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‘Aamir can become world champion’

24 November, 2009

KARACHI: Pakistan’s legendary squash player Jahangir Khan believes that there is little difference among the top squash players of the world and if Aamir Atlas Khan works hard and gives consistent performances, he could lead the world rankings in the near future.

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KARACHI: Pakistan’s legendary squash player Jahangir Khan believes that there is little difference among the top squash players of the world and if Aamir Atlas Khan works hard and gives consistent performances, he could lead the world rankings in the near future.

“Aamir Atlas is a good player but performing in only one match or a tournament doesn’t take a player to the top of the rankings. A player has to perform continuously to become a world champion,” Jahangir Khan told PPI.

Pakistan No 1 and World No 14, Aamir Atlas Khan pulled the biggest upset in the ongoing Qatar Classic Squash Open in Doha by beating French World No 1 Gregory Gaultier in the second round. However, in the quarters, the 19-year-old 16th seed was defeated by eight-seeded Englishman Peter Barker.

Jahangir, who is considered as the best player in the history of squash, said that efforts should be made to prepare junior players and they should start competing on the senior circuit as early as possible.

Jahangir, who is the life-time president of World Squash Federation (WSF), said it was unfortunate that squash didn’t make it to Olympics 2016 but added that he was hopeful that it would find a place in Olympics 2020.

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