KARACHI: Squash legend Jansher Khan, reportedly suffering from Parkinson’s disease, is on the road to recovery and has even started playing squash again.
The eight-time World Open champion, who was bed-ridden for the last eight months, went through plenty of agony but confirmed that his bad days were behind him after undergoing treatment in Lahore.
“The last few months were very difficult for me but I had the support of my family in this difficult phase of my life, which has helped me to recover,” Jansher told The Express Tribune. “I’ve now started playing squash again and have also been running in order to keep myself fit.”
Jansher added that he has been in regular contact with the Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) and despite the lack of international squash activity in Pakistan, he was hopeful that he could collaborate with the body in helping bring back international events to the country.
“International teams have not travelled to Pakistan because of the poor security condition but it is one of my major aims to play a part in helping the PSF host international events in the country.”
Backs Gul, Mehboob
The former world number one also backed new coach Jamshed Gul, saying that he has the ability to help get players in the best shape possible for the Asian championship.
Jansher added that Farhan Mehboob had it in him to do well at the event. which starts in May, in the absence of the banned Aamir Atlas.
“There are still a few months left before the tournament and there is no reason why Farhan cannot do well if he puts in the required hard work at the event.”
Published in The Express Tribune, February 17th, 2012.
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