Squash: PSF to continue with Asghar as secretary

Published: October 12, 2011
“The PSF is satisfied with Asghar,” Zaman told The Express Tribune.

“The PSF is satisfied with Asghar,” Zaman told The Express Tribune.

KARACHI: The Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) has decided to continue with Irfan Asghar as its general secretary despite the World Squash Federation’s (WSF) one-year ban on the official.

Asghar had accused the WSF president of preventing Pakistan from getting visas for Belgium, where the World Junior Championship was held, an event that the country eventually failed to participate in.

According to the PSF Vice-President Qamar Zaman, the ban does not apply to the inner workings of the country’s federation.

“The PSF is satisfied with Asghar,” Zaman told The Express Tribune. “He isn’t leaving office until later this year when his tenure ends. The WSF is an international body, while the PSF is a national organisation, which doesn’t come under their jurisdiction.”

The former world number two said that appointing a replacement for Asghar will depend on the PSF President Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman.

Zaman also defended the official saying that it was a case of mismanagement on the WSF’s part as well, as it failed to help Pakistani players get Belgian visas in time for the tournament. “Personally I believe that the WSF should’ve helped Pakistan and could’ve sorted out the visa issues for us. Squash is already facing a decline in the country and such setbacks are damaging its popularity. Help from the WSF would’ve helped promote the sport in the country.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2011.


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Reader Comments (2)

  • haraam khour
    Oct 12, 2011 - 2:05PM

    PSF has taken the right stance by sticking with Irfan Asghar – with squash already falling apart in this country, it’s best to hand over reins to a person who can finish this misery quickly.

    Surely no one wants to see squash flourshing in Pakistan, right?


  • Despicable me
    Oct 15, 2011 - 12:07AM

    I applaud PSF for two consecutive back to back great decisions. I am sure that if PSF continues to make such great decisions we will be able to convert all that space which is getting wasted on Squash courts into something more useful such as Pan shops or McDonalds. The later is is more desired since it will help modernize the country.
    I guess that is enough sarcasm for a day. As far as good suggestions go I have plenty but they will be wasted in this forum.


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