Fixing of matches in sports not a new phenomena: Jahangir Khan

Karachi, Jan 12 (PTI) Former world squash championJahangir Khan of Pakistan has claimed that fixing of matchesis not a new phenomena in any sport and he was also approachedseveral times by the bookies during his career to throw awaymatches.

"Several times I was contacted by the bookmakers when Iwas at the peak of my career and was winning matches,"Jahangir told the media in here.

"They offered me huge amounts of money, which could beconsidered very good at that time because the prize money insquash was not very lucrative in those days. They wanted me tolose matches but every time I told them to get lost," Jahangiradded.

The former 10-time British Open winner and six timesWorld Champion said that his conscience never allowed him todeliberately lose matches or even a single game in his entirecareer.

"The offers were at their best when I remained unbeatenfor five years," he recalled.

"Whatever I am today it is because of my country and mypeople and I could never even think of letting them down. Thatis why today when I hear and read about the fixing allegationsin cricket and other sports it saddens me."

Jahangir added that the menace of fixing was nothing newin any sport and from time to time he had heard about suchthings in other countries as well.

"People will always be greedy," said Jahangir.

Meanwhile, he applauded the induction of his biggestrival and former champion Jansher Khan in the Pakistan SquashFederation (PSF) but said it would not have any impact on thesport in the country.

"It will bring about no changes because in Pakistan thereis a need to work selflessly for squash as individuals and itis not necessary to get positions in the federation."

Jahangir said that the pinnacle of success squash hadseen in the time of former PSF President, Air Marshal Nur Khanis unprecedented because he took very good care of the playersand treated champions like champions.

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