ISLAMABAD -

Aamir Atlas failed to make himself available for the WSF World Team Squash Championship which started in France despite a clear offer by Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) president Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt for granting him waiver, but he declined this offer.

The PSF spokesman Monday disclosed that Aamir abstained himself from qualifying trials on the pretext of asking waiver because of his performance and fitness in recently held Asian Championship, whereas, he appeared unfit. Aamir Atlas’ decision to stay away from WSF World Team Squash Championship-2013, despite his visa endorsed and a waiver by the PSF chief, is disappointing. This decision spoke about his fitness woes as without fitness, he could not have qualified the initial rounds.

To make transparent and fair selection, the PSF executive committee’s decision insisted upon the players to appear for qualifying trials to select players after due process of trials while also looking at the possibility of inclusion of Amir in the event due to his performance during the recently-concluded Asian Individual Squash Championship 2013.

The PSF comments that the trials, which were initially planned in the second week of May, were delayed by about 10 days in order to make room for Amir who was not medically fit at that time. Subsequently, Amir did not join the trials attributing his absence for being medically unfit. He also pulled out from Hong Kong Open, which was scheduled from May 28 and rendered a medical certificate to the PSF and the PSA. He was supposed to report to the PSB doctor for his medical fitness review, which was also missed. At this stage while the PSF president was deliberating on adding his name in the WSF event contingent, Amir was again approached couple of days before the team’s departure, however, he once again declined his availability on purely medical grounds.

The PSF while keeping its options open accelerated its efforts for the acquisition of visa for the players including Amir. Finally, the team comprising Farhan Mahboob, Nasir Iqbal, Farhan Zaman and Sheikh Saqib left for France on June 7-8 night, a delay of 24 hours attributable to Amir’s deliberate delays.