Jafri, who began informal discussions with the Pakistani Squash Federation two years ago, has also shown respect to Sellew, who reluctantly closed Fairway’s doors.
She had hoped the building would not be torn down and that the 33,000-square-foot property would continue to be used at least in part for recreational purposes.
So today the sounds of bowling balls rolling down 32 alleys and sending pins flying have been replaced by the quieter sounds of squash balls bounding off walls and racquets at Jafri’s three courts.
“People have a nostalgic and warm feeling about Fairway Bowling that they continue to express to me, and in fact I used to bring my children there for their birthday parties,” said Jafri. “So there’s a personal connection to the property.
“It’s a wonderful feeling,” he said, “to be able to bridge a sport from the past to the future of a sport I have loved all my life.”
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