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13
December 2005

Telenor brings Squash legends face to face in charity match

Islamabad, 13th December 2005: A Telenor spokesperson has announced that Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan, two legends who are considered by many to be the greatest players in the history of Squash, will clash on Wednesday afternoon in a unique charity match. The players who have long retired from the game will be facing off in a match just before the final of the 20th World Men's Team Squash Championship on Wednesday at Mushaf Squash Complex, Islamabad. Telenor, the leading innovator in the local mobile market with the fastest growing network, is sponsoring Jehangir Khan for the event and will be donating match proceeds to the President's Relief Fund for the earthquake survivors. This donation will add to the support of more than 65 million rupees that the mobile giant has earlier provided to aid relief efforts.

Telenor's official spokesperson and director communication, Syed Hasnat Masood, said that the company was proud to be supporting this unique event and was thankful to the greatest-ever squash rivals for coming together to support the cause. He added, Telenor is on the cutting edge of innovation and this event is a simple testament to the power of ideas. This match will be a delight to watch and will also help a great cause.

The Jansher-Jahangir rivalry dominated squash in the late-1980s through to the early-1990s. The pair met total of 37 times in tournament play, with Jansher winning 19 matches (74 games and 1,426 points) and Jahangir 18 matches (79 games and 1,459 points). Exhibition matches and league matches between them were in addition.

With Jahangir reaching the twilight of his career and then retiring, Jansher came to establish himself as the sole dominant player in the game in the mid-1990s. He won a record total of eight World Open titles, the last being in 1996. Jahangir maintained a stranglehold on the British Open up to 1991 (he won the championship 10 consecutive times), but when he finally relinquished the title it was Jansher who claimed it for the next six successive years. The Government of Pakistan honored Jahangir with the awards of Pride of Performance and civil award of Hilal-e-Imtiaz for his achievements in squash. They also awarded him the title of Sportsman of the Millennium.

The Telenor group has operations in 17 countries around the world. Telenor's mobile operations are one of the biggest in the world with over 74.5 million subscribers. Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by Telenor and adds on to its operations in Asia together with Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh.