Iíve been playing about 40 years. I started playing on the East Coast,
at University, Syracuse in NY, and then played around in the NY area.
Then moved to Seattle in 1980.
And in 1981, I met Yusef. He taught me the game, and from his
teaching I learned to love the play. I actually relocated my office
nearer the squash club so I could run out of the office at lunch time,
run across the street and play!
I used to play 5 days a week for many many years. Thatís actually a
great break from work during the day because as you know, if you are on
the court, you are not thinking of everything else.
MAIN ATTRACTION OF SQUASH
When you play squash, You are not distracted, you are not hang on
whatever the stresses are in the middle of the day, you are 100 %
present in the game. Thatís whatís incredible with the game, you donít
get that in golf, you donít get that with any other sport. But when you
are on that court, youíd better be not think about anything else because
if you do, you are going to lose.
Itís a chess game and itís a game for somebody that wants to think about
nothing else than the game. Squash is a great meditation in the middle
of a very busy day. You could say I'm more of a "Squashfulness" than a "Mindfulness"!
LONG HISTORY OF
I began sponsoring Shabana and Latasha as they pursued their
careers playing squash, so they travelled on tournaments around the
world, that was in the mid late 90ís. Prior to that, I had also
sponsored local tournaments, I really donít know how many,
probably about 20, 25 tournaments, also the Women World
Championship when they came to town a long time ago.
What Yusef teaches is a game of respect as well, not just how to
win but how to win respectfully and with integrity. And I was
like that. Thatís another element to the game that is so crucial.
Thatís why I think squash fits very well into my life, the ethics of the
game are similar to the ethics of my life, and Yusef taught us all that.
His students are all around, he preached integrity, sportsmanship,
and you see that with these players too. This is a very competitive game,
it gets realy tough, on a tiny little court, and yet there is a lot of
respect between the players.
FIGHTING MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT MIDDLE
There is another reason why I sponsored the last world event and this
one is that it does fit in with what I think about being my own
responsibility on the planet, itís the global nature of the game,
putting people together from all over the world, particularly, there is
so much misconception and misunderstanding with the Middle East.
Itís all about breaking down misunderstandings, bring people together
from all over the world.
The game in a small way contributes to expose people to different
cultures, different religions, different foods, different ways of
It says we are human beings on this planet, weíd better find a way to
get along together, we have more in common than we have different.
And the game of squash really promotes that.
Latasha Khan with
Yasmin, Shabana's daughter