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National squash athlete Ng Eain Yow (left) in action in his match against India’s Saurav Goshal (right), during the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Squash Court in Hangzhou, China, on October 5, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

Asian Games: Squash continues to shine in post-Nicol era

HANGZHOU, Oct 6 — The Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) is optimistic about the future based on the Hangzhou Asian Games achievement, the first Asiad in the post-Nicol David era.

Coaching director Major (Rtd) S. Maniam said SRAM is extremely pleased and happy with the three gold, one silver and one bronze medal feat, surpassing its two medal target, when the challenge drew curtain at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Squash Court yesterday.

Despite not having squash legend Datuk Nicol David, after the ‘Greatest of All Time’ retired in 2019, the national team still emerged as the top nation in the Asian Games squash competition.

Commenting on the accomplishment of Ng Eain Yow, 25, and S. Sivasangari, 24, in clinching men’s and women’s individual gold medals yesterday, he said both the players are young and capable of contributing more to the country in the next few years.

National squash athlete S. Sivasangari rejoicing after winning the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games’ women’s singles event against Hong Kong’s Chan Sin Yuk, at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Squash Court in Hangzhou, China, on October 5, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

Maniam also commended mixed doubles pair Mohammad Syafiq Mohd Kamal – Aifa Azman, who had to settle for silver after a hard-fought battle against top seeds Dipika Pallikal – Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu before going down 10 – 11, 10 – 11.

“In the next Asian Games, we will try to equal the results here. We will not rest on our laurels; we never have. We will always try to work as hard as possible to produce the desired results.

“Both Ng and Sivasangari are still young, they have at least one or two more Asian Games to go. We have young Aira Azman, who is in our team at only 19, while we already have some young players coming up in the men’s as well, so the future is bright,” he said.

At the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games in Indonesia, the national team finished second behind Hong Kong with a 2 – 1 – 2 haul, while the best achievement was in the 2010 Guangzhou edition in China with a 3 – 1 – 2 feat.

Only four gold medals were in the competition previously, as the mixed doubles event debuted in the Hangzhou edition.

— Bernama

Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh (centre) and Malaysian chef-de-mission Datuk Chong Kim Fatt (centre) right with a large Jalur Gemilang flag and the national squash contingent during the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Squash Court in Hangzhou, China, on October 5, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

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