KARACHI: The Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) has finally launched its national academy in Islamabad to provide boarding and lodging to players, with the top athletes also set to receive central contracts for the first time.
National players had to previously stay at the PAF headquarters in the capital city, but with the new facility available, players can avoid staying in the officers’ messes and Pakistan Sports Board hostels.
Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force and president of the PSF, inaugurated the Pakistan National Squash Academy (PNSA) at the Mushaf Squash Complex on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, Aman lauded the efforts of the PSF for promoting the sport in the country while adding that the PAF would provide all resources necessary for the efficient running of the academy in terms of equipment and foreign visits.
The air chief further revealed that Pakistan squash legends such as Jahangir Khan, Jansher Khan, Qamar Zaman, Mohibullah and Gogi Allaudin have also offered their services to make this project a success.
The PNSA will provide boarding, lodging and training facilities to all the players under one roof. The methodology will not only be restricted to inland training but also provide foreign exposure to the top players.
Cross training will be carried out with renowned academies from around the world and the focus will be to attract foreign players and coaches to come train at the PNSA.
While interacting with the players, the PSF president motivated the youngsters to work hard to bring glory to the country and announced central contracts for the top players at the academy.
This is the first time the sport has introduced such a landmark decision in hopes of uplifting the game.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2015.
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