ISLAMABAD - Former world squash champion Jonathon Power reached Islamabad in the wee hours of Tuesday morning to buck up his student Maria Toor in the Asian Senior Individual Squash Championship. In an exclusive interview with The Nation, Power said: “I have visited Pakistan on number of occasions during my playing career and also last year when I was invited for the Asian Masters in Lahore.”

“I always love to travel to Pakistan as it is a very beautiful country and the people of Pakistan are very loving and caring. I came here to buck up Maria as she is a really fantastic player and future prospect of winning medals at international stage,” he added.

When this scribe asked Power how much Maria had the chance of scoring crucial victories in the event, he replied: “The draw is although very tough and keeping in mind that Maria is already fighting with injuries, yet one never knows, she is a pure quality and can upset any opponent on her given day. She is preparing hard under the guidance of Jamshed Gul and she will overcome the injuries and will perform according to her abilities.”

“I will stay in Pakistan till May 5 and will go to Peshawar to meet great Jansher Khan and living legend Qamar Zaman and want to visit the home of numerous world squash champions who were born in that part of the world. I am quite exciting and looking forward for a lovely time I will spent in Pakistan,” Power concluded.