Asian Games Gold medalist and Arjuna awardee Dipika Pallikal feels extremely "sorry" for both the Olympic Games and her sport Squash for not being included in Tokyo mega-event next year. She also claimed that both the Olympics and Squash are “losers” because of the inability of the sport to feature in the event. Explaining the hard work that they have put in behind the sport, she said, new scoring systems, new technology, and equal prize money for all the genders are the ways in which squash has evolved over the years. Expressing how disheartening it was to not be a part of the Olympics, she also encouraged everyone to look at the positives.
"I think both Squash and Olympics are big losers and both will lose out. We as squash players and squash lovers don't believe in the decision. It was not a good decision. I really don't know the reason of its exclusion. There seems to be prejudice against Squash. Various types of sports are included in the Tokyo Olympics but Squash which is hugely popular doesn't find its place and it's very surprising and shocking. However, we will try and keep bettering ourselves, hoping that it will be a part of Olympic someday," Dipika Pallikal told Republic TV. She reiterated that things like exclusion cannot be controlled and she will keep bettering herself for the future.
When asked how she keeps herself motivated after Squash's exclusion from Olympics and knowing no big squash event happening in the next three years, Dipika said that she doesn't need any motivation to play for the country and that she will continue to serve (play for) the country till she can give her best. She also said that Indian women athletes are excelling in every sport and making the country proud and are in no way less than their men counterpart. "The endorsements and advertisement world is full of Indian women athletes. This shows what we have done over the years," added Pallikal.