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Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin sparring with world No. 1 Nicol David during the launch of the TC National Championships at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil on Aug 28, 2013.
KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin says it would be a great injustice to squash if Malaysia fails to continue producing world beaters.
The outspoken Khairy added it would be failure on his part if squash fades away in Malaysia after the likes of Nicol David and Ong Beng Hee eventually call it a day.
“It is because of these players – Nicol, Beng Hee, Mohd Azlan Iskandar, Low Wee Wern and Delia Arnold – that Malaysia is a top nation in squash,” said Khairy during the launch of the TC National Championships at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil Wednesday.
“And it’s for these athletes, who have sacrificed so much, that we have to sustain squash for future generations. It should not be something that fades away after a few years ... because it will be unfair for the sport.
“My ministry will do anything to assist squash in technical and financial terms. We have to spread whatever little money we have in order to give the sport the support it needs.
“It is only right after all to give special attention to the sports that have delivered and brought us glory on the international stage.
“And squash has definitely delivered, having had a world No. 1 for so many years and several players who are in the top 10 as well.”
At the launch, Khairy also met with junior players Mohd Syafiq Kamal, Ng Eain Yow and Rachel Arnold, who played a major role in bringing back the gold medal in the boys’ and girls’ team events at the recent Asian Youth Games (AYG).
“Fortunately for squash, we have young players who have been performing very well,” said Khairy.
“The next generation is definitely coming through and the recent results at the AYG is proof.
“We need to give these players a big round of applause and continue to support them. It’s also great to have sponsors supporting the national meets, because without them, it would be hard for this tournament to even materialise,” added Khairy.
The men’s and women’s premier event will start Thursday with Nicol set to meet national junior Teh Min En in the first round.
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