PESHAWAR: Squash Legend Jansher Khan Sunday lauded President Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF), Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff Pakistan Air Force, for brining international squash events to Pakistan and termed it courageous approach for developing country’s image internationally.
Talking to APP, Jansher Khan, who won the World Open a record eight times and the British Open six times, also lauded Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif for extending all out facilities to the players during COAS International Squash event in Islamabad and urged upon the players to utilize that opportunities so that Pakistan could be able to retake its lost glory in the world of squash.
Such international event would a source for the players to achieve place in the top international ranking, Jansher added. It is also a source of encouragement for the player that COAS General Raheel Sharif graced the occasion at the closing ceremony and gave away trophies and prizes to the players, he remarked.
Jansher Khan hailed PSF chief for his continuous support and guidance with the aim to bring the derailed squash back on the right path of development, adding that his guidance and commitment to bring back squash on the right path is appreciable.
He also appreciated Professional Squash Association (PSA) for trusting Pakistan in providing opportunities to host international events on regular basis. “It would certainly open up new horizon to the upcoming players to come up and show their skills besides improving their international ranking,” Jansher said.
To conduct big tournaments like Pakistan Open will be enlightened, through which the junior and senior players of Pakistan will get benefit and players would be able to achieve good ranking internationally besides they will also get much needed experience of international competitions within the country, he said.
Jansher Khan further said that it is good omen that Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, President PFS for sparing his precious time from his important professional work and took interest in the survival and betterment of squash in Pakistan.
He took bold steps for squash and we are thankful to him from the depth of our heart for his involvement in the game.
Jansher Khan won a total of 99 professional titles and was ranked the World’s No. 1 for over 10 years, said that PAF is a backbone of squash in Pakistan and vowed to reverse Pakistan’s flagging squash fortunes very soon as Pakistan has immense talent for squash.
“Skill-wise our players are unparalleled but their physical fitness levels are yet to touch the international standard,” Jansher opined.
Pakistan had all the ingredients to become a formidable nation in squash once again, he said.