PESHAWAR, Dec 30 (APP):Former world squash champion and world record holder Jansher Khan Sunday congratulated the nation and national institutions the new year 2019 and expressed the hoped that the new year would bring more peaceful and prosperous for Pakistan.
Talking to APP, Jansher Khan wished the advent of new-year that they were blessed with happier times infused with positivity and togetherness.
During the year 2018 the great role
played by national institutions and especially the armed forces in sports besides
taking a bold step for the revival of international squash to Pakistan by
holding numerous tournaments which help the players to better their
The resumption of
international squash in the country is quite commendable and through the way
they were able to portray a soft image of Pakistan to the rest of the world.
The great legend further commented that the current prime minister of the country who
himself had been a sportsman and the armed forces would keep on playing their respective
roles for the betterment and excellence of squash so that they should be successful to
regain our lost prestige.
The squash wizard and legendry Jansher khan hailed the special role-played by Chief of
Air Staff Mujahid Anwar Khan (NI) (M) for taking bold initiative in the restoration and
survival of international squash by holding mega international tournaments of
squash in Pakistan in 2018.
He hoped that under the supervision and leadership
of Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan squash would be brought back on the right path
of development in future.
He further predicted a good time for Pakistan, and the public under the current leadership
and by the grace of Almighty Allah the country would emerge as an excellent and sovereign
state of the world.
Squash wizard Jansher Khan
also appreciated the performance of the Pakistan Squash Federation for focusing
on the junior players and planned a longer duration of training and coaching
programs besides providing them international exposures.
“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, who won the World
Open a record eight times and the British Open six times, said.
He said in his meeting with the PSF president, he had discussed a plan to initiate recovery
and uplift the standard of squash in the country. “It involves good organization and
discipline,” he said.
He added that much more efforts were needed for resurgence
on international level.
Pakistan, once the most
successful nation in squash, has produced no British Open winner since 1997. He
said recently the junior players had good show in Asian Junior and recently
winning silver medals in the US 2018 Junior Squash Open.
He said without long
term planning and focuses on junior players Pakistan cannot achieve to be among
top players of the world.
According to Jansher,
though Pakistan had all the talents to become a formidable nation in
squash once again. “We have great talent but we need to be focused. I’m sure
soon we will start making squash champions.”
“Squash is a game which
demands consistent hard work and training. There is no room for complacency in
squash. We will have to make our players physically and mentally tough,” he
Hailing PSF president’s
efforts for uplift of the game, he said that he had found him a sincere and
committed man and believed that steps taken by him would go a long in improving
standard of squash in the country.