Pakistan’s newest sports activities sensation with notable achievements within the nationwide and worldwide circuit below his belt already on the age of 19 now units his eyes on the cherished aim of bringing Pakistan again on the map of world squash.
World junior champion, former Pakistan junior champion, and presently ranked 87th on the earth, Ahsan Ayaz’s array of achievements recall unimaginable feats of the legends of the sport. The gutsy squash participant carries a picture of sport’s stalwarts like Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan each time he walks into the squash courtroom.
The elegant left-hander leaves his mark with bodily health, sharpened mind and psychological power on the courtroom.
The 12 months 1994 was probably the most outstanding by way of nation’s sports activities when Pakistan reigned as world champions in cricket, hockey, snooker and squash.
Like these of hockey, athletics and different video games, the squash veterans consider that the squash federation shouldn’t be solely marred by affect from political and army elite but in addition the iron grip of influential squash households and the physique’s out of date coaching regimes. Apart from, the meddling of sponsors in administrative affairs and umpiring requirements departing from worldwide benchmarks have contributed in the direction of the downfall of the sport.
In accordance with veterans, I’ve been talking to for fairly a while now, the Pakistan Air Pressure and Pakistan Squash Federation should take the accountability of strengthening and empowering all 4 provincial our bodies.
The silver lining
“I aim to bring Pakistan back on top of the world squash again, which once was synonymous to Pakistan,” says Ahsan Ayaz, who was a part of Pakistan’s Underneath-19 workforce that lifted World Junior Workforce Championship trophy in Poland in 2016.
Ahsan has been a nationwide champion at under-11, -13, -15 ranges. He additionally received an under-17 single’s occasion in Kuala Lumpur Open in 2013. His finest achievement but stays Skilled Squash Affiliation’s (PSA) singles Malaysian Tour-Four (Males’s) Championship title. He additionally received PSA’s ISAM Professional-Open in California, USA, along with successful two males’s singles championship titles with gamers from Gulf international locations held in Dubai.
Ahsan additionally has 4 worldwide junior titles and three worldwide senior titles. He grew to become bronze medallist for 10 occasions in PSA’s occasions on worldwide stage. He has been topped as nationwide junior champion in numerous classes for 25 occasions.
He recognized lack of planning, irregular assist, failure to systematically enhance infrastructure and obsession with cricket because the core points hurting squash within the nation.
Watching among the distinctive expertise getting wasted on account of lack of political will and mismanagement, Ahsan took the choice to go overseas to pursue his dream to play aggressive squash at worldwide degree, which ultimately enabled him to win laurels for Pakistan in worldwide tournaments performed in UAE, Iran, Malaysia, Poland, the UK, the US and Canada. He has the assist of Pakistan Worldwide Airways (PIA) and Magnus Sports activities, which is Pakistan’s first international sports activities organisation.
Ahsan began following squash on the age of 10 when his elder brother Muhibullah took him to a squash courtroom. “My parents, siblings, friends and mentors from Pakistan, US and Spain are the reason what I am today.”
Ahsan urged regular assist, provision of funds and enhanced media protection to advertise squash once more within the nation. “It’s time to promote all indoor and outdoor games, including athletics, squash, hockey, football, tennis, badminton, snooker, in order to give youngsters the choice to opt for the game of their interest,” he added.
He stated the squash associations should maintain exhibition matches and squash leagues regularly.
Just like the veterans, the rising star additionally stated that PAF, PSF and squash associations of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan ought to promote the game on the faculty degree.
Ahsan, who has a Bachelors diploma with Double Math and Laptop Science from Fazaia Diploma School, Peshawar, stated research and sports activities might be continued concurrently by means of rational time administration.
Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute & Analysis Centre (PKLI&RC) has nominated Ahsan Ayaz as their “Ambassador to Smash Hepatitis” to unfold consciousness for prevention of the illness. “I am really impressed to see PKLI’s system under the guidance of Institute’s President Prof Dr Saeed Akhtar,” he stated.
“I am committed to promoting the cause as my mother lost her life to hepatitis in December last year. My mother was my best friend and inspiration for life. So it becomes my duty not just to shine in studies and sports but to do humanitarian work to support the underprivileged,” he stated.
On this regard, Ahsan stated that he had additionally launched Ahsan Ayaz Sports activities Basis (AAS – which accurately means “hope” in Urdu) to assist proficient people from underprivileged communities.
“The AAS will track down talented youngsters from rural areas to coach them to shine in their beloved sports,” he defined passionately, staring into my eyes.
“I have been offered to play for Canada, Iran and Dubai, but I will always prefer to wear Pakistan’s colors and represent my country in the international arena,” stated Ahsan, who typically funds his journey and different sporting bills from his personal or father’s pocket.