Athletes becoming innovative in doing homework

THE Covid-19 pandemic has taught the sporting world to become innovative and evolve into what could possibly be the “near future”. Until a vaccine is found that is… Inside of a few months, since China sent out alarm bells last December, the coronavirus is threatening to clear the shelves of routines practised by sportsmen since the time of the Roman gladiators. Now, empty stadiums, pitches, tracks, gyms, parks and roads have become a norm as countries worldwide enforce movement restrictions or call it “circuit breakers” to contain the virus. Suddenly,…

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Ainaa and Duncan nick maiden title

Duncan Lee and Noor Ainaa Amani finally nicked their first win in the National Junior Championship by emerging as the boys’ and girls’ Under-19 champions. The 18-year-old Duncan from Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) was over the moon after beating Danial Nurhaqiem for the first time in over a year with a 11-5,6-11,11-8,11-5 win in the final at the National Squash Centre, Bukit Jalil yesterday. Duncan was in control from the beginning against Danial except for a minor hiccup in the second set. “I’m happy that I played well to…

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Former Asian No. 1 Nafiizwan to return as coach

When former squash international Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan retired last May, the former Asian champion was offered a job as national coach. He turned it down, saying he wants to concentrate on his business. He has changed his mind and is coming back as a coach. Nafiizwan is attending a coaching course conducted by the World Squash Federation (WSF) at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil. The coaching course started on Monday and will end on Friday. The former national No. 1 from Kuala Terengganu believes the best job for…

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One title lost, but Aifa wants two before her exit

Aifa Azman is into her last few tournaments at junior level and she was planning to exit with three titles – the British Junior Open, Asian Junior Open in Qingdao, China, from June 29 to July 3 and World Junior Open in Australia’s Gold Coast from July 19-29. But the Kedahan will have to settle for a less stellar exit. She failed to lift the Under-19 title in the British Junior Open, losing to top seed Jana Shiha of Egypt in the final in Birmingham early this month. She had…

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Wee Wern makes winning start in New York

National No. 1 Low Wee Wern got off to a good start in the Carol Weymuller Open and plans to maintain a good run in the tournament in New York. The Penangite, who is ranked 24th in the world, beat local player Haley Menzez in straight sets 11-9,13-11,11-7 in the first round on Wednesday. Wee Wern, who has been struggling with her knee injuries since September last year, will face another local player, fifth seed Amanda Sobhy, for a place in the quarter-finals. World No. 7 Sobhy, who won the…

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Yiwen to miss Indian Tour in Jaipur due to illness

National squash player Chan Yiwen is likely to miss the Indian Tour in Jaipur after being floored by viral infection. The tournament in India starting on Jan 30 was to be Yiwen’s first assignment this year after she left the Philippines SEA Games half way following the death of her father due to heart attack last month. Yiwen, who lost to teammate Rachel Arnold in the women’s singles final in the SEA Games said she had been vomiting and had been down with diarrhoea since Tuesday night. “I went to…

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Young Harleein can be the new queen of squash

Harleein Tan is the new dynamite of Malaysian squash, thanks to her surprise victory at the British Junior Open in Birmingham. The joint third-fourth seed from Negri Sembilan upset favourite and second seed Mariam Eissa of Egypt in straight sets 11-6,11-9,12-10 to win the girls’ Under-11 title last Sunday. In the semi-finals, she toppled top seed Jana Mohamed, also of Egypt, in straight sets 11-4,11-5,11-7. Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) director Major (Rtd) S. Maniam said they were thrilled with Harleein’s excellent performance in the championships. “She is a…

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Nicol to conduct coaching clinics to nurture young ones

EVEN with a record eight world titles under her belt, the now-retired squash legend Datuk Nicol Ann David still has some unfinished business in the sport. She has expressed her aspiration for the country to become a powerhouse in squash. “I want to turn Malaysia into a powerhouse in squash. “I’ll be conducting coaching clinics at various places in the country to help the juniors. “There will be collaborations with the Youth and Sports Ministry to inspire more women to take up the sport. “I’ll share my experience and conduct…

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Promising year in store for sports

AS THE curtains came down on 2019, two of the country’s sporting legends called it a day in their splendid careers. Datuk Lee Chong Wei and Datuk Nicol David decided to retire after having scaled the pinnacle of badminton and squash, respectively. They will forever remain heroes of the country as they have given their all to bring glory to Malaysia. It is undeniable that they have left a vacuum that will be extremely hard to fill. Sports fans certainly have plenty to look forward to on the local and…

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Still missing dad, Yiwen pulls out of Indian Tour

National squash player Chan Yiwen (pic) has withdrawn from the Indian Tour which begins in Mumbai today. Yiwen was called away from the SEA Games when her father died two weeks ago and has not trained since. She featured in the individual events in the Philippines and lost to teammate Rachel Arnold in the women’s singles final on Dec 2. At midnight later, she received the news that her 57-year-old father Chan Thean Poay, a businessman, had died after a heart attack. She returned to Penang and did not feature…

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