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Pakistani players gain support in the US

Alan Thatcherhttps://squashmad.com
Founder of World Squash Day, Squash Mad and the new Squash 200 Partnership, building clubs of the future. Founder of the Kent Open and co-promoter of the St. James's Place Canary Wharf Classic. Author and Public Speaker.

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Left to right: Josh Osteroff, Farhan Zaman, Arshad Burki, Dr. Jamila Khalil and Mahmud Jafri

A new program to support young Pakistani squash players was launched at the Dover Squash and Fitness Center.

On Monday, January 14th, Mahmud Jafri, owner of Dover Squash and Fitness Center and CEO of Dover Rug & Home, and Barry Hoffman, Consul General of Pakistan, had the honor of hosting a special reception for the Pakistan National Squash Team at Dover Squash and Fitness.

The event was filled with great excitement as guests met and talked with the individual players about their upcoming United States tournament circuit tour.

“I am very excited to have the players train at the club and am looking forward to train them,” says Paul Mathieson, Head Squash Professional & Director of Dover Squash and Fitness.

In addition to celebrating the team, this event introduced a new program, spearheaded by Mr. Jafri and the Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) where several Pakistani players in their teens or early 20’s are given the opportunity to compete in the United States for several months a year.

The intent of this program is to give international exposure and tournament experience to these young players. Although Pakistan was a world leader in squash in the 1950′s through the 1990’s, political instability has increasingly discouraged the country’s players from competing at the international level.

 

In addition to Mr. Jafri and Mr. Hoffman, the host committee included Shazia Bashir Khan, President, Pakistan Association of Greater Boston; Dr. Feroz Mahmood, Chairman Board of Advisors; Dr. Ghulam M. Chaudhry, Board of Advisors; Stephen Columbia, Board of Advisors; Dr. Nadeem Afridi, Board of Advisors; Dr. Jamila Khalil, Board of Advisors; Ali Merchant, Board of Advisors; Paul Mathieson, Director, Dover Squash Academy; Arshad Burki, Professional, Dover Squash Academy; and Hasan Jafri, Intern, Dover Squash Academy.

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