ISLAMABAD, Feb 20 (APP):Squash legend Qamar Zamar Wednesday expressed concern over the Professional Squash Association’s (PSA) move for taking US$ 5,000 each as a part of security-fee for the three international tournaments to be hosted by Pakistan this year.
He also said that national squash federation (PSF) must take-up the matter with PSA as it was unfair.
Talking to APP, Qamar Zamar said PSA was taking US$ 5,000 each as part of security for the three international tournaments which was not being asked from other countries where PSA tournaments were held.
“The tournament’s security-fee is only been set for Pakistan and not for other countries which makes it totally unjust,” he said.PSF had successfully organized 16 PSA International Squash Tournaments during 2018 (10 for Men & 6 for Women) at Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.
Therefore, PSA granted three more tournaments to Pakistan to be hosted in April in Islamabad. The Chief of the Air Staff-Serena Hotels International Squash Tournament for Men will be organized from April 1 to 5 with US$ 30,000 prize money whereas, PSF International Tournament for Women would be held on the same dates having US$ 10,000 as prize money.
The third Huawei International Squash Tournament for Men would be organized between April 6 to 10, with US$ 20,000 prize money.
However, Qamar lauded PSA for allotting 3 tournaments to Pakistan. “International squash has revived in the country which is good as Pakistan has once ruled the world in the game,” he said.
Speaking about the country’s squash affairs, he said the general council meeting of PSF will be held in Islamabad in the first week of March.
“Performance of national squash players will be evaluated in the meeting and hosting of international and national tournaments will also be discussed,” he said.
Representatives from provinces, affiliated units, associations, departments and federation will be attended the meeting.