International squash player Yaseen Khattak defeated his strong rival Muhammad Azaan Khalil of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the final of the All Pakistan under 17 Squash Championship played at Qamar Zaman Squash Complex on Thursday.
Former Nazim Nawa Khali Sajjad Khalil and Director Blue Tone Squash Academy Wazir Mohammad graced the occasion as chief guests at the closing and prize distribution ceremony.
Secretary K-P Squash Association and Chief Organiser Munawar Zaman, Fazal Khalil, physical trainer of Squash, Abdul Rauf former International hockey player, Abdul Akbar, the sponsor of the tournament, Salam Gul, tournament referee Adil Faqir, coaches Alamzeb, Sajid Khan and Naimatullah and other officials were also present on the occasion.
Top 16 players including eight players from Punjab, three from Sindh, and six from K-P participated in the championship. Both Yaseen Khattak and Muhammad Azaan Khalil qualified for the final of the tournament that carried a prize money of Rs100,000.
In the final, Khattak recorded a vital victory against his rival Khalil in a marathon five sets battle that lasted for 45 minutes.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2021.