Jan­sher pins hopes on talented teenage son

Pakistan Observer - - ECON­OMY WATCH -

ISLAMABAD— Can teenager Ali Sher Khan em­u­late his leg­endary fa­ther Jan­sher Khan in the sport of squash? If not now, then in the up­com­ing years?.

The eight- times World Cham­pion Jan­sher cer­tainly thinks his son may have a sur­prise or two up his sleeve.

For­mer World num­ber one Jan­sher be­lieves Ali has all the po­ten­tial to ex­cel in Squash and cre­ate up­set when he plays in British Ju­nior Open, early next year.

“He is a highly talented boy. I’m sure he will be a sur­prise en­try in the pres­ti­gious ju­nior squash event,” he told APP on Mon­day.

“I’m say­ing this not be­cause he is my son but be­cause I’ve seen his com­mit­ment and de­vo­tion with the game. I see my own past in him when I watch him prac­tic­ing and do­ing hard work. He has all the guts to match my ac­com­plish­ments,” said Jan­sher, who won a to­tal of 99 pro­fes­sional ti­tles and was ranked the World’s No. 1 for over 10 years dom­i­nat­ing the British Open as well for six times.

Born on De­cem­ber 4, 2000, young Ali Sher will be part of Pak­istan squad for Ju­nior British Open, the World Ju­nior Squash Cir­cuit Tier 2 event, which would be held in Sh­effield, Eng­land in Jan­uary next year.

The event is con­sid­ered the sec­ond most pres­ti­gious ju­nior open squash cham­pi­onship in the squash his­tory af­ter the World Ju­nior Squash Cham­pi­onships.

“The good thing about Ali Sher is that he spends a lot of time in train­ing ev­ery day. I’m sure the hard work will pay him off and he will soon shine in Squash world,” said Jan­sher, who him­self coaches his son.

He said that he had been con­sis­tently stat­ing that tal­ent- wise Pak­istani play­ers were match­less but they needed to im­prove their phys­i­cal fit­ness.

“This is also true about Ali Sher. When he started play­ing I made it clear to him that squash is a game that re­quires high lev­els of phys­i­cal fit­ness. There is a lot of mus­cu­lar ac­tiv­ity in­volved in it. Any­one wish­ing to be­come a great player must fo­cus on in­creas­ing his en­durance, strength, flex­i­bil­ity and speed. It is heart­en­ing to note that Ali Sher is fo­cus­ing on all these as­pects,” he added.— APP

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