Legendary Hashim Khan dies

Karachi: Legendary squash player Hashim Khan, who played key role in forcefully introducing squash in Pakistan and paving the way for more future legends, died Monday night of congestive heart failure.

The exact age of Hashim Khan is unknown but his son Mo Khan has told media that his father was believed to be 100-year-old.

Hashim Khan literally started the squash dynasty in Pakistan winning seven British Open titles. Hashim won his first British Open, which is considered equivalent to world championship in squash circles, title at the age of 37, the age when players normally retired from the exhausting sport.

He thrashed four-time defending champion Egyptian Mahmoud El Karim 9-5, 9-0, 9-0 to lay hand on coveted title for the very first time. The last pinnacle squash title he won was when he was 44.

Mo Khan said his father’s funeral is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday.

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