Pakistan safe country to host sports events, says USA's Sobhy.


ISLAMABAD -- USA top female squash player Sabrina Sobhy has lauded the love, hospitality and care, she received in Pakistan during her six-day stay in this beautiful country, terming it beautiful, lovely and peaceful one.

In an interview with The Nation, Sabrina said: 'It is a shame that people think so much negative about Pakistan, but the reality is completely different. Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF), people and all the players are highly helpful and I will always remember the love, hospitality and care, I have received in Pakistan during my six-day stay in this country.'

Just before her departure to USA after winning the women event of the $12,000 Serena Hotels-Huawei Pakistan International Squash Tournament-2019, where she hammered Egyptian Hana Moataz 3-0. Sabrina is the younger sister of USA top women squash player Amanda Sobhy, who is the highest ranked American ever in the Professional Squash Association (PSA) rankings.

She said although it is her first ever visit to Pakistan, but she already enjoyed her stay in this country. 'All the negativity surrounding about Pakistan is mainly because of media hype. I strongly recommend that the PSA players and international body must just once visit Pakistan and they will realise that there is nothing like what we is heard or read in the newspapers. All the people here are highly supportive and they fully backed me.

'Despite being American, I enjoyed enormous crowd support here. They were cheering for me and it motivated me a lot. I came to Pakistan just to play my natural game and winning the event was never in my mind, but after winning the first match, my confidence was sky high and the way I got the support of the crowd, it played instrumental role in helping me win the title,' she added.

Sabrina Sobhy, who born in 1996, is still 23 and she is a professional squash player, who represented United States and reached a career high world ranking of 47 in January 2014. She is a student of Harvard University and also plays for her varsity squash team. 'I have experienced only...

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