Squash legend opens youth academy

In a chat with The News, Jahangir confirmed the academy will open in March. "The academy would be opened in the first week of March here at the Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Complex with the help of a private sponsor.

"This is a good sign that private sector has come to support this game we have a great history in," said Jahangir.

He added that they have invited junior players from the whole country. 

"The selected players would be coached by Asif Khan and Abdur Rehman — former renowned players," added Jahangir.

Jahangir said Kazim Anwar, who runs a trust, is the sponsor of this academy and under the sponsorship the players would be provided with accommodation, food, stipend, equipment, and facilitation for participation in national and international events. 

"We are giving them full support and hoping that our players would start winning at international level and break into top-10 players of the world," said Jahangir.

Jahangir feels that Pakistan's decline in the world of squash, that is once dominated, was due to the lack of junior academies that should have been started by the government long ago.

"It is very encouraging that private sector has shown interest in this sport and for the first time they have come forward to establish a junior academy with long term investment. This would surely bode well for the future of this sport in the country," added Jahangir.