Last week the 11 day World Junior Squash Championships took place at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar. 22 International teams battled it out and Pakistan proudly took home the silver medal after a spirited match against Egypt who they contested the final with for the fifth time in a row.
In Pakistan, squash is extremely popular and significant to the country’s culture. The country usually dominates the sport, with the sport’s top players, such as international squash marvels Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan, calling the country home. However, recent political instability in Pakistan has limited opportunities for its squash players. The country’s tense political climate Pakistan impacts their ability to host major tournaments and the national squash team has a hard time obtaining travel visas to attend international competitions. This situation is certainly unfavorable and the talented Pakistan National Squash team is suffering because of it.
Mahmud Jafri, president of Dover Rug & Home and an avid squash player and enthusiast, is intent on revitalizing the Pakistan Squash Federation and the Pakistan National Squash Team as they embark on their US tour. Mahmud Jafri is spearheading an effort to assist the team by funding all lodging, boarding, and travel expenses as they participate in tournaments across the United States. Dover Squash & Fitness also generously offered to serve as the team’s training facility at no charge. Last month Mr. Jafri hosted the first of several fundraisers to increase awareness and funding for the team.
Additionally, as the sport gains in popularity here and abroad, we are creating educational and academic opportunities for young players through our many programs and workshops at Dover Squash & Fitness. We feel strongly that the gifted young athletes that comprise the Pakistan Team deserves every chance to be successful.
For more information or to join us in supporting the Pakistan National Squash Team, please visit http://www.doversquashandfitness.com/paksquash.php and donate today.