LAHORE - The Second Asian Masters Squash Championship rolled into action here at the Punjab Squash Complex on Monday under the aegis of Punjab Squash Association (PSA) while the final of the event will be played on September 6.

Deputy Speaker Punjab and chief organiser Punjab Youth Sports Festival Rana Mashood was the chief guest on the opening ceremony of the event.

Squash legend Jahangir Khan, DG Sports Board Punjab Usman Anwar and several former international squash players were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) SVP Air vice Marshal Syed Razi Nawab highlighted PSF’s efforts under the able leadership of PSF president Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt for the promotion of the game across the country through holding PSA tournaments, conducting leagues along with various training camps for the players.

Razi also apprised the guests of considering Pakistan’s contribution in the squad world with the help of squash governing bodies, the Asian Squash Federation (ASF) has allocated three major squash tournaments to Pakistan including the Asian Masters 2012. He urged the squash legends that Pakistan has capacity, ability and will to host more international tournaments and sought their help bringing international squash to Pakistan.

Talking to this scribe, former squash legend Gogi Allaudin gave full credit to the PSA for holding this international event in such a befitting manner and said that holding such events would help reviving international sports to Pakistan.

“The Punjab Squash Association is holding the international event in a successful way and the way international squash legends are being honoured has no example in the world.

They appreciated all the efforts made by the PSA and were all praise of whatever is being done in their honour,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Squash Federation hosted a dinner in honour of squash legends from Pakistan and abroad including Qamar Zaman, Jahangir Khan, Gogi Allauddin along with Geoff Hunt and David Palmer from Australia, Ross Norman from New Zealand, Jonathon Power from Canada and Ramay Ashour from Egypt. PSA president Malik Amjad Ali Noon was also present on the occasion.