National Junior Age Group Squash C’ship from Sept 19


Peshawar—National Junior Age Group Boys and Girls Squash Championship will be commencing under the aegis of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Squash Association here at PAF Hashim Khan Squash Complex from September 19, 2016.
Talking to media persons, former World Champion Qamar Zaman informed that all arrangements for the smooth conduct of the National Under-13 and Under-15 Junior Age Group Squash Championship have already been made.
Qamar Zaman, who is also Vice President Pakistan Squash Federation, disclosed that leading players from the country would take part.
He said along with National Junior Age Group Boys Squash Championship, the association has decided to hold Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Under-15 Squash Girls Squash Championship wherein players from across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would take part.
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 added.
He said on Monday next, the opening ceremony of the Championship will be organized at 3.00 p.m. He said that 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.
In the Under-15 category Uzair Shoukat, who is recently appeared in the international event, is the top seeded players, followed by Rashid Doulat at second seed. Ahmad Hassan at third seed and Hamza Sharif is the fourth seeded player.
He said Laiba Ijaz is the top seed player in the girls’ Under-15 event, followed with Kainat, Nimra Akram, Naeema Khalid.
He said a total of 20 girls players would take part in the Championship.
Qamar Zaman believes the current national players need to know what a World Champion is and what type of efforts are required to achieve that glory.
Qamar said our current players are brilliant but they lack the type of training we had gone through our times.
“We used to practice in courts for more than 6 hours and that was the reason for our being best in the game,” he said adding the current players lack commitment to the game.
Qamar said nowadays our players train in the court for 2 hours and have poor physical fitness. “Therefore time and again I advise the players to work hard in courts and on their physical fitness,” he said.
Qamar, said there is plentiful of talent in the country but due to lack of professionalism, commitment and poor physical fitness no player had reached that prime we had for the country.
Speaking about the Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF), he said PSF is doing its level best for the players but it is time to hunt for Under-12, U-14 and U-15 players from all over the country and prepare them for future.
“The talent comes forward from this age group,” he said adding that I am sure we will get a World Champion from this age group but the only need is to polish these players.
He said now the PSF is also eager to keep more input at female squash and soon a program could be chalked out at grassroots level so that to find out more talented female players for the future engagements.—APP