Jan­sher hopes his son will fol­low his feats

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

IS­LAM­ABAD—Leg­endary Jan­sher Khan be­lieves his son Ali Sher Khan will em­u­late his feats and help the coun­try re­gain lost glory in squash.

“Ali Sher Khan has deep in­ter­est in Squash and he is the best un­der 17 player at present. I’ve a lot of ex­pec­ta­tions from him. I’m sure he’ll help Pak­istan re­claim lost sta­tus in squash,” Jan­sher told APP on Mon­day.

He said Ali Sher had all the po­ten­tial to ex­cel in Squash and cre­ate up­set when he fea­tures in Bri­tish Ju­nior Open, early next year.

“I’m sure he’ll be a sur­prise en­try in the pres­ti­gious ju­nior squash event. 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 World Open ti­tle for record con­sec­u­tive eight years be­sides win­ning Bri­tish Open for six years and Su­per Se­ries for four 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 con­sid- ered the se­cond most pres­ti­gious ju­nior open squash cham­pi­onship in the squash his­tory af­ter the World Ju­nior Squash Cham­pi­onships.

“I my­self coach him. The good thing about him is that he spends a lot of time in train­ing ev­ery day. I’m sure the hard work will pay him off and he’ll soon be a big name in the game of Squash,” said Jan­sher, who is also ad­vi­sor to Pak­istan Squash Fed­er­a­tion (PSF) Air Chief Mar­shall So­hail Aman Khan.

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.

To a query, he said that Pak­istan play­ers were be­ing pro­vided world class fa­cil­i­ties and it was a pos­i­tive sign that young­sters were show­ing keen in­ter­est in squash.—APP

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