Dar boy wins Championship Trophy in Big Apple Squash Tournament


Squash ace Mohsin Khalfan is celebrating victory at a prestigious tournament in New York.

The Khoja amateur sportsman, originally from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, won the NY Big Apple Squash Tournament, attracting 150 players including some of the very best.

Mohsin participated across all divisions and after several long and grueling matches, his ability to remain calm, focused and agile took him to the finals and ultimately saw him lift the championship trophy.

Mohsin Khalfan with losing finalist Gary McCool

Passionate player from a young age

Mohsin, who runs a travel business in New York, has been passionate about squash from a young age.

While he lived in Dar es Salaam he practiced regularly at Al Muntazir School and Gymkhana Sports Club, participated in Ramadan Tournaments hosted by Union Sports Club and won several championships.

He moved to the USA for his studies in 2002 and continued to play. As captain of the squash team at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he was pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance and Economics, he played college varsity matches against Ivy League schools such as Harvard, Yale and Princeton.

Last year he won the Division B Squash Tournament during the renowned Al Wahda Sports Festival hosted in Toronto, Canada, by ISIJ.

Promoting squash to a new generation

Mohsin is also keen to train and promote the sport to a new generation within the community.

Despite a busy schedule running his business Skyline Travel Inc. and finding the right balance between work and family, Mohsin says: “Maintaining good health, fitness and remaining focused is paramount; it’s important to find time ‘for yourself’ and find a hobby that you enjoy.”

Mohsin and his wife Zahra have three sons: Rehan, aged eight, Hadi, seven, and Kumayl, aged two months.

The final score