Noor Zaman clinches 29th Asian junior squash championship title

PESHAWAR – International Noor Zaman of Pakistan, the grandson of legendary British Open Squash Champion Qamar Zaman, won the 29th edition of the Asian Junior Squash Championship played at Pattaya, Thailand on Sunday.

Noor Zaman, a promising squash star, entered the Asian Junior Squash Championship second-seeded and recorded victory against J. Chuah of Malaysia in a thrilling 3-1 battle that lasted for 52-minute.

Noor Zaman raced up to victory in the first set at 11-9 but failed to click in the second as J. Chuah of Malaysia won by 10-12.

However, Noor Zaman saved the tally on a couple of occasions including at 5-5, 6-6, 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, and 10-10 but he failed to win the set and lost it at 10-12.

J. Shuah of Malaysia played well and got two nick shorts by taking the set 10-12.

It was the third set in which Noor Zaman marched toward victory at 11-5.

It was easy sailing and after winning the third set by 11-5, Noor Zaman did not look behind and raced up to victory by winning another set 11-9 to close the fate of his Malaysian rival at 3-1 in the U19 category.

Only Noor Zaman succeeded in winning the gold medal and glittering trophy for Pakistan in the 29th edition of the Asian Junior Championship.

Talking to APP, Noor Zaman thanked Allah for gaining such success for Pakistan after four years. He termed the prayers of his countrymen, his parents, and the hard work of the coaches are the key to his success.

Currently ranked one at the national level, Noor Zaman is the All Pakistan Chief Of Air Staff National Junior U15 Squash Championship, winner of the Borneo International Junior Squash Championship in Malaysia, Penang International Junior Squash Championship in Malaysia, quarter-finalist of the USA International Junior Squash Championship, a semifinalist in British Junior International Squash Championship at Birmingham, England, winner Doha International Squash Tournament U17 at Qatar, Winner Qatar International Squash Tournament U17 at Qatar in March 2019, Winner PSA International Satellite Tournament No 1 Islamabad, winner of the PSA International Satellite Tournament No 2 Islamabad in 2021, winner of the PSA International Satellite Tournament No 4 Islamabad, and winner of the Combaxx Sports-KP PSA International Satellite Squash Tournament in Peshawar.

“I had worked hard to win back more titles and the credit goes to my coaches who were practicing hard with me in three different sessions – morning physical training, game practice, and match practice in the evening,” Noor said.

(Source: National print and online media with input from social media and local sources.)

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