PESHAWAR: Legendary squash player Azam Khan, one of the greatest players of all time, four time British Open champion, and brother of Hashim Khan, another international squash star, passed away in London due to COVID-19 on Saturday. He was 95.
Azam Khan, who was born in Nawa Kley, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, (then British India, now Pakistan) won the British Open consecutively for four years between 1959 and 1962.
Azam Khan was at the peak of his career when he last appeared on the professional circuit in 1962. The same year he clinched the most important hardball tournament, the US Open, for the first time. He retired from competitive squash due to an injury. Although his injury healed nearly two years later, he never returned to the professional circuit.
He was considered among the greatest players the sport has ever produced.
Boxer Amir Khan offers 4-sorey building to help fight coronavirus
Pakistani-origin British boxer Amir Khan has stepped forward to help citizens of UK in the fight against coronavirus by offering his four-storey building for any services.
“I am aware of how difficult it is to get a hospital bed at this tragic time. I am prepared to give my 60,000 square 4 storey building which is due to be a wedding hall and retail outlet to the @NHSuk to help people affected by the coronavirus. Pls keep safe,” the famous boxer said in a tweet.
Amir Khan is a former light-welterweight world champion and was the World Boxing Association Champion from 2009 till 2012. With the growing cases of coronavirus in the UK, there are concerns that it can cause a shortage of hospital beds if the virus is not contained.
Earlier, Swiss Tennis star Roger Federer announced that he and his wife Mirka have donated one million Swiss Francs to the families fighting against coronavirus in Switzerland.
Federer, the former world number one, is currently spending time with his family as he recovers from knee surgery that he suffered last month. French Open has been postponed, and tennis fans will hope for a comeback from Federer in the Wimbledon.