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Ong Beng Hee (left) playing against national No. 2 Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan in the thrilling five-set final at the TC National Championships.
PETALING JAYA: National No. 1 Ong Beng Hee has this advice for the aspiring boys in the national squash set-up – do not stay in Malaysia.
The 33-year-old Beng Hee believes that if Malaysia’s next crop of players such as Mohd Addeen Idrakie, Sanjay Singh Chal, Gurshan Singh and Mohd Hannan Tarmidi want to be the best, they need to go overseas.
At the TC National Championships which ended on Sunday, Addeen, Sanjay and Gurshan all performed admirably. Gurshan and Addeen gave standout performances, giving Beng Hee a run for his money in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.
World No. 23 Beng Hee went on to win the title, beating national No. 2 Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan in a thrilling five-set final for his second national crown.
“Squash is an extremely tough sport. If these boys want to be the best, they have to train with the best and that’s available abroad,” said Beng Hee.
“Addeen and Gurshan did pretty well at the Nationals but they still have a long way to go. There is no easy way to success. These boys need to be prepared to make sacrifices if they really want to go far.
“When I was younger, I sacrificed a lot of my time ... in terms of education in order to go overseas to train. That was how I achieved my best ranking of No. 7 in the world.
“It was a lot tougher then because the support was not as good as it is now. But it is a proven recipe as Nicol (David), Mohd Azlan Iskandar and Nafiizwan all did the same. So why change now?
“These boys now have the best support afforded by the National Sports Council (NSC). I do hope they go overseas for a couple of years to broaden their horizons. They need to be given this chance.
“There is no point in staying and training at home. It’s better for them to go overseas and establish themselves first before coming back,” stressed Beng Hee.
Meanwhile, Beng Hee will compete in the US$15,000 (RM49,000) Maharashtra State Open in Bombay, India, as part of his build-up to the CIMB Malaysian Open from Sept 10-15.
“I’ve been playing a lot of squash lately. It’ll be good for me to play more in order to be in the best condition before the Malaysian Open,” said Beng Hee, who is the top seed in Bombay.
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