The 13th Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) international squash championship 2018 is scheduled to be held from 06 to 10 Dec 18, with 23 matches to be played at Pakistan Navy’s RK&JK Squash complex.

The opening media brief of the tournament was held on Tuesday where the Tournament Director, Habibur Rehman apprised the media about details of the championship. He mentioned that first CNS squash tournament was played in the year 2000 with prize money of $6,000, whereas the prize money has increased with the passage of time with an aim to promote the game and to bring the best world players to this court.

This year an amount of $18,000 has been earmarked as prize money for the championship. Top national players would also be seen in action during the tournament as the tournament carries international ranking points. 12 local and 12 international players are participating in the tournament, including foreign players from eight different countries - Iran, Egypt, Malaysia, Qatar, Mexico, Hong Kong, Kuwait and Portugal.

PN has an old and deep-rooted association with the game of Squash which dates back to independence. In PN, the game of squash was started at a single court at Manora and the journey from single court to a world-class squash complex became possible by deep commitment of PN with this game.

While apprising the media about tournament details Habibur Rehman said that the navy, in addition to its hardcore responsibility of Maritime Defence of the motherland, puts untiring efforts to project a soft and positive image of the country at a national and international level through the conduct of such multinational events.

Similarly, it was an undoubted fact that media has also played a pivotal role to bring back peace and stability in the country and it was continuously contributing for better projection of avenues of sustainable development in the country. He emphasised at the dire need to propagate positivity about the country with more focus and strength. The Tournament Director appreciated the support of Pakistan Squash Federation and Sponsors for their efforts to promote Squash in the country.