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|HIGHEST PSA RANKING||16|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 8, 1958|
Rahmat Khan was among the leading squash players on the international circuit in the late-1970s, reaching a career-high ranking of World No.12. He was a close friend of Torsam Khan, the older brother of Jahangir Khan, who was among the top professional players. In 1979, Rahmat and Torsam, who both saw the potential in young Jahangir, made plans to buy a 50% share in a squash club in Sussex, England and bring Jahangir to England to train. However, just when the deeds were to be signed, Torsam suffered a heart attack during a tournament match in Australia and died suddenly.
At that point, Rahmat made a decision to sacrifice his own playing career to take on the challenge of coaching the enormously promising youngster Jahangir. He commented at the time: “I was World No.12, but because of constant injuries I didn’t think I would climb any higher.” Jahangir had considered quitting the game in the wake of his older brother’s death, but Rahmat convinced him that Torsam would have wanted him to continue. Rahmat convinced Jahangir’s family to let him come to England to train.
In 1981, Jahangir Khan at just 17-years-of-age became the youngest player to be crowned World Open Champion. The tournament victory marked the start of an unbeaten run by Jahangir which lasted for over five years and 555 matches. Jahangir won a total of six World Open titles and 10 British Open titles during his career.
Other notable students of Rahmat Khan include: former World No.1 Jonathon Power, Siddharth Suchde (Indian National Champion), Dale Styner (Canada No. 1), Sabir Butt (Canada No.1), Peter Hill (Singapore No. 1), Sami Elopuro (Finland No. 1), Paul Carter (English National Coach), Max Weithers, Len Steward, Abdullah Al-Mazayyan, and Pakistan players Aamir Atlas Khan, Safir Ullah Khan, Khayal Mohammad Khan, Majid Khan, Farhan Mehboob, Yasir Butt, Khalid Atlas Khan, Farukh Zaman and Maria Toor.
Rahmat Khan has also been the National Coach of Pakistan and Kuwait as well as the state of Maharashtra (India).
Rahmat Khan has also co-authored several books, including Winning Squash, Jahangir and the Khan Dynasty and Advanced Squash. He also created a video called “How to Play Squash the Khan Way” which was released by Virgin Records.
In 2005, the government of Pakistan awarded Rahmat Khan the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz or the Medal of Excellence.
Rahmat was born to the Khan family, where all the family members are squash players. His father Nasrullah Khan was formerly the coach of Jonah Barrington, another dominant squash champion. He is the nephew of Roshan Khan, and cousin of Jahangir Khan and Torsam Khan.
INSPIRED BY JAHANGIR KHAN
MADE TO WIN