Karachi: Google has paid tribute to late squash champion Hashim Khan with his very own animated Google Doodle on April 4.
Google decided to release the doodle on April 4, which marks the day, Khan won his first ever British Open Squash Championships in 1951 that led him from obscurity to an international icon.
He was born in 1914 in Peshawar, a small village in what was then India. His father worked at a British officers’ club with squash courts where Khan worked as a ball boy and would practice after the officers finished playing, barefoot on the club’s rough brick courts.
By the age of 28, Khan became a squash pro winning three All-of-India titles, the newly independent government of Pakistan drafted him to represent the country at the 1951 British Open.
He finished as a runner-up in 1957 but won his seventh and final British Open title in 1958 Khan also won five British Professional Championship titles, three US Open titles, and three Canadian Open titles in his career.
He was the first one to dominate the game in the Khan family. Over the next 46 years, the tournament was won 29 times by either Khan or one of his relatives, including renowned players Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan.
He earned a spot in the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame. He moved to the US in the 1960s, where he was invited as a squash coach. He passed away in August 2014 at the age of 100. Google thanked Hashim Khan, for proving that through hard work, passion, and determination, greatness can be achieved by people from every background.