Need to im­prove fit­ness to reach our level: Jan­sher

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

ISLAMABAD—World Squash Le­gend Jan­sher Khan be­lieves na­tional play­ers need to im­prove fit­ness lev­els in or­der to reach up to his and other for­mer greats level.

Jan­sher said our play­ers are very tal­ented when it comes to skills but lack phys­i­cal fit­ness. “Play­ers should also see to im­prove their phys­i­cal fit­ness them­selves as the coach and train­ers al­ready work very hard with them,” he told APP.

Jan­sher has won the World Open a record eight times and the Bri­tish Open six times. Jan­sher’s skill of move­ment sin­gled him out from the com­pe­ti­tion, hold­ing all the top squash ex­perts in awe. Jan­sher’s re­tire­ment brought an end to nearly 50 years of dom­i­na­tion by Pak­istan in the sport of squash.

Jan­sher won the World Ju­nior Squash Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in 1986 and in the same year sealed the record of the youngest player to be­come a se­nior world cham­pion. Jan­sher of­fi­cially an­nounced his re­tire­ment from squash in 2001.

He won a to­tal of 99 pro­fes­sional ti­tles and was ranked the World No. 1 for over 10 years.

Jan­sher praised Pak­istan Squash Fed­er­a­tion (PSF) Pres­i­dent Air Chief Mar­shal So­hail Aman for his ef­forts in en­cour­ag­ing and re­viv­ing the game in the coun­try. “PSF Pres­i­dent has made academies in Islamabad and Pe­shawar which is very good and use­ful for the up­com­ing tal­ent,” he said.

In Au­gust 2007, Jan­sher an­nounced that he was com­ing out of re­tire­ment to play in a Pro­fes­sional Squash As­so­ci­a­tion tour­na­ment in Lon­don in Oc­to­ber 2007 but lost in the open­ing round of the event to Eng­land’s Scott Han­d­ley.

Speak­ing about his birth­day cel­e­bra­tion, Jan­sher, who tuned 47 on June 15, said he cel­e­brates his birth­day with his fam­ily as when he was abroad in the past he used to miss this time. “When I was abroad in the past he used to miss my fam­ily very much on birth­days,” he said.— APP

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