England's James Willstrop and Nick Matthew are among the world's best squash players, and both were in attendance at Delhi 2010

Twelve months ago at the IOC session in Copenhagen, squash was overlooked for a piece of the Olympic pie as golf and rugby sevens were added to the Rio 2016 schedule.

But according to recently-appointed World Squash Federation Andrew Shelley, the Commonwealth Games provided the perfect shop window for squash to state its case.

For varying reasons IOC president Jacques Rogge - ever the diplomat - and Delhi 2010 chairman Suresh Kalmadi - anything but the diplomat - are not writing off an Indian bid for the 2020 Olympics, but for now at least, the sporting world has had a bellyful of Delhi.

But the squash competition - attended by Rogge - passed off without a glitch and barring men's world number one Ramy Ashour of Egypt, the globe's finest were in attendance.

The IOC have confirmed that there is one spot available for a sport to be added to the 2020 Olympics and have also informed squash that they need not endure the rigmarole of the full application process - rather they will to go straight to the shortlist.

It's not hard to see why golf and rugby sevens were selected a year ago. The two sports are cash cows and offer far more commercial clout than squash.

According to the IOC however, squash was overlooked for its comparatively weak media profile but Shelley believes the wheels of change are in motion.

"Having a great Commonwealth Games alone is not going to get us into the Olympics but it puts us in the shop window," said Shelley.

"Everything we do is something that we hope will be well received by the International Olympic Committee and this is no different.

"We tick all the Olympic boxes but looking back to Copenhagen we know why we were not included.

"We were told by the IOC that we needed to raise our media profile and that's what we have to do and what we are setting about doing.

"I think one of the problems with squash in the past has been that it was not a spectator-friendly sport in terms of watching it on TV.

"But that has now changed. With the advent of new technologies and more high definition coverage, squash is a great game to watch on TV.

"The excuse that you can't follow the ball just doesn't work anymore. And what's more the rules are relatively simple to pick up.

"From our point of view we deserve Olympic inclusion and we have to convince the IOC of that."