The Allama Iqbal Inter-divisional Squash Championship commenced here at Punjab Squash Complex.
This is the first divisional level tournament being held in a decade under the auspices of Punjab Squash Association (PSA). DIG Traffic Police Punjab Sohail Sukhera inaugurated the tournament. PSA President and Secretary Local Government Noorul Amin Mengal along with Director Tournament Mamoon Khan, Vice President Admin Muhammad Amjad and head coach Fahim Gul were also present on the occasion. In the two-day championship, four different categories of U-11, U-13, U-15 and U-17 were competed.
DIG Traffic Police Punjab Sohail Sukhera said that Pakistan has ruled the world in the game of squash for many years. Jahangir Khan and Jan Sher have won many titles for Pakistan and it is his desire to the same glory again. However, in the current situation, Punjab Squash Association is doing a great job under the leadership of Noorul Amin and it is hoped that soon young talented players will emerge who will be the future Jan Sher and Jahangir.
Mengal said that the plan to hold the event is to start competitions at grass root level to implement the vision of sports promotion from the base. “This, Allama Iqbal Inter Divisional Squash Championship is being organized to develop a solid base of the game at the lower level. More than 200 players from nine divisions are participating in the competitions of four different categories.”
Mengal also visited the Squash Complex and reviewed the arrangements regarding the tournament. Vice President Admin Muhammad Mansoor and Director Tournament Mamoon Khan gave a briefing on the occasion. Mengal said that players of all divisions have been accommodated in a hostel set up in the squash complex, where they are being provided with excellent accommodation and food. “Efforts are being made to continue such events to promote squash at the grass root level and now such competitions will be held on a regular basis so that good players can emerge for the future. The coaching arrangements will be made by the association.” He said that work is being done for the construction of new courts across the province including repair of bad squash courts.