Wah bombings stun women squash players

August 21st, 2008 - 8:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Aug 21 (IANS) Pakistani squash officials were Thursday making desperate attempts to save an international women’s tournament from falling victim to a couple of bombings in Wah that killed more than 50 people.Players from various countries including India, Egypt and Russia were in action at a squash complex just a stone’s throw away from the Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) in Wah - an industrial town situated just 30 km away from capital Islamabad — when a suicide bomber reportedly blew himself up at the main entrance to the facility, killing dozens of people.

The foreign players are in Wah to feature in the POF WISPA Open, a world ranking tournament that is sanctioned by the Women’s International Squash Players Association (WISPA). It is one of the biggest women’s squash event hosted by Pakistan on an annual basis.

A player competing in the tournament told IANS that all participants are very scared following the bombings and some of the them want to fly back home.

But a Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) official said that the tournament will continue in spite of the bombings.

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