National Jr Age Group Squash C’ship begins


Peshawar—National Junior Age Group Boys and Girls Squash Championship got under way here under the aegis of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Squash Association at PAF Hashim Khan Squash Complex on Monday.
Director Operation Tariq Mehmood was the chief guest who formally inaugurated the Championship being played in three different age groups Under-13 and Under-15 (Boys) and Under-15 (Girls). A total of 16 players each from all across the country are taking part.
Chief Referee Pakistan Squash Federation Munawaz Zaman, Vice President Pakistan Squash Fedration and, former World Champion Qamar Zaman, players, officials and large number of spectators were also present during the opening ceremony.
Speaking on this occasion, Qamar Zaman, disclosed that leading players from the country are take part. He said along with National Junior Age Group Boys Squash Championship, the association is also holding Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Under-15 Girls Squash Championship wherein players from across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa vie for the top honour.
He said that tournaments are actually part of the association yearly calendar. The aim and objective of holding the age groups tournament is to provide much need exposure to the upcoming youngsters who are associated with the squash throughout the country, Qamar Zaman said.
Asad Ullah is the top seed of Under-13 category, followed with other seeding players comprising second seed Noor Zaman, third seeded Hammad and Afaq is the fourth seeded player and in the Under-15 category Uzair Shoukat, who is recently appeared in the international event, is the top seeded player, followed by Rashid Doulat at second seed. Ahmad Hassan at third seed and Hamza Sharif is the fourth seeded player.
Speaking on this occasion, Director Operation Tariq Mehmood said that KP govt has initiated of 3-year-old project of the construction of four new squash courts to be part of the Qamar Zaman Squash Complex situated in Qayyum Sports Complex and has released a grant of Rs. 10 million. The Squash Courts would cost Rs. 100 million.—APP