ISLAMABAD - Realising the efforts of Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF), the World Squash Federation (WSF) allocated the four $25,000 PSA events to Pakistan to be conducted in Islamabad this year.
Talking to The Nation on Tuesday, PSF honorary secretary Group Captain Amir Nawaz confirmed the allotment of four high-profile events to Pakistan and said: “It will be a golden opportunity for Pakistani players to win and grab maximum PSA points on offer, which will definitely boost their world rankings.”
When asked about why all the four events to be conducted in federal capital, Amir replied: “Due to security concerns, we are given permission of conducting the events only in Islamabad. With the worthy efforts of our armed forces, overall security situation of the country is much improved and may be situation further improves by the time of the events and the WSF may change their hearts and allow us to conduct one or may be two PSA events in Peshawar, Karachi or Lahore.”
He said they had managed to get allocated $100,000 PSA events this year. “Now we need sponsors and help from private and corporate sector and multinationals who must step forward to share the burden of reviving squash in the country. We have been utilizing all our skills to promote Pakistan squash and in this regard, the Pakistan National Squash Academy (PNSA) was established, living legends Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan were taken onboard, the academies will be expended to other major cities and many more. Jahngir and Jansher are helping the players and striving to transform them into champions, the results of which are evident while Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is also doing out of their skins, so now it is the government, IPC and PSB turn to help the federation in achieving their goals.”
Replying to a query regarding female events, Amir said: “To promote female squash and providing them national and international events, we have to dig deep and spend from our pockets.”
About Pakistan squash teams chances in South Asian Games, Amir said: “Both male and female teams had worked really hard during the training camps. Both Nasir and Farhan Zaman performed exceptionally in the PSA circuit abroad and I am quite hopeful, they will fight for gold. Females will also perform well but it also depends upon favourable draws. Maria Toor’s arrival has certainly tilt the balance in our favour.”