Pakistan name first lady for squash event
22 July 2002
Carla Khan will become the first Pakistani woman squash player to compete at the Commonwealth Games after Sunday’s decision by the Commonwealth Games Federation that the English-born 20-year-old is eligible to play.
One of the youngest descendants of Pakistan’s famous Khan dynasty, Carla is a granddaughter of the legendary squash player Azam Khan, who is now in his 80s.
After representing England only as a junior in 1997, Pakistan passport holder Carla switched her allegiance last year, since when she has become the Pakistan national champion.
Azam Khan and his brother Hashim Khan, dominated world squash between 1951 and 1962. Azam won the British Open, known as the ‘Wimbledon of Squash’, four times between 1959 and 1962 and remains one of the greatest names in the history of the sport. London-based Azam still runs a squash centre in Shepherd’s Bush.