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Jahangir Khan praises ‘wonderful’ Commonwealth Video games ambiance – World Squash


Pakistani legend Jahangir Khan has hailed the fantastic ambiance that has greeted the gamers in the course of the Commonwealth Video games this week on the College of Birmingham.

Khan is without doubt one of the sport’s biggest ever gamers, with six World Championships to his title, and the 58-year-old isn’t any stranger to enjoying in entrance of a packed crowd.

Talking forward of tonight’s motion – which can see the vacation spot of the gold medals within the Singles occasion determined – Khan stated he was impressed with the quantity of people that have turned as much as watch the unimaginable feats of athleticism from the Commonwealth’s main squash gamers.

“It’s been fantastic, it’s wonderful to see one thing like this,” stated Khan.

“When you’re getting 2,000 spectators day by day, I feel that is distinctive for the gamers and it was a terrific ambiance. Thus far, I’m actually impressed with the surroundings right here and the attendance. 

“England have at all times been very supportive for the sport. I’m actually happy to be right here for these Video games with the spectators who’re cheering on the gamers, I feel it’s simply large.

“While you see all the highest gamers within the ultimate rounds, for medals as properly, I’m positive they’ll put in a great efficiency. I’m positive will probably be a great day for everybody.”

In addition to the bronze medal matches, there are two thrilling gold medal battles in retailer as England’s residence favorite Georgina Kennedy takes on Hollie Naughton of Canada, earlier than New Zealand’s Paul Coll goals to go one higher than his silver medal in 2018 when he locks horns with Welshman Joel Makin.

Khan is eagerly anticipating one other night of world-class squash and stated: “They’re all top-ranking gamers. Paul Coll is there and enjoying Joel Makin. They know one another on the circuit and so they have performed many occasions, however enjoying in your nation on the Commonwealth Video games provides you completely different strain. I feel will probably be a great match between them.

“There was an enormous upset yesterday [in the women’s event] and I’m positive everyone seems to be wanting ahead to it. It’s going to be a great sport as a result of she [Kennedy] goes to play in opposition to somebody who beat the No.1 seed. Let’s see how they deal with the strain.”

Khan’s legendary 555-match unbeaten run noticed him dominate the Nineteen Eighties and early 90s, profitable 10 straight British Opens along with his World Championship triumphs and stays an immensely common and recognisable determine amongst squash followers.

Khan, who arrived in Birmingham earlier this week and can current the lads’s medals, defined that he had been stopped numerous occasions by followers keen to debate the Pakistani legend’s profession, one thing he that had made him really feel very welcome.

He added: “Being an ex-squash participant, individuals at all times admire it while you come to the squash. It was wonderful to see that individuals nonetheless adopted my profession and it was good to return again, I’ve good recollections from once I used to return right here within the Nineteen Eighties.

“England has at all times been my second residence, actually.”

Khan will likely be within the crowd to observe tonight’s Commonwealth Video games motion. The gold medal matches start at 18:00 (GMT+1) – Click on right here for the total schedule and reside outcomes as they occur.



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