Azam Khan, one of many nation’s squash legends and four-time British Open champion, handed away on Saturday in London attributable to extended sickness. He died on the age of 95.
Sources mentioned, the squash legend was additionally displaying signs of the novel coronavirus.
Azam, the youthful brother of Hashim Khan, earned a very good title for the nation by successful 4 consecutive British Open titles from 1959-1962.
The squash household has expressed deep sorrow over Khan’s demise and prayed for the departed soul. Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Dr Fehmida Mirza additionally expressed grief on the demise of the previous squash participant.
In 2008, Azam alongside together with his brother Hashim and Australian participant Geoff Hunt have been honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award on the World Squash Awards in Manchester for his or her distinctive feats within the sporting area.
The Skilled Squash Affiliation (PSA) has listed Azam Khan as one of many all-time greats in squash historical past.
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“Azam Khan was an influential member of the ‘Khan Dynasty’ that dominated the sport throughout four different decades, lifting four British Open titles to pick up where his older brother Hashim, left off,” in keeping with a weblog title ‘G.O.A.T: the contenders 1960-1979 – part five’ on the PSA web site.
A tennis coach on the Pakistan Air Pressure officers’ membership, Azam was launched to squash by Hashim on the age of 26, shortly after the older sibling had received his second British open crown.
His stage of skill elevated a lot that he took on Hashim within the remaining of 1954 British Open remaining, which went all the best way to 5 video games earlier than Hashim lastly floor out the win within the decider.
A win over Hashim within the semi-finals of the 1960 event helped propel Azam to a second successive British Open crown, beating second cousin Roshan Khan – the daddy of the good Jahangir – within the decider in simply 19 minutes and dropping only a single level within the course of.
Two extra British Open titles would observe in as a few years, whereas he additionally added a US trophy to his assortment. Nonetheless, an achilles tendon harm in 1962 and the tragic demise of his 14-year-old son noticed Azam retire from competitors squash.
Apart from an look on the Nationwide Championships and the Pakistan Open the next yr – each of which he received, beating Roshan Khan within the remaining – Azam settled in the UK and took over the operating of the New Grampians Squash Membership in London.