ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) senior vice president Air Marshal Shahid Akhtar Alvi has said that he has very fruitful meetings with World Squash Federation (WSF) president Jacques Fontane and Professional Squash Association (PSA) CEO Alex Gough during his visit to Marseille, France, where he attended the WSF meeting.

Shahid expressed these views during an exclusive interview to The Nation and said: “Besides meeting with WSF president and PSA CEO, I also met with presidents and representatives of different federations, who all were highly positive about Pakistan and assured their all-out support to PSF for conducting the PSA events. I demanded the PSA and the WSF to consider Pakistan Squash Federation request of awarding more PSA events seriously, as we want to conduct more high-prize tournaments at every given city. Alex promised me to take up the case and also discuss with board members.”

Shahid said he also assured the WSF president that Pakistan is highly safe and sound, when it comes to conducting the PSA and world class events. “Last year, we hosted four PSA events and all of them were held successfully. All the participating players, referees and representatives fully appreciated the PSF efforts and lauded hospitality of Pakistanis. I can assure that Pakistan is capable of providing one of the best playing and administrative facilities and like always, we will once again give tremendous respect and provide the best facilities to all the players.”

The PSF senior official said he is grateful to WSF president Jacques Fontane, who was highly supportive and assured his all-out help to Pakistan . “We are also planning to invite him for the upcoming Pakistan Open and Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Women International Championship. One thing is crystal clear that Pakistan is ready to host any given tournament and we can assure the best security. Our players have been badly suffering due to non-holding of PSA events in Pakistan . We have always provided out-of-box security to our guests. The comments of recently-concluded World-V and Egypt-V series participants are good enough for the WSF and PSA to allocate us big squash events.”

“The way we have facilitated the Indian players for the upcoming two major PSA events starting from December 17, we expect the same from Indian side in near future,” Shahid concluded.