be tarred with baseball's brush back then, you could also argue it shouldn't really have been there in the first place.
Brought in at America's behest for Atlanta '96, only 13 nations have competed in the four Olympic competitions to date, and just four of them have medalled.
It does, however, have two things in its favour. The first is that as a women's event it helps the IOC in its struggle to get a better male/female split at the Games. And the second is that the US actually lost to Japan in the final in Beijing.
Which leaves only Khan's sport, squash, and I'm going to declare my hand here, I think squash should be in.
Played around the world and on every continent, squash ticks boxes. The hardball v softball split between the US and the rest of the world has been resolved, the top players come from places as disparate as France and Malaysia, and the old complaints about it being impossible to follow or televise have been silenced by glass courts, high-speed cameras and giant replay screens.
And if that won't appeal to the IOC this might: squash will actually bring its venues with it - two portable glass courts that can be put up pretty much anywhere - and then leave them behind, free of charge, for the hosts to use as they see fit.
"It's a shame that I couldn't complete my career with an Olympic medal," Khan told me on Wednesday.
"I really wish I could have had a chance at that, because I think I would have had a pretty good shot at winning."
Me too, Jahangir, me too.