15th CNS International Squash C’ship starts today

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The 15th Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) International Squash Championship 2021 will start from today at the Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex. A total of 23 matches will be played in the championship, which will continue till November 6.

While sharing details of the championship in a press conference, the tournament director, Kamran Ahmed said that the championship carried international ranking points and 9 local and 15 international players carrying international ranking would be seen in action. He said that foreign players were coming from 4 different countries including Egypt, Hong Kong, USA, and Kuwait. First edition of the CNS Squash Championship was played in the year 2000 with a prize money of US$6000. This prize money was increased with the passage of time with an aim to promote the game and to bring the best world players to the court. This year an amount of US$20000 was earmarked as prize money for the championship.

Pakistan Navy (PN) has had an old and deep rooted association with the game of squash. This association of PN with Squash dates back to the independence of Pakistan.

Initially, squash was started at a single court at Manora. The game was promoted with the passage of time and best infrastructure was constructed by PN to offer facilities of international standard to both, veteran as well as new players of squash. He further said that as a result of these efforts, today Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex was Pakistan’s largest world class squash complex. This journey from single court to its present stature was possible by commitment of PN to promote sports. Pakistan Navy’s Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex was named after two legends of the game, Roshan Khan and Jahangir Khan.

It was inaugurated by Admiral Y H Malik on June 19, 1991. The purpose built complex comprises of five courts of international standard. Moreover, a modern 4 sided glass court has been under construction, which once completed, would add to the magnificence of this complex. The tournament director acknowledged the generous contribution of valued sponsors for standing with Pakistan Navy for the promotion of sports. He also admired support of Pakistan Squash Federation and Sindh Squash Association for the tournament.

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