Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (second right) goes for a shot while partner Delia Arnold (far left) watches during their match against New Zealand's Paul Coll (second left) and Amanda Landers Murphy. Nafiizwan-Delia lost 2-0.
KUALA LUMPUR: Squash player Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan believes Malaysia are lagging behind their Commonwealth Games rivals in the doubles.
A total of five gold medals – including three in the men and women’s doubles and mixed doubles – are up for grabs in squash at the Games in Glasgow from July 23-Aug 3.
“We are certainly trailing behind New Zealand, England, India and Australia in the doubles,” said Nafiizwan, who is set to partner Delia Arnold in the mixed doubles at the Games.
At the Tri Nation Squash Doubles test event which ended at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil yesterday, Nafiizwan-Delia gave a creditable performance to finish fourth.
India’s Saurav Ghosal-Dipika Pallikal emerged champions while Kiwis Martin Knight-Joelle King, the silver medallists at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, were second.
India also won the women’s doubles crown through Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa while Campbell Grayson-Martin Knight of New Zealand clinched the men’s doubles title.
“The Indians and Kiwis are very strong as they have been preparing for the Games for a long time,” said Nafiizwan.
“We have only started doubles training two months ago. Even then, it’s only once a week and training with the juniors. This Tri Nation event was a first test of what the Commonwealth Games could be like.
“I think what’s most important for me and Delia now is to keep working on improving on our weaknesses and understanding.
‘It’ll be tough in Glasgow, but we’re playing better and will definitely improve,” added Nafiizwan.
Besides Nafiizwan-Delia, Malaysia have also entered Ong Beng Hee-Ivan Yuen (men’s doubles), Nicol David-Low Wee Wern (women’s doubles), Vanessa Raj-Rachel Arnold (women’s doubles) and Valentino Bon Jovi Bong-Rachel (mixed doubles) at the Games.