The Kangar Squash Complex will be used for the 17th Sukma from May 24-June 4.
PETALING JAYA: The newly-completed Kangar Squash Complex has received the thumbs-up from players as Perlis gears up to host the 17th Sukma (Malaysia Games) from May 24-June 4.
The brand new eight-court complex was put to the test for the fourth leg of the Malaysian Tour Squash Circuit (SSJM) last weekend and generally received positive reviews.
“I think the courts are really good. It is quite impressive to have a new centre like this,” said national No. 1 Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan, who emerged winner in the fourth leg of the SSJM.
“It’s spacious and basically just nice in size. I think the whole set-up of the courts is simple yet decent and provides enough space for the players.
“Having been to Europe so often in the past where there are so many new courts, it’s nice to see some new complexes here in Malaysia too. I spoke to a few foreign players and they all agreed that this is a really well-built court.
“Hopefully the complex doesn’t go to waste after Sukma and it will continue to be used. I’m also hoping that there will be more courts across Malaysia,” added Nafiizwan, who will compete in the British Open from May 10-18 next.
It is certainly a big boost to Malaysian squash to have more courts built in accordance with the World Squash Federation (WSF) requirements.
Apart from the Kangar complex, the only other tournament grade squash complexes are the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil, the Jalan Duta squash centre and the Nicol David International Squash Centre (NDISC) in Penang.
There are however more courts coming up in selected schools – eight in Seremban at SMK Seri Pagi and three in Miri, Sarawak, at SK Jalan Bintang. The courts in both these schools are being built on the Ministry of Education (MOE) directive and there should be more coming up in the future.