Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Squash team India’s visit to help cement sports ties: Qamar Zaman

PESHAWAR(APP): Pakistan squash team visit for World Junior Squash Championship scheduled in Chennai, India would help extending more sporting ties in the days to come, former World Champion Qamar Zaman told APP here on Tuesday.

Named as manager-cum-coach of the six-member Pakistani squad that would leave for New Delhi on July 25, Qamar said that sports ties with neighboring India should be continued.

He also appreciated both the governments for their continuing efforts in cementing sporting ties and exchange of visits. The squash team visit would be a roadmap for similar kind of sporting ties from both sides in future, Zaman, who is also vice President of Pakistan Squash Federation, remarked.

"It is better for durable friendship and peace and such sporting ties would certainly develop a sense of understanding between the two neighboring countries and its people," Qamar added.

About the performance of the players in the World Junior Squash Championship, he said: "the teams comprising Nasir Iqbal, Farhan Zaman, Nowsherawan, Aurangzeb and two females including Pakistan No. 1 Maria Torpakai and Zoya have tuned up for the tough battle.

"They are in classic form and have under training from the last two months with national team Coach Fahim Gul who is working very hard on the physical fitness and practice matches of the team.

"We are expecting tough fight from Egyptians but otherwise the team has enough potential and capability to show good result against other world teams taking part in the event,” Qamar opined.

He also lauded President Pakistan Squash Federation on his stance of selecting team on merits. It was actually a performance based selection of the players for an important event and certainly the players are eager to show their worth.

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