June 10, 2013 Off By Web Desk

ISLAMABAD: Aamir Atlas fails to make himself available for WSF World Team Squash Championship which is being held in France from 09 to 15 June. Despite a clear offer by President Pakistan Squash Federation Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, for granting waiver from trials citing reasons of unfitness, he declined to be available for WSF World Team Squash Championship.

Aamir Atlas abstained himself from qualifying trials on the pretext of asking waiver because of his performance and fitness in recently held Asian Championship, whereas, he appeared unfit.

Aamir Atlas’ decision to stay away from WSF World Team Squash Championship-2013, despite his visa endorsed and a waiver by President PSF, is disappointing. This decision speaks about his fitness woes and without fitness he could not have qualified the initial rounds, said a statement of PSF here Monday.

To make transparent and fair selection, PSF executive committee’s decision insisted upon the players to appear for qualifying trials to select players after due process of trials while also looking at the possibility of inclusion of Amir Atlas in the event due to his performance during the recently concluded Asian Individual Squash Championship-2013.

PSF comments that the trials that were initially planned to be held in the 2nd week of May, 2013 were delayed by about ten days in order to make room for Amir Atlas who was not medically fit at that time.

Subsequently Amir Atlas did not join the trials attributing his absence to medical unfitness. He also pulled out from Hong Kong Open which was scheduled from 28th May and rendered a medical certificate to PSF and PSA.

He was supposed to report to PSB doctor for his medical fitness review which was also missed. At this stage while the president PSF was deliberating on adding his name in the WSF event contingent, Amir Atlas was again approached couple of days before the team’s departure, however, he once again declined his availability on purely medical grounds.

The PSF while keeping its options open accelerated its efforts for the acquisition of visa for the players including Amir Atlas. Finally the team comprising Farhan Mahboob, Nasir Iqbal, Farhan Zaman and Sheikh Saqib left for France on 7-8 night with a delay of 24 hours attributable to Amir’s deliberate delays.